September 2021

Timms’ Solicitor Shortlisted for Rising Star Award

A Family Law Solicitor at Timms Solicitors has been shortlisted for a highly regarded category in the 2021 Business Awards for East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

Jessica Barnett is a finalist in the Rising Star award which recognises an outstanding employee who has progressed significant over the past 12-24 months.

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning: Call for proposals to deliver webinars on “Making a Radical Shift in Artists Training”

The Phillip Barker Centre, based at University of Chester, are looking for six different artists or creative practitioners with significant experience in socially-engaged, community and participatory arts practice to be involved in delivering an interactive webinar in your chosen area that inspires change.

The webinar will be part of a series of six-related conversations about a bigger issue affecting your work, such as:  

Join the virtual Matlock Storytelling Cafe, every first Friday of the month

A night of Storytelling for grown ups. The Matlock Storytelling Cafe event brings people together once a month on the first Friday to share stories and tellers from near and far.

In normal circumstances, the event takes place every first Friday at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock, but due to the pandemic, the storytelling cafe has moved online and so that you can zoom the session to your front room!

Derby BIDs Present Ram Trail Prize Draw Vouchers

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BID) have announced the winners of a prize draw organised as part of their involvement with this summer’s Derby Ram Trail.

The BIDs offered two winners the chance to win £100 each in vouchers to spend in their favourite city centre shops. Anyone who had spent £5 or more in a Cathedral Quarter or St Peters Quarter business was invited to enter the prize draw.

The Big BIF Weekend: Final line-up is revealed

Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce the final line-up for The Big BIF Weekend (15-16 October), a mini version of its celebrated summer festival with a worldclass roster of books, classical music and jazz.

The Ashover Light Railway Vol2 poetry book by David Siddon

David Siddon, along with watercolour illustrator Eric Leslie, releases his latest poetry book The Ashover Light Railway 1924-1950, volume 2.

Volume 2 of a Book of Poems includes an introduction by David Siddon with another 18 poems and supporting photographs from Bob Gratton's collection and a magnificent collection of watercolours and drawings from the late talented railway artist Eric Leslie.

FORMAT News: Opportunities

Louise Fedotov Clements Appointed to Board of UK Council


We are delighted to announce that FORMAT’s very own Founding and Artistic Director, Louise Fedotov Clements, has been appointed to the UK Council of Create UK Group, which includes the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England.

Derby Folk Festival returns with fringe benefits

The long-awaited and virtually sold out Derby Folk Festival returns as a live event in the heart of the city centre this weekend, from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October.

Now in its 15th year, noted artists including O’Hooley and Tidow, Kitty Macfarlane, Ninebarrow, India Electric Co. and Home Service will be joined by some old friends and new faces.

Free theatre workshops with Belper Community Play

A season of taster workshops led by a team of professional theatre-makers across different venues in Belper.

All workshops are free and no experience necessary. Make sure to register your place early as spaces are limited. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 4th October | Creative writing with Kevin Fegan
Belper Library, 7-9pm | Age 16+

If you live, work or are connected to the Belper area, come along and tell us your tales.

New crime novel released by Derby author, Jane Bettany

Without a Trace, the second book from Derby writer, Jane Bettany, is out as an eBook from the 29th October 2021.

It is the second book in the DI Isabel Blood series, set in Derbyshire, and will also be released as a paperback version on 6th January 2022.

Uncover the mystery and solve the crime alongside Derbyshire’s best detective. This utterly gripping, unputdownable whodunit will have you hooked and reading long into the night!

Get ready for The Big BIF Weekend this October!

Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce the final line-up for The Big BIF Weekend 15th-16th October 2021.

This year’s books programme features politician Peter Hain, crime writer Sarah Ward, author Azeem Azhar, lawyer Meriel Schindler and journalist Paul Mason. The music programme includes the return of popular pianist Martin Roscoe, BIF’s Chamber Ensemble: the Corran Quartet, the Harewood Artists from English National Opera and jazz sensations XPQ (Xenopoulos, Price Quintet).

