Jumping Clay Derby - for Derbyshire and Burton have won a pop up shop and workshop area in the intu Derby shopping centre for the month of December.
Pop in to see them for: Gift sets, Stocking fillers, Kits for virtual courses, Kids workshops (age 8+), Story time (for parents with under 5’s) and Baby Hand and Foot Impressions.
All workshops must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Book through www.bookwhen.com/jumpingclaypopup.
Book a Story Time Session quoting Lots for Tots for a choice of free gift or special offer for all customers!
Story Time Sessions will be running every weekday at 10:15am. Starting Thursday 3rd Dec until 18th Dec. The stories will be:
3 & 4th December - Gruffalo’s Child’s
7-11th December - Elf Story
14-18th December - Stickman
£6 per family (Every family gets their own socially distanced table).
Limited to 4 family groups - 1 family per table - tables well spaced.
Priced per table - up to 2 adults and 2-3 children (all must be under 5 due to Tier 3).
Story Time Sessions are fun and relaxed and aimed at children age 2 to 5 years old. Designed to support your child's development they are brilliant for fine motor skills, spatial awareness, encouraging listening etc. All materials are provided.
1 - Session starts off with Mark making / colouring during settling in time as everyone arrives
2 - Billy's Colourful Adventure with fun colour mixing
3 - Story of the Week
4 - Step by Step Tuition of story time model
The new regulations require all adults and children over 11 to wear a face mask unless you are exempt on health grounds, at indoor attractions. Staff are exempt but we will be wearing either a mask or a face visor whilst teaching to provide some protection for us and you.
Although children under 11 are exempt, our insurance has asked us to encourage all children age over 7 to wear a mask. I know many children like to wear the masks (my children do) so we do have some child sized disposable masks available. Please note children under 3 should not wear a mask. The decision on whether your child wears a mask is up to you as you know your child the best.
Staff will be taking your temperature and asking you all to sanitise your hands on arrival. This is provided free of charge but you are welcome to use your own if you prefer.
Please don't bring any food or drink into the workshop (water bottles for occasional drinks are allowed).
DERBY Rotary CLUB UK and Derby Rotary Satellite are busy working hard to bring Santa to the children of Derby this year, adapting the annual Santa Sleigh to spread joy and excitement to even more children this year. They are hoping, subject to the localised COVID restrictions in place, and of course, weather permitting, that it may be possible for Santa and his sleigh to make an official appearance.
This year they are raising money for two charities through the Santa Sleigh and Derby Santa initiatives. Safe and Sound Group and Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, two charities who support some of the most vulnerable local young people.
Thanks to the expertise of Derby digital agency Think3 and Purely Digital Limited, families across the county and beyond can visit http://www.derbysanta.co.uk to book a personalised letter from Santa sent by email or post or a personalised recorded video from Santa.
On the website you can
- Order personalised letters from Santa
- Order personalised video messages from Santa
- Donate a personalised letter from Santa to a child supported by one of the supported charities.
- Make a donation to the nominated charities via JustGiving
Book your message now and make your child's Christmas this year!
In the lead up to Christmas, each weekend of December, visit Markeaton Park for a variety of fun, pre-bookable workshops run by many of the tenants of the Craft Village. Make models with Jumping Clay, paint wonderful winter landscapes with Art in the Park or make a variety of Christmassy decorations to hang up at home with Suzy Blues Flowers, Minoan Mosaic and Esmary Fused Glass, in some of the brilliant workshops on
offer between 5-20 December.
Everything has been planned to put public safety first whichever tier Derby goes into following the national lockdown and in the run-up to Christmas. Visitors to the park are reminded that we can all play our part in doing the right thing for Derby by following the guidelines, wearing a face covering when indoors if we can, observing social distancing at all times and following guidance about who we can be meeting with.
For full details about each workshop, check out the listings below:
Also in the Craft Village, every day from 5-20 December, is the usual dazzling Christmas Tree for you and your family to enjoy and take pictures in front of. Or, you can bring your letter to Father Christmas to post in the Markeaton North Pole post box. Experts have consulted and determined that it is safe for Father Christmas to travel this year to deliver all of his presents, so make sure to write to him to let him know what you want! You should write your letter before coming to the park - you can download a template from our website at inderby.org.uk/parks/news/christmas-in-markeaton-park.
