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What’s On in Derbyshire – Events Guide

Here’s my guide to the best events and what’s on in Derbyshire (and if it’s really of interest, in surrounding counties), all organised by date. All information provided in good faith but please do check directly with organisers before making a special journey. Some events require pre-booking.

If you’re looking for things to do rather than specific events, check out this post for 40 things to do in Derbyshire.

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What’s on in Derbyshire? Your 2022 guide

Ongoing events

Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth (near Bakewell)

Now until 1 October 2022

Monumental sculpture from Burning Man in the free to access parkland. Parking charges apply at Chatsworth.

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Bluebell walks

Please see this separate post for 12 best places to see bluebells in Derbyshire

bluebells in a forest

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Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral 

Now to 12th June 2022

A mass participation large-scale art installation by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker, featuring around 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbon above the nave of the Cathedral, accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.

Local schools, community groups and the general public have been invited to decorate the doves that form the artwork with messages of peace, love and hope.

Entry is free with a suggested entry donation of £3 per person to go towards the care and work of the city’s Cathedral. Booking encouraged.  

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May 2022

Local Well Dressings

Throughout May and June

An ancient custom, unique to Derbyshire. Well dressing is the art of decorating wells and springs with pictures made from flowers and other natural materials. More information here.

Derby Book Festival 

20th – 28th May

Over 70 book-related events for all ages and interests in accessible venues across the city. More information here.

Chesterfield Artisan Market

Sunday 29th May

High-quality range of authentic goods with an emphasis on all that is local, ethical and original. 10.00am – 3.30pm. Chesterfield Market Square.

May Half Term

Jenny at Peak District Kids has a range of ideas to occupy the children over the May half term.

June 2022

Sheffield Food Festival

Thursday 2nd June to Monday 5th June

A royal feast of fun will be on offer, including top cookery demonstrations and children’s activities, as well as delicious food inspired by global cuisines.

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The festival – which attracts around 50,000 visitors each year, including many from Derbyshire – is a bustling exhibition of Sheffield’s flourishing food and drink scene. Expect lots of delicious artisan food and street food include local vegan favourite Icarus and Apollo, who will be dishing out their popular plant based options.

This year for the first time the demo stage will be located in the Eats, Beats and Treats village, inside the Peace Gardens. Music from bands and DJs including home grown talent.

The entire festival will take place across Sheffield’s Peace Gardens, St Paul’s Parade, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Pinstone Street with a kids’ activity hub based in the Winter Gardens.

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The Queens Cocktail party at Nourish at No 44, Belper

Friday 3rd June 2022, 7 pm – 11:30 pm

Nourish is one of my favourite places to eat and drink in Belper. To celebrate the jubilee they are transforming the garden and bistro into a right Royal bash. Enjoy a Great British grazing board while sipping on English cocktails infused in nostalgic ingredients. Music, full bar service and table service. Prizes for the best dressed Queen. £20pp which includes a grazing board and two cocktails served with the food. Book directly with Nourish.

Dandy Dick at Chatsworth

Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th June 2022

Chatsworth Players, a local theatre group present a light-hearted farce, Dandy Dick, by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. The show will be at the unique, beautiful private theatre at Chatsworth House. There’s also a popular pre-theatre dinner option. Three scrummy courses, included a glass of wine and tea, and coffee afterwards, can be enjoyed at the Cavendish Restaurant in the Stables at Chatsworth House. Book tickets here.

The beautiful theatre at Chatsworth. Photo credit: Inside-Out Photography

Circus Cortex, Bakewell

Thursday 9th June to Monday 13th June

World class, contemporary circus featuring a mainly Ukrainian artists. Expect a high octane show full of energy. Tickets start at £9.99. Book online here. Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AH.

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Photo credit: Circus Cortex

Matlock Food and Drink Festival

Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June

Matlock Food and Drink Festival in Hall Leys Park, Matlock. Street food stalls, bars, artisan stalls and entertainment. Dog friendly. 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entry. Hall Leys Park, Matlock, DE4 3AR.

