A mini-guide to festivals in Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 22 February 2018

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

7th April

2Q Festival

An inner city, multi venue, live music festival with an eclectic mix of big-name headliners and emerging talent.

Derby, www.2qfestival.co.uk

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19th-31st 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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4th-6th 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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4th-13th May

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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6th-28th May

Belper Arts Festival

Incorporating theatre, art, music, dance, comedy, literature, photography and film. Highlights include the Arts Trail from 6th-7th May and Belper Open Houses from 26th-28th May.

www.belperartsfestival.org

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17th-19th 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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24th-27th May

Bearded Theory Festival

An award-winning, family-friendly performing and creative arts festival featuring acts such as Reverend and The Makers.

Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, www.beardedtheory.co.uk

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8th June - 10th June

Dovedale Arts Festival

Talks that include writer Jon McGregor, author of acclaimed novel Resevoir 13, Nicholas Crane (Coast) Mu=ichael Frayn, Claire Tomalin, Tristram Hunt, Julian Glover and more. Concert by The Allegri String Quartet, and a walk and talk by naturalist Mark Cocker. The Festival will feature the art and ceramics and wood engravings of several celebrated artists.

The Izaak Walton Hotel, Dovedale dovedalearts.co.uk

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26th May-3rd June

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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1st-9th 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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8th-10th June

Download Festival

 ‘The UK’s premier rock festival’ is a magnet for big names on the scene – including Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold.

Donington Park, Castle Donington, www.downloadfestival.co.uk

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14th-17th June

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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15th-17th June

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’ on the 17th – ridden by thousands of cyclists dressed in vintage clothes. 

Friden Grange, Newhaven, Buxton, eroicabritannia.co.uk

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22nd June-8th 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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23rd-30th June

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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29th June-1st July

Sausage and Cider Festival

Family food and music festival.

Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, www.sausageandciderfestival.com

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30th June-1st July

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

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6th-22nd 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 4th-22nd July with drama, dance, music, poetry, comedy and film events.

buxtonfestival.co.uk, buxtonfringe.org.uk

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20th-22nd July

Stainsby Festival

A family-friendly festival of folk and world music.

Brunts Farm, Stainsby, Chesterfield, www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk

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26th-29th July

Y Not Festival

A melting pot of emerging and established musicians. 

Pikehall, www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

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9th-12th 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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11th-12th August

Bakewell Baking Festival

Championing the world of baking through an eclectic mix of entertainment, baking and vintage stalls, themed fun and demonstrations with well-known bakers.

Bakewell Showground, Bakewell, www.bakewellbakingfestival.co.uk

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24th-26th August

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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31st August-2nd 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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1st 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, www.jubileefireworks.com

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7th September-7th October

Melbourne Festival

Creative and performing arts festival with a renowned Art and Architecture Trail on 15th and 16th Sept, concerts, talks and exhibitions. 

melbournefestival.co.uk

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15th - 16th September

Tapton Lock Festival

Tapton lock Festival is a free family fun filled weekend event that Junction Arts delivers in Partnership with the Country Side Services. This festival celebrates Tapton Lock; a wonderful area of waterways and wildlife, and encourages people to come along to visit this beautiful hidden spot. Art & craft workshops, climbing, kayaking and entertainment from a spectacular programme that changes year on year.

http://junctionarts.org/projects/tapton-celebration-event/

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7th-23rd 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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15th to 23rd September

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

A variety of walks along the entire 46 miles of canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith, with speciality walks on subjects such as history and wildlife.

www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk

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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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5th-7th October

Derby Folk Festival

Fantastic folk performances from leading names in the heart of the city.

Cathedral Quarter, Derby. 

www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk

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27th October - 10th November

Frankenstein Festival

Matlock Bath's Frankenstein Festival is being held this year to celebrate the bi-centenary of the publication of Mary Shelley's book. The main Festival, is being coordinated by Matlock Bath Development Association working in association with MA students from Sheffield University.

Matlock www.facebook.com/Dmatlockbath

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1st December

Bolsover Lantern Parade

A magical and memorable event that brings the town of Bolsover together in creativity and community spirit. This year it is looking to be bigger and better than ever before to celebrate it's 25th year! 

Come and make a lantern on weekends throughout November with Junction Arts and a professional artist and then light up the night as you parade your lantern through Bolsover amongst thousands of others.

junctionarts.org/projects/bolsover-lantern-parade

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