July 2023


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Shine A Light extravaganza which will see stunning displays of light and sound return to Derbyshire for the third year running.

Providing fun and entertainment for the whole family, Shine A Light brings to life some of Derbyshire’s heritage and history of innovation in spectacular large-scale moving animations.

Celebrating 100 years of entertainment at the Winding Wheel Theatre

A series of events and activities are planned to celebrate a century of entertainment at the Winding Wheel Theatre in September.

On Sunday 10 September from 7pm there will be a Centenary Gala Concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building opening. This will feature performances from nine different local theatre schools, performing arts groups and theatre companies, and will be compered by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist impressionist Tony Rudd, with a special guest appearance from comedy legend Bernie Clifton who lives locally.

Make/Shift Meet and Make sessions

Join us for FREE, FAMILY FUN at our Make/Shift Maker sessions for a chance to unleash the maker in you. This is an opportunity to meet fellow makers, get stuck into something creative and have fun.


Charities join forces to Bring Colour Run to Derby

One of Derby's most popular charity events is returning to Markeaton Park after an extended break.

The Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity Colour Run is set to return to the park after three years with the local charities and businesses getting on board to support the colour-filled event.

The event, which will see runners follow a 5km route around Markeaton Park whilst being sprayed in a rainbow of coloured powder paint, takes place on Saturday 16 August from 11am - 2pm.

Derbyshire creative agency backs controversial ‘Maaate’ campaign aimed at tackling violence to women

An award-winning Derbyshire creative agency creating campaigns to incite positive change has backed an opinion-dividing ‘Maaate’ campaign aimed at tackling violence against women.

Anna Hutton and Claire MacDonald, sister founders of award-winning MacMartin – a company which creates behaviour change campaigns – said while they acknowledged the controversy of the ‘Maaate’ campaign, it would have been based on sound science and it was important to wait and see if it was successful.

New Mills Festival Call for Events

Firstly, we have the dates for New Mills Festival 2023 confirmed as 8 to 30 September. Pop that in your diary here and now!

Secondly, and the point of this email; we want to pack the fortnight with events! All kinds of events; musical, arty, acts, walks, talks, displays, performances, interactive, and the usual assortment of quirky, entertaining, educational and crafty events New Mills loves! 

East Midlands’ Only Professional Orchestra Announces Return Of Derby Series

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, has confirmed the programme for its first Derby season since the pandemic.

The concert series between October 2023 and March 2024 will feature performances from world class artists and the commission of a new work which will make its world premiere in the city.

Sinfonia Viva, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, has strengthened its partnership with Derby Cathedral for the 2023/2024 season in the city. 

Partingnot Partington Players Theatre - Glossop "Maria" last update

The first professional Ukrainian theater in the UK shows the production of "Maria", based on the novel by Ulas Samchuk. This is a story about the history of our people and the life of ordinary people. We invite you and your friends to join us these days.

Date of performances:

- Wed 26 Jul 2023, 7:30PM

- Thu 27 Jul 2023, 7:30PM

- Fri 28 Jul 2023, 7:30PM

- Sat 29 Jul 2023, 1:30PM

- Sat 29 Jul 2023, 7:30PM

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Safe and Sound Steps Up Outreach Work in South Derbyshire

Safe and Sound Steps Up Outreach Work in South Derbyshire

Derbyshire specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been appointed to extend outreach work in parts of South Derbyshire following a successful pilot programme.

The pilot outreach programme originally started in Swadlincote and was stepped up following a tragic stabbing in a local park which rocked the whole community. The geographical area has since been expanded to other areas in the district eg: Newhall in parks and places where young people tend to congregate.

John Burningham’s Bedtime Stories: Celebrating 60 Years of Award-Winning Children’s Literature

Journey from first sketches to award-winning books in John Burningham’s Bedtime Stories showing at The Harley Foundation, North Nottinghamshire, from 7 October 2023 until 7 January 2024.

