August 2017


One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, the much-loved Darley Park Concert will be returning on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park. The event is supported by Hannells Estates Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.

High Tor Players next Production

High Tor Players are delighted to give you advance notice of our next production.  We are back with Alan Ayckbourn and his acclaimed comedy ‘Absent Friends’. 

  • Ashover Thursday 23rd November
  • Bakewell Town Hall Friday 24th November and
  • Whitworth Centre on Saturday 25th November.

Ticket price £8

Secret Postcard Show - Opens 1st September 2017

The Old Lock Up Gallery is excited to announce the opening of it’s inaugural Secret Postcard Show – a fundraising show for the future development of the gallery and to raise money for Arts Emergency – Who help talented students from under-represented backgrounds overcome inspirational and practical barriers to flourish as critical, creative adults. 

Wirksworth Festival - 8 - 24 September 2017

This year’s Wirksworth Festival is just around the corner. From 8 - 24 September an exciting and eclectic line up of contemporary arts of every kind come to the Derbyshire Dales town.

The Art & Architecture Trail kicks things off on the opening weekend (9 - 10 Sept) and is followed by a full programme of performance and workshops, including live music such as contemporary folk and jazz, dance, mystical story telling, craft courses and more. 

Local Businesses Support North Derbyshire Challenge Cycle Sportive

Two Pride Park companies have pledged their support for Derby’s next major sporting event.

Geldards solicitors and Document Network Services (DNS) will sponsor the North Derbyshire Challenge cycle sportive on Sunday September 17 organised by Cycle Derby and HUUB Events.

Geldards will sponsor the Team Challenge.  This is an opportunity for up to ten cyclists to work together in an attempt to travel the greater distance.  The company will also host a hospitality area at Markeaton Park with exclusive access for Business Challenge riders throughout the day.

Floral Festival Colour in Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter

The Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have commissioned a large number of colourful hanging baskets across both areas ahead of the late summer and Autumn festivals that will take to the local streets.

Funding for the project has been provided by both BIDs with further sponsorship in St Peters Quarter by G Wathall & Son, independent funeral directors, and Intu Derby shopping Centre.

Local music event in a Cave!

The event is will take place inside a cave in Matlock Bath and will premiere two new compositions by experimental classical composer Eliane Radigue and electronic producer Lee Gamble.  The music will be performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

Contact Associate Producer, Alec Curtis, at for all enquiries. 
Buy tickets at Resident Advisor. 

Artist Web-pages: 

Sinfonia Viva Derby Residency Brings Anniversary Year To a Close

Folk tunes, classical gems and even music played from rooftops around the Cathedral are just some of the highlights of Sinfonia Viva’s four-week Autumn Derby Residency.

Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, will mark the climax of its 35th anniversary year with the series of performances which showcase the Orchestra’s innovative diversity.

Higher Achievements at Derby College

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.

A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%.  Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 last year.

Derby College Expands Residential provision

Derby College has expanded its residential accommodation offer to enable students from further afield to live at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley seven days a week in term time.

The accommodation, which has an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, is currently available Sunday evenings to Friday for students aged 16 and above.

Freelance Drama / Physical Theatre Practitioner required

Hubbub Theatre Company are an exciting integrated physical theatre company working with actors with moderate learning disabilities. Hubbub creates original devised work for indoor and outdoor performance. The company is in an exciting phase of development thanks to Arts Council Elevate funding and this is an ideal time to get involved with and expanding and developing theatre company.

Repton Schools has published details of this year’s Concert Series

Repton Schools has published details of this year’s Concert Series which brings high calibre musicians normally seen at top venues into Derbyshire for all to enjoy.

The full list of concerts, which unless otherwise stated all take place on Wednesdays at 7.45pm in Repton Music School, off Tanners Lane, Repton, Derbyshire is as follows:

September 20

Voces8 Choral Dances


November 1

Konstellation Clara Schumann and friends


November 29

Derby College Performing Arts student takes the right steps for Steps

Derby College Performing Arts student Jordan Roebuck is using his talents to help adults express themselves through music and dancing at a community arts centre.

Jordan, who is 18 and from Hilton, recently gained part-time employment at Steps for the Future after two years of volunteering with the Derby charity, based in Nottingham Road.

Local project uncovering Derby’s live ‘80s music scene

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, is connecting with people to document the live music scene in Derby during the 1980’s. Working with volunteers, the Derby City Council library is aiming to collect ephemera (flyers, tickets, posters, gig listings, riders, fanzines, photos etc.) audio and video recordings of local bands and live music venues.

What’s On At Cromford Mills NOVEMBER 2017

Wednesday 8th November



Location: Arkwright’s Café


Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit or phone 01629 823256.


Thursday 9th November

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

What’s On At Cromford Mills OCTOBER 2017

Wednesday 11th October



Location: Arkwright’s Café


Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit or phone 01629 823256.


Thursday 12th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)


High Peak Community Arts is excited to be presenting an outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the beautiful High Lea Park, New Mills, on Sunday September 24th 2017, 4-6pm.

