May 2019

Launch of Invest in Derbyshire

An exciting next step in the development of the Invest in Derbyshire service, delivered by Marketing Derby on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Economic Partnership, was taken last week as a new brand, website and film were launched.

Investors, businesses and key partners attended a launch event in support of the county’s ambition to be a destination of choice for investors and businesses.

The fifth Derby Book Festival is open!

The fifth Derby Book Festival is officially open, running from today until Saturday 8th June.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include broadcaster and author, Melvyn Bragg, comedian Susan Calman, politician and Tory leadership hopeful, Rory Stewart MP, Victoria Hislop, Stephen Booth, John Harvey, children’s author, Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon), historian Alison Weir, Simon Jenkins, Dolly Alderton and Paul Mason.

Industry Newsletter: Derbyshire producers invited to exhibit at Chatsworth Country Fair | Get involved in our food and drink campaign

Get involved in our NEW Eat, Drink, Explore campaign

Providing a fantastic showcase to the Peak District and Derbyshire's fantastic foodie offering, Eat, Drink, Explore shines a light on the area’s diverse food and drink, celebrating everything from passionate local producers, cafes, pubs and restaurants to unique experiences such as foraging and brewery tours.


Do you own a restaurant, cafe, tearoom or pub? Are you a local food and drink? If so, find out how you can get involved below...

Get involved in our campaign to shine a light on local food and drink

Get involved in our

Eat, Drink, Explore campaign


Calling all local food and drink businesses! Do you own a restaurant, cafe, tearoom or pub? Are you a local food and drink producer? Do you love to shout about the fantastic foodie offering in the Peak District and Derbyshire?

If so, find out how you can get involved in our campaign - Eat, Drink, Explore.


All about Eat, Drink, Explore

Festival starts with showstoppers

Buxton International Festival raises the curtain on its 2019 programme with a gala concert of opera’s greatest hits.

Artistic Director Adrian Kelly has lined up showstoppers to start the two weeks of music, song and book talks with some of the world’s favourite numbers from Bizet’s Carmen, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Magic Flute to name but three.

Croots Farm Shop takes part in Open Farm Sunday on 9th June

Derbyshire farm shop Croots will be opening the gates to the farm on Sunday 9th June as part of a nationwide event to showcase British farming.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day, with hundreds of farms throwing open their gates to give the public the chance to find out more about where their food comes from.

Among them is Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road near Duffield - the home of the award-winning Croots Farm Shop.

Garden Volunteers Receive Prestigious Award...

Barn Gardeners Receive Prestigious
Civic Society Award


Dronfield Heritage Trust would like to congratulate our team of garden volunteers for receiving a prestigious John Robert Clough award at Dronfield Civic Society’s AGM last night.

Upcoming Artist Talks & Residencies

Friday 24th May
Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GT

In conversation with Green Party’s Imtiaz Choonara and our Artists in Residence- Gareth Bunting and Victoria Sharples.

April Young at Gormleys Art in Garden Exhibition

Gormleys Art In Garden Exhibition will host some of the greatest names in the Art world including Salvador Dali.
April's work will be displayed alongside these incredible pieces of surrealist sculpture to be appreciated by visitors from around the world.
The full pictorial representation of the exhibition will be available to see online from Sunday 19th May.
Please do take a look and see how wonderful April's work is viewed out in the wonderful Irish parklands.

Anvil Gallery

18 Sadler Gate

Derby, DE13NH

Derventio arts project events at Derby Book Festival and Haarlem Artspace

Out of the Box is part of a three-year arts programme working with people at Derventio Housing Trust’s Growing Lives project in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


From generously shared personal stories, artist Jan Flamank condensed gentle conversations into haiku-style poems, using only people’s own words. The poems are presented alongside personal photographs in a book and a display of small boxes. The project gives a glimpse into the real lives of local people who have been through tough times.


Out of the Box will feature at the following venues:


Singing star goes from saint to sinner

Rising opera star Samantha Clarke has gone from saint to sinner for her latest leading role.

London-born but raised in Australia and South Africa, Samantha is taking the lead role in Buxton International Festival’s world premiere of Georgiana, about the life and loves of the wife of the Fifth Duke of Devonshire who fascinated and scandalised high society in Georgian England.

BAT has 80 at Fringe40!

The BAT team has received a record breaking 80 entries for its award-winning Art Trail to take place during the 40th Fringe Festival. WE ARE OFFICIALLY 80 at FRINGE40!

Applications have poured in for Buxton Art Trail which will return during the first weekend of the Fringe40 on Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7.

The fifth trail, BAT2019: The Buxton Biennale is set to make a big contribution to celebrate Buxton Fringe’s 40th year.

Mermaid Festival in Buxton is a celebration of all things Mermaid for children, adults and anyone with a tail. With mermaid clubs springing up all over the country, there has never been a better time to investigate this cultural phenomenon.


Show Garden Centre Piece Unveiled

The centre piece of Derby College Group’s exhibit at this year’s BBC Gardeners World Live have arrived as work continues on preparations for the prestigious show (June 13 to 16).