From featherless geese to flying cars, this Christmas exhibition promises to transport visitors into the magical world of Burningham's imagination. John Burningham’s stories have captivated generations of readers. So whether visitors are reconnecting with childhood favourites or discovering Burningham’s work for the first time, they are sure to enjoy this exhibition.

Shakespeare on Wheels

Cycling Touring Shakespearean actors, the Handlebards are bringing A Midsummer Night's Dream to High Lea Park, New Mills on Tuesday 25th July.

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Stainsby Festival

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Six Pillars Summer art sessions!

This summer, Junction Arts is running an exciting schedule of free arts workshops for 11-18* year olds who would benefit from some confidence-boosting creative sessions.  

The Six Pillars summer sessions are open to young people from Bolsover District or North East Derbyshire, who struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, find it difficult to build relationships or are SEND.

Activities are taking place between 25th July and 24th August in Bolsover, Clowne, Tibshelf, Dronfield, Clay Cross and Eckington.

High Street Opening For More Than Loft Ladders

Long Eaton-based More Than Loft Ladders has opened its first High Street premises to raise the profile of the specialist services it offers locally and to provide a base for its UK-wide franchise.

More Than Loft Ladders in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire is now headed up by Kelly Hobbs whilst her husband, entrepreneur Liam Hobbs, is focusing on expanding the franchise network. Both are now based in the High Street, Long Eaton.

Mr Hobbs said: “These are exciting times for More Than Loft Ladders both in this area and across the franchise network.

Things to do this summer as a family

It won’t be long before the bell rings and school is out for summer, so we’ve put together this handy guide for how to keep the kids entertained.

Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season

High praise for campaign video created by Derby agency for global social project that is making a difference to young girls in Brazil

THOUSANDS of miles away, on the 2,790-mile stretch of the BR-116 highway in Brazil, brightly-coloured pink houses signal hope for many young women sexually exploited in their own country

These houses belong to social project Meninadança and offer a place where girls learn their worth, take back their confidence, and crucially learn that they can break the culture of exploitation. There is also a lot of fun and expression through dance, beauty therapy and new friendships, alongside the support from psychologists who will help them get their lives back on track.

Edwina Crowns Lennon King Of Pop

Author and politician Edwina Currie presented John Lennon with top prize in the zany show Pop Star of the Century at High Peak Bookstore on Friday, part of Buxton Fringe.

Lennon, played by show writer and vocalist Alan Charnley who played 12 singing roles in costume and masks as well three politicians - but not including Edwina - was chosen by the audience as winner.

Edwina said: " It was one of the daftest and funniest shows I’ve seen. Audience had a ball - and I’m hoarse from singing along.

County’s Sexual Abuse Charity Appoints New CEO

A well-known figure in Derbyshire’s voluntary sector has been officially appointed CEO of the county’s leading charity that supports victims of sexual abuse.

Rachel Morris is now head of SV2 which has bases in Ripley, Derby and Buxton and provides a wide range of services to support victims and survivors of sexual abuse regardless of their age, gender, when the offence took place or whether they have reported the crime to police or not.


Applications for the 2024 Peak District, Derbyshire & Derby Tourism Awards will officially open on Friday 14th July 2023 – providing local tourism businesses with the unique opportunity to gain prestigious national recognition.

Organised by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire in collaboration with Visit Derby, the awards will celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement across the tourism sector.

Pop Star of the Century

Author and politician Edwina Currie will present an award to the winner at Pop Star of the Century on Friday (July 14) at High Peak Bookstore, Brierlow Bar.

And she may just be rooting for John Lennon who won at the first Fringe show at the Pump Room Buxton last Friday. There Lennon defeated Agnetha of ABBA and Elvis.

Audiences vote the winner and singalong on the choruses. Artistes are represented in costume and masks.