The play will be performed by the renowned acting company The Three Inch Fools.

The Three Inch Fools are five actors who, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s rib-ticklingly good comedy of old fashioned trickery and mistaken identity.

Gold star awards for Croots Farm Shop includes Bake Off star’s cake

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has scooped two gold star awards in this year’s Great Taste Awards – including one for a cake designed in conjunction with Bake Off star Val Stones.

Val’s Virtuous Cake, a fat-free, sugar-free and egg-free bake created by Val, who is the sister of Croots’ owner Steve Croot, was awarded a gold star accolade in the 2017 awards.

Croots Hickory Smoked Chicken Sausage, created in-house by the butchers at the farm shop near Duffield, also won a gold star in the awards, which are widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the fine food world.

News from Purple and Grey

Purple and Grey is in holiday mode but our Art Group did meet at Tansley Village Hall last week where I ran a workshop.  We have a lovely friendly bunch of artists of all abilities and have many laughs.  Our next Art Group is on Wednesday 27 Sept 10.30-12.30 and it's £4.95 with lots of free tea and coffee.  New members welcome. 

Kenton Cool comes to Derby's Guildhall Theatre

Derby LIVE is proud to announce that Kenton Cool will be visiting the Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre.

Kenton’s obsession with climbing developed at school, in the Scouts and was furthered at the University of Leeds. In 1996 he suffered a fall from a rock face in North Wales and shattered both heel bones, he was told he’d never walk unaided again. One Man’s Everest is his incredible story.

Derby LIVE Drama in September

September is set to be a stellar month at Derby LIVE for the drama enthusiast, who can look forward to a number of great productions at the Guildhall Theatre. From emotional musicals to chilling horror stories, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month.

Derby Arboretum - Lark in the Park

On Saturday 2nd September, the Friends of Derby Arboretum is holding its annual celebration of summer with its Lark in the Park. There will be loads of stalls, entertainment and fun activities. The Star tent stage will have continuous performances, this year in collaboration with Furthest-from-the-Sea, Music Comedy and Arts. Local entertainment, arts and crafts are the main themes running through this event. It's free and caters for all age groups. There will be a second performance tent with a magician, storytelling and acoustic music.

Cara Dillon in Buxton in September

Cara Dillon admirers and new fans are in for a treat when this extraordinary Irish singer returns with her solo album at Buxton Opera House.

It’s been five years since the world last heard from Cara. Taking time off to embrace motherhood and combat serious illness, she retreated from the live circuit. She continued to record with her husband and collaborator Sam Lakeman to return with not only a new album but also a new record label.

Free public events in Edale to celebrate local moorland

Guided walks, talks, a poetry evening and gardeners’ question time are some of the free, community-focused events that local people can look forward to as part of BogFest in Edale next month.

BogFest – taking place Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September at venues throughout the Hope Valley village - is set to celebrate the iconic moorland of the Peak District and South Pennines.

Santa’s Stolen Sleigh

Santa is about to load the sleigh up with toys for all the girls and boys when disaster strikes…the sleigh is missing! 


Join Elvis the Elf on his mission to retrieve Santa's sleigh and save Christmas.


Enjoy all the Christmas fun with Elvis the Elf and the gang, meet Father Christmas and receive a present from the man himself!


School and Nursery Bookings Only:

Wednesday 13th December 1.00pm

Thursday 14th December 10.00am and 1.00pm

Friday 15th December 10.00am and 1.00pm

Fantastic Ladies Night Out! Fashion Show and Sale

Come and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco and peruse the amazing high street brand clothing with up to 75% off!! A great night out with friends and get your Christmas presents or party dress sorted! Licensed bar and fun atmosphere. (Aged 16+)

Saturday 23rd September 7.30pm, only £10.00. Tickets must be booked by Saturday 16th September.

Music at Duffield presents Travelling by Tuba

Saturday 23 September 2017 at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

MAIN HALL, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, Derbyshire, DE56 4GS


Brahms:               Hungarian Dance                                             

Trad:                      Three Spirituals                                

Handel:                Grave and Allegro                           

Mozart:                Rondo                                  

Doughty:             Var. on Grandfather’s Clock


One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, the much-loved Darley Park Concert will be returning on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park. The event is supported by Hannells Estates Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.

New Mills Festival Launches Visual Arts Trail 2017

New Mills Festival is delighted to announce the start of the Festival Art Trail, which will see over a hundred and fifty artists from across the UK and abroad taking part.  The Trail forms part of the festival that is held in New Mills from the 8th

Charities Leadership Programme launched (UK)

The King's Fund, Comic Relief, and the Big Lottery Fund have opened the application process for a unique support programme that will enable charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. The Cascading Leadership programme offers an initial 80 free places worth £3,000 each. Anyone leading a voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisation focussed on health and wellbeing of any size, early stage or established, can apply. There are two opportunities on offer:

Top Picks for August in Derby

Summer is here and In Derby have got some brilliant ideas to keep everyone entertained around Derby this August. From local parks events to the best things to watch, the city is buzzing with activity! This summer is one not to miss.

