May 2022

Matlock Jubilee Weekend

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th June
Jubilee Market - 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th June

Matlock’s Jubilee Weekend will see a special event over the 4th and 5th of June at Hall Leys Park. Matlock Market will be holding a special Jubilee Market from 9:00am until 3:00pm on both days. There will also be street entertainment, a vintage concert organ, bouncy castles, face painting and live music performances from Cage of Crows, members of Frank, Matlock’s Tuneless Choir and many more.

Campbell Street Jubilee Carnival

We are so excited for Belper’s biggest street party taking place on Campbell Street on Friday 3rd June!

Bring your tables, chairs and jubilee picnics and join us for a day of music, crafts and entertainment for the whole family. Showcasing the incredible businesses we have on our connecting street to the Award Winning Belper high street!

The Willow - Art Supplies & Local Crafts

Art supplies and handmade crafts from numerous local artists and crafters.

Platinum Jubilee Tea Dance

Wed 01 June 2022

At the Winding Wheel Theatre

Starts Doors 2.30pm, Main event 3pm - 6pm.

Celebrate the jubilee by attending a special tea dance. The Ashby "aLittle" Big Band with eight musicians and a singer will play a mix of ballroom and sequence in the Winding Wheel Theatre's beautiful Auditorium. Afternoon tea and refreshments will also be available to purchase.

Ticket Information


A Right Royal Knees Up

Fri 03 June 2022

At Pomegranate Theatre

Starts 2pm.

Starring comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and Leah Bell!

This feel-good performance is packed with show-stopping scenes, sing a long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the seventy-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once in a lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag-waving finale.

Great British Seaside

Eight days of traditional seaside fun for all the family, including a funfair (small additional charges apply for rides on the funfair), children’s entertainment, Punch and Judy, plus four days of craft activities and four days of our popular game of bingo! We apologise but due to safety issues there will be no trams running and no access to the Exhibition Hall, tram depots or indoor play area.


Punch and Judy. – every day except 4th June in the Learning Centre: 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Build Buggingham Palace

Help us build a palace for nature in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

2 & 3 June | 10am – 3pm

In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we will be building a palace for nature in the Stickyard. Drop in during your visit to lend a hand.

Explore the BIF Book Festival

We've got a fantastic programme this year, so read on for your taster of the Book Festival this summer...

 Rory Stewart 

Tickets are selling fast to see Rory Stewart in conversation with Julian Glover, discussing his life in politics, Britain's place in the geopolitical sphere and the future of our democracy. 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022 Call for Entries

We are looking for new writing talent and we would like to ensure that as many writers as possible know about the opportunities available for the Award.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an outlet for expression and a way to keep connected with the world. We are looking for Poetry and Short Fiction entries. It would be great if you could share this opportunity with your network. Below please find further information as well as suggested copy for your social media.

Survey reveals Festival’s feel-good factor

Live music is just the ticket if you want to feel good, an audience survey found after a concert during last summer’s Buxton International Festival (BIF).

Orchestras Live, a charity dedicated to bringing orchestral music to as wide and diverse an audience as possible, conducted the survey after one of their productions by The English Concert.

It revealed that 98% of the audience felt the live performance of Vivaldi had contributed positively to their sense of well-being.

Derby welcomes Urban Forest on the Market Place

From the end of June, the Market Place will be transformed into a woodland wonderland bringing a new, vibrant space for al-fresco dining and outdoor events over the summer. The space will be free to access for residents and made available to cultural partners to host events.

It will be just one of four Urban Forests in the UK this summer and the only one in the East Midlands.

Making Creative Connections at Derby QUAD

A laid-back evening of hands-on, low-pressure, collaborative activities delivered by early-career creatives, in-person on the 23rd of June, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Derby QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS.

Once again, we’re inviting creatives, all with different mindsets, to spend an evening making and chatting, this time in Derby QUAD. The collaborative event will host a blend of drop-in style workshop activities, all delivered by early-career creatives. Join us to feel more connected to your creative community, inspired to collaborate, and creatively re-charged.

Buxton Fringe Festival with Henry Churniavsky

Scouse comedian offering ‘laughs for life’ at Buxton festival fringe.

Jewish/Scouse stand-up comedian Henry Churniavsky has two shows on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Both shows are to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Charities. He came up with the idea after his best friend’s son attempted suicide, and never recovered. He is now an Ambassador for The Mental Health Charity Jami UK and he also supports YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.


