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LIVE performances, events & festivals

W   hat’s On Apr - Jun 2013

Don’t miss

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr

Soul Sister Mon 15 – Sat 20 Apr

Bill    Bailey Mon 29 – Tue 30 Apr

The Hallé Thu 9 May

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Hello Phew – what a season!

Our feet have hardly touched the ground since our last What’s On Guide. We are still flying high with the news that The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan has smashed all Box Office records to become the biggest selling show produced in Derby. Thank you to all of you who came to see it and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We must admit there are lots of great shows this season and we know that a lot of you are taking advantage of our LIVEsaver offer. If you haven’t, then it’s worth a look as you can save up to 20% on your tickets when you book for selected events – just look for the in this What’s on Guide. You can even choose your seats online and the discount will be automatically applied – visit us at for more details.

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Mar Hardgraft Theatre

A new comedy by Mark Whiteley

Ordinary Derby couple Burt and Joyce volunteer in an ordinary charity shop on Babington Lane but are about to have an extra-ordinary day - as Derby’s latest sensation from TV’s Pop Idol, Darren Dawes visits to officially open it.

Sun 24 Mar, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre

Ellen Kent



Enjoy an evening of passion and romance. Carmen is the story of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder. With a live orchestra. Sung in French with English surtitles. Starring the legendary comedian - entertainer Jimmy Cricket, backed by a company of singers, hilarious comedy, speciality acts, live band, and lots of songs you will know to sing along with.

Thu 28 Mar, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £21.25

– £33.25

Tue 26 Mar, 2:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £14.25

A 21st Century Investigation Leading Ripper-expert Trevor Marriott presents a show that dispels many of the original theories which have been readily accepted as fact for 125 years.

Thu 28 Mar, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre


Milton Jones On The Road

Tue 2 Apr, 8pm

Last few tickets

Assembly Rooms - Great Hall £21.25

Starring Joe Chambers, First Officer Ditty from CBeebies The Rhyme Rocket

Back by demand

Dave has decided to come out of retirement, so Chas & Dave are back once again to give you a potted history - featuring all their hits including Gertcha, The Sideboard Song and Rabbit.

Wed 3 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £22.75

– £25.25

Come and join Rapunzel and her Prince in this wonderful family-friendly, action-packed, hilarious, Easter pantomime about the girl with the magical, golden hair; packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter!

Sat 30 & Sun 31 Mar

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £19.25

Apr Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures

Adapted from her own book of children’s poetry, TV presenter Michaela Strachan will take families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes. This is an interactive show full of poetry, dancing and music.

Thu 4 Apr, 1:30pm

Black Dyke Band

This is the sixth annual charity concert by this world famous band in aid of the maintenance and repair of Derby Salvation Army’s Cidatel. The European Champion Band under its iconic conductor, Dr Nicholas Childs will provide a spectacular evening of music, including some of the bands most recent recordings.

Sat 6 Apr, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall



- £18, save £2 by booking early

Babbling Vagabonds

The Brothers Grimm

From The Jam

From The Jam gained an immediate reputation for the kind of rabble-rousing live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago, featuring Bruce Foxton, Russell Hastings and Mark Brzezicki.

Sat 6 Apr, 8pm

Two brothers, one lonely barn, a raging storm and a suitcase filled with stories. Tales as dark as the night, as wild as the winds and as rich as jewels. Stories that dance up your spine, steal your breath and whisper magic in your ears.

Sun 7 Apr, 3pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite

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Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. Keith Jack takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation as runner-up in the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do.

Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £19.25

– £29.75

There’s nothing like live music and we have something for everyone, whether it’s rock and pop in the Great Hall, an up-and-coming band in the Darwin Suite or an intimate folk gig in the Guildhall Theatre. Black Dyke Band Sat 6 Apr From The Jam Sat 6 Apr The Lucy Ward Band Thu 18 Apr Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet Fri 19 Apr Richard Digance Sat 27 Apr Dominic Kirwan Thu 9 May The ELO Experience Sat 11 May Bob Fox Sat 11 May Magic of the Beatles Thu 16 May Think Floyd Sun 19 May Chris Wood Fri 24 May The Drifters Fri 31 May Folk Rising Fri 31 May Steve Howe Fri 14 Jun Blueflint Thu 20 Jun Derby Folk Festival Fri 4 - Sun 6 Oct


Inspired by the music, life and times of IKE &

Soul Sister follows the highs and lows, passions and heartbreak, of Ike and Tina Turner as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, including What’s Love Got To Do With It, Private Dancer, and Simply The Best.