Buxton Museum: Want to learn a new craft?

Our Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a new workshop programme for adults.

This autumn, treat yourself and learn a new craft. The museum is running a choice of adult workshops (for over 14s) at the museum and nearby studios, with experienced artists and only a few participants. These all-day events, 10am-4pm, will suit beginners and experienced people.

Derby BIDs ensure city centre businesses can join crime-fighting partnership

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have joined forces with Derbyshire Business Crime Reduction Partnership (DBCRP) to make it easier for businesses to work together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Businesses in the BID areas will have free access to the DISC system, which is run by East Midlands Chamber, from October 1st 2021 when the scheme goes live.

Artcore September 2021 - Upcoming events this week

Artcore have some fantastic events coming up this autumn!

Derby Peace Week - A Celebration Of Togetherness

Wednesday 22nd September 12-3pm 


Join the team at Artcore Gallery on Wednesday 22nd September, where they will hosting ‘A Celebration of Togetherness’ in conjunction with DALS for Derby Peace Week.

Artcore September 2021 - Upcoming events this week

Artcore have some fantastic events coming up this autumn!

Derby Peace Week - A Celebration Of Togetherness

Wednesday 22nd September 12-3pm 

Join the team at Artcore Gallery on Wednesday 22nd September, where they will hosting ‘A Celebration of Togetherness’ in conjunction with DALS for Derby Peace Week.

Upcoming courses in Derby: QUAD courses to go on sale

Self-Publishing for Beginners - With Dawn Brookes

Mondays commencing 4th October to 22nd November (8-week course), 6.30pm-9pm | £115 or £105 for concessions at QUAD, Derby

Led by tutor and successful self-published author Dawn Brookes, this eight week course will cover key aspects of self-publishing including marketing, cover design, publishing e-books, book formatting.
Perfect for anyone looking to get their work published in 2021 or 2022, or those authors who’ve considered self-publishing but aren’t sure where to start.

Appeal in memory of Croots Farm Shop owner raises more than £7,000

More than £7,000 has been raised in memory of popular farm shop owner Steve Croot, who ran Croots Farm Shop near Duffield in Derbyshire with his wife Kay.

Steve died suddenly on 15th August, and his family launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise money to buy two defibrillators.

The appeal very quickly exceeded its target – allowing for a generous donation to also be made to Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, which Steve had supported for many years, and the local St Alkmund’s Church in Duffield.

Coming up at the Barn this autumn

Summer might be over, but there's still plenty of events coming up at the Barn over the next few weeks - we hope you'll be able to join us for some of the following talks and activities.

Remember to head to our website for further details on all of these and much more.


The Memoirs of Lady Ann Fanshawe

Wathall's: Clifton CC Celebrate Successful Season

Family-owned Wathall’s have congratulated Clifton Cricket Club on a successful first season under the company’s three-year sponsorship package.

As part of the sponsorship the Wathall’s logo is displayed on all senior team’s kit and sponsor boards at Chapel Lane, Clifton.

Clifton CC near Ashbourne play in the Derbyshire County Cricket League and the three senior teams have played in Division 1, 6S & 9SW for the 2021 season.

Your invitation to view the launch exhibition ReConnect: Courtney Gallery

Come celebrate with the team at Courtney Gallery and their artists for a new and exciting exhibition launch - their first under a new name, a new look, a new brand, and a new focus!

‘ReConnect’ wants to take the gallery visitors on a visual journey into all the changes, trials and tribulations that the artists experienced during the pandemic, and how they chose to pursue and display these experiences.

Online funeral donations are a welcome cultural shift

Families have long requested that mourners donate to a charity of their loved one’s choice in lieu of flowers at a funeral and the pandemic has encouraged more uptake of online pledges, according to Helen Wathall MBE, managing director and fifth generation to run Wathall’s – Derby’s longest-established independent funeral directors.