Strength of a collaborative partnership

Bondholders from across public, private and third sectors within the East Midlands are collaborating to host an event for employers to learn, share and discuss new approaches to recruitment. 

D2N2 funds SME digital growth

The Digital Growth Programme from Bondholder D2N2 has enabled 1,300 businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to embrace digital technology.

The programme gives local SMEs access to fully-funded workshops, financial support and free one-to-one advice to help them introduce new digital technology to their organisations.

Derby Festé unveils showcase performances

Tickets are now on sale for two special performances at this year’s Derby Festé on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019.

Dutch company, Close-Act Theatre, will make a welcome return to Festé on both evenings.

‘Malaya’ is a magnificent interactive street theatre production that will transform Bass’ Recreation Ground into a futuristic journey in time on Saturday evening.

Fringe supports dementia training

An informative, open-to-all Dementia Friends training session took place recently at the Fire Station Community Room, organised by Buxton Festival Fringe. Keen to make its summer arts event more inclusive, the Fringe arranged for dementia awareness campaigner Keith Horncastle to offer practical ideas and training at the session which was attended by representatives from The Green Man Gallery, Buxton Art Trail and Buxton Film as well members of the Fringe committee. The Fringe hopes to repeat the training later in the year.

Life Drawing May's Session

Places left for Sunday 19 May 2019

This month, our life model is Rachel and, as usual, the untutored session starts at 10am and will finish at around 12.30pm, including a 30 minute break part-way through.

Refreshments are available and included within the price but you are welcome to bring your own along if you wish. The session costs £12.50 and you will need to bring your own drawing materials and equipment along for use during the session.


Ashford Art Group Annual Show

Ashford Art Group will hold the Annual Show throughout Welldressing Week, from Saturday, 15th June, to Sunday, 23rd June.  This year, for the first time, the Show will be in the Ashford War Memorial Institute. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  


A wide selection of artwork is displayed for sale at affordable prices.  Artist members are present to greet visitors and  to talk about the work shown.  We hope you will enjoy your visit.

High peak trail set to reopen for bank holiday fun

Fans of the great outdoors will soon be able to explore a popular route for walking, riding and cycling once more now that Derbyshire County Council has confirmed plans to install a temporary bridge on the High Peak Trail.

A section of the trail was forced to close on 17 April after an HGV ran into a bridge which carried the trail over the B5056 near Brassington, causing extensive damage.

Now a steel bridge will be lifted into place on Sunday 19 May as a temporary measure so the route can be re-opened while plans to re-build a permanent bridge are drawn-up. 


Thank you to everyone who has visited FORMAT19 so far. This year has been hugely successful and there is still time to catch the remaining exhibitions below, all open until Sunday 9th June

QUAD Gallery One 

ARTISTS : Max Pinckers, Edgar Martins, Stefanie Moshammer, Amani Willett, Anne Golaz and Virginie Rebetez.

Curated by Tim Clark and Louise Fedotov-Clements

QUAD Gallery Two

Curated by Louise Fedotov-Clements

and Peter Bonnell

Assembly Rooms - have your say

Members of the public and stakeholders are being invited to have their say on the proposed plans to transform the Assembly Rooms into a vibrant new cultural venue in the city centre.

Bondholder Derby City Council is holding a period of stakeholder/ public engagement between Monday 13 May and Friday 24 May on the emerging designs for the Assembly Rooms.

Modern garden villages are not the Eden they pretend to be

A trend in describing modern housing developments as “garden villages” is an abuse of the origin of the term, a leading estate agent has said.

Andrew Jolley, who is supporting Buxton International Festival in its celebration of the work of architects Richard Parker and Raymond Unwin who began their careers in the town, said their ideas had led to the creation of garden cities such as Letchworth and Welwyn as well as Hampstead Garden Village in London.

Artist and Volunteer Opportunities

If The Trees Could Talk Commission

If The Trees Could Talk is an exciting, new storytelling and performance project with the LGBT+ community in South Derbyshire and beyond that creates a series of original ‘fairy tales’ exploring their relationship with the trees, the wood and nature.

We are open to your ideas and interpretations about the theme. This project is in partnership with Derbyshire LGBT+ and we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from the LGBT+ community and diverse backgrounds to apply.


Producers based in Derbyshire are invited to showcase, promote and sell their products and services to a potential audience of around 70,000 people at Chatsworth Country Fair this summer – thanks to an exciting opportunity offered by the area’s official tourist board.

After a successful launch at last year’s event, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire (MPDD) is inviting local producers to apply for a place in the Inspired by the Peak District and Derbyshire Marketplace at one of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor celebrations.

Our projects shine in heritage awards

Three of our projects have won awards in a prestigious awards ceremony, with a fourth being highly commended

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire Record Office, and two Markham Vale initiatives – the Walking Together Mining Memorial and The Story Mine project – were recognised at Derbyshire Heritage Awards, run by Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum.

