What’s On in Derbyshire and the Peak District – May 2015

Blake at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

Blake at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield - Credit: Archant

A round-up of events in and around the county in May

Throughout May

Buxton Folk in May

Live music from talented folk musicians, including national artists and local performers. Events include music sessions and guided walk. Visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

1st May Astonbury Music Festival

All Saints’ Church, Aston on Trent, 7pm. Tel: 01332 799948

1st-4th May Charity Flower Festival

Organised by the Rotary Club of Burton upon Trent at Pirelli Football Stadium, Burton

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1st-10th May

Derby Film Festival

Screenings, talks and seminars and cinema events. See www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

2nd-30th May

Belper Arts Festival

Performances, workshops, talks and exhibitions centred around theatre, literature, art, music, dance, film and photography, www.belperartsfestival.org

2nd May

Piva May

‘Measure for Measure’ – music from Shakespeare’s time, All Saints’ Church, Leek, 7.30pm. Tel: 01538 386867

2nd-4th May

Calke Abbey Craft Show

Fine crafts, demonstrations and children’s entertainment, Calke Abbey (National Trust), Ticknall, nr Derby. Tel: 01332 863822

2nd-4th

Great British Food Festival

A ‘foodie’ day out for the whole family, Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield. Tel: 01925 450640

3rd May

Bluebell Walk at Rosliston

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote, 11am. Tel: 01283 563483

3rd-4th May

Bolsover Knights Tournament

The ultimate medieval contest, Bolsover Castle, English Heritage. Tel: 01246 822844

3rd-4th May

Leawood Pumphouse Operating Days

See the 150-year-old engine in motion, Cromford Canal, nr High Peak Junction, 12pm-5pm. Tel: 01629 823204

3rd-4th, 24th-25th May

Middleton Top Engine House Operating Days

View the engine built by the Butterley Company in 1829 to raise and lower wagons on the Middleton Incline, Middleton by Wirksworth. Tel: 01629 823204

3rd-5th May

Bakewell Showground Spectacular

Family entertainment, fun fair, live music and stalls, Bakewell Showground. See www.spectacularweekend.com

8th-17th

Derbyshire Literature Festival

Over 40 events with established writers and up-and-coming authors. Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/festival

9th May

Dalesmen Male Voice Choir

With the Dalesmen Singers, St Peter’s Church, Belper, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 841580

9th May

Derby Bach Choir

Come and Sing Haydn’s Nelson Mass, registration 1.30pm, St George’s Church, Ticknall. Tel: 01332 344842

9th May

Derbyshire Singers

Ashbourne Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Tel: 01335 342859

9th-17th

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Take a gentle stroll or family ramble, or challenge yourself on a countryside trek. Most walks are free and all are led by a fully-trained guide. Visit chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk

10th May

A Garden Fantasy

Derby Academy of Classical Dance, Abbotsholme School Theatre, Rocester, Uttoxeter, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304

13th May

Seven Ages

Masks, puppetry, storytelling and improvisation feature in this semi-improvised comedy from Kepow Theatre Company, Crich Glebe Field Centre. Tel: 01773 853260

14th-16th May

Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival

Train rides, live music and over 200 real ales at Barrowhill Roundhouse, Chesterfield. Tel: 01246 472450

15th-17th May

Chatsworth International Horse Trials

World-class eventing and an exciting programme of arena events. Chatsworth, Bakewell

16th-17th May

Arts in Willington

Arts Trail, workshops and community events. See www.willingtonartsfestival.co.uk

16th-17th

Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair

Cookery theatre with Frances Quinn – winner of BBC One’s Great British Bake Off 2013 – plus demonstrations, local brewers, live music, children’s play area, craft marquee and local produce, Kedleston Hall, nr Derby. Tel: 01332 830444

17th May

Swadlincote Festival of Transport

A celebration of classic vehicles in Swadlincote Town Centre. Tel: 01283 222848

16th May

Beatus

St Peter’s Church, Yoxall, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 813377

16th May

Derby Concert Orchestra

Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 763594

16th May

Voices City of Derby Girls Choir

20th anniversary concert with ChorAlchemy, Derby City Singers and Sequenza, Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tickets from Foulds, Iron Gate, Derby and The Voicebox, Derby

23rd May

Belper Singers

Choral classics at Holy Trinity Church, Brackenfield, 1.30pm. Tel: 0115 9302590

23rd-25th

Whitsun at Haddon Hall

Join the Tudor Group at Haddon Hall, Bakewell. Tel: 01629 81285

23rd-24th

Bearded Theory Festival

Award-winning creative and performing arts festival held at Catton Hall. Over 100 bands include New Model Army and James. Visit beardedtheory.co.uk

