March 2015

Share a Crafty Coffee at Bakewell Town Hall

A new craft group opens its’ doors at Bakewell Town Hall on Tuesdays.

If you love making and would like to share your skills, ideas and enthusiasm for all things handmade, join us every Tuesday from 10.30am.

New Exciting Range of Enamelling Workshops to suit all budgets

Would you like to learn a new skill?

Or make your own piece of jewellery for a special occasion?

Or perhaps you’d like to develop what you already know about enamelling?

Run by Gwin Kerry – Designer and Maker in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at West Studios in Chesterfield, a range of completely flexible workshops are available to book now.

Examples of workshops include:

Swimming Stars Back Lonsdale Pool Plans

Past and present swimming champions have pledged their support for a local charity’s bid to find a site to build a new pool and leisure facility including Ellie Simmonds OBE, four time Paralympic Champion and 10 world records holder.

Here We Stay at Eyam Parish Church marks the 350th anniversary of the Eyam Plague

Described by The Observer as 'Britain's greatest living dramatic poet', visionary writer David Rudkin gives the Plague a central voice as narrator in a dramatic new telling of events at Eyam 350 years ago.

New Perspectives is staging a reading of this haunting new play at Eyam Parish Church, featuring live music.

The reading will be a world premiere of Here We Stay, on Saturday 18 July at 7.30pm.

Buxton Festival Brings Great Stories From Fascinating Personalities

The nationally renowned Buxton Festival featuring opera, music and books will take place from 10 to 26 July. This year’s progamme features over 40 fascinating talks from best selling and award-winning authors, personalities, historical, artistic, poilitical and musical experts.

Speakers including Antonia Fraser, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, William Waldegrave, Miriam Margolyes and Bill Oddie will appear at this year’s festival alongside best selling authors including Helen Macdonald, Louis De Bernieres, Penny Junor and Henry Marsh.

Time To Get Writing for Buxton Poetry Competition

Buxton Festival’s acclaimed  poetry competition is open for entries and has announced its theme for 2015 as ‘Time’. The competition is now in its 8th year, each year around 600 poets enter the competition from across the country and even further afield with entries coming in the past from the USA, New Zealand and Slovenia.

Discover 200 ‘hidden gems’ across Derbyshire and the Peak District

Discover lesser-known cultural highlights that Derbyshire and the Peak District has to offer with a brand new app. At the heart of this free download are personal oral reminiscences and some of the best archive photography the region has to offer. Use this app to compare now and then. Listen to local residents personal stories that bring the past to life and fade old images of Derbyshire into your camera view and see how today's scene has changed.

Knickerbocker Glorious and Handcrafted return to the Cathedral Quarter in March

Doing a spot of shopping or simply want to enjoy some local talent? Check out the Market Place in the Cathedral Quarter every third Saturday of the month.

Produced by Cathedral Quarter Derby, and Furthest From The Sea, Knickerbocker Glorious is four fun hours of free family entertainment guaranteed to put a spring in your step and our Handcrafted Event is set to showcase the best textile makers the area has to offer!

New guidebook to the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way was opened by the previous Duke of Devonshire in April 2003. A guidebook was published to coincide with the opening but has been out of print for several years now. This new edition has been updated and has new maps from Ordnance Survey at 1:2500 scale with photographs to support the text.

George Stephenson (1781-1848)

The life and times of George Stephenson's days in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which is where he buried inside the town’s Holy Trinity Church on Newbold Road.

FORMAT15: EVIDENCE - 13th March to 12th April 2015: Derby, UK

A world class biennale, celebrating its 10th anniversary, the FORMAT International Photography Festival brings together the best of contemporary photography under the curatorial theme of EVIDENCE. Previous festivals have presented exhibitions on the themes of Factory, Street and Film.

Buxton Spa Prize For Artists of All Ages

The Buxton Spa Prize will again attract and encourage artists of all ages and abilities to paint the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June. The prize which was successfully launched in 2014 aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture.