June 2023

The Summers Biggest Films Are Here!


Thursday 22 June
Greatest Days 10:30am, 8:15pm
LAST CHANCE!  The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan 5:30pm

Friday 23 June
NT Live: Fleabag 6:00pm
Greatest Days 8:00pm

Derbyshire creative agency announces new business direction to focus on the greater good and incite change within our communities

An award-winning Derbyshire creative agency led by two sisters has announced it is pivoting to focus on creating marketing campaigns to encourage people to change their behaviour – for the better.

MacMartin, founded by siblings Claire MacDonald and Anna Hutton, is a creative agency which has been producing highly successful marketing campaigns for clients across the UK since founding six years ago.

The company achieved remarkable growth even during Covid and recently announced doubled turnover.

Hopton Hall Month of Art

Visit Hopton Hall, it’s rose gardens and café during the Month of Art from Saturday 1st July. The garden is open from 10:30 - 16:00 every Thursday to Sunday. Along with the 2km rose garden walk, Café Impromptu, part of the same group as Hopton Hall, has a 75 seat restaurant open in the grounds.

Some of the artists planned to attend Hopton Hall include:

Bursary Award For Inventive Derby College Group Student

Amy Higginbottom with her artwork (winner of the bursary Award).

A really imaginative piece of interactive art, around the concept of 'Sonder', which is the the realisation that each random stranger is living a life as vivid and complex as our own, has earned a Derby College Group (DCG) Art & Design student a £400 bursary from Arts Society Derby.

Head of Derbyshire child exploitation charity to receive honorary degree at Buxton ceremony

The CEO of Derbyshire charity Safe and Sound Group, which supports children, young people and families affected by child exploitation, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Derby later this month.

Tracy Harrison spent 32 years in the police force, rising through the ranks from Constable to Superintendent. She received five Chief Constable’s Commendations as well as the Police long service and good conduct awards, the National British Association of Women in Policing nomination for mentoring, and the Queen’s Jubilee and British Olympics medals.

Derby College Group students win award for impressive and realistic show garden

Derby College Group horticulture students are winners of a magnificent Silver Gilt Medal in the professional category at Gardeners Worldat Birmingham this week. This was for their creation of the remarkable 'Restoration Garden'. This captivating show garden pays tribute to the amazing metamorphosis of Wingfield Station, once a forgotten and dilapidated Victorian gem, now beautifully restored.

Local tourism businesses take top spots at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023

Five tourism businesses from across the Peak District and Derbyshire are celebrating success after winning coveted accolades – including two prestigious Gold awards – at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023.

The finalists competed against hundreds of tourism businesses from across the country to reach the awards ceremony which was hosted by TV presenter Alex Polizzi at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on Wednesday 7 June.

Last chance to see stunning exhibition by local arts charity at Peak Village

There are just a few days left to support disabled artists at an exhibition hosted by Rowsley-based contemporary art charity Level Centre at Peak Village.

The exhibition, which Peak Village is sponsoring to celebrate Level being its Charity of the Year for 2023, is currently open until Sunday 18th June. Guests are encouraged to spend the day at Peak Village to uncover the local and independent brands on offer. 

University of Derby ‘19 Degrees’ EVENT DETAILS

 ’19 Degrees’ is the University of Derby Fine Art Degree Show. Featuring an exciting array of artworks ranging from paintings and installations to sculpture and digital work, this is an important part of the art scene in Derby and a must-see event from Derbyshire’s newest emerging early-career artists. 

Opening at Britannia Mill Studios, Derby, DE22 3BL

Saturday June 10

Monday June 12 – Friday June 16

10am – 4pm.


An Artist in a Pandemic

Between September 2020 and May 2022, artists Nicky Bellenger, Lindsey Warnes-Carroll and Lisa Waugh worked creatively with people living with dementia via telephone calls and activities in the post.

Arts Derbyshire’s Matinée Outreach project was a direct response to the isolation caused by the pandemic. When Arts Derbyshire were no longer able to run their dementia-friendly film screenings, they recruited the artists in order to find a way of connecting creatively with those who were most in need:

Madcap comedy at Buxton Fringe

Buxton Fringe’s larger- than-ever comedy section offers entertainment for all tastes including those who prefer things a little off the wall…

Edy Hurst is in Buxton with two madcap shows, an extraordinary version of Jeff Wayne’s version (plus anyone else’s version) of The War of the Worlds, plus The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Edy Hurst, new writing described as “A journey through 17th-century panic, rituals and the Vengaboys”. Sounds fun.

Bewitching vocals at Buxton Fringe!

Music remains one of the busiest sections of the Fringe calendar, with a variety and range of styles that truly provides something for everybody, the human voice always proving particularly compelling.

New generation theatre at Buxton Fringe

In amongst the Theatre programme there is a strong selection of theatre from younger performers more than capable of holding their own alongside their older peers.

Regular visitors to Buxton and multi-award winners Shadow Syndicate return with the powerful, provocative and acutely relevant Fugee, a contemporary, hard-hitting play, blending fiction with verified facts, highlighting injustices faced by child refugees arriving in the UK, and the failings of those supposed to take care of them.

Theatre laughs at Buxton Fringe

There are plenty of laughs to be had in this year’s Buxton Fringe Theatre programme.

Hambledon Productions have an inventive take on Herman Melville's classic tale of revenge in Maybe Dick in which all plot will be lampooned, and all jokes will be harpooned. There’s another parody in Star Warts: A New Hip, as ReZolution present a bold theatrical interpretation of what they call “the mostest lovedest cinematical experiences of the 20th century”.