Mon 15 – Sat 20 Apr

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £19.25

– £34.25

A comic package of warehouse life

This is the story of a warehouse, two workers and their obsessions. Outside, economic disaster looms – inside, oblivious, they squabble. Dumbfounded when their warehouse world crashes around their ears, they venture outside.

Wed 17 Apr, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre £13.25

The Lucy Ward Band

After winning Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene.

Thu 18 Apr, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre £11.25

Derby Jazz

Chris Ramsey

Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet

Feeling Lucky

Sold Out

BBC double-award winner Tony Kofi joins Chris Biscoe in an exploration of the musical legacies of the extraordinary bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus.

Fri 19 Apr, 8pm

Fri 19 Apr, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite



Francesca Martinez What The **** Is Normal?!

What happens when you’re branded ‘abnormal’ in a world obsessed with normality? Francesca shares her own life-changing journey of growing up as ‘abnormal’, including being rescued from High-school-hell by Grange Hill.

Sat 20 Apr, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre £14.25

Josephine Tewson

Still Keeping Up Appearances?

An evening of chat and memories of a 50 year career with one of Britain’s most loved comedy actresses; from The Two Ronnies, Shelley, Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine.

Sun 21 Apr, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre £16.25

g Starrin h a y o T Wi lcox The girls return with new sketches and the very best bits from last time round. Looking at everything that makes today’s woman tick (or get ticked off) from teenagers, to the hell of IKEA and the insanity of DIY.

Tue 23 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £21.25

The Lumberjacks

Canadian stand up comedians; Craig Campbell, Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool are touring the UK with their hilarious show from the Edinburgh Festival 2012.

Tue 23 Apr, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £17.25

An Evening with Bob Nudd MBE

Here’s something to catch your imagination and reel you in. An evening of tall stories featuring arguably the best known angler in the world.

Wed 24 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £12

Reform Theatre

Me and Me Dad by Nick Lane

Andy’s dad needs a recipe for toast. He thinks that Tortilla fought King Kong and that Tiramisu played midfield for Brazil. So when Andy’s mum dies he takes a month off to teach his Dad how to cook. Risking their sanity the pair boil pans, set grills on fire in an attempt to prevent a diet of jam sandwiches.

Wed 24 Apr, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre £13.25

Suggs My Life Story

Get up close and personal with the Madness frontman on an emotional rollercoaster that’s part music, part personal vision, part music hall extravaganza.

Thu 25 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £25.75

Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary That’ll Be The Day, the nations favourite rock ‘n’ roll variety show returns by popular demand with a brand new production for 2013.

Fri 26 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £23.25

– £24.75

Richard Digance

Described by Bob Harris as a National Treasure, singer, comedian and poet Richard recently enjoyed his 40th year of touring. His new one-man show features new songs from his latest album Old School Photograph and poems from his new book, My Words.

Sat 27 Apr, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £16.25

What if I’m one of the guys who never has a baby? Why is this not a ‘male subject’? I plan to give birth, live on stage and then raise it in front of you.

Sat 27 Apr, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £18.75


Jimeoin What?!

Hilarious world-class stand-up from internationally acclaimed star of: Live at the Apollo, Best of Edinburgh Comedy Festival and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. No gimmicks, just great craic…!

Fri 3 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £15.75

Bill has qualms about the modern world. He will be channelling these feelings of unease with the help of his folk bouzouki, a re-appraisal of some of the greatest works of art and a dub version of Downton Abbey.