The awards took place at Barrow Hill Roundhouse in Chesterfield on Friday 3 May 2019. The annual awards celebrate all the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county.

Events aimed at ambitious writers and keen readers

Arts Derbyshire has been awarded £14,950 from Arts Council England to run a project for writers and readers with us.

The project, called Writing Ambitions: Commissioning, is a partnership between Festivity, Writing East Midlands, Junction Arts and ourselves.

It will commission five writers to work with a Derbyshire-based arts festival during 2020 to produce and perform pieces of writing in the local community.

All of the festivals selected are members of Festivity, which is the arts festival forum for Derbyshire, and a part of Arts Derbyshire. It includes:

Matlock Storytelling Cafe

Matlock Storytelling Cafe


Abduction and Enchantment with Guto Dafis

On Friday 7th June we bring you stories from Welsh folklore and legend, brought to life by master storyteller and musician Guto Dafis.

Festival of Derbyshire proposed to help boost economy

Proposals are being drawn-up by Derbyshire County Council for a Festival of Derbyshire to boost tourism – bringing new investment and creating more jobs.

The festival, which is proposed to be held in 2020/21, would celebrate a series of key cultural and historic anniversaries for the county – including the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park and 20 years since Derwent Valley Mills became a World Heritage Site – and would help promote Derbyshire to national and international audiences.

Derby Businesses Join Giant Pass The Parcel Game For Local Charity

A Derby business which delivers parcels safe and sound to customers across the county and beyond have teamed up with a specialist local charity for a week of awareness and fund raising.

Derby Express Couriers will be inviting 50 business customers to join in a giant game of Pass the Parcel from Sunday May 12 which is National Children’s Awareness Day.

Magical Family Film Screening Comes to Derby

Derby College Group’s Roundhouse Events team are hosting a ‘Matilda’ family film screening based on Roald Dahl’s award-winning book.

The film screening is part of Derby Book Festival’s packed programme of events which is aimed at appealing to all ages and offers a diverse range of events.

The fifth Derby Book Festival will be held from Friday 31 May to Saturday 8 June 2019.

Derby College Group celebrates World Autism Awareness Week

Students at Derby College Group (DCG) took part in a wide range of activities and events as part of World Autism Week.


DCG was the first further education college in the East Midlands to be officially recognised by Autism East Midlands for its work to support students with Autism.


Joseph Wright painting travels to Science Museum for major new exhibition

This September, Derby Museums’ celebrated Orrery painting by Joseph Wright will travel to the Science Museum in London as part of an exciting new project exploring the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years: The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter. 


The Art of Innovation – a partnership between BBC Radio 4 and the Science Museum Group – explores the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years and how it has helped to interpret, study and explore the world around us.


Ugly Politics, Fragile World?

Join Masters students as they explore the latest debates in Global Heritage at the University of Derby’s annual Public History & Heritage symposium.


MA students are inviting you to join them as they take to the floor at the University of Derby to examine how conflict, political discourse, tourism and environmental challenges are effecting heritage across the globe. The Symposium entitled Ugly Politics, Fragile World? will take place on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at the University’s Kedleston Road campus.

Peak Voices Summer Tour

Singing group, Peak Voices, this year launched their first local spring tour, ‘One Song More! A night at the musicals’. Following sell out shows and rave reviews, they intend to impress again with their summer tour which starts in June.  The audience can expect to be treated to an evening of songs from popular West End shows including Blood Brothers, The Greatest Showman, Chicago, West Side Story, Les Misérables and many more.  

Artcore May Newsletter

This month of May we have some exciting new ventures on the horizon.. if you have a passion for ceramics and all things clay don't miss our new ceramic courses for children and adults. Led by our artist you will get the chance to learn many different clay techniques from pinch pots to wheel work.

Last Call for Team Viking

The Arts Festival might be over, but the good news is that we've still got plenty of great events coming up at the Barn in the next few weeks - including Team Viking by Tangram Theatre Company this Thursday (May 9th). 

Notes on your calendar: music is going all-year round in the Peak District

May 2, 2019

Notes on your calendar: music is going all-year round in the Peak District

Buxton International Festival is bringing music for all four seasons in the Peak District under a new partnership with Orchestras Live.

The programme starts on May 12 when the Northern Chamber Orchestra presents a concert in St John’s Church featuring virtuoso violin music including Wolf, Bach and Tchaikovsky.

The Girls wins first Derby Book Festival Children’s Picture Book Award

Children in six Derby primary schools have chosen The Girls by Lauren Ace, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie as the winner of the first Derby Book Festival Children’s Picture Book Award, which aims to celebrate picture books that children can relate to and in which the diversity and challenges of modern life are represented. 


New Opportunity at Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful, dynamic and innovative organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the health related Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire?

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is an independent charity, which strategically represents and champions the work of the health and care voluntary and community sector.  We provide vital support to a diverse range of local charities and community groups through our work and also connect people and resources to projects and ideas.