A chance to reflect with Fringe Spoken Word

This year’s Spoken Word category at Buxton Festival Fringe takes audiences on a (sometimes musical) trip into the past with time for self-reflection and the chance to consider life, the universe and everything.

In Woman of Enlightenment, Anna Seward invites the audience to join her on a stroll through life as an independent Georgian woman. Meanwhile in Fotheringhay: Mary Queen of Scots, Jane Collier celebrates the 450th anniversary of Mary’s first visit to Buxton with an audience with the Queen. On

Small is beautiful at Buxton Fringe

Amid the wealth of theatre, comedy and music on offer it is easy to overlook some of the must-see entertainment listed in the smaller categories at Buxton Fringe.

Dance is thriving this year with accessible fun including Shellac is Bac!’s 1950s’ Tea Dance at the United Reformed Church, a Family Ceilidh in Bakewell courtesy of the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England and the ever-popular Buxton Day of Dance from Chapel-en-le Frith Morris and featuring sides from all over the country.

Adventures galore for children at Buxton Fringe

A vibrant Children’s Events section offers adventures galore at this year’s Buxton Fringe (July 5-23).

Families can venture into Gadley Wood to see Babbling Vagabonds’ outdoor production The Wagon of Wonder or make fabulous creatures in the Pavilion Gardens with Stone and Water and their latest Tiny! workshop.

Award-winners return to Buxton Fringe!

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July (16:00)

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.

Split Infinitive Presents A Caravan Named Desire

Split Infinitive Presents

A Caravan Named Desire

Written By Alexander Millington & Directed by Helen Millington



Helen and Alexander have a new show. The set is a caravan. And it’s all true.

Working from a caravan has its ups and downs. Clients come and go. Ask them no questions and they’ll tell you no lies, just take the money at the door. But something’s different about this new client.

Haddon Hall creates Fringe Hot Spot!

Buxton’s Haddon Hall Care Home residents have been helping Buxton Fringe in its creation of orange floral “hot spots” for the town. Pictured here are resident Rod Males (foreground) with Fringe Community Links team, Carole Garner, Rob Harrison, Linda Rolland (behind Rod) and Haddon Hall Client Service Manager Richard Vaughan. Buxton Fringe takes place from 5-23 July. See www.buxtonfringe.org.uk for full details of events.

Derbyshire Sausage + Cider Festival and Back 2 Festival THIS MONTH!

The Midlands’ favourite family get-together, the ‘Sausage and Cider Festival’ is returning to Catton Park, Derbyshire in summer 2023. From Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th June, festival-goers can get ready for top notch music from many of the globe’s best tribute acts, including the world’s greatest George Michael replica, Rob Lamberit.

Award-Winning Comedians Bring Totally Improvised Musical to Buxton Fringe

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Award-winning improvisers bring musical magic to Buxton Fringe!

An award-winning improv comedy group are bringing their latest show, The Totally Improvised Musical, to the Buxton Festival Fringe this July. The group won Best Alternative Act at the North-West Comedy Awards in 2022 and have been delighting sell-out audiences with this new musical show. Each show is the opening and closing performance of a brand-new comedy musical and everything is inspired by a title suggested by the audience.

Job opportunity: Engagement Manager

Animate Projects is a Derby based agency working at the intersection of animation, film and the visual arts. We became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and this support is enabling us to bring new expertise to the team, with a new post that will develop and support our work in engaging communities and provide the necessary and consistent capacity for us to deliver our ambitious programme. Deadline: 3 July 2023.

Skills Development Workshops - Creating a sustainable future

At the University of Derby, we realise the business community plays a crucial part in ensuring the future of our planet. We have been helping companies become cleaner and greener for years and we know that growing your business whilst being kind to the planet isn’t always easy.


Becoming greener not only helps improve the environment, but it also enables the development of resilience needed to tackle the global challenges we are now faced with.


Croots Farm Shop throws open its gates for Open Farm Sunday on 11th June

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots will be opening the gates to the farm on Sunday 11th 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.

Festé announces its programme for 2023

Festé announces its programme for 2023 with spectacular outdoor circus and dance, dazzling acrobatics, and the return of its iconic procession, across Derby City locations from 22-23 September. 

Festé is excited to announce a programme that is packed full of immersive, innovative, and ground-breaking work showcased across the city of Derby for a whole range of audiences of all ages.

Temporary Closure of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery - Derbyshire Open Art Competition Cancelled

39th Derbyshire Open Art Competition Cancelled

We are sorry to tell you that the Peak Buildings, which house Buxton Museum and Art gallery, has been temporarily closed for building structure investigations by Derbyshire County Council’s Property Services.

At the moment it is difficult to estimate how long the building will need to be closed for, but regretfully investigations and remedial work are likely to take some time to complete. We will of course keep everyone informed as and when we have any updates.

The Value of Volunteering

The CEO of Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity has marked National Volunteering Week (June 1-7) by highlighting the benefits to both charities and individuals.

Tracy Harrison heads Safe and Sound and has also spent her adult life volunteering for organisations and charities.

The charity is supported by a team of people who give up their time voluntarily and unpaid to enable Safe and Sound to protect and support young people and their families whose lives are affected by child exploitation.

Bakewell’s 19th International Day of Dance

We are so excited to be holding our 19th Day of Dance which will be held on Saturday 24 June, filling our picturesque town again with music and dance from around the world.


The Day heralds the start of Bakewell Carnival Week, along with the 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.