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Long Eaton Box Office Cultural Hub - Soft market test for Operator

Erewash Borough Council is undertaking a soft market testing exercise to seek the views of external operators for Cultural Hub services. The Council wishes to gain insight into the operating models available in the market place to assist with the development of a detailed specification and to help consider the most appropriate procurement process.

The soft market test will take place from Thursday 15th July until Friday 13th August 2021.

Visiting the Barn from Monday 19th July

There has been lots in the media about the changes in regulations from Monday 19th July, but we are conscious that Covid hasn’t gone away, and some of our visitors and customers may be feeling nervous about any possible changes to procedures. So, we’d like to reassure you that we are continuing with many of the measures we have had in place for some time:

• Table service will be continuing in the coffee shop. This helps to restrict movement around the building.

Rave Reviews for Buxton International Festival!

We're thrilled that Buxton International Festival has received fantastic reviews from top critics this year. 

George Hall from The Stage writes “Few UK events can match the Buxton International Festival either for its appealing location, or for the quantity – as well as the quality – of its offerings, whether in opera, books or music."

And from John Allison at The Telegraph, “The Buxton International Festival still feels more festive than any other arts jamboree so far this summer.”

First county community-managed library set to open its doors

Derbyshire’s first community-managed library is set to open its doors in August.

Woodville Library is to be the first of our libraries to transfer over to community management as part of our innovative Libraries for Derbyshire strategy.

The handover and opening was originally planned for spring last year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Summer Reading Challenge

Pack your bags, we’re headed for Wilderville! It’s a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there

This year’s challenge is “Wild World Heroes” and will begin on Saturday 10th July 2021, running throughout the summer holidays until Saturday 11th September. All our libraries will be taking part!


Museum of Making: Makers Assemble!

Our annual Maker Faire returns this year with a new name – Assemble – Derby’s very own Festival of Making. And what better place to hold a Festival championing makers and their work than at the new Museum of Making, located at Derby Silk Mill on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory?

We’re inviting makers from across the country, with projects of all shapes and sizes, to showcase their work at Assemble in October, and to share their passion and skills, talk about their processes and encourage others to have a go at making themselves.

Planting Project Commemorates Village’s Wartime Links

Picture shows, from left DCG Horticulture students Cath Davison, Sean Smith, Claudia Bain and Sally Filby with teacher Mike Baldwin.

Mature students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have designed and planted a flowerbed in Horsley Woodhouse to commemorate the important role that the village played in World War Two.

Horsley Woodhouse was home to three factories which were opened at the beginning of the war following concerns that the main Rolls-Royce factory in Derby would be targeted by German bombers.