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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Full casting announced for Nana & Nunu - The Big Sneeze!

First seen at Fairfield Halls, Croydon this Easter, original children's musical Nana & Nunu - The Big Sneeze! comes to the Buxton Fringe from 22nd - 25th July and tells the tale of Nana and her cuddly, but snuffly aardvark Nunu who gets the sneezes on his birthday. Venturing across snow, sea and sky, Nana, along with grandchildren Jake and Sophie, tracks down a magical flower with the power to stop an aardvark's achoo and helps save the day.


Phil Buckley's Big Idea


About The Show

Have you ever had an earth shatteringly good idea? Phil Buckley hasn’t. He may be a multi award nominated comedian but he is still an idiot.

Last year by chance Phil met Jack Andraka, a teenage boy who may have changed the world. At the age of just 15 Jack has done what scientists with millions of dollars-worth of research at their disposal have failed to do. He invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer. Phil is thirty four and has never had a remotely good idea in his life.

Derby College Students Host Gordon Ramsay and Jenson Button

Students at Derby College's training kitchen and restaurant hosted more than 60 guests for the pre-dinner for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on Saturday night.

Guests included top chef Gordon Ramsay and F1 driver Jenson Button who were guests of honour at the dinner to celebrate the prestigious event being held in Derby for the first time on Sunday July 12.

The Buxton Spa Prize 2015– Over 100 artists entered

Over 100 artists of all ages and abilities have entered The Buxton Spa Prize 2015 and have been painting the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June. The prize which was successfully launched in 2014 aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture. The exhibition of the artist’s work which can be purchased, will take place at The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall behind Buxton Museum from the 17 July till the 31 August.


Triathlon Fever Set To Continue in Derby

With a hugely successful Jenson Button Trust Triathlon under their belts, Derby-based Huub Events have announced their second triathlon event for the city.

More than 500 novice, amateur and professional triathletes joined a host of celebrities including Jenson Button and Gordon Ramsay for the event which was based at Markeaton Park on Sunday (July 12).

Meanwhile, entries for the Derby City Triathlon are now being accepted.  The event will be held on Sunday 6th September 2015 at Moorways swimming pool and athletic track.

Summer Entertainment in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious, Derby’s premier outdoor variety showcase, returns to the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday July 18 with a great line up of free entertainment.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious takes place between 10am and 2pm at The Waterfall Stage in the Market Place and, for the first time, on a second stage under the Guildhall Arches.  The fun will then continue for the rest of the day with the arrival of the Derby Caribbean Carnival in the Market Place.

Beyond Existence opens at The Old Station Gallery in Rowsley on 11 July

An exhibition of Abstract work by four regional Fine artists is to take place at the Old Station Gallery in Rowsley.

The four female Artists exhibiting their work in the Gallery are; Rachel Carter, Heather Duncan, Rachael Pinks and Laine Tomkinson. The exhibition definitely promises to be a not to be missed show!

Guests are warmly invited to attend the opening of 'Beyond Existence' and enjoy a glass of wine on 11th July 3-5.30pm. The gallery will then be open Sat, Sun & Weds 11-4pm for viewings.

Croots Farm Shop wins national award with its Bakewell tart

The Bakewell tart produced by Derbyshire-based Croots Farm Shop has been crowned the nation’s best sweet bake in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015.

The Duffield farm shop’s home-made Bakewell tart was selected as a winner in the awards run by Great British Food Magazine.

Owner Steve Croot said: “We were thrilled when our Bakewell tart was chosen as a finalist in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards. To win the category and to be named as the best sweet bake in a national competition, run by a national food magazine, is just amazing.

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton comes to Buxton in July

Award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin takes you on a journey through Brixton urban legends, anecdotes and observations, from the failed Viking Invasion of 885AD, the Victorian Era of 1885, and his God-fearing mother’s villainy in the 1985 riots.

‘GOD CREATED BRIXTON’ is a story about Amadeus Martin’s quest over a 30 year period, from a youngster to an adult to convince a Polish pen pal to set foot in Brixton, and how this was impossible due to its bad reputation.

Derby College Celebrates Peak Performers

More than 200 people gathered for the 12th annual Derby College Peak Awards at the historic Roundhouse to celebrate the achievements of students across the organisation and at Merrill Academy which is sponsored by the College.

The awards were compered by sports commentator Andrew James and presented by a host of local businesses who had sponsored the awards.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “Learning is a journey of self-development which often leads to much more than a recognised qualification.