What's On in and around Derbyshire during August
PUBLISHED: 10:32 31 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:32 31 July 2019
Derbyshire Life's guide to the best events in and around the county this month.
MUSIC, DRAMA AND CONCERTS
Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, with soprano Emily Haig, play traditional favourites - plus firework finale.
National Memorial Arboreturm, Croxall Rd, Alrewas DE13 7AR, 6pm, 01283 245100, thenma.org.uk
Much A Do About Nothing
An inventive take on Shakespeare's play performed outdoors.
Cromford Mills, 7pm, threeinchfools.com
One day pop festival, stars include Rudimental, Rita Ora, The Vamps.
Pattonair County Ground, ticketmaster.co.uk
Music in the Garden
Sam & Ella, Lucy Hill Music, tea and cake.
Old Queen Farm, Snelston, DE6 2DP 2-4.30pm
Organ Recital Series
Recital by Worcester Cathedral's Nicholas Freestone. Also 14th - Simon Russell of Nantwich Church; 21st - Roger Sayer of Temple Church, London; 28th - Edward Turner of Derby Cathedral.
Derby Cathedral, 7.45pm, 01332 255800
Midsummer Night's Dream
Outdoor performance by the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
Chatsworth (7th) 7.30pm, chatsworth.org/events; Kedleston Hall (24th) 0344 2491895
Here be dragons!
The Babbling Vagabonds with a walking story-telling adventure.
Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 11am & 2pm, 01332 255800
14th Much Ado About Nothing
A riotous bicycle-powered interpretation of the comedy by the Handlebards. A taster for New Mills Festival in Sep.
High Lea Park, New Mills, 6.30pm
Talon - Best of the Eagles
Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue.
Conkers, Moira DE12 6BD 7.30pm, see visitconkers.com for other music event details
An evening of Queen
Stars of London's West End perform an outdoor concert.
Pattonair County Ground, Derby, 7.30pm, 01332 255800
Jon Allen & Band
Highly-acclaimed soulful singer-songwriter - a certain sell-out.
Medway Centre, Bakewell, wegottickets.com
Derby old gaol ghost hunt
A night of ghost hunting!
50-51 Friargate, Derby DE1 1DF, 9pm-2am, dusktilldawnevents.co.uk
World Hen Racing Championships
'The most eggcentric of events'.
Barley Mow, Bonsall, DE4 2AY, 12 noon
Cromford Steam Rally
Back to the days of steam - includes old-time fair rides.
Highacres Farm, Brackenfield, DE55 6DB
Hot August Night
Outdoor family music festival with tribute acts.
Mickleover Sports Club, Derby DE3 9FL, 2pm, ticketsource.co.uk
Heavy rock and metal music.
Catton Park, Walton on Trent, DE12 8LN
40th annual agricultural show - everything from handicrafts to horses and dog show to driving
The Arbour, Ilam Moor Lane, Ilam DE6 2AD
Crich WWII home front
Re-enactors, live music and vehicles from pre-1946. 19th-23rd - Woodland Week.
Crich Tramway Village, DE4 5DP, 01773 854321
Derby Oddfellows Friendly Society.
32 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GU, 11am
14th Ashover Show
Traditional family country show with livestock, vintage cars and tractors, tug-of-war, brass band, children's rides.
Rectory Fields, Ashover S45 0BA
Family Bushcraft Day
A day course suitable for children 7+.
Whaley Bridge, SK23 7LU, redoakbushcrafts.co.uk
Shell Collectors event with shell art, fossils, dealers selling shells from around the world.
Cavendish Hall, Edensor, 9am-4pm
Derbyshire Noir Book Festival
For readers and writers - authors include Stephen Booth, Roz Watkins, Jo Jakeman, Sophie Draper.
Chesterfield Library, S40 1QN, www.eventbrite.co.uk
17th Ashbourne Show
Traditional country and agricultural show with JC Balls Digger Dance performance.
Osmaston, Ashbourne, DE6 1LW
Model tram, bus, railway exhibition
12 layouts including Tissington c.1930.
Crich Tramway Village, DE4 5DP
Swadlincote Proms in the Park
Bring a picnic.
Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Church Gresley, DE11 9NW, south-derbys.gov.uk
18th Eroica Britannia
500 riders are to celebrate the sixth year of Eroica Britannia on a 66-mile ride.
Bakewell, start 7.30-9.30am
20th Allestree flower group
Practice night and supper.
The Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, 7pm, 01332 558540
DCHC Gin & Steam train experience in aid of Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre
Steam train trip with buffet on the Ecclesbourne Valley Line from Wirksworth.
Wirksworth Station, 6.30pm departure, 01332 345424
25th-26th Summer art exhibition
One of the largest independent art shows outside London.
Ticknall Village Hall & School, Ingleby Lane, DE73 7JW, 8.30-5pm
Plague Sunday Procession and commemorative service at Cucklet Delph. Eyam
Peak District Highland Games
Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, DE4 5LH, 10-4.40pm, 01246 590200
26th Hope Show
A splendid country day out with displays, classes and competitions.
Marsh Farm, Castleton, S33 8RZ, gates open 8am
29th-31st Longshaw Sheepdog Trials
Scenic surroundings for the sheepdog trials and fell race.
