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.
What’s on in Derbyshire? Your 2022 guide
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.
Please see this separate post for 12 best places to see bluebells in Derbyshire
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.
What’s on in Derbyshire?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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
What’s on in Derbyshire?
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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