Mon 29 & Tue 30 Apr, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £26.25

Derby LIVE is a fantastic place to see a comedian and we have some of the biggest names on the circuit. Last year over 22,000 of you saw one of our comedy gigs, so why not join the multitude this year! Milton Jones Tue 2 Apr Chris Ramsey Fri 19 Apr Francesca Martinez Sat 20 Apr Marcus Brigstocke Sun 21 Apr Hormonal Housewives Tue 23 Apr The Lumberjacks Tue 23 Apr Russell Kane Sat 27 Apr Bill Bailey Mon 29 & Tue 30 Apr Jimeoin Fri 3 May Sean Lock Sat 4 May

Mick Foley Sun 5 May Lee Nelson Tue 7 May Jack Dee Wed 8 May The Noise Next Door Fri 10 May Rich Hall Tue 14 May Julian Clary Thu 23 May Al Murray Sat 25 May Richard Herring Fri 31 May Jason Manford Wed 13 & Thu 14 Nov

Sean Lock Purple Van Man

We know what the white van man thinks about the world but its time to hear a different voice - purple van man’s voice. Gags, opinions and deft observations, this is Sean doing what he does best - spouting inspired jibber jabber.

Sat 4 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £22.25

Former WWE champion Mick Foley is a hardcore legend and a best-selling author, who has bled and sweated for of thousands of fans. Now he’s exchanged headlocks, steel chairs and punches for stand-up, banter and punch lines.

Sun 5 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

Lee Nelson


Strap yourself in for a night of entertainment with the irrepressible Nelsy who’ll be presenting his unique take on the world including his legendary audience interaction.

Jack Dee

Tue 7 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

Where’s he been? Well, appearing on shows like QI and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, hosting Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, co-writing and starring in BBC 2’s hit sitcom Lead Balloon and writing his memoirs.


Wed 8 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £22.25

UK Touring Theatre

Miss Julie

by August Strindberg

Sweden, 1888. The Count’s daughter and his valet cross social and sexual boundaries; and must face the consequences. What starts as a harmless flirtation, soon descends into a ferocious power struggle.

Wed 8 May, 7:30pm Guildhall Theatre £15.25

Dominic Kirwan My Ireland

One of Ireland’s biggest stars brings his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland.

Thu 9 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £18.75

Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer

Written and performed by Aidan Dooley

The Hallè

Tom is one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, Terra Nova and Endurance. His riveting story is brought vividly to life in this dramatic and humorous performance.

Enjoy an evening of Sibelius’s Finlandia, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 Pathetique as the phenomenal Hallè return with conductor Nikolaj Znaider.

Thu 9 May, 7:30pm

Pre-show Talk 6:30pm

Thu 9 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £16.25

Guildhall Theatre

– £29.25


The Noise Next Door

This comedy improvisation troupe bring mind-blowing, off-the-cuff humour. Be ready to experience their blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance.

Fri 10 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite


Bob Fox

Just an Old War Horse Concert Tour

The ELO Experience

The world’s foremost Electric Light Orchestra tribute show will be taking a trip down memory lane with hits such as Livin’ Thing, Wild West Hero, Don’t Bring Me Down and Mr Blue Sky.

Sat 11 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

Bob has won critical acclaim for his performance in the National Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. Now, after over a year in the role, Bob is returning to his musical roots by touring with a new one-man show.

Sat 11 May, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre £18


Entertaining the family can be a difficult task but look no further for a fun family activity; all ages are catered for whether you are 1 or 101. Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Thu 4 Apr The Brothers Grimm Sun 7 Apr Sid’s Show Sun 12 May Spit Nolan Wed 29 May The Waving Cat of Japan Thu 30 May

Sid’s Show

Rich Hall

Join Sid from Cbeebies in a fun-filled adventure! He’s on a quest to find out where his favourite socks and shoes have gone. Share in the adventure at the bottom of the sea, in the jungle or floating in outer space, with plenty of surprises along the way.

Rich’s renowned grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and king of rapid-fire wit.

Tue 14 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £16.25

Sun 12 May, 11am Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £11.25

The Gramophones Theatre Company

We’ll Meet Again

Now in its record-breaking 15th year, this ever-popular musical extravaganza will have you singing along and cheering to the sounds of wartime classics.

Wed 15 May, 2:30pm Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

End to End

In 2012 three women travelled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, trusting only their resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers. This is a story about the risks we take and the connections we make, which will leave you itching for your own adventure.

Wed 15 May, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre £11.25

Think Floyd

Now in their 20th year, Think Floyd recreate all the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd live on stage.

Sun 19 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

Magic of the Beatles


Love Me Do – Golden Anniversary Tour

Love Me Do launched The Beatles’ chart-topping career, announcing the arrival of the band that was to become the biggest selling recording artists in the world. Now, 50 years on, this live concert show celebrates its Golden Anniversary.