All you need to know about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Derby

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner and the whole nation is preparing, including Derby.

We have a whole host of exciting events occurring between Thu 2 Jun and Sun 5 Jun to help mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. These include A Right Royal Knees Up!, the Queen’s Jubilee Beacon Lighting Ceremony, Jubilee Royal Engineers Parade, Platinum Party at the Market Place, Platinum Party at the Palace Screening and the Big Jubilee Lunch at the Market Place.

Wedding of Jason Darnell and Rachel Wass - York Minster 14 May 2022

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell, to Rachel Wass at York Minster on Saturday 14 May 2022 as part of a mass choir, consisting of the York based choir the ‘Ebor Singers’, which includes some members of the Minster choir; ‘Cantorum’ and talented choristers and friends drawn from other choirs that Jason has association with.

European Cultural Academy - Architectural summer programmes in Venice

Join our Architectural summer courses in Venice!

The European Cultural Academy offers a number of courses in architecture, in partnership with prestigious international universities such as Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL whose Faculty of Built Environment has been ranked number 1 in Architecture in UK for 8 constitutive years.

Film courses at QUAD

QUAD is a Cinema, Gallery, Café bar and Workshop open to all, bringing a cultural programme of art, film and digital media to local and international audiences to educate and stimulate, to engage and inspire.


A Small Friendly festival in the Derbyshire Peak District.

This is will be the 9th Winsterfest and it just gets bigger and better every time... Live music for 3 nights, real ale, good food, camping, toilets on site what more can you ask for. Earlybird has ended now and tickets are now  £50 for the whole weekend...including FREE camping, motorhomes or caravans!

PLEASE NOTE - If you purchased a wristband for Winsterfest 2020 or Winsterfest 2021 which were both postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions your wristbands are valid for this event.

Bearded Theory Festival this weekend!

Bearded Theory`s Spring Gathering is a multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest. The festival borders 3 counties of West Midlands, South Derbyshire and Staffordshire and only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population.

Wathall’s Launch Year Of Light

Family-owned funeral directors Wathall’s has commissioned a series of light installations featuring positive and inspiring messages which feature in its branches across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The Year of Light initiative has been spearheaded by Business Development Manager Bec Wathall who, alongside sister Charlotte, is the sixth generation of the family to work in the company – Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors.

Déda Programme Supports Dance Artists and Young People to Develop their skills and employability.

Déda, the Derby-based nationally recognised centre for dance, movement and creativity, has launched a new series of in-person education and training programmes called the Déda Campus, to help Dance Artists and young people learn more about dance and upskill themselves.

An Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course has been developed for those aged 18 and above, with a background in dance, to deepen their practice and provide alternative income sources for freelancers.

Horticulture Students Spread Their Wings In Preparation For Gardeners World Live 2022

Horticulture students at Derby College Group (DCG) are busy putting the finishing touches to their show garden entry for this year’s Gardeners World Live show at the NEC next month (June 16-19).

The mature students are on the Level 3 study programme at Broomfield Hall land-based college in Morley which has been specially devised by Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin to bring together skills and knowledge in surveying, design, plantsmanship and construction - ideal for students who want to establish a gardening business.

Celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime Jubilee

Derby will be flying the flag to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with an extended Bank Holiday weekend to pay tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Derby City Council and partners across the city are coming together to celebrate and reflect on our modern Elizabethan Age with family activities leading up to the big weekend. The city centre will be the scene of events, beginning with the lighting of a ceremonial beacon on Cathedral Green on Thursday 2 June.

Croots Farm Shop is proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

Croots Farm Shop is proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities on June 2, 2022

Croots Farm Shop has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2, 2022.

The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.

DCG Chosen For British Cycling Talent Pathway

Derby College Group (DCG) has been chosen as one of just four colleges in the UK to offer a special sports qualification for young athletes who want to combine top level training with qualifications to support their wider career aspirations.

DCG has joined colleges in Manchester, Gloucestershire and St Albans in being accredited by British Cycling to offer the Level three Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE).

Impromptu Shakespeare - Last years winners return!

Buxton Fringe 2022

Underground at the Old Clubhouse
Friday 8th (19:00) and Saturday 9th July (17:30)


Sad that Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for over 400 years?