30th May-7th June

Flower Festival

‘2015 – A Year of Anniversaries’, Holy Trinity Church, Ashford-in-the-Water

THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE (BOX OFFICE: 0845 127 2190)

29th April-3rd May

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

The chance to eat at ‘the funniest restaurant in town’

14th-16th May

English Touring Opera

La Boheme and The Wild Man of the West Indies

19th-23rd May

The History Boys

Alan Bennett’s excellent play about a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers

26th-30th May

Calamity Jane

A new production of the hit musical starring Jodie Prenger

POMEGRANATE THEATRE, CHESTERFIELD (BOX OFFICE: 01246 345222)

1st May

Blake

Brit Award-winning harmonisers

12th May

Inspector Morse: House of Ghosts

This thrilling mystery leaves the audience constantly guessing

16th May

Morecambe and Wise Rebooted

Live version of a classic ‘Eric and Ernie’ television show

WINDING WHEEL, CHESTERFIELD (BOX OFFICE: 01246 345222)

15th May

Russell Watson

The international singing star performs with Tideswell Male Voice Choir

26th May

Joan Armatrading

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and three-time Grammy Award nominee

DERBY THEATRE (BOX OFFICE: 01332 593939)

5th-9th May

Horrible Histories

Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders – two great new shows for children over five

21st-23rd May

The Music Man

Performed by Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company

26th May

Reduced Shakespeare Company

‘The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)’

GUILDHALL THEATRE DERBY (BOX OFFICE: 01332 255800)

5th May

Vamos Theatre: Nursing Lives

Wartime tale of bravery and love, from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company

6th May

Andy Parsons

‘Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious’

NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE (BOX OFFICE: 0115 989 5555)

1st

Jimmy Carr

‘Funny Business’

7th

Dara O Briain

‘Crowd Tickler’

13th-16th

The Importance of Being Earnest

David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece

21st-23rd

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Programmes by British greats Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Alexander Whitley

22nd

Lulu

Celebrating her 50th year as a world-renowned recording artist

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE (BOX OFFICE: 0115 941 9419)

2nd May

The Musicians of Bremen

Enchanting for children and adults alike, with fabulous puppets and an innovative set

10th May

Stewart Francis

‘Pun Gent’

14th May

BalletBoyz: theTALENT

An evening of excitement and grace by an all-male cast, under the direction of former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt

16th May

Ministry of Science Live

Educational, anarchic and explosive science show

22nd May-6th June

A Skull in Connemara

Martin McDonagh’s black comedy

SHEFFIELD THEATRES (BOX OFFICE: 0114 249 6000)

5th-23rd

The Full Monty

Hilarious and heartfelt adaptation starring Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn and Rupert Hill

14th May-6th June

Pride and Prejudice

Starring Harry Potter’s Isabella Laughland as Elizabeth Bennet and James Northcote as Mr Darcy

DERBYSHIRE CLUBS, SOCIETIES & TALKS

Allestree Flower Group

19th ‘Tis a Gift’ Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Antiques & Collectables Society

5th ‘Japanned Papier Maché & Tinware’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Heritage Society

12th ‘Georgian Eccentrics and Georgian Magic’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Embroiderers’ Guild

18th Fabric Manipulation with Ruth Singer, St John’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Brampton Living History Group

18th ‘The Poor Law in action in Mugginton’ by John Barnett, Church Parish Centre, Chatsworth Rd, Brampton, 7.30pm

Chesterfield Embroiderers’ Guild

7th Practical workshop, Saints Parish Centre, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield, 7pm

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society

26th ‘The Uttoxeter Canal’ by Steve Wood, The Wilmot Arms, Borrowash, Derby, 8pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild

9th Morning workshop 10.30am-12.30pm and ‘Cat and Mouse’ talk 2pm-4pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby, 2pm

Derby Poetry Society

8th A celebration of Alan Anthony, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

Matlock Antiques & Collectables Society

8th AGM and ‘Introduction to Art Deco’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Sawley & District Historical Society

25th ‘The Tradescants – England’s 17th century master gardeners’ by Patsie Jarman, Sawley Church Hall, Old Sawley, 7.45pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society

29th ‘The Great War: Shattered Illusions’ with Danny Wells, Ticknall Village Hall, 7.30pm

DERBYSHIRE WELL DRESSINGS IN MAY

4th-9th Newborough, Burton (blessing on 4th, 10.30am)

9th-14th Waingroves (blessing on 9th, 11am)

14th-20th Tissington (blessing on 14th, 9am)

16th-18th Etwall (blessing on 16th, 9am)

16th-21st Swanwick (blessing on 16th, 12pm)

23rd-29th Middleton by Youlgrave (blessing on 24th, 6.30pm)

23rd-27th Wirksworth (blessing on 23rd, 11am)

23rd-1st Jun Monyash (blessing on 23rd, 2pm)

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