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What’s On in Derbyshire – Events Guide

A carefully curated list of events you actually want to go to, in Derbyshire and just beyond.

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. Why not combine with a visit to the newly opened Chatsworth Kitchen?

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Photo credit: Chatsworth Estate

Bruce Asbestos: Eye of Newt 2.0 in QUAD Gallery, Derby

Now until 30 October 2022

Colourful, fun, playful exhibition in QUAD Gallery featuring giant inflatable sculptures (including a giant yellow worm, a group of green frogspawn and a giant cartoon arm) and a video game. QUAD Gallery is free to visit and open daily Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Click here for more things to do in Derby.

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Every Saturday and Sunday until 30th October 2022

A spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent. More information and tickets here.

Gaia at Derby Cathedral

Now until 16th October 2022*

Large scale art installation by Luke Gerram. Entry free, suggested donation £3. Donations go to the care and work of the Cathedral. *Check opening times here.

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Radical Horizons Celebratory Burn, Chatsworth

Saturday 1st October 2022, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

A celebratory burn and fireworks extravaganza. Monumental timber structure, Relevé, designed and built for this symbolic purpose by artist Rebekah Waites. The spectacular finale of Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth. Live music, dancing, circus and fire performers. Booking required.

Photo credit: Chatsworth Estate / Red Brick Communications

Free Salsa Dance Night at Nicco, Derby

Saturday 1st October (9pm – late)

Dance Cubana will be taking over the bar area at Nicco’s, where they will be offering a night full of Salsa, Bachata and Reggaeton dancing with music from their Salsa Soul Radio DJ. FREE event, either turn up from 9pm or make an evening of it and dine in the restaurant beforehand. The bar will be open for drinks. Learn to dance salsa and register your attendance or interest here.

Burger & Beer Festival, Derby

Saturday 1st October 2022, from 2pm

The ultimate combo of the UK’s very best burger traders and breweries all under the one roof. And not just any roof, but the fabulous Chocolate Factory, home of Bustler Street Food Market in Derby. Entertainment, eating competitions, live music, DJs etc. Tickets available here.

Pumpkins & Presents, Sheffield

Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October 2022, 11am – 4pm

An autumnal gathering of makers and sellers, fundraising for Dogs Trust. The lambing barn will be transformed into a magical autumnal space. Home, garden, lifestyle, food and feel good offerings (look out for one of my faves, Perfect Peaks Patisserie). Enjoy food at the barn cafe. Dogs welcome.

The Barn, Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield, S11 9QF.

Wirksworth Farmers’ Market

Saturday 1st October 2022

Lively outdoor market with the majority of stall holders coming from less than twenty miles away. Fine foods, groceries and crafts. Free music and entertainment.

Chesterfield Vegan Market

Sunday 2nd October 2022

An amazing array of vegan food and drink, plus dog treats, jewellery, household goods, clothing, plastic free and zero waste solutions and a selection of hot food. Also animal charities and rescue centres promoting the services they offer and a selection of vegan artists and creatives selling their artwork. Everyone is welcome whether vegan or not. Dogs welcome.

Photo credit: The Kedleston Country House

Autumn Market at Kedleston Country House

Sunday 2nd October 2022, 11am to 3pm

A celebration of local businesses and makers in the gorgeous setting of Kedleston Country House gardens. Live music, outdoor street food. Free entry. Dogs welcome.

Food Event at Melbourne Hall Courtyard

Wednesday 5th October, 4pm – 8pm

Weekly event of street food vendors, unique beers, wines and ciders and live music from 6pm. See details on Facebook.

Wild About Derby

Saturday 8th October 2022, 10.30am to 4pm

FREE family friendly day of fun organised by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to celebrate nature in Derby city. Range of immersive activities including guided urban nature trails, a free minibus ride to Allestree park to walk and learn about rewilding plans, help create a giant nature sculpture and take a mini sculpture home, Cathedral Quarter Treasure Trail (with cool prizes), craft activities for all the family, face painting and children’s fancy dress competition. Booking advised.