Markham Mining Memorial Unveiling September 2021: Five more figures added to Walking Together

Beam are delighted to be able to share with you the news that five new statues have been added to the ‘Walking Together’ mining memorial by Artist Stephen Broadbent at Derbyshire County Council’s Markham Vale Business Park.

The new statues take the total of life-sized steel figures at the site to 93, and Beam are continuing to work alongside partners to fundraise to see the target of all 106 figures installed.

The most recent additions are sited at the Markham Vale Environment Centre and are dedicated to:

Museum of Making official opening to take place amongst weekend of city-wide celebrations and special events

On Friday 24 September the Museum of Making is holding its official opening ceremony led by the Duke of Devonshire, Patron of Derby Museums, who has been a great supporter of the Museum of Making throughout its development. Derby Silk Mill – widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory – opened as the new Museum of Making in May, and since then has been going from strength to strength. 

Come and celebrate Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display 2021

Join the celebrations at the Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display on Saturday 6th November 2021, with entertainment starting in the village square from 5.30pm.

The torch-lit, music-led procession of the infamous ‘Willow RAT’ leaves at 6.15pm and is carried through the village to the chants of ‘Burn the Rat’ up to the playing fields. The RAT is laid on the spectacular bonfire which is then followed by our fabulous firework display.

Chapel Arts annual short story competition goes National!

This year, Chapel Arts seventh annual short story competition is open to everyone resident in the UK.

Winners in each of three age categories will receive prizes as follows:

  • Year groups 3-6: £50 / Runner-up: £25
  • Year groups 7-11: £75 / Runner-up: £25
  • Adult (year group 11+) first place: £100
  • Adult (year group 11+) second place: £50
  • Adult (year group 11+) third place: £25

This year's title is Isolation.

Glassball Studio – GUIDEline events


Explore the Park boundary through 35mm photography and sound, with artists from Glassball Studio and artist Alison Lloyd. On the 25th September we are holding our final photo and sound walk from a series led by Alison Lloyd, that have followed the boundary as closely as possible.

Junction Arts – WORK Film Screening with Q+A (FREE)


Free screening of four short films created by artists made with workers across the Midlands. Featuring 'A Role to Play' based in Bolsover.


About this work

Junction Arts in partnership with Animate Projects present four short documentary films on the subject of 'work'. All four films were made by artists in collaboration with communities and organisations across the Midlands.

Derby Ram Trail Auction raises over £300,000!

Image: Rameses, Derby Ram Trail Auction - Credit Derby Telegraph

Thirty colourful large ram sculptures from the popular Derby Ram trail went under the hammer last Thursday night at the Museum of Making. The trail has raised over £150,000 and this will be matched by The National Lottery Heritage Fund contribute over £300,000 for Derby Museums’ Endowment.

Loughborough poets publish lockdown-inspired zine

A group of Loughborough-based women who wrote poems to help them get through the lockdowns have published a zine of their work. Songbirds and Sirens, a collection of 11 poems, will be launched at a free event at All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough on Saturday 25th September, 4pm-7pm.

Share Your Views On Delayed Hospital Care

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the county’s health and social care watchdog, is asking local people for feedback about their experience of waiting for hospital care in order to advocate for service improvements.

Six Figure Investment Leads to Increased Flexible Office Space

Oberoi Business Hub has completed an extensive upgrade and refurbishment on another building in Pride Park due to the increased demand for high quality and flexible office space.
The Business Hub’s fifth building in St Christopher’s Way offers 7,500 sq ft of space over three floors.  
The ground floor has been designed as serviced offices with different sizes available from single occupancy to 12 person suites including meeting rooms.

Up the Rams! Up the Theatre!

