What’s On in Derbyshire – September 2014

John Godber's 'April in Paris' at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Photo: Robert Day

John Godber's 'April in Paris' at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Photo: Robert Day - Credit: Archant

A look at what’s in store for Derbyshire and the Peak District



Phil Beer

The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, 8pm. Tel: 01623 812739


WWI Last Night of the Proms

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Newhall Band, Rosliston Forestry Centre, nr Swadlincote. Tel: 01283 222848


Proms in the Peaks

Charity concert with tenor John Hudson and soprano Deborah Norman, Losehill Hall YHA Castleton, 2.30pm. See www.promsinthepeaks.org.uk


Jools Holland

With Gilson Lavis, Melanie C, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield. See www.engineshedconcerts.com


Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque

Abbotsholme School Chapel, nr Rocester, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304


Catrin Finch (Harpist)

Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 841503


Home Service

The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, 8pm. Tel: 01623 812739


Sing with Melbourne Operatic Society

Afternoon workshop culminating in an evening performance. See www.melbournefestival.co.uk



Cavalier Horsemanship

Witness expert horsemen in 17th century costume put horses through their paces, Riding School, Bolsover Castle

6th Sept-25th Oct

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Music on the bandstand every Saturday evening followed by a parade of illuminated boats on the river at 7.45pm. Firework display at 9pm on 27th Septenber


Festival of Fireworks

Catton Hall, Walton on Trent


British Shell Collectors Club Fayre

Cavendish Hall, Chatsworth


Trains to the Seaside

Take a train from The Midland Railway in Butterley to a ‘beach’ at Swanwick Junction, near Ripley


Spoken Word Night

Poetry, comedy and sketches, Wheatcroft’s Wharf Canalside Café, Cromford Mills, 7pm


New Mills Festival

An annual celebration of community spirit and culture in the north of the county. Activities include talks, walks, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and a magical lantern procession and street party finale, with a wide variety of free events for all ages. Visit www.newmillsfestival.co.uk


Autumn Footprints Walking Festival

40 free guided walks in the Amber Valley and Erewash area, led by knowledgeable local volunteers and staff keen to show off their patch. Walks explore local heritage, history, wildlife and towns and villages. Suitable for all abilities. Visit www.autumnfootprints.co.uk

13th, 14th, 15th, 16th

Tudor Life at Haddon

A ‘Tudor Muster’ on 13th and 14th and ‘Tudor Housewife’ workshops with TV historian Ruth Goodman on 15th and 16th, Haddon Hall, near Bakewell. Tel: 01629 812855


Flower, Produce & Vegetable Show

Lea Primary School, near Matlock


Motorsport Photography Workshop Experience Day

Learn the art of motorsport photography at Jessops Academy Motorsport Photography day. Hosted by Jessop’s motorsport partners, Volkswagen Racing UK, you’ll get a unique ‘behind the garage doors’ experience photographing the action. You’ll have tutoring from on the most challenging techniques of photographing high speed cars during the races and be taken to the best vantage points at the track to perfect these newly acquired skills. Takes place at Donington Park, 8.30am-3.30pm. Price: £199. To book call 0844 800 4444 or visit www.jessops.com/academy


Magic Festival

Station Building, Peak Village Shopping Centre, Rowsley


Well Dressings

Chesterfield (blessing on 13th at 10am); Hartington (blessing on 13th at 3pm)


Church Wilne Rotary Club Horse Ride

1o or 6 mile charity ride starting off the A6096 (DE7 4PQ). Enter at www.churchwilnerotary.org.uk/horseride.html


Derbyshire Vintage Fair

Imperial Rooms, Matlock


Midland Shire Foal Show

Field House Equestrian Centre, Marchington, Uttoxeter. Tel: 01260 226511


Macmillan Coffee Morning at Denby Pottery

10am until 12 noon in Bournes Restaurant at the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre. All proceeds from the sale of tea, coffee and cake will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Tel: 01773 740799


Derby Cathedral Climb

Climb the 189 steps up the Cathedral. Hourly from 10.45am, last climb at 3.45pm


Barrow Hill Live!

Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield. Tel: 01778 391123


Buxton Opera House (0845 127 2190)


Wuthering Heights

Chapterhouse Theatre Company


A Compás

Jaleo Flamenco Dance Company – a scintillating fusion of vocals, footwork and guitar playing


Sherlock Holmes

‘The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman’ – the world’s most famous detective meets the world’s deadliest woman



Mid Wales Opera

Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield (01246 345222)


April in Paris

John Godber’s romantic comedy, with star performances from Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann

Winding Wheel Theatre Chesterfield (01246 345222)


Dominic Kirwan

An evening of live music with ‘one of the most dynamic and best loved entertainers that Ireland has ever produced’


The Blues Band

With Tom McGuinness and Paul Jones of Manfred Mann

Derby Theatre (01332 593939)



Derby Festé’s launch event, with a stunning troupe of acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and musicians



Focusing on the power of voice and the things it can do!

19th-4th Oct


A story about loyalty, truth, life and death by renowned playwright Roy Williams


Be Here Now

A comic yet tender look at how music infiltrates and influences our lives

Guildhall Theatre, Derby (0115 989 5555)


Watching The Living

Daphne du Maurier’s atmospheric short stories brought to the stage


The Importance of Being Earnest

Derby’s Ashrow Theatre


Lisbee Stainton

Singer and multi-instrumentalist

Mansfield Palace Theatre (01623 633133)

12th, 13th

Sunshine on Leith

Funny and touching musical following two soldiers as they return home from Afghanistan


Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle:

Made in the Great War

A stunning performance with music, spoken word and film, based on a true story


Jimmy Tarbuck OBE

‘This is My life’

Nottingham Theatre Royal (0115 989 5555)


Shrek: The Musical

Fun for the whole family

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (0115 989 5555)


Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience

‘A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ where the audience play the diners and Basil and Sybil serve up mayhem!


The Osmond Brothers

An evening of musical memories with Merrill, Jay and Jimmy


Allestree Flower Group

16th ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’ demo, Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm

Chesterfield & District Family History Society

2nd AGM followed by member talk, St Hugh’s RC Church, Littlemoor, Chesterfield, 7.30pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild

13th Demo and shop with Viv Arthur from Art Van Go, Derbyshire House, Sherwin St, Derby, 2pm

Derbyshire Historic Gardens Trust

26th ‘The Gardens at Haddon Hall’, Strutts Centre, Belper, 7.30pm

Derby Poetry Society

12th ‘Saying Yes’, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society

23rd ‘Drystone Walls’, Wilmot Arms, Derby Rd, Borrowash, 8pm

Heanor Floral Art Group

15th Harvest festival, Wilmot Street Welfare Centre, Heanor, 7pm

Kyleburn Historical Society

18th Tattershall Castle (NT), Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, 7.30pm

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society

13th, 14th Annual Produce Show, Coronation Hall, Portland Rd, Toton, Sat 2-5pm, Sun 10-3.45pm

Matlock & District Embroiderers’ Group

22nd ‘Designing for Hand Spun Yarn’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Mickleover Flower Arranging Group

8th ‘Let’s go Dutch’, St John’s Church, Mickleover, 7.30pm

Midland Railway Trust

18th ‘St Pancras: A History of the Station’, presentation by Nigel Lowey, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, 7.30pm. Tel: 01773 747674

Sawley & District Horticultural Society

29th ‘Bass Railway Trips’, Sawley Church Hall, Old Sawley, 7.45pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society

26th AGM and ‘The Noble Art of Strategic Deception’, Ticknall Village Hall, 7.30pm