Why HeadHigh event is Fundamental in tackling mental health issues

A FREE festival of food, music and fun for all the family is being held in Derby city centre to raise awareness of mental health issues and tackle the taboos surrounding the illness.

Mental health support CIC HeadHigh is staging its annual Fundamental event on July 8, in Cathedral Green, with a stage for live performances, sporting activities and stalls run by local groups.

Darley Abbey gin is so uncommonly good it’s available in Parliament

A Derbyshire gin manufacturer has brought a new kind of order to the House of Commons after its locally brewed tipple went on sale to thirsty MPs.

The Darley Abbey Distillery’s Uncommon Thread is now being served in Strangers’ Bar, in Parliament, where it is being enjoyed by MPs, Government ministers and their guests.

The juniper-led gin was created by Nichol and Andy Malia-Barlow, owners of the Darley Abbey Wine Bar and the Cottonworks restaurant, with friend Clare Lamert who has worked in the spirits and Champagne industry for several years.

Vocal Technique Workshop with Hannah Brine - August 26thAward winning choral conductor and singing coach Hannah Brine is offering a 1 day singing workshop for those interested in vocal techniques on Saturday August 26th, at St Oswalds Church, Bollington.

Award winning choral conductor and singing coach Hannah Brine is offering a 1 day singing workshop for those interested in vocal techniques on Saturday August 26th, at St Oswalds Church,  Bollington.  Hannah has a wealth of experience in vocal coaching and performance - having sung for Disney, on Strictly Come Dancing and on a host of released songs, as well as having taught vocal technique at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.  More recently Hannah founded Bollington Singers Commu

Derby Student's creativity recognised by The University of Arts London

The University of the Arts London (UAL) chose Mia Grace Seaman from Derby College Group (DCG) to display their work at Origins Creatives in London this month. 

The work of Mia Grace Seaman (18) caught the attention of UAL Awarding Body’s curator amongst 400 submissions and will be on display at the Truman Brewery in July. 

Ethereal ‘Museum of the Moon’ Returns to Derby Cathedral

A breath-taking touring attraction will return to the city this Autumn accompanied by an extensive public events programme.

‘Museum of the Moon’ – created by UK artist Luke Jerram – is a giant artwork which will be suspended over the nave at Derby Cathedral and is open to the public between October 12th and November 10th 2023.

Winners announced in Level's Public Open Exhibition

LEVEL Centre are delighted to announce the winners of their Public Open Exhibition for 2023. The call out earlier this year attracted contemporary visual artists from across the UK, with selected pieces being shortlisted by a panel of industry professionals to be part of a public exhibition both online and at Level Centre in Rowsley. 

This year’s exhibition is sponsored by Peak Village in Rowsley who announced Level as their charity of the year for 2023 and Turners Art Supplies who are sponsoring the Public Choice Award.


Derby Retro and Classic Car Show is a triumph

Crowds of motor enthusiasts from across the region flocked to the Derby Retro and Classic Car Show on Sunday 2 July. Markeaton Park became a sunny vibrant hub where hundreds of attendees revelled in the harmonious blend of music, delectable refreshments, delightful ice cream treats, and, above all, the stunning display of automobiles.


Jeremy James

An original collaged image by Jeremy James. This is a ‘one-off’ piece made by Jeremy James in his Derbyshire studio. It has been made through a combination of painting & drawing and glueing coloured papers, to slowly build the image. It is a unique work.

Trailblazing Derbyshire eco business heads to London to be crowned with prestigious King’s Award after proving its recycled plastic benches are fit for Royalty

A Derbyshire business which has diverted more than 4,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the environment by recycling it into garden furniture has received the royal seal of approval at Buckingham Palace for its trailblazing work helping fight back against climate change.

Rob and Anna Barlow, who run Wirksworth-based garden furniture business TDP, took a trip to the big smoke where Rob attended a reception at Buckingham Palace with King Charles III after the company was bestowed with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise, for Sustainable Development.

