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

The Snowman, appearing at Nottingham's Theatre Royal Photo: Alastair Muir

The Snowman, appearing at Nottingham's Theatre Royal Photo: Alastair Muir - Credit: Alastair Muir

A round-up of events in Derbyshire this month

Johann Strauss Gala, on stage at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall Photo: Tristram Kenton

Johann Strauss Gala, on stage at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall Photo: Tristram Kenton - Credit: Tristram Kenton

Until 5th January: Derby Ice Rink Open-air rink, open daily apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800

1st January: New Year’s Day Heritage Walk Heritage Walk starting from Strutt’s North Mill. Strutts North Mill, Belper, 2pm, www.belpernorthmill.org.uk

15th January: Solem quartet Viloin, viola and cello quartet, performing by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 1pm. Tel: 01298 72190

16th-17th January: Cinderella A magical production by the Chellaston Players. St Peter’s Church Hall, Chellaston, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 700821

22nd January: Acting Alone A heart-breaking, witty and confrontational one-woman show which asks whether we really stand up for what we believe in. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 01298 72190

22nd January: Sinfonia Viva A bright selection of classics to warm a winter’s evening with principal conductor Duncan Ward. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 255800

24th January: Handcrafted at Markeaton Park Showcasing the best handmade and designed products from artisans across the region, plus family workshops and live entertainment. Markeaton Park Craft Village, 11am-4pm, www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk

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27th January: Tour of Sharpe’s Pottery Museum Free guided tour exploring the history and heritage of the site and local community. Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, Swadlincote, 12.30pm. Tel: 01283 222600

27th January: Steven Osborne Described as ‘one of the great pianists of his generation’. Abbotsholme School, nr Rocester, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304

30th January: Sid Ramchander Bemrose Bursary piano rectial. Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 841503


3rd January: Johann Strauss Gala Featuring sparkling soprano Samantha Hay, the Johann Strauss Dancers in glorious costumes of the period and the famous Orchestra. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 0115 989 5555

3rd January: Viennese Gala Concert Celebrate the New Year in style with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra.

The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 01246 345 222

6th January: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Starring American violinist Joshua Bell – one of classical music’s ‘true superstars’ – and cellist Steven Isserlis. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 0115 989 5555

6th, 7th, 15th January: The Pitmen Poets Music, poetry and humour with Billy Mitchell of Lindisfarne, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Benny Graham, telling the rich story of coal mining in the North East. 6th at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 01298 72190; 7th at The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 01246 345 222; 15th at Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 01332 255800

8th January: A Viennese Gala An evening with the National Concert Orchestra, featuring sparkling and swirling waltzes, polkas and memorable marches. Buxton Opera House, 0845 127 2190

8th-9th January: Mike McClean The star of Derby Arena’s Aladdin presents his own hilarious stand-up show. Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 01332 255800

9th January: The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale is brought beautifully to life in a spectacular new production from Ballet Theatre UK.Buxton Opera House, 0845 127 2190

12th-15th January: Dial M For Murder Based on the classic screenplay by Frederick Knott, starring Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) and Marcus Hutton (Brookside). Buxton Opera House, 0845 127 2190

16th-17th January: It Takes Two An extravaganza of dance, song and acrobatics from Hannah Alexandra Academy of Dance.

Derby Theatre, 01332 59 39 39

18th-23rd January: Priscilla Queen of the Desert Starring Jason Donovan as Tick, with a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and dancefloor classics. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 0115 989 5555

19th-23rd January: Bedside Manners When Ferris agrees to mind his sister’s quiet country hotel, he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of awkward romantic situations. The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 01246 345 222

19th-23rd January: The Mousetrap The 60th anniversary production of Agatha Christie’s legendary thriller returns. Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 0115 989 5555

19th-23rd January: Snake in the Grass Annabel returns home after the death of her father and is uncomfortably reunited with her sister. Having learnt of dark deeds committed both recently and in the past, blackmail rears its head and they join forces in a series of comic and chilling events. The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 01246 345 222

19th-24th January: Beauty & The Beast A pantomime offering something for everyone – touching, scary, funny, engaging and a lot of fun! Presented by The Watson Players. Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 01332 255800

