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What’s On Derbyshire 2023 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) in 2023, all organised by date. There are lots of free activities, and most events (not all) are family friendly – but everything listed here is something I genuinely believed will appeal to my readers.

All information published 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 2023 guide

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Photo credit: Ben Harrison Media

ON GOING EXHIBITIONS

The Peacock Revolution: Men’s Fashion from 1966-1970

Until 6 May 2023
Pickford’s House, Derby City Centre

Free exhibition (donations welcome). Incredible exhibition of men’s clothing from the ‘Swinging Sixties’ from those now famous men’s boutiques on Carnaby Street and King’s Road in London. From crushed velvet trousers to satin shirts, kaftans and brocaded jackets – this is the period when clothing truly did become technicolour!

History Makers: A celebration of Derbyshire women and gender diversity

Until 12 February 2023
Museum & Art Gallery, Derby City Centre

Free exhibition (donations welcome). A chronological journey through the individual and collective experiences of notable Derbyshire women, such as Florence Nightingale and Bess of Hardwick. The exhibition recognises the contribution and cultural expression of Derbyshire history makers throughout the ages, with an emphasis on the inspirational stories of those often overlooked or misrepresented in our shared history.

Read more things to do in Derby.

Peak District Artisans ‘Showcase in the Shop’ at Chatsworth

Now until 5th March 2023

Free exhibition in the stables shop at Chatsworth, featuring original works of 19 Peak District based artists, designer makers and contemporary artisans.

What’s On Derbyshire FEBRUARY 2023

Free Garden Entry at Thornbridge Hall

Throughout February, near Bakewell

The gorgeous gardens at Thornbridge Hall near Bakewell are open to visit for free throughout January. Parking is also free. No need to pre-book. Dog friendly and café open (just be aware that the popular rubber ducks are safely tucked away for winter to protect the historic fountain). Find out more.

Read my review of Thornbridge Hall Gardens

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Thornbridge Hall Gardens

Tapas Tuesday at Barça Bar

Tuesday 7th February
Casa Hotel, Chesterfield, S41 7JB

Every Tuesday, get three tapas dishes for the price of two at the sublime Barça Bar at Casa. Cheapest dish free. Read my previous review of cocktails and tapas at Barça Bar.

Nature Tots

Thursday 9th February

Longshaw, near Sheffield

Nature related themed outdoor play session including story, craft activities and drink and snack. £5 per child. Read more and booking essential.  

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 11th February 2023, 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.

Family Bushcraft Workshop

Sunday 12 February 2023, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, NG9 6DY

A new workshop for families who would like to spend time together outdoors discovering new skills. Taking place in a beautiful secluded woodland at Attenborough Nature Reserve. Experienced leaders will demonstrate skills and get the whole family involved in natural fire lighting and green wood working. There will be tasty treats to try cooking over the campfire whilst connecting with nature. £30 each or £100 for a group of 4. Find out more and book.

Pushabout

Monday 13th February 2023

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

A friendly walk with your pushchair-aged child through the beautiful parkland of Clumber Park. An accessible and beautiful walk, to meet other adults, find support and build up your fitness on a basic level. These walks are held on the second Monday of every month. Free event although general admission prices apply (National Trust members free). No booking required, read more here.

14+ ideas of pushchair friendly walks in Derbyshire

Read about Derbyshire’s best snowdrop walks

UK Ghost Story Festival

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February 2023
Museum of Making, Derby City Centre

A weekend of readings, workshops, panels, interviews, performances and more. Join all weekend with a festival pass, or pick the events that suit you best.

Shine A Light: Hardwick Hall

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February 2023

Visually stunning projection onto the hall, created by internationally-renowned Derbyshire-born video projection artists Illuminos. Spectacular large-scale projections will light up Derbyshire landmarks with a unique fusion of music, visuals and sound when ‘Shine A Light’ returns this autumn/winter. Book tickets.