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Fabulous Places Pop-Up Market at Peak Village, Rowsley

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2022, 10am to 5pm

A celebration of small businesses. Expect beautifully curated, gorgeous, independent shopping. Free entry.

Why not combine with a trip to Chatsworth Kitchen (booking advised)?

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Derby Vegan Market

Saturday 8th October 2022

A vibrant vegan market selling food, drink, clothes, cosmetics and much more on Derby’s Cathedral Green. Free entry.

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8th October, 8.30am – 1pm

A quality market held in Belper’s historic market place, showcasing local artisan producers e.g. local cheeses, honey, bread, brownies and cakes etc.

Wirksworth Wizarding Day

Sunday 9th October 2022

Expect magic and wonder, snakes and owls, broomsticks and train rides and thousands of witches and wizards in their best robes. Witches and wizards of all ages can enjoy a range of magical activities. Very limited parking – so travel by train or bus, or pre-book a park and ride parking space. There will be special Wizarding Express Trains from Duffield to Wirksworth. See the website for full details.

‘Into the Woods’ at The Theatre at Chatsworth House

Wednesday 12th October to Saturday 15th October 2022

Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical comes to Chatsworth House just in time for the spooky season. Gear up for Halloween with witches, ghosts, wolves, giants, and all your fairy tale favourites.

Produced by local theatre company, Chatsworth Players, with funding from the Arts Council, in the stunning, intimate theatre at Chatsworth. Limited tickets available – book here.

The theatre at Chatsworth

Hammertime Horror Murder Mystery

Friday 21st October 2022, 7pm

Dine and mingle with classic horror movie characters as they all join in the gruesome Halloween Ball at the stunning Kedleston Country House. But as one of them slumps to the floor dead (again), the finger of suspicion falls on our suspects including Elvira, Dr Fronkenstein, Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Egor and friends. £55.00pp including three course meal. Fancy dress welcomed. Booking essential.

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Bustler Market

Thursday 27th October to Sunday 30th October 2022

Halloween edition of Derby’s much loved street food market with cocktails, karaoke, live music and DJs Read what to expect at Bustler

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Chatsworth Bonfire and Fireworks

28 October 2022 and 29 October 2022

The iconic annual Chatsworth House bonfire and fireworks is one of the best autumnal events in the Peak District. Wrap up warm to marvel at a blazing bonfire and two spectacular firework displays, including an early display for younger children. There’s a range of family friendly entertainment and a selection of delicious food including hog roasts and my all-time favourite, churros, plus mulled wine or cider. Buy tickets here.

Chesterfield Artisan Market

Sunday 30th October 2022

A popular event with the very finest artisan traders. Sample artisan foodie delights and enjoy delicious authentic street food whilst you shop quirky, bespoke and original craft items. Live entertainment. Chesterfield Market Square, free entry.

Click here for the Lovely Local Indie guide to Derbyshire’s best Christmas markets

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November 2022

Bonfire Night at Thornbridge

Friday 4th November 2022, 6pm to 9pm

A fun autumnal evening for all the family (including the dog!). Take a cosy seat by a firepit, twirl a sparkler, toast a marshmallow or two and enjoy a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate from the cafe, or something stronger from the bar. No fireworks so dog friendly.

Tickets are £10 per person (under 16s free) which includes a jacket potato & chilli, marshmallows for toasting and a sparkler for each person. Children’s food option as well as vegan and gluten-free. State dietary requirements when booking. Note that the formal gardens won’t be open for this event, just the cafe garden. Limited tickets available.

Christmas at Chatsworth

5th November 2022 to 8th January 2023

Experience the magic of Christmas at Chatsworth – spectacular seasonal displays in the House and Garden, plus the iconic Christmas market (read what to expect at Chatsworth Christmas market here). Booking required.

Chatsworth at Christmas. Photo credit: DPC Photography

Wirksworth Farmers’ Market

Saturday 5th November 2022

Lively outdoor market with the majority of stall holders coming from less than twenty miles away. Fine foods, groceries and crafts. Free music and entertainment.

