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Super Heroes, Comedy and Entertainment Blast Off in Derby Cathedral Quarter

Derby Comedy Festival will burst into life in the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday 16th April with a day of free entertainment for all the family in the Market Place.

‘Blast Off!’ will be the launch event for Derby Comedy Festival (Friday 29th April to Sunday 8th May). It has been produced by Furthest from the Sea and supported by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).

Folk Rock Festival Fundraiser

Blackbeard's Tea Party, who were named THE band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post and voted best band at last year’s Cropredy Convention, are bringing their brand of gutsy folk rock to New Mills for the first time when they perform on Friday 6th May to help raise funds for New Mills Community Festival.

Tickets are available from Priscilla's Hallmark Cards, Market Street, New Mills or http:// for the event that starts at 7.30pm at New Mills Town Hall.  

New Mills Festival Launches Call For Visual Arts 2016

New Mills Festival is delighted to invite submissions from artists across the UK to take part in a two-week long Art Trail. The Trail forms part of the Festival which takes place across New Mills from the 9th-25th September 2016. Submissions open on 20th March 2016 and close on midnight 15th May 2016.

Full entry details can be found at: - click on the Art Trail button.

Dismaland Model Village Comes To New Mills for Festival Big Weekend

Didn't make it to Banksy's Dismaland when it took over a corner of Weston-super-Mare in the summer? Fear not, because a slice of the bemusement park has made it to New Mills, in the form of the Aftermath Dislocation Principle — a model village with a difference…
As part of New Mills Festival’s Art Trail 2016, New Mills has been chosen as one of the locations for Jimmy Cauty’s stunning installation work, “The Aftermath Dislocation Principle” (ADP).

Buxton Festival of Opera, Music and Books 2016 Programme Announced

The internationally renowned and award-winning Buxton Festival, featuring opera, music and books, will take place from 8th to 24th July. Much-anticipated opera performances include Beethoven’s Leonore, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Handel’s Tamerlano. The impressive opera programme also includes a concert performance of Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and a UK Premiere by Music Theatre Wales of The Golden Dragon by Peter Eotvos.


The Fifth Annual Belper Games lands on 15th July at Belper Rugby Club, rounding off a fantastic year for the town.

One of Belper’s best loved events is set to be bigger and better than ever this coming July. Now in it’s fifth year, The Belper Games will be running over the course of 3 days from 15th - 17th July, with on site camping available and plenty to keep everyone entertained.