The popular free Elf Trail will also be returning, which will take you exploring around Markeaton Park on the lookout for little elf houses! See if you can spy the elves moving in and settling down for a festive Christmas living in Markeaton Park. Download your map from our website from 23 November and submit your completed entries between 5-20 December to be in with the chance of winning some treats, including a voucher to spend in Studio Gift Shop in the Craft Village. Find out more at derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/elf-trail/.
Or you can wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh air with a walk, bike ride or scooter around the many pathways at Markeaton Park. The park is beautiful at this time of year, with lots of winter wildlife to see. Derby Adult Learning Services are also offering as series of free, bookable, socially distanced walks for people aged 19+. These guided walks will be led in French, Italian and Spanish this festive season. Cycle Derby are offering sessions for new riders aged 3-16. For £10.50, your child will be provided with a bike (or you can bring your own) and will be taught all the basics in these fun bike riding workshops. Or why not download the free Love Exploring App and have an adventure while walking around Markeaton Park, discovering all the fun facts and secrets on offer?
The Mini Golf will also remain open in the lead up to Christmas for you to enjoy a festive family game together. Put on your hats, scarves and gloves and have a little family competition and see if you can score a hole in one! The Orangery Café is also open for hot take-away drinks or for a festive snack to keep you warm and energised this winter. Plus, each weekend from 5-20 December, the first 20 customers each day will receive a free mince pie!
Get creative this Christmas by joining in these workshops:
Wreath Making Workshop with Suzy Blues Flowers
Create a stunning Christmas wreath with help from Suzy Blue Flowers. All materials needed to create the wreath will be provided in the two hour workshop.
Sat 5 - Sun 6 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
£30.50 per person, for ages 18+
Christmas Crafts with Jumping Clay
Join Jumping Clay to make a Gingerbread man model and build an elf cuddly toy to take home with you that same day! Sessions are for one household with prices starting at £25.50 for one adult and one child. An extra adult is an additional £10 and an extra child is a further £15.
Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
£55.50 - £25.50 for one family/household
Painting Fun Workshop with Art in the Park
Come to this one-off class to teach you and your child how to paint a wonderful winter landscape on canvas this winter. Prices start at £15 for one canvas and £20 for two canvases.
Sat 5, Sat 12 & Sat 19 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
£20.50 - £15.50 for two people (One child and one adult)
Mosaics Workshop with Minoan Mosaic
Design and create your own mosaic Christmas Decorations in these 60 minute sessions. Your decoration will be suitable for indoor use or outdoor use when grouted. Have fun and make a creative, personal addition to your Christmas tree this year!
Sun 6, Sun 13 & Sun 20 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
£40.50 for one household of up to four people
Introduction to Glass Fusing with Esmary Fused Glass
Come and learn how to fuse glass during the festive period. You will create a glass Christmas decoration or coaster during the 2hr 30 min session. Your glass creation will be available to collect seven days later, once it has been fused.
Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
£45.50 per person, for ages 16+
And get outdoors this winter with these sessions:
Ditch those stabilisers…and more with Cycle Derby
Gain confidence on your bike this festive season with sessions from Cycle Derby. They have three different sessions on offer - Learn to Ride, Balance and Early Skills, and you can attend as many of the session as you like. Bikes can be provided, and two trainers will support the learning environment with fun and games on the bikes.
Sat 5, Sat 12 & Sat 19 | Markeaton Park - The Train Sheds
£10.50, for ages 3-16
Walk in French with a Christmas Theme with Derby Adult Learning Services
Take a gentle Promenade en francais around the park with opportunities to stop along the way to learn about Christmas in French speaking countries. Suitable for all levels of French from real beginners to those with more knowledge.
Sun 6 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
Free, for ages 19+
Walk in Spanish with a Christmas Theme with Derby Adult Learning Services
Take a gentle Paseo en españolis around the park with opportunities to stop along the way to learn about Christmas in Spanish speaking countries. Suitable for all levels of Spanish from real beginners to those with more knowledge.
Wed 9 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
Free, for ages 19+
Walk in Italian with a Christmas Theme with Derby Adult Learning Services
Take a gentle Passeggiata in italiano around the park with opportunities to stop along the way to learn about Christmas in Italy. Suitable for all levels of Italian from real beginners to those with more knowledge.