After a trying year, we’re sure you’re thankful that football has finally returned to the stadium. But we’re here to tell you it’s also playing on the stage at the Theatre in a must-see, unique show for football fans and theatregoers alike! 
This October, Derby Theatre are producing and presenting Extra Time – a show created by DCFC’s poet, Jamie Thrasivoulou, football fans and theatre makers across the city.

Sinfonia Viva Returns to Nottingham for NYE Gala Concert

Sinfonia Viva are back to put the glamour, glitz and flare back into New Year’s Eve with their popular performance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall which has been a mainstay with local audiences for more than 25 years.
Promising a night of classical and popular favourites, the Grammy-nominated orchestra of the East Midlands will be under the baton again of Nicholas Kok – a firm favourite with New Year’s Eve audiences.

Creative Network Meeting

We will be holding our next Creative Network Meeting at The Partington Theatre from 7pm on Thursday 30th September and would really love to see you there. Your first drink is on us, and there will be some food provided too.
Here’s a loose agenda:
  • A welcome to the network for some new faces, they will introduce themselves and please do say hello to them throughout the evening.

Derbyshire Writing School Courses – The 3% Club, Memories to Memoir, Poetry for Beginners


The 3% Club – Monthly Writing Community

Do you struggle to find the time to write? Do you worry about how to move your novel forward? Do you wish someone would keep you accountable? If you said yes, The 3% Club is for you. An online writing community filled with practical and creative advice to help you finish your novel.

Did you know there is a vicious rumour circulating online? It dares to state that 97% of writers never finish their manuscripts! Shocking, right?

DCG boot camp leads to software development apprenticeship for online learner Andrew


A software development ‘boot camp’ run by Derby College Group (DCG) is helping people from different backgrounds change their career direction.

The 12-week online course teaches software development principles and practice as well as skills designed to help attendees find a job in the rapidly growing sector. Among the students recently offered a new role  in software development on completing the course, is  30-year-old Andrew Widdowson who previously worked in food retail.

Live & Local ENCORE: We're back!

Welcome to the new and improved Encore - quarterly updates from Live & Local with organisational news and updates and the latest from the Rural and Community Touring scheme.

The team are thrilled to announce that their shows will start again from October 2021, and they can't wait to get into the swing of things again!

Welcoming audiences safely


Déda Commissions Giant Mural


Giant Mural Set To Bring Chapel Street To Life

Déda, which is Derby’s nationally-renowned centre for dance, movement and creativity, is set to unveil a giant street mural on its building in the Cathedral Quarter.

Following a community consultation, Déda has commissioned Zoë Power, a Bristol-based artist and illustrator to create the colourful 6m by 8m mural in Chapel Street.

Filmmaker Needed for Project in Schools

Derbyshire Flyis an exciting new arts project to support young people in seven schools across Derbyshire to access support around sexual health and sensitive issues. Stigma around asking for help has a big impact on the well-being of children and young people.

New Mills Festival 2021 - It's Here!

This newsletter brings you news of changes, late additions and activities which caught my eye but didn’t fit neatly into categories of music, art etc. 
Some handy links for festival related information – for many of this year’s ticketed events there is a one stop shop to find and buy tickets.

Derby Festé Makes A Welcome Return

Derby Festé will make a welcome return to the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter on the evening of Friday September 24 and then throughout the day and early evening on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26.
This year’s carefully curated programme features a host of world-acclaimed and exciting up and coming artists who will bring the city centre streets to life with contemporary and unique music, dance and street theatre performances.

News from Derbyshire County Council - 10th September


Extra council funds for local groups

Are you in a community group? Your local councillor has extra funding available this year to help groups in their area.

Each county councillor usually has £3,860, as part of our Community Leadership Scheme, to give to local groups. But this year an additional £3,860 has been allocated bringing their total to £7,720. And next year councillors will receive £3,860, plus a £1,500 Platinum Fund to give to local groups organising activities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Derbyshire Fly call out for film maker September 2021


Filmmaker needed for project in schools.

