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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Art from Ruth Gray - Festive Plumbing, Exhibitions, and Shows

It is been a busy month I've had some amazing commissions and sales and I'm loving how my work has been framed by my client. It has really made me rethink my own framing choices.
As artists, we have to be neutral and cater to all tastes but the treatment of my Ilkeston piece pictured really impressed me.

New paintings of Derbyshire by Mark Preston

We have a new group of paintings in the gallery by Mark Preston. These are all of Derbyshire, painted en plein air throughout 2019, reflecting the seasonal diversity of the Derbyshire Peak District.


Mark usually works in situ, spending very little time painting in his studio. Influenced by the great English painter John Constable, Mark has been known to remain out of doors at his easel from dawn until dusk working directly from nature, whatever the weather.


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Dronfield Barn

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Tuesday 10th December, 1:30pm
£12 per person
Only a few places left - book soon to
avoid missing out!

Back by popular demand, join our garden volunteers in the Peel Centre and learn to make your own Christmas wreath! All materials provided with the price. We only have a few places remaining on our last workshop with availability, so please book soon to avoid missing out if you're interested. 

Stained Glass Taster Workshop at Dronfield Barn

Stained Glass Taster Workshop
Saturday 7th December, 1:30pm
£18 per person (£16 for Friends)

Fancy having a go at making striking stained glass Christmas decorations? Come along to our taster workshop in the Edward Lucas Hall, The Peel Centre, on Saturday 7th December, from 1:30pm-4:30pm.

No previous experience is needed and all materials will be supplied to enable you to complete your pieces during the workshop.


Derby Concert Band’s Christmas Festival Concert is on Saturday 21 December 2019 at 7.30pm at St Johns Church, Mill Street, Derby DE1 3HZ. This is our traditional Christmas concert with special guests Voices Choir, featuring festive treats and seasonal favourites with plenty of carols to sing along to.


Ringing the changes at Buxton Fringe

A new team (pictured) assembled at Buxton Fringe’s AGM at The Green Man Gallery on November 21 as Stephen Walker took on the role of Fringe Chair while Gary Bellas became Treasurer and Gaye Chorlton was appointed Secretary. Maria Carnegie was re-elected as Vice Chair.

Launch of Double Life Novel by Derbyshire Based Novelist Narvel Annable

It is 1995.  A long serving history master, a shell of his former self, is alone in an empty classroom in a rough North Nottinghamshire comprehensive school in an ultra conservative colliery town.  He is recovering from a severe breakdown which destroyed his credibility and confidence leaving him depressed and disorientated.  Some pupils and staff had turned this sad case into an object of fun inflicting humiliating hurtful episodes.  A steady torturous drip made his position untenable.  He was unable to discharge professional duties.  Effectively, gay hate had terminated a teaching career.

Well, Dam! Event 30 November

A poetry Reading from the brand new anthology from Beautiful Dragons Collaborations will be held  at the Pump Room at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday 30 November. Entry is free. Donation for drinks. Books will be on sale.

Before the flick of a faucet brought clean clear water to throat and pore, humans didn’t take the original pure drop for granted. We delighted in it’s vital wonder; gave springs nymphs, crowned well-heads with flowers. Blessed ourselves with it.