Timms’ Trainee Solicitor Clinches Permanent Contract

Timms Solicitors has appointed Molly Evans in a permanent position as a Solicitor within its Personal Injury department based at the firm’s Derby and Swadlincote offices, following the successful completion of her training contract.

Molly studied for her Law Degree at Keele University followed by the Legal Practice Course and Masters’ Degree at Birmingham City University, alongside working as a Family Law paralegal and then later as a Conveyancing paralegal.

Grant Support Spearheads Service Expansion For Safe and Sound

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has secured two major grants to enable it to support and protect more children, young people and families across the county.

Firstly, Safe and Sound has received three-year funding from Children in Need for a specialist domestic abuse worker who will support young people across the city and county.

'Take a Peak' at why Derby is a great short break destination

A new campaign is being launched to encourage visitors to choose Derby for a short break.

Visit Peak District, Derbyshire and Derby, the accredited Local Visitor Economy Partnership for the region, launches its ‘Take a Peak’ campaign on Saturday 1 July.

Supported by UK Shared Prosperity funding and Derby City Council, the £50K summer campaign showcases the many great, surprising things to see and do in the city.

Buxton Flowerpot Trail 2023

The family-favourite Buxton Flowerpot Trail returns for 2023. Running throughout July and August, alongside all four of Buxton’s summer festivals, the theme this year celebrates the return to Buxton of the full International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

Grant Support Spearheads Service Expansion For Safe and Sound

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has secured two major grants to enable it to support and protect more children, young people and families across the county.

Firstly, Safe and Sound has received three-year funding from Children in Need for a specialist domestic abuse worker who will support young people across the city and county.

The Business Community Gives Derby College Group Full Support at Showcase Event

On June 20th, over 70 business owners and leaders attended an informative and lively business event at Derby College Group (DCG) at the Roundhouse College.

A key theme for the morning was around how employers have helped transform the lives of so many of the students, by giving support and opportunities.Andrew Cochrane, Chair of Governors for DCG, welcomed everyone and opened the event.

Greg makes his first Buxton Festival appearance…

“Describing Byron as a “Spoken Word performer” or even “poet” is like calling Bill Bailey “a musician who tells jokes” or Winston Churchill “a politician who smoked” – not technically incorrect but it doesn’t tell you the whole story. It’s like watching John Cooper Clarke snog John Hegley…”  BBC RADIO

OMEETO Marks Anniversary With Expansion

Commercial property agency OMEETO has marked its third anniversary with the appointment of its first degree apprentice and the move to new larger offices.

Director Chris Wright, who set up the company in 2020 with more than 23 years industry experience in senior roles and national and regional companies, has been joined by Ruby Scott Mullen.

Ruby, a former pupil at Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, plans to study part time for a degree in chartered surveying with real estate at Nottingham Trent University alongside gaining practical work experience with OMEETO.

Buxton Fringe announces Fringe Sunday line up!

Buxton Fringe has announced the exciting line-up for Fringe Sunday, its free showcase of events at the Pavilion Gardens.

Organisers say it will feature Buxton rock star Isaac Neilson, blues/jazz favourites Sideways Band, comedy act Angela Bra & Annie Sup, the visiting Belly Dance Flames, and inspiring singer songwriter Darren Poyzer. High Peak Magic Circle, Peak District Artisans and Stone and Water, organisers of the Pride Picnic, will also be taking part.

Harley Foundation Summer 2023 - Winter 2023 Listings Information

There are plenty of exciting events happening this year at the Harley Foundation on the historic Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire.

The 5th Duke of Portland: Tunnel Vision

Continuing throughout 2023 and 2024

Illustrating the life of the elusive 5th Duke of Portland, who owned Welbeck during the Victorian period. The 5th Duke is famous for his extraordinary buildings, including miles of tunnels under the estate. This exhibition reveals his life beyond the tunnels – including lost love and amazing art collecting.