Fun for EVERYONE – FIGMENT Derby Festival returns this summer

Have you ever felt inspired to try something different, creative or new? Are you an artist, writer, photographer, dancer, maker, musician, or just someone who wants to share an experience with your city? Derby Museums wants to hear from you!

FIGMENT Derby returns to The Silk Mill and Cathedral Green on Saturday 19 August from 11am-5pm. FIGMENT Derby will be a free participatory event full of artistic playfulness and creative energy.

Pollyanna to join Conservation Delegation to China

Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering will be travelling to China later this month, as part of an official delegation of conservationists in a bid to encourage protection of threatened species worldwide.

 A selection of Pollyanna’s original paintings will be included in the Artist for Conservation Society’s International exhibition at the Lanwan Art Museum which forms part of  a 50-acre ecological park art village and public gallery, located in one of China's most beautiful and important coastal cities - Qingdao City

New Season, new What’s On Brochure for Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House’s new autumn/winter what’s on brochure has arrived telling of theatre treats, as the nights start to close in.

Among the celebrity names joining us this season is Derren Brown, with his sell-out London show Underground (28th-30th August), a collection of Derren’s very best stage work. His illusions and magical genius is a thing to behold.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Artist in Residence @ The Creative and Virtual Technologies Research (CVTR) Lab

Enabling Innovation and Nottingham Trent University invite proposals from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) based artists/designers wishing to be short-term Artists in Residence at NTU, in the Creative and Virtual Technologies Research (CVTR) Lab. This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on access to the facilities available in the Lab, to obtain training and supervision, and work on a collaborative project specifically utilising digital based art and design technologies.

Residencies will be fully subsidised by Enabling Innovation, and involve:

OPPORTUNITY - AA2A Artists & Designer maker placements 2016-17

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 50 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

Map and links to application info for AA2A schemes

Rosa Awards Grants to promote gender equality (UK)

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has awarded grants totalling £36,450 to 20 projects across the UK through the second round of the Voices from the Front Line programme. The programme aims to support women at the front of the fight for gender equality. Funding of between £500 and £2,000 is available to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. The grants include:

Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities (UK)

Comic Relief has launched a £1.5 million fund to engage older people aged 65 and over in volunteering. Between 15 and 25 grants will be awarded to projects that specifically target older people who don't usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face other barriers to participating. Grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 for up to three years’ work will be made to registered organisations based in the community in which they are already working with older people (including those working with national or regional partners).

Hairpsray is on its way, with Opera House Chief Exec directing the National tour!

The big, bold and beautiful production of the much-loved musical comedy Hairspray will visit more than 30 venues across the length and breadth of the UK, including Buxton in October.

A star cast has been announced including Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad with Matt Rixon returning as Edna. Also returning is Layton Williams to play the role of Seaweed alongside musical theatre star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle. Newcomer Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

St Peters Quarter Businesses Join Tidy Up Event

More than 20 representatives of businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) took part in an early-morning litter pick around the area to highlight their commitment to keeping to area tidy.

The Business Tidy event was the first under the new St Peters Quarter five-year BID programme which includes activities to improve the environment and visitor experience in the area.

Jenson Button Trust Triathlon Delivers Something For Everyone

More than 600 athletes of all ages and experience enjoyed a day of sport in Derby on Sunday (July 23) as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon.

400 individuals and teams of three competed twice during the day with an open-water swim in Markeaton Park lake, a closed-road cycle route in and out of the city’s Cathedral Quarter and then a run route around the picturesque park.

Meanwhile 200 youngsters and accompanying adults joined the family triathlon in the lunchtime break – covering a shorter course before crossing the main finish line.

Engagement Service Gives Local People Greater Say In Mental Health Services

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Derbyshire, has been appointed to ensure that people who use mental health services and their carers are given a greater voice in how health and social care services are run, and changed.  

The public watchdog, based in Milford near Belper, is setting up a new Mental Health Service Receiver and Carer Engagement Service on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups across the county.

New Group in Ashbourne Helps People Cope with Grief

A bereavement support group will expand into Ashbourne in September – holding monthly meetings to help people who have lost a loved one.

Derby Dandelions was set up in October 2014 by family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son Ltd who have offices in Ashbourne, Derby, Borrowash and Alvaston.

There are already many members who attend the twice-monthly meetings in Derby city centre.

The first Ashbourne Dandelions group will meet at Cornerstone Café in Church Street on Wednesday September 6 between 1.30pm and 3pm and then on the first Wednesday of the month.

Acquisition Further Paves the Way For Visitor Attraction

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust have bought six derelict cottages overlooking a stretch of disused canal in Draycott that it is planning to restore.

The cottages are at the start of the Draycott ‘Golden Mile’ between Hopwell Road and Derby Road which will be the first stretch of the former 13 mile waterway that the Trust plans to restore into a visitor attraction.

Detailed plans and feasibility studies will now be drawn up for the future use of the cottages near Hopwell Road which have cost £175,000 to buy.