Sun 13 Dec | Markeaton Park Craft Village
Free, for ages 19+
All the workshops have been planned with Covid safe measures in place and put public safety first. We remind participants to wear a face covering where required if possible and follow social distancing guidelines. If you begin to show symptoms, please remain at home and get in touch with us in advance of your workshop to let us know that you are unable to make your booking, and we will arrange a refund for you.
Sutton on the Hill Preschool is a wonderful rural community preschool with a passion for outdoor fun and learning. They are particularly focused on outdoor learning and play and have three wonderful outdoor spaces complete with a special forest school area. They are located a very short drive from Mickleover, Hatton, Hilton and Etwall and have spaces available now.
Their voluntary Committee have set up a YouTube Channel to share free story time and singalong sessions with their lovely families and anyone else who would like to join in!
'This is pure amateur, no frills, home videos aimed at Preschoolers who want to make some noise! It has been inspired by the restrictions put upon us by the Coronavirus Pandemic at a time when we all have to find more activities to do at home. We hope these videos will help to put smiles on faces whilst having fun with words and sounds and encouraging some outdoor activities.'
They also hope it will help to raise their profile and give them a fundraising platform at a time when small charities like theirs are unable to run their usual events. Please visit their Go fund me page here: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/25jnp48dtc
You can find out more and get in touch with them via:
their web page: www.suttononthehillpreschool.org.uk/
or contact the Manager, Veronica, directly on 07969 368599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas is still coming to Derby, just a little later than planned due to the new Government restrictions. Plans for Festive Derby will be going ahead in December, with attractions that were due to happen this month being put on hold until the current lockdown lifts.
While all events and attractions will be subject to any further new guidance from Government, everything has been designed to be as COVID-secure as possible. Citizens are reminded to play their part and do the right thing for Derby by following the guidelines, wearing a face covering if they can, following social distancing at all times and following guidance about who they should be meeting with.
The Council is working with partners to transform the city into a bright and attractive place to be if you are visiting. To discourage people from gathering in large crowds there won’t be the usual large-scale events, but there will be Christmas trees, lights and two trails to follow – Window Wonderland and an Elf Trail.
Window Wonderland, a celebration encouraging shops and businesses on city centre streets to dress up their windows with a creative, seasonal display, will now begin at the start of December – previously scheduled for mid-November. Entrants are being asked to include a Christmas rainbow in their design to remember NHS staff and key workers, many of whom will be working over the holiday season.
Communities across Derby are also being encouraged to follow the spirit of Window Wonderland by creating their own trails in their neighbourhoods, decorating windows in their homes, businesses and community buildings, during December. Find out more at visitderby.co.uk/communityww.
There are some changes to the original programme.
The Christmas Market planned from Friday 27th November to Wednesday 23rd December will not be going ahead. Instead a series of Festive Markets are planned for Derby Market Place, giving Christmas shoppers the chance to support local and regional businesses by buying some unique gifts. Dates will be confirmed at visitderby.co.uk/festivederby as soon as possible.
Elf Encounter, a 15-minute family show by Guildhall Theatre favourites The Babbling Vagabonds, will play in the Market Place for households or small groups from Friday 4th to Wednesday 23rd December.
From Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd December, The Lost Boys are set to perform a one-hour show based on A Christmas Carol in the River Gardens, to a socially distanced audience seated in groups of up to four. The River Gardens is also the backdrop for the traditional sound of Christmas, with performances by a brass quintet from Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, accompanied by a choir from Derby Cathedral, on Saturday 19th December and from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd December.
The Salvation Army Brass Sextet are due to use the River Gardens space to bring you Christmas Carols and Seasonal Music on Sunday 20th December.
Outside the city centre, enjoy Christmas in Markeaton Park with a series of weekend activities and workshops planned to run throughout December. Although the park’s usual Family Festivities event can’t go ahead in the normal way this year, there are lots of attractions to be announced soon.
Derby City Council, Derby Museums, Derby Cathedral, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia Viva, Quad, Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and Intu are among the partners involved in bringing Christmas to the city, and Smooth Radio is Festive Derby’s media partner.
An updated Festive Derby guide, including a map of the Elf Trail, key features to enjoy and entertainment sites, will be online at www.visitderby.co.uk/festivederby from the end of this week. Details of the Window Wonderland trail will be online from Friday 4th December.
