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What’s On in Derbyshire - May 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 May 2014

'Beauty and the Beast' by Birmingham Royal Ballet  Photo: Bill Cooper

'Beauty and the Beast' by Birmingham Royal Ballet Photo: Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper

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


30th April-3rd May

Oh! What a Lovely War

Leek All Saints Operatic Society, St Edward’s Academy, Westwood Rd, Leek, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). Tel: 01538 382546


Who Killed the Caretaker?

Light-hearted murder mystery by Kirk Langley Drama Group, Kirk Langley Hall, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 824403


Watership Down

Chellaston Players, St Peter’s Church Hall, Chellaston, 7.15pm (Sat mat 2.15pm). Tel: 01332 700821


Letz Zep

Led Zeppelin tribute band, Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, 7.30pm. For details visit


Ruby Wax

‘Sane New World’, Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. Box office: 0845 127 2190


Derby Dance Company

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Theatre, Rocester, nr Uttoxeter, 8pm. Tel 01543 263304


Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, 7.30pm and Sat 1pm. Box Office: 0845 127 2190


Come and Sing with Derby Bach Choir

Brahm’s ‘Requiem’ at St George’s Church, Ticknall. Registration at 1.30pm, performance at 7.30pm. Tel: 01335 350285


Needwood Singers

Handel’s ‘Sampson’, St Peter’s Church, Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent. Tel: 01283 716790


Krista Detor

Peak Concerts, The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, 8pm. Tel: 01246 860022


Curtain up on Murder

Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society, Quarndon Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 840007


Dick Pearce

Chesterfield Jazz Club, Club Chesterfield, Chesterfield, 8.30pm. See


Little Shop of Horrors

Matlock Musical Theatre, Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm). Tel: 01773 821501


Derby Concert Orchestra

Smetana, Rachmaninov, Butterworth and Elgar, St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 763594


Proms in the Garden

An evening of entertainment with Haddon Hall Festival Orchestra in the gardens at Haddon Hall, Bakewell, 7.30pm. Tel: 01629 810912


Leo Turner & Carlos Munoz Villalobos

Classical guitar and traditional woodwind duo, Glebe Field Centre, Crich, 7.30pm. Tel: 01773 856664


Rolleston Choral Society

St Mary’s Church, Rolleston-on-Dove, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 813377


Dalesmen Male Voice Choir

St Martin’s Church, Osmaston, Ashbourne, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 552125


Martyn Joseph

Peak Concerts, The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, nr Matlock, 8pm. Tel: 01629 860022



The Great British Food Festival

Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, nr Chesterfield. See


Craft Show

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

4th, 5th

Showground Spectacular

A fun family day out with entertainment, fun fair, live music and food stalls at The Showground, Bakewell. See

4th, 5th

Steaming at Leawood Pumphouse

See the engine in motion from 12pm-5pm on the Cromford Canal (SK 315 557), free entry. Tel: 01629 823204

4th, 5th


Watch the Roundheads and Cavaliers prepare for battle at Bolsover Castle (English Heritage). Tel: 0870 333 1181


Ashover May Day Carnival

Entertainment, brass band, garland and morris dancers, May Queen and King. Church Street, Ashover. Tel: 01246 590738



Spring flower festival at Chatsworth House, Bakewell. Tel: 01246 565300

10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th

Cavalier Horsemanship

Expert horsemen in 17th century costume put horses through their paces to baroque music, Bolsover Castle (English Heritage). Tel: 0870 333 1181


National Mills Weekend

Visit Cromford Mill and discover more about its history and heritage, Mill Rd, nr Matlock


Buxton Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Buxton Pavilion, St John’s Road, Buxton. Tel: 01278 784912


Rail Ale & Cider Festival

Enjoy real ales, ciders and beers at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield. Tel: 01246 472450


Chatsworth Horse Trials

World-class equestrian sport, Chatsworth House, nr Bakewell

17th, 18th

Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair

Elvaston Castle, nr Derby. See

17th, 18th

Marston Montgomery Arts Festival

Exhibitions and small flower festival, St Giles Church, Marston Montgomery, 10am-4pm


Festival of Transport

Exhibitions and vintage vehicles, Swadlincote Town Centre


Bearded Theory Festival

The largest performing and creative arts festival in the Midlands, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent. Performers include UB40. See


The Bushcraft Show

Workshops, woodland crafts and demonstrations, Catton Park, Walton upon Trent. See

24th-1st June

Beside the Seaside

Crich Tramway Village will transform into a family-themed seaside resort with a beach, vintage fairground and side shows, Crich. Tel: 01773 854321


