September 2017

Hair Angels gives Derby College hairdressing students a head start

Oakwood hair salon Hair Angels is set to give more Derby College hairdressing students a head start this year as it welcomes its next intake of new learners.

For many years the salon has been actively providing students with work experience and job opportunities, as well as contributing to the College’s curriculum by delivering hair masterclasses.

News from Platform Thirty1: 'Our Cultural Exchange Through The Arts’

Creative exploration & quality arts experiences were orchestrated during a visit of 19 international students from India. Tibshelf school students plus 6 local primaries were involved, giving them memorable and exciting exposure to working with creative industry experts.
Some young people had the opportunity to become co-producers: being empowered to learn and share skills and commission, coordinate and lead events.

'FOOTFALL' - Peter Cartwright - Opens at The Old Lock Up Gallery

The Old Lock Up Gallery is excited to announce the opening of Peter Cartwright's Solo Show 'FOOTFALL' on the 16th September from 2.30 - 6.30pm.  The show then continues until 4th Nov 2017.

Peter Cartwright's work spans five decades and we are delighted to be showing some stunning recent pieces of work by Peter in the gallery for our first solo show.

Derby Feste Gorilla Circus Will Bring Two-tonnes of steel rigging and a head for heights!

We caught up with Ezra Triggs, Director of Gorilla Circus and chatted to him about what they are looking forward to the most at this years event.

“I’m looking forward to help bring high flying circus back to the UK!

“Circus has its roots firmly in the UK, but homegrown circuses touring the UK are now a rare sight. I set up Gorilla Circus nine years ago to change this. My team and I are so pleased that our brand new show Altitude will be headlining Derby Festé’s World of Circus on Friday 29th September.

Round Britain voyage surpasses expectations for Derbyshire youngsters

Two young people from Derbyshire, who are in recovery from cancer, admitted the "really fun" adventure of taking part in the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's epic four-month Round Britain 2017 challenge had surpassed all their expectations after they sailed into Liverpool at the end of the latest leg last week.

A time to catch you breath and ease your way into autumn 

A time to catch you breath and ease your way into autumn - indulge yourself in a selection of beautiful new artwork by some of our favourite artists, amongst others the latest work of John Connolly, Maggie Robinson, Lewis Noble and photographers Valerie Dalling and Maria Falconer. We are also displaying some stunning work by new artists Peter Robertson, John Shiels and Jan Gay.  

Come have a look at a remarkable collection of original paintings and sculptures, limited edition prints, photography and much more.


Free business workshops in Derbyshire

The criteria are that you must be a business that is seen as supporting the Visitor Economy (inc food and Drink), are based in Derbyshire and are an SME. (Small to medium Enterprise with less than 250 employees).

I am delivering FREE workshops on behalf of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire.

The criteria are that you must be a business that is seen as supporting the Visitor Economy (inc food and Drink), are based in Derbyshire and are an SME. (Small to medium Enterprise with less than 250 employees)

Go and see the Some Antics concert 29 September in Chesterfield

On Friday September 29th Spital Arts presents the first of the 2017-18 concerts with local band 'Some Antics'

The event will be held at St. Leonard's Church, Valley Road/Hartington Road, Spital, Chesterfield S41 0HA

SomeAntics  (sum-an-tiques) – 3 blokes in a band.

With backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Folk and Rock, SomeAntics blend songs and instrumentals to create their own style of music.

Football Legend Joins Sportive Line-Up

Derby County Football Club Under 21 coach Rory Delap will be among the hundreds of cyclists taking part in the North Derby Challenge Sportive on Sunday September 17.

Mr Delap’s professional football career included 11 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team and contracts with Derby County, Carlisle United, Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City, Barnsley and Burton Albion.

Cathedral Quarter Plans For Challenges Ahead

Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has unveiled its plans to build on the award-winning momentum achieved over the past ten years and face the numerous challenges ahead for the next five years.

Representatives from a wide range of businesses gathered at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery this week for the official launch of the BID business plan 2018 – 2023.

Music Galore in Derby Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious returns to Derby Cathedral Quarter on Saturday September 16 with a free line-up of family musical entertainment at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place between 11am and 3pm.

Acts include the Sing Ropogo Choir who are based in Allestree under the direction of Dana de Waal with a unique style of rock, pop and gospel music; musician Alan Mansbridge who plays a variety of musical styles such as jazz, classical and pop; duo Sweet Liquorice and singer/songwriter Isaac Walters.

Canal Trust Plan To Launch River Boat Trips In City

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust are developing plans to launch boat trips on the River Derwent from Derby city centre.

Initially the trips would run between the Council House steps and the picturesque weir at Darley Abbey.

Moving forward, the full trip would ultimately travel through a new lock in the weir alongside the Council House and stretch to the Derby Arm boat lift that the Trust is planning to build on Pride Park.

The Trust recently enlisted the help of the Midland Canoe Club, based at Darley Abbey, to test the depths of the River Derwent. 

New poem unveiled at Belper station

We’re delighted to have installed a new poster poem at Belper Railway station on Platform 1 – this is the only site on Beth’s Poetry Trail where the poem is changed from time to time.

The new poem appropriately enough is titled ‘Travel’ and it was written by Edna St Vincent Millay. Wikipaedia describes her thus: ‘Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism.’

Derbyshire takeover on the Irish Sea

It is a Derbyshire takeover as four young people from the county, all in recovery from cancer, are enjoying the sailing experience of a lifetime taking part in the latest leg of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's epic four-month Round Britain 2017 challenge.

