Category: Places

Derbyshire Woodland Festival a great success!

People from near and far flocked to our 18th annual Woodland Festival at the weekend in the grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park.

The weather improved as the weekend got underway and 10,000 visitors enjoyed a weekend of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts, including wild food demonstrations and survival crafts.

Two new attractions this year – the recreation of a Viking village and entertainment from an 18 foot tall tree puppet were very popular.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

The Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Funding Scheme

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has invited community groups, non-profit making organisations and third sector organisations to work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.

Large grants of between £2,501 and £25,000 are available for up to 12-months of activity.

These grants are to provide funding to promote partnership working with the Commissioner and help to deliver the objectives of his Police & Crime Plan. These objectives include:

Matlock Music

The first concert of the new season will be next Friday 28th September. It will be by the Bulgarian pianist Cristian Sandrin. 

The concert will as usual be at 7 30 at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, Matlock.

Admission £12 at the door or £48 for the season.

September Shenanigans!

Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to all things autumnal! We would like to think we can help with the transition.
We are preparing to open the doors for our monthly jamboree between the 21st - 23rd  so come and get your fix of Designate! It is also a chance for us to showcase the venue as a beautiful and versatile space to hire.


The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and More by “Harp & A Monkey”

Harp & A Monkey, the award-winning electro-folk music and storytelling trio, is performing “The Importance of Digging Holes”, to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War. The show features both original songs and re-workings of traditional tunes of the day. The band strives to challenge stereotypes of the conflict, and focuses heavily on forgotten aspects of the war (from the horror of being a postman, to the role of musicians) and also on the forgotten men - those ex-servicemen who came home, and their families.

Join us for the Revolution!

We're counting down to The (not so) Quiet Revolution of Kindness which premieres at Derby Festé on Saturday 29 September
Inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) movement, our show makes a bold statement about how we can change our own lives and others’ lives through small gestures of kindness.

FREE Rapper Sword Workshop

October 4th 2018 

Times:  Arrivals from 4.30. Sessions starts at 5pm ends 6.30pm

Venue: Guildhall Club Rooms Derby Market place.

To reserve places contact or 07446343114

As an extra bonus, those booking places will be eligible for reduced priced (£4 plus £1 booking fee) tickets for: 

Derby LIVE concert Thurs Oct 4th

The Rising Will Leave Audiences Awestruck

Déda presents a dynamic piece of contemporary dance with a live score inspired by Fijian culture.
Join Heather Walrond Company at Déda for an uplifting, visceral double bill of dance and live music exploring what makes people feel truly alive! The Rising draws on influences of Fijian culture, ideas of community, vulnerability and feelings of surrender.
Featuring originally composed music by multi award-winning musicians Will McNicol and Luke Selby, dramaturgy by Chris Fogg and lighting design by Tim Hardy, experience this dazzling display of raw energy, passion and vigour.


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