Chesterfield Vegan Market

Sunday 6th November 2022

An amazing array of vegan food and drink, plus dog treats, jewellery, household goods, clothing, plastic free and zero waste solutions and a selection of hot food. Also animal charities and rescue centres promoting the services they offer and a selection of vegan artists and creatives selling their artwork. Everyone is welcome whether vegan or not. Dogs welcome.

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 12th November, 8.30am – 1pm

A quality market held in Belper’s historic market place, showcasing local artisan producers e.g. local cheeses, honey, bread, brownies and cakes etc.

Christmas Market at Thornbridge

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November 2022, 10am to 4pm

FREE to enter Christmas market in Thornbridge’s beautiful Carriage House with twenty stalls of local artisan makers. Products on sale include including gin, bean-to-bar chocolate, candles, art, jewellery and much more. The Gardens will also be free to enter on these dates.

Quackers Cafe will be serving warming festive sweet and savoury treats, mulled wine, and liqueur coffees all weekend – or book a festive afternoon tea. Meet Father Christmas on Saturday 19th only.

Luminate Hardwick

Nightly from Wednesday 23rd November 2022 until Friday 24th December 2022

A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthrall your senses through the stunning grounds of Hardwick Hall. Expect stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.

Chesterfield Artisan Market

Sunday 27th November 2022

A popular event with the very finest artisan traders. Sample artisan foodie delights and enjoy delicious authentic street food whilst you shop quirky, bespoke and original craft items. Live entertainment. Chesterfield Market Square, free entry.

December 2022

The Snowman Tour, Derby

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December 2022

An award winning, magical production accompanied by a live orchestra. Alongside The Snowman, enjoy The Flight Before Christmas – the sensational new Shaun the Sheep film staged with live orchestra for the first time. Voted as one of the “Top Family things to do at Christmas…” by The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, and suitable for the whole family to enjoy together (3+). Book tickets

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Wirksworth Farmers’ Market

Saturday 3rd December 2022

Lively outdoor market with the majority of stall holders coming from less than twenty miles away. Fine foods, groceries and crafts. Free music and entertainment.

Chesterfield Vegan Market

Sunday 4th December 2022

An amazing array of vegan food and drink, plus dog treats, jewellery, household goods, clothing, plastic free and zero waste solutions and a selection of hot food. Also animal charities and rescue centres promoting the services they offer and a selection of vegan artists and creatives selling their artwork. Everyone is welcome whether vegan or not. Dogs welcome.

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 10th December, 8.30am – 1pm

A quality market held in Belper’s historic market place, showcasing local artisan producers e.g. local cheeses, honey, bread, brownies and cakes etc.

The Snowman Tour, Buxton

Tuesday 13th December 2022

An award winning, magical production accompanied by a live orchestra. Alongside The Snowman, enjoy The Flight Before Christmas – the sensational new Shaun the Sheep film staged with live orchestra for the first time. Voted as one of the “Top Family things to do at Christmas…” by The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, and suitable for the whole family to enjoy together (3+). Book tickets.  

WIN 4 tickets to see The Snowman Tour!

Chesterfield Artisan Market

Sunday 18th December 2022

A popular event with the very finest artisan traders. Sample artisan foodie delights and enjoy delicious authentic street food whilst you shop quirky, bespoke and original craft items. Live entertainment. Chesterfield Market Square, free entry.

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By Molly Scott

Derbyshire blogger - bringing you the best places to eat, drink, spa and stay in the wider Derbyshire area. Champion of the most fabulous independents.

2 replies on “What’s On in Derbyshire – Events Guide”

Thanks for the information about the Gaia display at the cathedral being on today 1st October .. driven down from Sheffield to finds it’s closed for the day for private do .. a place of worship closed for a folk festival … really ?
Great wasted trip .. so kind

Hi Ian.
I can understand how frustrating that must have been. As stated in the introduction the information was provided in good faith & we always recommend double checking details before travelling. I can see that Derby Cathedral has published more detailed guidance on their opening times since this blog post was last updated. I’ll incorporate that now. Unfortunately we are a very small team and have no capacity to find updates like this if the venue/organisers don’t contact us directly. Appreciate that doesn’t help your wasted journey but please do accept my apologies.
Kind regards,
Molly

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