Fabulous Places Shop Small Market

Saturday 18th February 2023, 10am – 3pm
Peak Village, Rowsley

Gorgeous pop-up at Peak Village – typically these events are free to enter, free parking and dog friendly. Carefully curated small business shopping. (And a great excuse to visit Chatsworth Kitchen if you’ve not been before – booking recommended!).

Family Bushcraft Event

Tuesday 21st February 2023, morning and afternoon sessions
Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST

A session in the outdoors learning how to make a shelter, keep warm and cook on a fire and use simple tools to make something to take home with you. Activities are suitable for ages 4 to 11 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Both adults and children will require a ticket. £10 (including parking), booking essential. Parking for the day is included in your ticket price. Find out more.

Family Owl Event

Wednesday 22 February 2023, morning and afternoon sessions
Carsington Water Visitor Centre,  Derbyshire, DE6 1ST

An opportunity to find out about the secretive world of these majestic birds. Suitable for 4 to 11 year olds who must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per person, includes parking. Find out more.

Young and Wild Conservation Afternoon

Thursday 23 February 2023, 1pm – 4pm
Carsington Water Visitor Centre, DE6 1ST

An outdoor conservation experience afternoon suitable for ages 12 to 17.Booking essential, £20 for all participants. Parking included. Find out more.

Bustler Market, Derby

Thursday 23rd February 2023 – Sunday 26th February 2023

The Chocolate Factory, John St, Derby DE1 2QD

Winter edition of Derby’s much loved street food market. Cosy up under the festoons and fire pits, grab a board game or hit the Aprés bar and get your silent disco headset on! Warm up with delicious selection of street food, boozy hot chocolate, mulled drinks and more whilst enjoying everything from games and arcades to DJ’s, iced Jäger and karaoke! Read my review of Bustler or head to the Bustler Derby website for more information.

Wine Series Chapter 2

Friday 24th February 2023, 7pm
Peak Edge Hotel, S45 0LW

The second chapter of Peak Edge’s wine tasting evening (read my review of the first chapter). Embark on a journey through the Loire Valley in France; guided by wine expert John Hattersley whilst enjoying a carefully curated six-course menu, each accompanied by a delectable French wine.

Based in Bakewell, multi award-winning, Hattersley Wines source from small, like-minded producers across the globe. In 2022 they were awarded the prestigious titles of IWC Regional Merchant of the Year 2022 – Central England and Small Independent Merchant of the Year.

£70 per person. Booking essential.

bottles of fine wine and carefully folded napkins in the foreground - with the Walton Suite at Peak Edge Hotel in background
Wine Series at Peak Edge Hotel (Photo credit: Helen Rowan Photography)

Read my review of the first Wine Series Event

Bottomless Brunch at Barça Bar

Saturday 25th February 2023
Casa Hotel, Chesterfield, S41 7JB

More details coming soon.

What’s On Derbyshire MARCH 2023

Artisan Food Market at Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March

FREE entry – including the gardens. A weekend of delicious treats and indulgence, celebrating local independent producers. Over 30 stalls with a large range of food and drink to buy from the Peak District and surrounding areas, including a Thornbridge Brewery bar and hog roast. Dogs welcome on leads. Read more.

Read my review of Thornbridge Hall Gardens.

Breeze around Clumber Park: Women-only bike ride

Saturday 4th March 2023

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Initiated by British Cycling, Breeze offers fun bike rides, led by women, for women, of all abilities across the UK. The route at Clumber Park is varied and runs through woods, parkland and heath with amazing views, led and supported by four Breeze Champions so you can ride at your own pace as no one gets left behind. Read full details and booking essential.

Sketching in the Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth

Saturday 11th March

An observational drawing masterclass with expert tuition in the stunning and unique setting of Chatsworth’s Sculpture Gallery. Booking essential.

Wirksworth Farmers’ Market

Saturday 4th March 2023

A lively market in the centre of historic Wirksworth selling fine foods, groceries and crafts, much made less than 20 miles away.

Chesterfield Vegan Market

Sunday 5th March 2023, 10am – 4pm

Free entry vegan market in historic Chesterfield. From cupcakes to zero waste solutions with pies and loaded fries in-between! Everything vegan, loads of gluten free choices too!