20th January: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) Enjoy a fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s plays with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Buxton Opera House, 0845 127 2190

21st, 29th January: Soul Explosion Starring Jimmy James and The Vagabonds, Clem Curtis of The Foundations and Ernestine Pearce of The Flirtations. 21st at Buxton Opera House; 29th at Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

22nd January: Crazy Glue Tragic comedy about loss, following the rollercoaster of a couple’s romance as they move from first love to married life. Derby Theatre, 01332 59 39 39

26th-20th January: Sign of the Times Tim Firth’s comedy about a man with years of experience in his job, who encounters a reluctant work-experience teenager. When they meet again years later, circumstances have changed greatly. The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 01246 345 222

26th-30th January: The Legend of King Arthur Prepare for magic, music and mirth as the ‘boy who would be king’ pulls the sword from the stone, performed by the renowned Oddsocks Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 01332 255800

27th-31st January: The Snowman Based on the book by Raymond Briggs and featuring classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago. Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 0115 989 5555

29th-31st January: Moscow State Circus: Zhelaniy A new show inspired by the Russian folklore of ‘the flower with seven colours’, featuring awe-inspiring, world-renowned performers. Buxton Opera House, 0845 127 2190


Allestree Flower Group 19th January: ‘The Music of Flowers’ demonstration, Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Heritage Society 12th January: ‘Independent bus services around Derbyshire’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, 7.30pm

Chatsworth Talks 15th January: ‘The Old Park: Chatsworth’s Hidden Gem’ by David Spencer, Domain Senior Supervisor; 22nd ‘Chatsworth: Chelsea and Back Again’ by Steve Porter, Head of Gardens and Landscape, Hartington Room, The Stables, Chatsworth, 11.30am. Tickets £12 at www.chatsworth.org

Chesterfield Embroiderers’ Guild 12th January: ‘Establishing a Rhythm’, Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Gate, 7pm

Derbyshire Archaeological Society 8th January: ‘Highlights from Recent Excavations at Maryport’, Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby , 7.30pm; 22nd ‘The Canary Girls of Chilwell’; 29th ‘The Roundhouse, Derby, St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby, 7.30pm

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society 26th January: ‘Victorian Slums of Derby’, Wilmot Arms, Derby Road, Derby, 8pm

Derby Photographic Society 4th January: ‘Table Top’ practical evening; 11th Theme Competition Part 2 ‘The Decisive Moment’; 18th N&EMPF Exhibition Projected Images 2016; 25th ‘Monochrome Demo’, Activities Room, Eborn House, Broadway, Derby, 7.30pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild 9th January: ‘Inspiration to Stitch’ at 11am, followed by workshop 1.30pm-4pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Derby

Derby Poetry Society 11th January: ‘Flora and Fauna’, members’ evening, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

The Hardy Plant Society (Derbys) 16th January: ‘Over the Garden Wall’ – illustrated talk on some of Worcestershire’s best gardens, Shirland Village Hall, 2pm

Heath & District Heritage Society 4th January: ‘Cascades and Other Hidden Gardens’; 11th ‘Heritage Clock Conservation and Restoration’; 18th ‘A Passion for Bespoke and Special Furniture; 25th ‘Calke Abbey: from Priory to Abbey’, Heath Primary School, 7.30pm

Matlock Antiques & Collectables Society 8th January: ‘New Year Party – Oriental & Indian Ware’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Matlock & District Embroiderers’ Group 25th Members’ show and tell, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

National Trust Members (Derbys) 19th January: ‘Angkor Wat’, Landau Forte College, Derby, 7.30pm

Sawley & District Historical Society 9th January: ‘Quilter and the Ghost’ musical by Arletty Theatre Group, 7.30pm. Tickets £6, Box Office: 0115 972 7141; 25th AGM followed by ‘The History of the Silk Mill’, Sawley Church Hall, 8pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society 29th January: ‘Animal Associations with Calke Abbey’, Ticknall Village Hall, 7.30pm

Willington History Group 14th January: ‘The Origins of Picture Postcards’, Old School, Castleway, Willington 7.30pm