The Holly Bush Remembers

World War I remembrance event. Music from Derwent Brass Band and Johnny Victory, local memorablilia, displays, and military vehicles. Holly Bush Inn, Makeney, Belper. Tel: 01332 841729


Scarecrow Festival

Country fair, hoe down, live music and stalls, Pinxton Village Hall, Kirkstead Rd, Pinxton

30th-1st June

Acoustic Festival of Derby

Seth Lakeman, Fairport Convention and Matt Cardle. Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter. Tel: 01889 562561


BUXTON OPERA HOUSE (0845 127 2190)


Soul Legends

Featuring timeless soul classics from Aretha Franklin, James

Brown and Luther Vandross, 7.30pm

6th, 7th

The Devil at Midnight

A spine-tingling thriller starring Andrew Paul and Corrinne Wicks, 7.30pm, Wed mat 2.30pm


Rat Pack Live

The country’s top Dean Martin,

Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra tribute show, 7.30pm


Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

A taiko drum concert that mixes traditional, thundering rhythms with a captivating and modern stage performance, 7.30pm

20th, 21st

Birmingham Royal Ballet

An eclectic programme of ‘Quatrain’, ‘Bitesized Ballet’ – including Beauty & The Beast, and ‘Façade’, 7.30pm, Wed mat 2.30pm



Olivier Award-winning play starring Bob Golding as Eric Morecambe, 7.30pm



Hear the People Sing!

The WestEnders – all past members of the London production of ‘Les Miserables’ – celebrate the famous musical and many more, 7.30pm


The Devil at Midnight

As above, 7.30pm, Sat mat 3pm



Mad Dogs & an Englishman

‘The Dog House’ and ‘Bare Words’ – two one act plays by Tim Elgood, starring Steven Blakeley 7.30pm, Sat mat 2pm

DERBY THEATRE (01332 593939)

29th April-10th May

A Taste of Honey

A touching tale of a young girl’s journey into adulthood, 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm


The Second Minute

Based on research into the letter collection from the archive of the Sherwood Foresters regiment, this poignant and uplifting new show by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company weaves together heroic tales, 2pm & 8pm



Beauty & The Beast

Explosive dance, physical theatre and classical ballet from Ballet Cymru, 7.30pm


Carnaby Street: The Concert

Celebrating the incredible hits of a decade that brought the best rock and roll music of all time – the 1960s, 7.30pm


The Chuckle Brothers

‘In a 2014 Space Oddity’ – fun for the whole family, 2pm


The Drifters in Concert

The Optimum Tour, 7.30pm



West Side Story

A vibrant musical based on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7.30pm, mats vary


Derren Brown

The ‘master of psychological illusion’ presents his latest show – ‘Infamous’, 7.30pm



The Seekers

50th Anniversary Tour, 7.30pm


Paul Hollywood

A fun evening of recipe demonstrations and audience participation with the ‘Great British Bake Off’ star, 8.15pm


Tori Amos

‘One of the most respected singer/songwriters of the last 20 years’, 7.30pm


Frank Skinner



New Kids On The Block



Allestree Flower Group

20th ‘Serendipity’ demonstration, Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Antiques & Collectables Society

6th ‘History of Russian Art’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Embroiderers’ Guild

19th Silk samples workshop, St John’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Heritage Society

13th ‘History of the Quakers’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Chesterfield & District Family History Society

6th ‘Your Obedient, Humble Servant’, St Hugh’s RC Church, Littlemoor, Chesterfield, 7.30pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild

10th ‘Earth Felt’, Derbyshire House, Sherwin St, Derby, 2pm

Derbyshire Numismatic Society

19th Auction, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.15pm (viewings from 6.30pm)

Derby Poetry Society

9th Members’ Poetry Competition, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society

27th ‘History of the River Trent’, The Wilmot Arms, Borrowash, Derby, 8pm

Heanor Floral Art Group

19th ‘Somewhere Under The Sun’, Wilmot St Welfare Centre, Heanor, 7pm

Kyleburn Historical Society

15th ‘Kilburn and Neighbours – Past and Present’, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Kilburn, 7.30pm

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society

20th ‘Beautiful Britain’, Moorlands Club, Curzon St, Long Eaton, 7.30pm

Matlock Luncheon Club

8th Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire – Mr William Tucker, Matlock Golf Club, Chesterfield Rd, Matlock, 12pm

Mickleover Flower Arranging Group

14th ‘With a European Touch’, St John’s Church Hall, Mickleover, Derby, 7.30pm

Sawley & District Horticultural Society

19th ‘The Wise Men of Gotham’, Sawley Church Hall, Old Sawley, 7.45pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society

30th ‘Meet the Pagets’, Ticknall Village Hall, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, 7.30pm


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