A mini-guide to festivals in Derbyshire

Sarruga Dragons, Derby Feste

Sarruga Dragons, Derby Feste - Credit: Archant

It looks like it’s going a fun-filled of year of festivals.

1st-3rd May

Donington Historic Festival A major fixture on the international historic racing calendar, attracting thousands of spectators, hundreds of world-class historic racing cars and huge numbers of classic car club displays. Donington Park, Castle Donington, www.donington-park.co.uk

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1st-25th May

Belper Fringe The Belper Arts Festival relaunches as the Belper Fringe, incorporating theatre, art, music, dance, comedy, literature, photography and film.  http://www.belperfringe.org/index.html  

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14th-16th May Rail Ale Festival Over 300 real ales, craft and world beers, plus train rides and live music. Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Staveley, Chesterfield, www.railalefestival.com

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16th-28th May National Forest Walking Festival Explore the varied landscapes of the Forest with a programme of over 90 walks to suit all abilities. thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk

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21st-24th May Bearded Theory Festival An award-winning, family-friendly performing and creative arts festival featuring acts such as The Flaming Lips. Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, www.beardedtheory.co.uk

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12th June - 14th June Dovedale Arts Festival Confirmed so far: Craig Brown, William Feaver, Virginia Nicholson, Thomas Grant and Frances Welch The Izaak Walton Hotel, Dovedale dovedalearts.co.uk

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23th - 25th May Derbyshire Open Arts Festival Over 200 artists and craftspeople display their work in venues across Derbyshire - from their own studios to village halls and art galleries. www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk

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29th May-6th June Derby Book Festival Talks with internationally-celebrated authors and local talent, plus book-related events and activities with a programme featuring great writers, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

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12th-14th June Download Festival  'The UK's premier rock festival' is a magnet for big names on the scene - including KISS, Iron Maiden and System of a Down. Donington Park, Castle Donington, www.downloadfestival.co.uk

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TBC Eroica Britannia A vintage cycling and lifestyle festival with a unique atmosphere and an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, shopping, food and drink, culminating in the 'world's most handsome bike ride' ridden by thousands of cyclists dressed in vintage clothes.  Friden Grange, Newhaven, Buxton, eroicabritannia.co.uk

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19th June-5th July Ashbourne Festival A festival of music, literature and drama, with entertainment including street theatre, concerts, talks and exhibitions. www.ashbournefestival.org

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27th June-4th July Bradfield Festival of Music  A celebration of music with performances from international musicians and vocalists. St Nicholas' Church, Bradfield, bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk

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25th-29th June Sausage and Cider Festival Family food and music festival. Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, www.sausageandciderfestival.com

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27th-28th June Chesterfield Canal Festival Boat trips, entertainment, craft stalls, canoeing, children's rides and birds of prey. Staveley Town Basin, Chesterfield, www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/chesterfield-canal-festival-2020/

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1st-19th July Buxton International Festival   'A happy marriage of opera, music and books' with appearances from world-renowned authors, artists and musicians. The Festival Fringe runs from 1st-19th July with drama, dance, music, poetry, comedy and film events. buxtonfestival.co.uk, buxtonfringe.org.uk

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17th-19th July Stainsby Festival A family-friendly festival of folk and world music. Brunts Farm, Stainsby, Chesterfield, www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk

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24th-26thJuly Y Not Festival A melting pot of emerging and established musicians.  Pikehall, www.ynotfestival.com

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6th-9th August High Peak Independent Film Festival A non-profit film festival run by volunteers, celebrating shorts and feature films from filmmakers of all ages around the world. New Mills Art Theatre, New Mills, www.highpeakindie.com

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6th-9th August Bloodstock Festival The UK's biggest independent heavy rock and metal music festival. Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, www.bloodstock.uk.com

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TBC Osfest OSFEST Derbyshire will play host to a musical extravaganza bringing together a unique FREE music weekend event set in the beautiful surroundings of Broughton Heath Golf Club. Broughton Heath Golf Club, Church Broughton, Derbyshire, DE65 5BA www.facebook.com/groups/1506994479586834/about/

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4th-6th September Off The Tracks Festival Entertainment from a variety of performers and bands, acoustic sessions, stalls and real ales. Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Castle Donington, www.offthetracks.co.uk

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5th September Festival of Fireworks One of the UK's largest fireworks extravaganzas with four amazing displays, all set to music. Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, https://www.festivaloffireworks.com

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TBC September Melbourne Festival Creative and performing arts festival with a renowned Art and Architecture Trail on 19h and 20th Sept, concerts, talks and exhibitions.  melbournefestival.co.uk

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11th-20th September Wirksworth Festival Rural arts festival showcasing work from over 150 local and international artists, with a popular Art and Architecture Trail, music, dance, drama, street theatre and Fringe events. www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk

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12th-27th September New Mills Festival Fringe  Community festival with a diverse mix of art, music, plays, poetry, exhibitions, talks and walks.   www.newmillsfestival.com

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TBC Derby Film Festival Preview screenings, officially selected feature films and shorts, plus special events and panel discussions offering a rare insight into various aspects of the film industry. QUAD, Derby, derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

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