Longshaw, S11 7TZ
30th-1st Sep Chatsworth Country Fair
Spectacular grand ring displays and demos from celebrity chefs.
Chatsworth, DE45 1PP, chatsworth.org
Guided walk of the gorge. Creswell Crags, S80 3LH, 7.30pm, 01909 720378
Trekfest - the peaks 25km or 50km routes to fundraise for charity.
Hargate Festival - party in the garden
Summer fundraising event for Wormhill Well Dressing and JDRF (Type 1 Diabetes research charity), Live music, Bar and Food Stalls
Hargate Hall, Hargate Hall Road, SK17 8TA Buxton
OPEN GARDENS FOR THE NGS
3rd, 4th 9 Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, DE7 6AU, 1.30-4.30pm, £3.50
4th Westfield Road, Swadlincote, DE11 0BG, 1-5pm, £3.50
4th Woodend Cottage, 134 Main St, Repton DE65 6FB, 2-5.30pm, £3
11th 8 Curzon Lane, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8QS, 12-5pm, £3
11th Hollies Farm Plant Centre, Uppertown, Bonsall DE4 2AW, 11am-3pm, £3.50
11th Old English Walled Garden, Elvaston County Park, Borrowash Rd, Elvaston DE72 3EP, 12-4pm, £2.50
11th 18 Plant Lane, Long Eaton, Old Sawley NG10 3BJ, 2-5pm, £3
14th Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Annwell Lane, Smisby LE65 2TA, 9-5pm, £5
14th 15 Windmill Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 1EY, 1-5pm, £3
18th Cascades Gardens, Clatterway, Bonsall DE4 2AH, 12-4.30pm, £5
18th The Lilies, Griffe Grange Valley, Grangemill DE4 4BW, 11.30-4.30pm, £4
18th Meynell Langley Trials Garden, Lodge Lane, Kirk Langley DE6 4NT, 10-4pm, £4
25th, 26th 12 Water Lane, Middleton by Wirksworth, DE4 4LY, 11-5pm, £3.50
26th The Burrows Gardens, Burrows Lane, Brailsford DE6 3BU, 11-4pm, £5
26th Tissington Hall, Tissington DE6 1RA, 12-3pm, £6, 75 years in the NGS
31st, 1st The Old Vicarage, The Fields, Middleton by Wirksworth DE4 4NH, 11-5pm, £3.50.
SPECIALIST PLANT FAIRS
4th Renishaw Hall, S31 3WB, 10.30-4pm
10th Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, planthuntersfairs.co.uk
3rd Calver, Curbar, Froggatt Hidden Gardens S32 3YF, approx. 14 gardens, 11-4pm, £5
10th Bradwell Open Gardens, S33 9HJ, approx. 20, 10-5pm, £5
25th Bakewell Secret Gardens, approx. 15 in Yeld Road/ Monyash Road area, 1.30-5.30pm, £5
14th-20th St Lawrence's Church, Great Barlow
17th-23rd 'Floral Symphony', St Michael & All Saints, Taddington
Shakespeare in a Garden
7th 'Comedy of Errors' at Burrows Gardens, Brailsford, 7-9.30pm, folksytheatre.co.uk
Buxton Opera House 01298 72190
1st-2nd The Tiger who came to tea A musical adaptation of the children's book direct from the West End
4th Rhythm of the Dance National Dance Company of Ireland with a dance and music extravaganza
9th-10th Puttin' on the Ritz Spectacular song and dance show featuring the music of Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter
22nd-24th Grand Hotel Welcome to Berlin in 1928, in a revival of the Tony award-winning musical
25th The James Bond Concert Spectacular A concert by leading musicians featuring songs from the 007 movies
Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 01246 345222
Summer Play Season
13th-17th Present Laughter Classic Noel Coward comedy set around a few days in the life of a self-obsessed actor
20th-24th The King's Speech Based on the 2010 Academy Award-winning film
27th-31st Wife begins at Forty Comedy and pathos as George attempts to rejuvenate his marriage after 18 years
Winding Wheel, Chesterfield 01298 345222
29th Spotlight Comedy Club Craig Murray and Kate McCabe
31st A Tribute to Ariana Grande and JoJo Siwa
Derbt Theatre 01332 593939
31st July-10th Five a playful introduction to live performance for children age 3 to 6 and their grown-ups with dance, movement and music
29th-31st Grand Hotel Musical based on the lives of staff and guests in a Berlin hotel in 1928 that premiered to Broadway acclaim in 1989
Royal, Concert Hall, Nottingham 0115 989 5555
2nd The Best of That'll be the Day! the Rock & Roll variety production returns
14th-15th Tabby McTat book-based musical for children and families
17th-25th Brainiac Detective Agency interactive, 70-minute hands-on workshop for age 6+
28th-1st Rocky Horror Show the legendary rock 'n' roll musical
Theatre Royal, Nottingham 0115 989 5555
The Colin McIntyre Classic Thrillers Season
30th July-3rd Wait until Dark a deadly game of cat and mouse
6th-10th Murder with Love Francis Durbridge at his finest
13th-17th Anybody for Murder hilarious comedy thriller
20th-24th Dangerous Obsession compulsive psycho-thriller with a devastating conclusion!