Thu 16 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £21.25

Theatre can make you laugh, cry and think. Whether you want to be thrilled by a large-scale musical, laugh until you cry at a side-splitting new comedy or enjoy a modern classic, whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed at Derby LIVE. I Love Derby Sun 24 Mar Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr Soul Sister Mon 15 – Sat 20 Apr Boxed In Wed 17 Apr Me and Me Dad Wed 24 Apr Miss Julie Wed 8 May Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer Thu 9 May End to End Wed 15 May Entertaining Angels Sat 1 Jun Teechers Tue 11 & Wed 12 Jun

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Enjoy the thrilling Japanese art of precision drumming live with magical and mysterious choreography, dramatic lighting and thundering rhythms. Their passion, exuberance and humour have captivated audiences across the globe.

Master of camp and Celebrity Big Brother winner, Julian is scouring the land in search of love. Will he find it in Derby?

Thu 23 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £21.25

Tue 21 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £19.25

Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al is back to fill it up again, with a brand new show of epic proportions.

Chris Wood

Chris has travelled the UK eavesdropping on conversations, from pound shops to tea rooms, collecting ‘the poetry of recession’. His response is, None The Wiser, his fourth solo album.

Sat 25 May, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £26.75

Interplay Theatre

Fri 24 May, 8pm

Spit Nolan

Guildhall Theatre

Spit Nolan tells the story of the Cotton Pocket Gang, their love of go-karts, speed and competition - in this poignant tale of love, rivalry and loss.


Join Spit and the gang as they build a go-kart for a race that will change everything.

Wed 29 May, 11am & 2:30pm Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £9.25

Snooker Legends

Krazy Kat Theatre Company

The Waving Cat of Japan

Four of the biggest names in Snooker come together for a very special legends exhibition match. Don’t miss Jimmy White, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams ‘break’ off in Derby!

A tropical storm, a wicked Sorceress, a not-so-smart Prince and three tricky tasks to perform before midnight? Yikes! Luckily, Maneki Neko the waving cat is on hand to help… This is a Sign Language Integrated Performance.

Tue 28 May, 7:30pm VIP event from 6pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £22, VIP

package £62

Thu 30 May, 11am Guildhall Theatre £7.25

The Drifters

Diamond Dynasty 60th Anniversary Tour 2013

Combining classic songs, top flight choreography and world class musicians with some of the group’s newer material from recent releases as well as new track Do You Dream of Me?

Richard Herring

Folk Rising

Showcasing exceptionally talented artists from across the country, this is a fantastic opportunity to see up and coming musicians. Whether Folk enthusiast or new-comer, Folk Rising offers something for everyone.

Talking Cock

It’s an object of shame and pride; it’s a symbol of power, yet it’s incredibly fragile; it can be used to express both love and hate; it creates life, it can condemn us to death… and it can do wees as well.

Fri 31 May, 7:30pm

Fri 31 May, 8pm

Fri 31 May, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall

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Darwin Suite £16.25

Rev. Parr is the new vicar in a small rural parish. Facing a dwindling congregation, an uncompromising Church Warden and a lonely widower; pleasing everyone is proving difficult. Enter Kevin, a mysterious stranger who is seeking a place to shelter and whose sudden arrival rocks the delicate foundations of his faith.


Sat 1 Jun, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre £15.25

The Assembly Rooms Great Hall will be closed from the beginning of June until the end of September whilst essential maintenance work is carried out. The Darwin Suite and Guildhall Theatre are open as usual.

Bourgeois and Maurice Sugar Tits

This cult musical duo have established themselves as one of the international cabaret scene’s darkest, funniest acts.

Only Fools and Boycie John Challis, who played the most successful regular at the Nag’s Head in Only Fools and Horses, will reveal secrets from the set during an intimate evening of stories and anecdotes from his dazzlingly successful career.

Fri 7 Jun, 7:30pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £16.25

Sat 8 Jun, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £13.25

Steve Howe

Steve’s set list includes songs from jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, who he cites as an important reference point for his work, alongside Yes classics and works from his long and illustrious solo career.