Nature Tots at Longshaw

Thursday 9th March 2023

Nature related themed outdoor play session including story, craft activities and drink and snack. £5 per child. Read more and booking essential.  

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 11th March 2023

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

Belle Bridal Pop Up

Sunday 12th March 2023
Peak Edge Hotel, in between Matlock and Chesterfield

Stylish modern bridal inspiration from high end glossy magazine, Belle Bridal at spellbindingly beautiful Peak Edge Hotel. Find out more.

Pushabout at Clumber Park, near Worksop

Monday 13th March 2023

A friendly walk with your pushchair-aged child through the beautiful parkland of Clumber Park. An accessible and beautiful walk, to meet other adults, find support and build up your fitness on a basic level. These walks are held on the second Monday of every month. Free event although general admission prices apply (National Trust members free). No booking required, read more here.

14+ ideas of pushchair friendly walks in Derbyshire

FORMAT23, Derby

Launch Weekend: 16 – 19 March 2023

FORMAT23 returns to Derby City Centre and satellite venues across the East Midlands with a festival programme that explores ‘What Photography Can Be’.

Tractor Fest, Chesterfield

Storforth Lane Industrial Estate, Hasland, Chesterfield
Sunday 26th March 2023 

Charity fun day in aid of Ashgate Hospice, featuring display of around 100 tractors, including vintage tractors and more modern machinery and entertainment, crafts, food and drink etc. Adults £3 and FREE for children 11 years and younger.

Nibbles, Needles and Hooks at Renishaw Hall

Sunday 26th March

Casual get-together in the beautiful setting of Renishaw Hall featuring plenty of tea sipping, scone tasting, and even more knitting! Enjoy afternoon tea whilst working on your own knitting project in the sociable company of other knitters. £29, booking essential. Find out more.

What’s On Derbyshire APRIL 2023

Fabulous Places Spring Market

1st April 2023, 10am – 4pm

Shottle Hall, near Belper

Carefully curated small business shopping and delicious food and drink.

Easter Derby Family Market

2nd April 2023

Mama and Meet return with their popular and highly Instagram-able family market. Expect seasonal shopping, character meet and greets and delicious food and drink.

Belper Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8th April 2023

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

Midlands Markets: The Spring Edition

Easter Monday 10th April 2023, 10am – 4pm

Shottle Hall, near Belper  

Tulips at Ashover Family Farm

Nibbles, Needles and Hooks

23rd April

Casual get-together in the beautiful setting of Renishaw Hall featuring plenty of tea sipping, scone tasting, and even more knitting! Enjoy afternoon tea whilst working on your own knitting project in the sociable company of other knitters. £29, booking essential. Find out more.

What’s On Derbyshire MAY 2023

Belper Farmers’ Market

13th May 2023

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

Nibbles, Needles and Hooks

23rd April

Casual get-together in the beautiful setting of Renishaw Hall featuring plenty of tea sipping, scone tasting, and even more knitting! Enjoy afternoon tea whilst working on your own knitting project in the sociable company of other knitters. £29, booking essential. Find out more.

Tissington Well Dressing

18th – 24th May 2023

Read more about this ancient art here – and if you’re looking for somewhere lovely to stay in Tissington, read my recent review of High Flatts Barn.

Abba Fever Tribute Night

Friday 26th May 2023
Casa Hotel, Chesterfield

£45pp including a three course dinner and music to dance the night away. Booking essential.

JUNE 2023

Belper Farmers’ Market

10th June 2023

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

So Spice Girls Tribute Night

Friday 30th June
Casa Hotel, Chesterfield

£45pp including a three course dinner and music to dance the night away. Booking essential.

JULY 2023

10k Sparkle Night Walk

Saturday 1st July 2023, 10pm 

Light up the night at this annual, iconic event for Ashgate Hospice to raise money to support families across North Derbyshire. Sign up.

Woodland Disco Festival

Saturday 8th July

Newstead Abbey

Find out more.

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