Chesterfield Plastic Free Festival

Sunday 12th June 2022, 10am – 4pm

Family fun day out with craft workshops, food, drink and live performances. There will be stalls from lots of eco-friendly small businesses. Look out for the likes of Happy Roots Farm, Soul Nuah Soapery.

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Happy Roots Farm grow seasonal flowers using eco-friendly methods and avoid single use packaging. Find them at the Plastic Free Festival

Beer & Cheese Tasting

Wed 15 June 2022 

7.30 pm to 10:30 pm at The Kedleston Country House, DE22 5JD. Join the team from Thornbridge Brewery as they guide you through 5 delicious beers, plus a special gin-barrel aged sour beer, served alongside a range of local Derbyshire cheeses. £25pp. Book tickets here.

Ashbourne Streetfest 2022

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022

Free family entertainment throughout the pretty market town of Ashbourne.

Shipley Country Park Food and Drink Festival, Heanor

Saturday 18th June and Sunday 19th June 2022

Free entry. Street food stalls, bars, artisan stalls and entertainment. Dog friendly.

Pierre Koffman and Friends on Tour at The Peak Edge Hotel

Wednesday 22nd June

Winster Foods and The Food Heroes present an evening of good food, drinks, live music, DJ, auction and raffle and fundraising for Ukraine. £45pp. Buy a ticket by emailing frankie@winsterfoods.co.uk.

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Family fun at the Sausage and Cider Festival

Sausage and Cider Festival

Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June

Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Catton Park in South Derbyshire. Expect sizzling food, drink and over 20 of the world’s best tribute acts. Day and camping tickets available. Book here.

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Sausage & Cider Festival

Chesterfield Artisan Market

Sunday 26th June

High-quality range of authentic goods with an emphasis on all that is local, ethical and original. 10.00am – 3.30pm. Free entry. Chesterfield Market Square.

Derbyshire County Show

26 June 2022

Family friendly event with outdoor food showcase, craft marquee and lots of animals to see including a dog show. Adults £15 on the day (£10 for advance tickets). Children under 16 free. Elvaston Showground, Derby, DE72 3EN.

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July 2022

Picnic in the Park, Ashbourne

Sunday 3rd July, 1pm to 6pm

Free, family event. Pack up a picnic and enjoy a relaxed afternoon listening to The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra in Ashbourne Memorial Gardens, DE6 1EJ.

Charity Walk at Carsington Reservoir

Sunday 3rd July, 2pm

Fundraising for refugees, an 8 mile walk at Carsington Reservoir. £10 for adults, £5 for children. Register by emailing ashbournerefugeeteam@yahoo.com.

Bubblecious & Elvaston Food and Drink Festival

9th and 10th July

The UK’s biggest free bubble festival. Lots of family friendly activities. Street food, gin bar and real ales and ciders. Free entry. Elvaston Showground, Derby, DE72 3EN

Derby Family Fest by Mama and Meet Market at the Chocolate Factory

Sunday 10th July

Family friendly markets with the emphasis on small businesses.

Bakewell Country Festival

Sunday 17th July

Vintage tractors, meet lots of animals and local farmers, horticulture and rural craft demonstrations. Plus food courts featuring local street food traders, local brewery bars including Thornbridge, festival stage and kitchen demos. Children’s Zone including crafts and music workshops, traditional Victorian helter skelter.

Eureka in the Park, Swadlincote

Sunday 17th July

Street food stalls, bars, artisan stalls and entertainment. Dog friendly. Free entry. Eureka Park, Swadlincote, DE11 0BA.

Fabulous Places Summer Market at Melbourne Hall

23rd and 24th July

A beautifully curated selection of high quality artisans in the stunning grounds of Melbourne Hall in South Derbyshire.

Y Not Festival

28th to the 31st July
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August 2022

Outdoor theatre at Chatsworth

3 August 2022

Enjoy a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening at Chatsworth watching Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Adult £18 Child £14 

Matlock Summer Food and Drink Festival

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th August 2022

Street food stalls, bars, artisan stalls and entertainment. Dog friendly. Free entry. Hall Leys Park, Matlock, DE4 3AR.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of what’s on in Derbyshire. My plan is to update this throughout the year, if it’s well received, so please do let me know what you think.

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