As part of the Festive Derby plans for this year, Derby City Council is calling on all residents to get involved in Window Wonderland and create beautiful seasonal displays in the windows of their homes, as well as those of local shops and businesses.
Many areas of the city already create some fabulous trails, so Window Wonderland is hoping to build on this by encouraging more people to mobilise their local communities and get involved. Christmas is going to be different this year, but it is community spirit that has brought people together over the last few months – and this is a chance to pull together once again and provide a festive display for everyone locally to enjoy.
You can take part individually, or give your local community a call to action by going online, making the most of local social media groups, or by spreading the word however you can without meeting face to face. You don’t have to have a theme, but we’re asking everyone to include a Christmas rainbow to send a Thank You message to our NHS and key workers, who may be working over the Christmas period, for their care and dedication throughout the pandemic.
If you’re already creating a window trail where you live, we’d like to inspire you to incorporate a Christmas rainbow to bring communities together across the city.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Our priority at the moment is to do what we can to reduce the impact of the rise in COVID cases. But while we’re urged to stay at home as much as we can, we can make the most of this time by creating a beautiful festive window display and sharing that connection with our friends and neighbours.”
To join in, go to the Visit Derby website at visitderby.co.uk/communityww to find an online pack for you and your community to download to inspire you to get creative. The pack includes a template stencil for you to use to create a rainbow in your window, as well as a downloadable colouring sheet for children. The stencil can be used with bathtub/window crayons or washable window markers. You could create a rainbow with different coloured tinsel or coloured sweet wrappers, or use Christmas decorations – we’re sure you’ll have plenty of creative thoughts of your own!
If you have any bigger plans for your community window trails, please share them with us by emailing email@example.com and using #windowwonderland20 to share your displays on social media. We’re suggesting 5 December as the start date, but don’t feel you have to change your plans if you are launching a trail before or after this date.
It is hoped that the Window Wonderland trail planned for shops in the streets of Derby city centre can still go ahead in December, when the new national Government restrictions are due to end. The Visit Derby website will be kept up to date with Festive Derby activities that are going ahead at visitderby.co.uk/festivederby
A group of local to Derby businesses who work in the wedding industry arranged a war-time wedding photo shoot drawing parallels between what happened during the world wars and the heartache experienced this year due to the pandemic. The biggest lessons we can take from the war are that, no matter what happens, hope is never lost and LOVE WILL ALWAYS WIN!
The items shown in the photos (including the dress, the veil, the artwork, the banners, the shoes, the flowers, the jewellery and more) have ALL been put forward into two separate raffles to raise money for this year's Poppy Appeal with tickets being sold for just £2 each. https://raffall.com/rhymes_to_remember
With Covid restrictions limiting fundraising options for the Royal British Legion, we are determined to help with the appeal and to spread some positivity.The poppy is not only a symbol of remembrance but also of hope!
So how can you help? Buy tickets. Share the link to the two raffles. Shout from the roof tops that LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED. Let's come together and do something great!
The website to buy raffle tickets to win the items featured in the Poppy Appeal photo shoot is: https://raffall.com/rhymes_to_remember
Tickets are £2 and there are 2 raffles on the site to choose from - The first is for the beautiful dress and poppy veil and the other for the other items (listed below)
Concept & co-ordination plus poetry and quotes - Rhymes To Remember
Charity - Royal British Legion
Venue - Great Central Railway
Photographer - Ellen Sear Photography
Videographers - TTS Media
Dress - Ryley & Flynn, Vintage•Boho•Bespoke
HMUA - Adele Coxon Make up Artist & Semi Permanent Makeup
Veil - Sash + Veil
Cake - Lesley Walter Cake Design
Hand-lettered banner - The Handmade Sign Company
Silk poppy bouquet - Unfauxgettable
Framed poppy painting and face masks -Inked by Hand
Silver pendant - Bish Bosh Becca
Handkerchief - Extra Special Touch
Poppy headpiece and brooches - Bunny Loves Evie
Vintage jacket and poppy wash bag - Raven Gifts and Interiors
Painted shoes - Inanna Bespoke Shoes
Wooden poppy clock - Sophie Rebecca
Printed supplier t-shirts - Print Spin
Location: Quorn Woodhouse Great Central Railway
As the new national restrictions around COVID-19 come into effect, the team at Derby Parks hope the public will continue to enjoy the city’s parks and open spaces for exercise and mental wellbeing, just as they did during the spring lockdown.