Derbyshire Fly is an exciting new arts project to support young people in seven schools across Derbyshire to access support around sexual health and sensitive issues. Stigma around asking for help has a big impact on the well-being of children and young people.

Sue Wilkins – Hello to my “old” friend and welcome to my new customers


A friendly "hello again" to my long-standing customers and a very warm welcome to all my new customers who have joined us this summer.  

Where did I meet you? Was it Lytham, Staffordshire County Show, Ashbourne Show, Peak Village, Hardwick or Trentham Food and Drink Festivals, the Ukrainian Centre in Huddersfield, Bolton, Buxton or Haddon Hall?  Wow! Even I can't quite believe we've done so many. But hasn't it been lovely to get out and about again, after the year we've just had?

Straight Curves – September in the loop


It was great to be back in the studio and teaching again today, and starting the year off with one of my favourite workshops too, free machine embroidery. Not only that but we've got new chairs, new display cupboards and our outside is more purple too!

New Mills Festival 2021

The Music Edition
Haven’t we all missed live music; missed feeling immersed in it – unable to stop our feet tapping, head bobbing, surrounded by a pool of sound, the buzz of people around you moving with the same rhythm, the transfixed face of someone discovering new voices, even missed the smell of spilled beer? Well, New Mills Festival is bringing live music back to town this September.
Matt McGuinness - We Are What We Overcome

LEVEL Residency Lab: Last Chance To Apply

This is your ‘One Week To Go’ call for the second round of LEVEL Residency Lab project submissions. 
We are looking for proposals for the following types of residency:
  • Performance or visual artist or company exploring work for learning disabled adults.
  • Performance, digital or visual artist or company who identifies as disabled.

Derby Book Festival: Bookings are now open for An Evening with Pam Ayres

You can now book tickets for An Evening with Pam Ayres at Derby Theatre on Tuesday 9 November at 7.30pm. Bookings open at 10am on Friday 3 September.

We are delighted that we are partnering with Derby Theatre to bring you this special event: An Evening with Pam Ayres, on Tuesday 9 November at 7.30pm as part of our Autumn Edition programme.

GRASP and A Ticket To Hope

We are very pleased to say that two of our short films are being screened at the Film & Food Fest at Heaton Park in Manchester on Thursday, 23 September.

Artcore September 2021


Artcore's Creative Summer has been a fantastic time, from a variety of pop up sessions to successful exhibitions. There will be loads of exciting stuff coming up this September, with the STEM projects starting back up and new programmes for adults too. We are also very excited to campaign and support the bidding for Derby to be chosen as the City Of Culture 2025!

Derby is one of the 20 cities that are running for the prestigious UK City of Culture 2025, and as Artcore we want to show the culture of arts in Derby and the true spirit of our creative scene!

Our Place - Junction Arts


Exciting regional arts project re-creates the first live-linked satellite broadcast to celebrate the people and places of the East Midlands.

Junction Arts, in association with six arts organisations from across three counties, are thrilled to be taking part in ‘Our Place’ which showcases the people and places of the East Midlands, through the arts.

New Mills Festival 2021 Taking part & fun for free


Arts Trail & Light Up New Mills

As the town becomes a free gallery again this year, you have a daytime and an evening option. It's a simple thing, a walk around town, looking at what's in the windows.

Firstly, the Arts Trail where local businesses are hosting the work of various artists all around town, take your time between 10th and 26th September to pick out your favourites.

Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards 2022


The closing date to apply for the 2022 Tourism Awards is 23:59 Sunday 19 September, does your business have what it takes to win gold?  In addition to the business category specific awards there are a number of additional cross sector awards such as Team of the Year, Tourism Young Achiever, Unsung Hero, Accessibility, Sustainability and Innovation and Resilience.  The awards as free for members to enter, so what's stopping you?