Well, hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by Impromptu Shakespeare’s whip smart cast.

Final call to appear in The Poetry Review's Summer 2022

The Summer 2022 issue of The Poetry Review guest-edited by Richard Scott and Andre Bagoo launches at the end of June, so the book now to appear in the latest issue of the UK's leading poetry journal, published since 1912.

There is limited space to appear in the Summer issue, and bookings should be confirmed by Monday 23 May with artwork received by Friday 27 May.

Derby Book Festival 2022 opens on Friday!

Derby Book Festival 2022 opens on Friday, 20 May with over 60 events planned in venues across the city over nine days.  Tickets can be booked online at or in person or by phone at QUAD, Derby Theatre and Déda for the events they are hosting. The Festival, which will be held from 20 – 28 May, is funded by Arts Council England and the University of Derby with sponsorship from a number of local businesses and individuals.

Skills Competition Success For DCG Twin Apprentices

Twin brothers George and Jonny McFarlane have scored a first in a national bricklaying competition. The 17-year-old brothers from Denby are both apprentices at KR Brickwork in Belper – attending Derby College Group (DCG) at Ilkeston on day release. College lecturers Clive Smith and Bill Bentley entered the brothers for the annual Guild of Bricklayers competition and the regional finals were

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Derbyshire Libraries

'Right Royal Stories' for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee throughout June

Backed by Derbyshire’s own storytelling production company Adverse Camber, join two of the Midlands’ most courtly and courteous storytellers, Rachel Murray and Tim Ralphs on a journey to discover Queens and Kings, Princesses and Princes from across time and around the world!

Derbyshire company serves up an ace with donation to local tennis court

A Derbyshire company has made a smash-hit donation to a local tennis court by helping pay for a resurfacing project so it can be played on once again. Lubrizol, which has its UK headquarters in Hazelwood near Duffield, has donated vital funds to enable the tennis court on the village’s playing field to be resurfaced. The court has been there since the 1950s but has not been able to be used since before the Covid pandemic because it had fallen into disrepair.

Jubilee Jukebox, Fleet Arts event

Jubilee Jukebox

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 14:00

Jubilee Jukebox', Fleet Arts FREE public community event that we are putting on as part of the Jubilee weekend.

It includes an exhibition of artwork made with all Belper Primary Schools, a sculpture by Belper Youth group and our bunting extravaganza made with/by many local community groups.

Fine Food Show North 2022

Brought to you by the Guild of Fine Food - organisers of Great Taste and the World Cheese Awards - Fine Food Show North is a showcase of over 150 of the finest food & drink producers from across the UK, gathered under one roof at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. It is an essential industry event for genuine buyers who are looking to source new and exciting products for their customers.

Cliff Festival 2022

Cliff Festival is an annual event at Cliff College, where we spend time on God’s holy ground, learning from his word and worshipping together. We aim to engage with people of all ages through the event, and have a variety of venues, meeting and eating places, activities, seminars and shopping opportunities for you to enjoy across the weekend. Our theme for Festival 2022 is ‘Jubilee: Rule & Reign', where we will explore themes of evangelism and justice with our partners All We Can and the Methodist Church.

Spital Arts Spectacular Fair is back!


After a break of 2 years, the wonderful Spital Arts Spectacular Fair is back!

Spital Arts is where musicians, artists, photographers, poets, dancers and creatives unite in Spital, Chesterfield to bring wholehearted and intriguing events.

On Friday, June 17th (2 pm-7 pm) and Saturday, June 18th (10 am-4 pm) Spital Arts has a Spectacular display and sale of Local Artists' work.

Croots Farm Shop throws open its gates for Open Farm Sunday on 12th June

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots will be opening the gates to the farm on Sunday 12th 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.

Live performances at Melbourne Hall

Friday 20th May

Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable dancers today, best known for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, on which he has featured since its conception originally as a dancer and finally as a judge on the latest season. His debut album reached the Top 20, his debut novel One Enchanted Evening was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller and he continues to waltz all over the country with his sell out dance tours.

Events coming to Chester Green, Derby

Puppet Show for Children by Travelling Shadow Theatre.

Nettles in the Garden a tale of a rabbit and a little person. Performed by international puppeteer and clown Lois Conlan.
£6.50 on chairs. £3.00 children on mats. 
4th June 11 am St Paul’s, Community Hall. Chester Green Derby. DE1 3SF
Box Office. 07762264308. 