Derby has around 400 parks and open spaces, and there is much to discover at this time of year. We remind you to follow the new guidance and visit only with members of your own household, or to meet with just one other person from outside your household if you are alone. Remember to follow social distancing at all times, and please help us to keep the parks attractive for everyone by taking your litter home with you.
In line with Government guidelines there will be changes to some of the activities available. Cafés will stay open, but will offer a takeaway service only. Opening times may vary depending on the weather:
Toilets will be open at:
For more guidance on the use of facilities in parks and open spaces, please visit the Government website: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely
Further updates will be put on the Derby Parks website at inderby.org.uk/parks
Christmas is coming, and Derby City Council is working with partners to transform the city into Festive Derby, a bright and attractive place to visit in the run-up to the holiday season.
This year, while there won’t be the usual large-scale events to draw crowds into the city centre, there will be Christmas lights and two trails to follow – Window Wonderland and an Elf Trail - with surprises and delights to discover on street corners and in shop windows.
Everything has been planned to put public safety first whether current guidelines around Covid remain the same, or if further restrictions have to be introduced in Derby. Citizens are reminded to play their part and do the right thing for Derby by following the guidelines, wearing a face covering if they can, following social distancing at all times and following guidance about who they should be meeting with.
Highlights also include a Christmas Market in Derby Market Place, and two outdoor, ticketed shows. Elf Encounter, a family show by Guildhall Theatre favourites The Babbling Vagabonds, will play in the Market Place for groups of up to six at a time, while The Lost Boys will perform a one-hour show based on A Christmas Carol in the River Gardens, to a socially distanced audience seated in groups of up to four. The River Gardens is also the backdrop for the traditional sound of Christmas, with performances by a brass quintet from Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, accompanied by a choir from Derby Cathedral. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am on Friday 23 October. See visitderby.co.uk/festivederby for details of how to book.
Derby City Council, Derby Museums, Derby Cathedral, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia Viva, Quad, Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and Intu are among the partners involved in bringing Christmas to the city.
Smooth Radio is Festive Derby’s media partner. Jamie Griffiths, Content Director for Smooth Radio East Midlands, said: “Smooth Radio East Midlands is proud to be putting the spotlight on #FestiveDerby this Christmas – it’s never been more important to share good news with listeners. We’ll be showing how Derby City Centre is operating safely as we start planning our Christmas shopping, and Gareth Evans will be leading the partnership for us on Smooth Breakfast – including chances to win - as we continue to share details on air and at smoothradio.com.”
Outside the city centre, enjoy Christmas in Markeaton Park with a series of weekend activities and workshops running throughout December. Although the park’s usual Family Festivities event can’t go ahead in the normal way this year, there are lots of attractions to fill you with seasonal cheer. More details will be announced soon.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “We all need something to look forward to, and while Christmas this year will be more low-key than usual, Festive Derby will be uplifting all the same. We may have to socially distance, but we can still share the togetherness of being in Derby and doing the right thing for our city, enjoying it responsibly and safely.”
Details of what to see, where and when, are below. For more information about everything on offer, see visitderby.co.uk/festivederby. From the beginning of November an online Festive Derby guide will also be live on the site, with a city map showing details of both trails, key features to enjoy along the routes, and entertainment sites.
DERBY CITY COUNCIL PRESENTS:
AROUND THE CITY
From mid-November, the decorations go up. Festive lights will begin to shine in Derby, and Derby City Council will also be working with QUAD on some new lighting displays. Christmas Trees will be in place at The Spot, Market Place and Cathedral Square. St Peter’s Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BIDs have commissioned planters containing Christmas Trees throughout the city centre, which will be in place from 21 November until early January.
Working with the University of Derby, and Banks Mill, local artists have been commissioned to create festive art installations. Look out for their work outside The Silk Mill Museum and in the Market Hall from the 27 Nov.
Window Wonderland – From Sat 14 Nov
Look out for some amazing displays in shops and businesses along city centre streets as they decorate their windows ready for Christmas. All of them will feature a festive rainbow to remember the NHS and key workers. You can vote for your favourite between 16 and 26 November as part of the Window Wonderland competition at visitderby.co.uk. A trail with a map of all the shops taking part, and details about their businesses, will also be put on the website.