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire: Tourism Impact Survey, August 2021


We currently have a few opportunities available for you, but can I start with a request for you to help us so that we can help you?  Please would you take 10 minutes to complete our latest business impact survey? 

Your feedback is vital for us to continue to lobby for the support you need to fully recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Level Centre: Join Our Team


This is your 'One Week To Go' call for two new opportunities at LEVEL.



We are looking for a hard-working, honest, dependable, self-motivated person to act as LEVEL Centre’s administrator, who is willing to uphold and support the aims and values of The LEVEL Centre.

Job Title: Administrator 

Salary: £20,000

Reporting to: Executive Director

Job Purpose:

First tickets on sale for Derby Book Festival’s Autumn Edition

Tickets for An Evening with Pam Ayres go on sale today (Friday 3 September) at Derby Theatre as part of Derby Book Festival’s Autumn Edition.   Pam Ayres will be presenting her latest anthology of poems, Pam Ayres on Animals, at a special event on Tuesday 9th November.
 The Festival’s Autumn Edition will also include ten events from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th November to be hosted at QUAD Derby. Tickets for these ten events will go on sale on Monday 20 September both online and from QUAD.

Cartoonist Needed

Theatre company Eyewitness Theatre are looking for a cartoonist.
Eyewitness use theatre to connect with adults and children alike, and use drama to carry out health and social care training. Their work helps to protect children and educate without intimidating.
They’re looking for a cartoonist, with a particular style in mind.

Glossop Book Fest Event Promotion

Glossop Bookfest wants to promote your event!
Glossop Bookfest have added a new page to their website to help other people promote their book-related events. If it has anything to do with books, writing, illustration, spoken word, or comedy, they can help promote.
They’ll add your event to their website, and promote it across their social media platforms.

Live & Local - Job Opportunity


Administration & HR Manager (Maternity Cover)

£30,507-£32,029 commensurate with experience (pro rata 6-month fixed term contract)

Live & Local is seeking an Operations & Finance Manager (Maternity Cover) to work alongside the Executive Director and Engagement Manager to facilitate, manage and support the growth of our organisation.

Derbyshire Local Offer - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Derbyshire Local Offer

Information for young people & children with SEND, families and professionals

‘Derbyshire Local Offer’ website which provides information for young people & children with SEND, families and professionals.  If your organisation has an offer appropriate for children with SEND you might want to get your offer listed so families can find it.

Masterclass In Nature Writing With Mark Cocker


Masterclass in Nature Writing with Mark Cocker. This is a four-hour masterclass, split over two consecutive Saturdays, exploring some of the techniques of nature writing. Paying careful attention to language, and to the power and importance of your initial observations.

Language And The Imagination - Poetry Course With Aoife Mannix


Language and the Imagination with Aoife Mannix. A 6-week poetry exploration using imagery and imagination, this course will help you develop your poetic voice.

Each week you will focus on a different aspect of using language and the imagination in poetic writing. You will read a poem closely for inspiration, undertake practical and fun writing exercises, share your work and receive constructive feedback on what you have written.

Ghosts of the Landscape


Ghosts of the Landscape is a new nature writing competition for young and adults writers, run by ourselves in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

The prize is designed to raise awareness of the plight of Derbyshire’s moorlands, and the practices that have stripped the land of its wild inhabitants, including its crucial ability to capture carbon.

Coming up at the Barn this September...


Don't miss out on these talks, workshops & activities

With summer beginning to come to a close, and September just around the corner, it's an ideal time to take a look at what we've got coming up at the Barn in the next few weeks. With our events programme having just restarted, we have plenty of great talks, activities and workshops coming up for you to get involved with.


'150 Bird Species in a Year by Public Transport'

Wednesday 1st September, 7:30pm, £4 (£2 Friends)

Derbyshire County Council News


Autumn adult education courses are now available to book

Are you looking to try something new? Why not take a look at our range of adult education courses on offer for the new term?