Fri 14 Jun, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £19.25

Fast-moving, inventive and highly entertaining, Teechers is Godber’s brilliant take on life at a modern Comprehensive. Through their hilarious end-of-term play, three Year 11 students exuberantly sketch the new drama teacher’s progress.

Tue 11 & Wed 12 Jun Guildhall Theatre £14.25


This Edinburgh based five-piece band, intertwine banjos, fiddle, double-bass and drums to accompany the singers in beautifullycrafted songs, swooping from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.

Thu 20 Jun, 8pm

Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite £13.25


g Comin Soon

Now in its seventh year Derby Folk Festival goes from strength to strength, with concerts in the Great Hall and Darwin Suite, Folk Club events in the foyers, dance displays, workshops, craft stalls – and a great atmosphere throughout the weekend.

Jason Manford First World Problems

A show full of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

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Fri 4 – Sun 6 Oct

Assembly Rooms and Market Place

Wed 13 & Thu 14 Nov, 8pm


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From pantomimes to thrilling large-scale international events a variety performance will give you a fantastic evening (or afternoon) out.

Poor Dame Trott is down on her luck and her son Jack is no help at all. When Jack is sent to market to sell their beloved cow, he comes home with just a handful of beans! But things aren’t always as they seem and soon their luck is on the up and up. Packed with everyone’s favourite pantomime characters, this spellbinding tale combines jokes, fantastic dance routines and lots of audience participation. A festive family favourite!

Wed 4 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Assembly Rooms – Great Hall £9.25

- £26.25

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on weekend tickets when you buy before 1 Nov

The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety Tue 26 Mar Jack The Ripper Thu 28 Mar Rapunzel Sat 30 & Sun 31 Mar Chas & Dave Wed 3 Apr St George’s Day Celebrations Sat 20 Apr Josephine Tewson Sun 21 Apr An Evening with Bob Nudd MBE Wed 24 Apr Suggs My Life Story Thu 25 Apr That’ll Be The Day Fri 26 Apr We’ll Meet Again Wed 15 May Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Tue 21 May Snooker Legends Tue 28 May THE BIG 1 @ Chaddesden Park Sun 2 Jun Only Fools and Boycie Fri 7 Jun Bourgeois and Maurice Sat 8 Jun Jack and the Beanstalk Wed 4 Dec – Sun 5 Jan The Ladyboys of Bangkok Fifty Shades of Pink Fri 29 Mar – Sat 13 Apr

or Outdo s t n Eve

Fifty Shades of Pink Tour Dripping with diamante and sizzling on stage with new songs and side splitting cabaret. The stars and chart-topping hits just keep on coming. Party like there’s no tomorrow. Europe’s No 1 cabaret sensation.

Farmers’ Market

A unique range of fresh products are available at our bustling Farmers’ Market, every third Thursday in the month.

Thu 18 Apr and every third Thu monthly

Fri 29 Mar – Sat 13 Apr Market Place £16

Market Place

- £34

FREE entry

St George’s Day Celebrations Arts & Craft Fair

A range of independent crafters selling unique creations, from clothes to toys to decorative items, from country preserves to cakes to luxury chocolates, all created by appropriately qualified and registered artisans.

Fri 19 & Sat 20 Apr, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Join us as we celebrate Merry Old England with Morris dancing and lots of English eccentricity. See website for more details.

Sat 20 Apr

Derby City Centre FREE

Market Place FREE

THE BIG 1 @ Chaddesden Park

A fun-packed day for the whole family with stalls, dance displays, dog show, falconry, Viking & Medieval groups and a fun fair.

Sun 2 Jun, 11am – 6pm Chaddesden Park FREE

Caribbean Carnival

The Carnival Parade leaves Peartree Junior School on Saturday at 1pm arriving in the Market Place at 3pm until 6pm. On Sunday the action moves to Osmaston Park from 12 noon onwards.

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul

Sat – Market Place, Sun - Osmaston Park FREE

The Darley Park Concert

Come along and be part of the 30,000 strong crowd at the UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concert, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. An evening of classic music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic!

Sun 1 Sep, from 6pm Darley Park FREE

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Derby LIVE What's On guide Apr-Jun 2013  

Welcome to Derby LIVE's What's On guide for Apr-Jun 2013. Your quick reference guide to performances and events in Derby. Enjoy!