Rare Joseph Wright of Derby painting acquired for the nation

Self-Portrait at the Age of About Forty’, and on the reverse a study for Wright’s famous painting ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’, unveiled at Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery are delighted to announce it will be the guardian of a major new acquisition for the nation when it unveils Self-Portrait at the Age of About Forty in its Joseph Wright Gallery.

Students’ Sugar Rush Turns A Profit

A group of A Level students at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have launched an innovative confectionary business called Sugar Rush as part of the national Young Enterprise company programme. Led by managing director Sam Gridley-Kirk (17), the seven-strong team have sourced some of the USA’s favourite sweets which they have packaged into

Kids' Panto auditions are back!

The hunt is on for talented children who want to join the cast of Aladdin, this year’s instalment of our award-winning Derby pantomime.


Little Wolf Entertainment are seeking kids bursting with energy and personality to appear on stage at Derby Arena with professional actors - including National Pantomime Awards Best Dame, Morgan Brind.

Derbyshire Open Arts 2022, an open studio event

This year we're excited to announce there are 217 artists exhibiting at 62 venues throughout Derbyshire.


Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th May 2022

Opening hours 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, unless otherwise stated.

What better way to spend a weekend than visiting Derbyshire and getting an insight into the working practices of artists and makers as they open their studios for visitors, locals and art lovers alike!

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair Elvaston Castle, Derby

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair

Elvaston Castle, Derby

14th & 15th May 2022
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

Adults £6, Children (under 12s) £2, Under 5s FREE
FREE Parking, Disabled Parking & Facilities

What's on

Food & Drink Producers. Home, craft & Gift Exhibitors. Live Music. Bar. Street Food. Children’s Activities & lots more.

Visual Artist Open Call - Beam Uk

We are seeking a visual artist with excellent engagement skills to deliver a series of creative workshops with schools and community groups to produce multiple temporary artworks that will feature at the final celebration event for the Walking Together mining memorial.

2022 marks a significant moment in the Walking Together project, in the 10th year of the project the voluntary Markham Vale Heritage Group, supported by Derbyshire County Council and Beam, will complete the mining memorial.

Upcoming Events- The Whitworth, Darley Dale

5th June- Last Night at the Proms spectacular! Celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

Details: This FREE event will consist of a Last Night Of The Proms Concert by the Wirksworth Community Orchestra, plus performances from Tinderbox Performing Arts and Wirksworth Community Choir as well as many other activities including Carriage Rides from Red House Stables, Crazy Golf, Giant Board Games, Bouncy Castle, Dog Flyball, Croquet plus much more! You’ll also get to take a tour of a fire engine with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Services!

Time: 12-6pm

Chatsworth Horse Trails - This Weekend!

A three-day event of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family.

13th - 15th May 2022

Tickets are available online and at the gate (card payments only).


World-class competition

Join us and enjoy world-class competition, from elegant dressage and exciting show jumping to gripping cross country. Explore the 2022 timetable.

Visual Artist Open Call - Beam Uk

We are seeking a visual artist with excellent engagement skills to deliver a series of creative workshops with schools and community groups to produce multiple temporary artworks that will feature at the final celebration event for the Walking Together mining memorial.

2022 marks a significant moment in the Walking Together project, in the 10th year of the project the voluntary Markham Vale Heritage Group, supported by Derbyshire County Council and Beam, will complete the mining memorial.

ArtCore Events & News- May 2022

We are excited to share all the upcoming news in May, Artcore is getting ready to open up the Gallery and host events. Don't miss exciting opportunities at Artcore including Open Calls and seeing all the extensive events we got planned for the Gallery!



Grand reopening of ArtCore Gallery

Join us on 27th May to celebrate the opening of our newly refurbished Gallery, Cafe & Studios on Albert St Derby!

6pm - 8pm - 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square, DE1 2DS

Comedians kickstart Live At Melbourne Hall this weekend

Live At Melbourne Hall gets its summer events underway this weekend with Just The Tonic putting on top comedic talent for you all with the legend that is Ed Bryne headlining on Friday 13th followed by David O'Doherty on Saturday 14th and Johnny Vegas

Doe Lea Centre open Arts Exhibition

Come along to a free exhibition showcasing local artists, makers and arts groups in Doe Lea.