Brownlee Brothers Invite Local Pupils To Triathlon Taster

More than 1,000 primary school pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire will be joining triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee for a free mini-triathlon event at Allestree Woodlands School on Thursday September 28.

Primary schools have been invited to bring up to 30 pupils from Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) to the triathlon taster where they will complete a 20m swim in Woodlands’ pool followed by an 800m cycle and 300m run around the playing fields.

Local Cycling Club Lays Down Challenge For Sportive Title Contenders

Cycle Mickleover, a well-established cycling club based in the city with over 235 members, is laying down the gauntlet for other clubs and company groups to snatch their Team Challenge title in this month’s North Derbyshire Challenge cycle sportive.

Over 30 Cycle Mickleover members took part in the Spring Classic Sportive, with the ten fastest members lifting the Team Challenge trophy, sponsored by Geldards LLP in Pride Park, Derby.

Free Seminar Helps People Cope With Family Loss

Derby’s longest established family-owned funeral directors, G Wathall & Son, have teamed up with fellow professionals to hold a seminar exploring how to cope with a death in the family.

The event will be held at the Grange Banqueting Suite in Burton Road, Littleover, on Friday September 29 between 2pm and 4pm.  Places are free of charge but booking is essential.

Dirty Dancing Date at Iconic Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ‘Dirty Dancing’ film release, which has been a firm favourite with generations of movie fans.

Sing Viva – Derbyshire Carers Choir Hits the Right Note for Darley Park

A newly-formed choir made up of local people who are carers will make their debut performance at The Hannells Darley Park Concert on Sunday September 3 with a diverse programme of well-known songs.

Sing Viva  – Derbyshire Carers’ Choir has been set up by Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, as part of its 35th anniversary programme - enabling more people than ever to experience creative music making.

Peter Pan Cast Announced

Derby Theatre is thrilled  to announce the cast for their big, family-friendly, festive production for 2017/18, a magical and mystical Peter Pan, performed by a marvellous band of actor-musicians, on from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 6 January. 
Playing the title character will be Jack Brett. New to Derby Theatre audiences, Jack’s previous credits include Peter Pan in Underneath a Magical Moon (York Theatre Royal and UK tour); Alfie Strange: Trained Time Travellers Only (New Wolsey Theatre) and Cymbeline (Guildford Shakespeare Company).  

Hetain Patel - new exhibition at QUAD, Derby

A new exhibition in QUAD, Derby will include a premiere of work by East Midlands Artist Hetain Patel. The new exhibition consists of two film works: a major new work, Don’t Look at the Finger (2017), commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD, and The Jump (2015). It will be the UK premiere of The Jump in QUAD, Derby which will simultaneously also be shown at The Manchester Art Gallery, marking 50 years since Patel’s family emigrated from India to the UK.

Los Pacaminos comes to Buxton

If you’re longing for some Tex-Mex and Americana music, get your Stetson ready for the Los Pacaminos!

One the UK’s best loved vocalists Paul Young along with Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy formed Los Pacaminos as an antidote to the bleak English Winter. Starting life as a practice band playing music they loved, word soon got around and it wasn’t long before the band where playing gigs.

New art exhibition celebrates Derbyshire’s famous women

New paintings by artist Eleanor May Watson will celebrate famous Derbyshire women at Dear Reader, an exhibition at the Museum & Art Gallery, Derby from 16 September to 19 November. The work, produced during a nine month residency as the current holder of the prestigious Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, was inspired by Eleanor’s research into the lives of these women across history.

New exhibition coming up at the Barn... 'Follow The Thread'

Sheffield based group Arts Through Textiles will be exhibiting their work at the Barn from Monday 11th September.

The exhibition, entitled 'Follow the Thread', will be a dynamic exhibition featuring an eclectic mix of style, technique and approach with the emphasis on textiles.

New Play Celebrates Life of Bess of Hardwick

Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that Bess, a new play by Kevin Fegan, will be performed at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October. The play was commissioned by First Art and in association with Derby LIVE.

Telling the story of the life and times of Bess of Hardwick, surprisingly, this is the first drama to capture this extraordinary woman and her extraordinary times. Bess takes centre stage in this one-woman show mixing theatre with film.


This year’s Hannells Darley Park Concert 2017, organised by Derby City Council’s entertainment arm, Derby LIVE, with orchestra Sinfonia Viva and media sponsor Classic FM, was a resounding success. The event was supported by Hannells Estates Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.


Save the date for our highlight event of the year!
When:Thursday 19th October 2017
Where: The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
Look out for more information and tickets coming on sale soon! 

#UniqueDistrict ~ our exciting new hashtag campaign!

Social media has changed the way we all connect, communicate and share information, this is particularly relevant when planning a destination to visit.


Following a short break for the busy summer months, we are delighted to announce a number of business support workshops coming up over the next few months; as part of our European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project – Growing and Developing the Visitor Economy within Derbyshire!

First Festival Director appointed for Derby Book Festival

Local arts professional, Theresa Keogh, has been appointed as the first Festival Director of Derby Book Festival.  Now in its fourth year, Theresa will take the Festival to the next stage in its development. 

The Festival organisers have also announced the dates for the fourth Derby Book Festival.  Next year’s Festival will be held from Friday 1 June to Saturday 9 June 2018 in venues across the city and will again be organised in partnership with local organisations and businesses. 

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.

The kids are alright!

Here at Derby Festé 2017 we've been working hard to make sure there's plenty to keep those little faces smiling and laughing.