Elf Trail – From Fri 27 Nov to Wed 23 Dec
See if you can spot the mischievous elves in shops and businesses around the city centre – they may be on stickers in windows or on the floor, or you might even spot one hiding on a shelf, in a shop of business. See how many you can find while you visit the wonderful city shops – a great activity for all the family. Use the map in the Festive Derby guide to help you, or follow the signposts around the city.
Street Entertainment – From Sat 28 Nov
We’re bringing city centre streets alive with some fantastic festive street entertainers. They'll brighten your day with their diverting, and sometimes cheeky routines! Look out for these great acts in the Market Place and on Cornmarket:
Sat 28 Nov - Musical Ruth Goes Jingle Jangle, Sat 5 Dec – Joy Magnet's Bouncing Snowmen, Sat 12 Dec – Maynard Flip Flap's Man in a Christmas Present, Sat 19 Dec – An Act Above's Christmas Belles, Mon 21 Dec – Circii's Lairy Xmas Fairy and the Magic Christmas Puddings, Tue 22 Dec – Artemis' Jacks of Frost, Wed 23 Dec - Reckless Invention's Bad Santas
Three shows a day at 11.30am – 12 noon; 1pm – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 3pm
For more details of the performers see foolsparadise.co.uk/companies/
Ice Sculptures – Fri 11 and Sat 12 Dec
Watch the incredibly talented ice carvers as they turn blocks of ice into amazing festive sculptures, creating a robin, an elf, a sledge and an angel.
11am – 4pm
DERBY MARKET PLACE
Christmas Market – Fri 27 Nov to Wed 23 Dec
Derby Market Place will make a festive transformation to host a COVID-secure traditional Christmas Market. Browse a unique range of international stalls selling a fantastic array of unusual crafts, gifts, food and drink.
From the finest Baltic amber jewellery, ornaments, lamp and Thuya wood carvings to Viking drinking horns and Turkish mosaic pottery. Fresh food stalls will be selling jams, chutneys, cheeses, olives and breads and those looking for a little tipple over the festive season can sample some great gins and other exotic alcoholic drinks.
There’ll be plenty of fresh hot food on offer too including one of the best Greek Souvlaki and Gyros stalls, as well as Chinese food, Polish street food and Caribbean cuisine.
Derby Market Place will be transformed with winter themed Festive Street Art by some of the city’s top Graffiti artists, curated by Baby People. For more information see babypeople.co.uk.
FREE entry. Covid-secure measures, to assist with your safety and enjoyment, include: limited capacity, with one group allowed in as one goes out; queue management; social distancing marshals; contactless payment; only one group (up to six) allowed in front of each stall at a time; face masks for all stallholders; hand sanitiser available; one way system in place; regular cleaning of toilets. For more information see visitderby.co.uk/festivederby
Elf Encounter – a family show by The Babbling Vagabonds. Sat 28 Nov to Wed 23 Dec
Join those festive funsters the Babbling Vagabonds as they unwrap a mini festive adventure fit for the family. Journey in a magical Christmas machine and encounter an Elf with a talent for making trouble. Santa’s magical machine turns children's letters into presents - all with a little sprinkle of elf trickery of course – but one day, with Christmas just around the corner, the machine breaks down. Can you help get Santa’s machine back on track, and get a naughty Elf back on the nice list?
An intimate, exclusive Christmas treat just for you and your group of up to six, in our elf-constucted wooden cabin. For your safety, the actors will perform behind a clear Perspex screen. Audience members are asked to wear face coverings unless exempt. For more information about our Covid safety measures, see the Derby Live website.
Derby Market Place
£12 for up to 3, £24 for up to 6
A Christmas Carol – by The Lost Boys. Thu 17 to Wed 23 Dec
The much-loved Dickens Classic gets a new makeover by the much-loved Lost Boys. Following six years of sell-out shows, The Lost Boys return to Derby LIVE this festive season as the duo aim to play all the parts from the novel in 60 minutes; expect wigs, gags, laughs, gaffs, deference, and irreverence. A family treat to fill you all with Christmas cheer. Suitable for older children.
This show is in a marquee, but wrap up warm! You will be allocated a ‘box’ for your group of up to four. The metal seats provided will be cleaned between performances; you are welcome to bring your own cushion for extra comfort. For information about all our Covid measures and FAQs, see the Derby Live website.
