What’s On in Derbyshire and the Peak District - August 2016

Javier Cid (Macavity) in Cats, on stage in Nottingham Photo: Alessandro Pinna

Javier Cid (Macavity) in Cats, on stage in Nottingham Photo: Alessandro Pinna - Credit: Archant

A round-up of events taking place in and around Derbyshire in August

3rd-4th August: Bakewell Show

The Royal Signals White Helmet motorcycle stunt team will roar into the centre ring for the 186th show. Classes for horses, livestock, rabbits, dogs and poultry will be joined by trade stands and a food and farming marquee, plus attractions such as Titan the robot, show jumping, heavy horse displays and mounted games. An Equestrian Day takes place on 2nd. The Showground, Bakewell, www.bakewellshow.org

5th-7th August: Nottingham Riverside Festival

A fun family festival, including the famous Dragon Boat Race on 7th. Victoria Embankment, Nottingham

6th August: World Hen Racing Championships

Hens are encouraged along a 20-metre track by their ‘coaches’. Bring a hen or hire one for the day. Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall, www.barleymowbonsall.co.uk

7th August: 27th The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir 7th Afternoon concert at Coxbench Hall Garden Party, Alfreton Rd, Derby; 27th with Beaufort Male Voice Choir, South Wales, St Peter’s Church, Belper, 7pm. www.dalesmen.org

8th-14th August: 1940s Week

War-time vehicles, costumes, music and food, plus a Spitfire on display. Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock. Tel: 01773 854321

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10th August: Ashover Show

A traditional agricultural and horticultural show, now in its 85th year, with entertainment and exhibits for all the family, trade and craft stands, and food stalls. The Rectory Fields, Ashover, www.ashovershow.co.uk

13th August: Chris Difford and Melvin Duffy

Conversation, songs and a Q&A. Assembly Room Theatre, Bakewell Town Hall, 8pm. Tel: 01629 810152

11th-14th August: Bloodstock Festival

The UK’s largest independent metal festival. Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, www.bloodstock.uk.com

12th-13th August: Outdoor Cinema

Watch films in the picturesque park. 12th Ghost (12A); 13th Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A). Markeaton Park Craft Village, near Derby, 9pm. Box Office: 01332 255800

13th August: Manifold Show

A celebration of some of the best produce and livestock with classes for heavy horses, rare breeds, sheep, cattle and pets, handicrafts, arts and produce. The Arbour, Casterne Hall, Ilam, www.manifoldshow.org.uk

13th August: Shell Fayre

Displays of shells, shell art, fossils and several dealers selling shells from around the world. Organised by The British Shell Collectors Club. Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Chatsworth, 9am-4pm, www.britishshellclub.org

13th-14th August: Nottingham Food & Drink Festival

Food theatre and food halls, real ales, live music, crafts and activities. Wollaton Park, Nottingham

13th-14th August: Bakewell Baking Festival

Celebrity bakers, baking-themed stalls and events, and live entertainment. The Showground, Bakewell, bakewellbakingfestival.co.uk

17th August: The Railway Children An outdoor production by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Bolsover Castle, 7.30pm. Tickets: 0370 333 1183

20th August: Ashbourne Show

A parade of 125 horses will mark the 125th year of this popular traditional show which offers classes for shires, light horses, cattle, sheep and goats together with trade stands, a crafts tent and food hall. Main ring attractions include falconry displays and the JCB Dancing Diggers. Osmaston, Ashbourne, www.ashbourneshow.co.uk

20th-21st August: Model Tram and Railway Exhibition

National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock

26th, 31st August: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Open-air theatre with Chapterhouse Theatre Company. 26th Kedleston Hall, nr Derby; 31st Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. Kedleston Hall: 0844 249 1895. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre: 01298 72190

27th August: Toyah Willcox An intimate acoustic set. Derby Cathedral, 7.45pm. Tickets: ticketsource.co.uk/derbycathedral

27th August: Music at Haddon

SDMC Swing Band. Haddon Hall, Bakewell. Price inc admission. www.haddonhall.co.uk

28th August: Plague Sunday

Commemorating the sacrifice of the Eyam villagers during the 1664 plaque outbreak, including an outdoor service at Cucklett Delph. Eyam, Hope Valley

29th August: Hope Show

Displays, classes and competitions including sheepdog trials, show jumping, heavy and light horses, poultry, cattle and sheep, gundogs, vintage vehicles, horticulture and crafts. The Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton, www.hopeshow.co.uk

29th-31st August: Indie Tracks Festival

A unique combination of railway attractions and indie pop music. Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, Ripley, www.indietracks.co.uk