It is an excellent opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their work, and buy original artwork.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May - 10 am - 5 pm

Refreshments are available throughout the day.

Other special events:

Yarn Bombing Display Installation

Thursday 26th May - 10:30 am onward

Shadowman Live Performance Art

Saturday 28th May, 11 am - 2 pm

Creative Facilitation Masterclass with Deanna Rodger

Who Knows: Creative Facilitation Masterclass with Deanna Rodger

Adverse Camber and Junction Arts are excited to present this 2-day masterclass aimed at storytelling creatives across a range of disciplines who want to turn their creative practice into workshops and facilitation. The event has a particular focus on working with young people.

Deanna Rodger is a leading UK poet who has performed and facilitated workshops all across the world.

DCG Apprentice Crowned National Trade Champion ​

An apprentice carpenter and joiner who is studying at Derby College Group (DCG) has clinched the coveted title of Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year out of around 2,500 applicants nationwide. Alex Avis (26), who lives in Sandiacre, works for heritage and period property construction specialists Pete Abraham Builders in Nottingham and attends DCG’s Hudson Building once a week to

Artist Call Out: ‘Our Street’ Buxton

Celebrating Buxton’s past, present and future. Bringing communities together through art and culture. 

We need creative people, writers, photographers, artists, musicians, artisans,  wonder-makers …  

As part of a two-year programme, we are looking to commission cultural activities that bring people together in and around Buxton’s Spring Gardens. 

Discover the creative potential of rubbish with a new exhibition by Michelle Reader

Discover the creative potential of rubbish with a new exhibition by Michelle Reader at The Harley Gallery 

Michelle Reader: Recycled Sculpture will be on show at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck from 14th May until 24th July. This new free entry exhibition shows astonishing large scale wildlife sculptures – all made from an extraordinary array of domestic waste.  

In the hands of sculptor Michelle Reader, a broken fan might become part of a mountain goat, or a paintbrush the beard of a bearded vulture.  

Bakewell Day of Dance, Saturday 25 June 2022

Bakewell’s 18th International Day of Dance

 We are back!  After two quiet years on the streets of Bakewell, we are so excited that the 18th Day of Dance will be held on Saturday 25 June, filling our picturesque town again with the music and dance from around the world.  

The Day heralds the start of Bakewell Carnival Week, there is a Farmers Market and with local well dressings on show, it is a day out not to miss, so join the several thousand people who travel from around the country to enjoy the dancing, colour and fun.  

Necklace of stars social isolation project exhibition

A Necklace of Stars was set up pre-Covid-19 to tackle isolation and loneliness in housebound older adults in Derbyshire. The original plan had been for individuals to receive one-to-one sessions in their own home with either artist Lois Blackburn or poet Philip Davenport.

Cotmanhay Adult Community Education Centre Summer Fair

Join us at the Cotmanhay Summer Fair on Wednesday 18 May, 1pm to 5pm, for free activities and information! There's no need to book, just drop in on the day.

There will be refreshments, careers advice, a plant stall, and lots more throughout the day, plus an ice cream van until 4pm!

1pm to 3pm Adults – Creative activities, careers advice, coffee cake, seed balls, first aid taster,
floral garlands

3.15pm to 5pm Families – Creative activities, music, seed balls, gingerbread biscuits


Festival of Learning nominations are now open!

We are pleased to bring back the Festival of Learning this year!

The Festival of Learning is an opportunity for tutors and learners to recognise and celebrate the contributions that we all make to the learning journey. Our Festival of Learning Awards will be extra special this year as we celebrate in person for the first time in several years.

We want you to nominate and show others what they have done and achieved or helped you achieve!

Learners can nominate fellow learners, tutors, learning support assistants and other staff.

Matlock Storytelling Cafe presents: Tales from the Motherland by Peter Chand

We are delighted to be welcoming Peter Chand back for a live, genuine, in the flesh Matlock Storytelling Cafe. Tales from the Motherland by Peter Chand. Storyteller Peter Chand presents a heady collection of some of his favourite traditional stories, some of which he has collected from India, translated, and shares now with us in his own unique and skilful style. Expect a mouth-watering blend of evocative, dark, and thoughtful tales from the Indian sub-continent, as relevant today as they have ever been.