Whether you’re looking to gain new qualifications or skills or fancy starting a new hobby, there’s tonnes of courses to choose from.

Derbyshire Libraries – September 2021


This September – the Mobile Libraries return to full service, Music & Drama service returns, you can book onto Baby Babble sessions, there’s exciting content for World Alzheimer’s Month and Recycling Week, and much more!


The Current Provision

Libraries are open for the following:

Future Focus Open Call


Derby Ram Trail Auction – last tickets on sale for the special price of £10!

Derby Industries by Sarita Gnaniah, image © Derby Museums

People have flocked to the streets of Derby this summer to enjoy the fabulous Derby Ram Trail, which has been a Ramtastic success. Now, there is a chance to give one of the rams a forever home at the Ram Trail Auction, which takes place on 9 September and will be hosted by renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson.

The Guild of Fine Food: World Cheese Awards 2021

The next World Cheese Awards will be held in Oviedo, Spain, as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural Internacional Cheese Festival from the 3rd – 6th November 2021.

Originally due to take place in 2020, the event has been rescheduled to ensure that the event takes place in the truly international spirit that it has engendered for over 30 years.

The Guild of Fine Food: Fine Food Show North 2021

With less than eight weeks to go, the Fine Food Show North 2021 is an essential industry event for genuine buyers who are looking to source new and exciting products for their customers.

Taking place in Harrogate on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th October, the show will reunite the industry and give visitors the opportunity to rediscover food and drink face-to-face once again. Don’t miss your chance to sample new product launches, meet the Great Taste award winners, and hear from industry experts about the topics that are getting our sector talking.

RE-CONNECT: The Big Launch of the new Courtney Gallery

Saturday October 2nd from 2-5pm
Record this date in your diary for a private view of the opening of this special exhibition, showcasing new work of 17 top artists from the region. The exhibition will continue until October 30th. Watch this space for more information...

Make a date for Melbourne Festival


After a rollercoaster couple of years the Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail is going ahead. We all missed the Festival last year, but it is BACK! Look out for the bunting and make a date in your diary for a mini Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September. Get out your walking shoes and prepare to bump into lots of old friends!

Melbourne Festival Funhouse Comedy Club

Friday 17th September 7.30 for 8pm at Melbourne Sporting Partnership DE73 8DG

MELBOURNE FESTIVAL is back and in traditional style on “Festival Friday” – Friday 17th September t are welcoming everyone back to Melbourne Festival Funhouse Comedy at Melbourne Sporting Partnership DE73 8DG. The headline act is the fantastic Scott Bennett supported by Dominic Woodward and Ant Dawson all kept in line by compere Dave Williams.

Graham Oppenheimer & Friends


Graham Oppenheimer & Friends

The renowned viola player Graham Oppenheimer brings a group of friends to perform string quintets by Mozart and Dvorak and will be joined by local young musician and soprano, Grace Crocker for songs by Schubert.

They will be playing at Melbourne Parish Church, DE73 8JH, on Thursday 23rd September Doors open 7.00 pm, concert begins 7.30 pm.

The Graham Crosland Jazz Quintet at Melbourne Festival

Although our focus is on creative art Melbourne Festival’s concerts & performances have always been an important part of the Festival. On 8th October, The Ben Crosland Jazz Quintet will be performing.



The event will take place at Melbourne Parish Church DE73 8JH on 8th October 7 for 7.30pm.

Back by popular demand Melbourne Festival Jazz in the Parish Church on Friday 8th October.

Tarpey Gallery Open 2021 – Call For Entries

About the Open

Tarpey Gallery Open 2021 takes over from the Midlands Open which ran from 2009 – 2017 and will be a more streamlined affair with online applications, a four week duration and a more minimal hang. Entries will be open to all artists working in the UK. Any medium will be accepted. Entries are open from the 25th August – 25th September 2021 and the exhibition will take place from 23rd Oct – 14th November 2021.