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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:


Coming soon... Artisan and Makers Market 

Our popular craft market returns this October. Why not come and start your Christmas shopping nice and early? Stalls will include textiles, jewellery, silver, metalwork, wall art, fine art, greetings cards, glassware and more!

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October, 11am until 4pm
Dronfield Hall Barn 
Donations welcome to support our charity. 




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The Derbyshire region Design-Nation group are presenting at Art & York, the newly rebranded Art Market York, from 26-28 October 2018.


Donald celebrates 40 years of Festival friendship with a Final Fling

One of Buxton International Festival’s best friends is celebrating his 40-year love affair with the event at a musical Final Fling.

Opera singer Donald Maxwell, who performed in the very first Festival in 1979 and has also been its Artistic Director and Artist in Residence, is hosting a concert and dinner in the Pavilion Arts Centre on October 19, featuring highlights from across the years.

Buxton Fringe announces three weeks of fun to mark Fringe40!

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release September 27th 2018

Buxton Festival Fringe, which is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year, has announced that the 2019 Fringe will be longer than usual with the dates running from Wednesday July 3 to Wednesday July 24 - a full three weeks.


Repton Village is celebrate its literary roots in a new 3 day programme of events from 26th October - 28th October 2018.

Repton Literary Festival is the first of a new annual festival - telling stories and bringing engaging speakers to this historic Derbyshire village.

Politician, journalist and writer Lord Roy Hattersley opens the festival and will discuss his latest book ‘The Catholics’.


The idea is to provide an inclusive, fun social evening that appeals to more mature folk. Carers and their partners will be particularly welcome and volunteer dancers and foot tappers will take to the dance floor with any guests.

The first event was held on Weds 26th September at The Shoulder in Hardstoft; for more information about “Still Dancing” call Karen on 07817191272 or email:   

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: