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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:

Derbyshire Libraries Update

This July - we are re-opening some of our libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge continues, we are expanding and developing our digital activites, and much more!

eBook bonanza to keep readers busy

New funding has helped Derby Libraries spend £6,000 on increasing its supply of eBooks and Audiobooks, following a huge surge in demand for eLibrary services during lockdown.

In April 2020 there were 6,044 downloads of eBooks and Audiobooks by members, compared to 3,242 downloads during the same month in 2019. Audiobooks and eBooks are free for members to download through the BorrowBox app.

Reopening our play areas and outdoor gyms – what you need to know

Since the Government said play areas and outdoor gyms could reopen from 4 July, the team at Derby Parks have been pulling out all the stops to make it happen.

The good news is we aim to have all these facilities up and running by the end of this weekend (4-5 July) It will take a while to reopen all 82 play areas and 11 outdoor gyms across the city’s parks and open spaces, so please bear with us.

Visitors are asked to follow this guidance to make sure we can minimise the risks of the coronavirus spreading, and keep us all as safe as possible:

Play areas:

New Sculptural ceramics by Elaine Peto

The gallery is open again after three months of lockdown and we're delighted to be back. There is a wealth of artwork in the gallery from before the closure and artists have been busy during the period of isolation. We have new work arriving and we'll put it on the website as soon as it arrives.

Dronfield Hall Barn: Reopening on Monday 6th July!

Following government guidelines, we're delighted to announce that we're back open to the public from Monday! It has been a long few months, so if you have been looking forward to one of our freshly baked scones, a slice of cake or even for a look around the beautiful gardens, there isn't much longer to wait.

We're so excited to welcome you back, and we hope that you will help us share the following information with your friends and family:

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Sheffield Live Radio presenter Sheridan Shacklethwaite will be leading a tour of Poole’s Cavern as part of this year’s Buxton Fringe (July 1-19) – but this year you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home!

Sheridan Shacklethwaite’s Stalactites Secrets is a brand new online tour of Poole’s Cavern, which will be available to view on YouTube throughout the fringe.