Performances 4pm and 6pm
£20 for up to 2, £40 for up to 4
Sinfonia Viva – From Sat 19 Dec
Join Grammy nominated and RPS award winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva’s brass quintet for a selection of Christmas favourites, traditional carols, golden classics and festive pop favourites. A merry mix of seasonal music and Christmas cheer, the concert will also feature a special live performance from Derby Cathedral’s stunningly beautiful choir.
Step into Christmas and enjoy the festive sound of a live brass quintet. Without a doubt this is music to make your days merry and bright this season.
This show is in a marquee, but wrap up warm! You will be allocated a ‘box’ for your group of up to four. The metal seats provided will be cleaned between performances; you are welcome to bring your own cushion for extra comfort. For information about all our Covid measures and FAQs, see the Derby Live website. The concert is 1hr 5min with no interval.
Sat 19, Mon 21, Tue 22, Wed 23 Dec, at 12.30pm
£20 for up to 2, £40 for up to 4
CITY PARTNERS PRESENT:
Don’t forget to celebrate the festive season with our partners while you’re out and about. All venues have Covid-secure measures in place; see their individual websites for details.
DERBY CATHEDRAL AND CATHEDRAL SQUARE
Mini Festive Fair – Sat 28 Nov
Pick up some lovely gifts inside the Cathedral. There will be a range of quality products available including gin, soaps, cards, candles, stationery, books and many other gorgeous things! If you fancy getting crafty, there will be wreath-making demonstrations running throughout the day which can be booked in advance through derbycathedal.org
11am - 6pm
Tree of Light – Every Sat from 28 Nov until 19 Dec
An opportunity to write a message of love, hope or memory onto a gift tag to be hung on the Christmas tree outside the Cathedral building to mark this special time of year. Come and help cover the tree with messages!
11am - 3pm
Suggested donation £2
DERBY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Let's Make Christmas – Until Thu 24 Dec
A seasonal celebration of contemporary craft produced in the region. From prints and ceramics to jewellery and textiles, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift.
Derby Museum & Art Gallery Shop
Step Back In Time To A Groovy Kinda Christmas – From Fri 4 Dec
Join Derby Museums for a psychedelic, fun-filled evening in their 19th century listed building at The Wardwick. Enjoy a fun festive evening with groovy entertainment from DJ Austin Powerz, and a fabulous three-course Christmas dinner from local celebrity chef Ralph Skripek of The Butler’s Pantry. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01332 641901
Fri 4, Sat 5, Thu 10, Fri 11, Sat 12, Fri 18, Sat 19 Dec, Jan dates on request
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
From £55 per person
Family Christmas Lunch With Santa – Sun 13 Dec
A family-friendly Christmas carvery, where you can enjoy a two-course meal, a visit and gift from Santa, plus lots of fun, and safe family entertainment. To book, email email@example.com or call 01332 641901
12 noon - 4pm
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
£20, under 12s £15, under 2s free
Christmas Films include traditional seasonal favourite - It's A Wonderful Life (U) from Fri 18 Dec and new film - Ailo’s Journey: The Amazing Odyssey of a Newborn Reindeer (cert tbc) a family friendly documentary adventure set in the stunning landscapes of Lapland, screening Sat 19 & Sun 20 Dec. Other QUAD Christmas favourites will include Die Hard Double Bill, and Muppets Christmas Carol. Tickets: Cinema tickets: £9.80 or £4.00 for ages 25 & under. For all Christmas films see derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/cinema.
QUAD Gallery: How We Make Meaning includes exhibitions by artists Memo Akten and Mimi Ọnụọha who explore aspects of Artificial Intelligence including; the gathering and use of data to view the world in scientific, spiritual and deeply personal ways. Entry free.
To make your visit as enjoyable and as safe as possible to Derby Theatre, please be assured that social distancing and safety measures are in place. For more information about safety measures, please visit: derbytheatre.co.uk/health-and-safety-information-for-your-visit
The Little Mermaid – Wed 2 Dec to Sat 2 Jan
A new uplifting socially distanced underwater adventure perfect for ages 5 and over. A magical tale of love, loss and adventure where two fish characters take the audience on a journey with the ever-curious little mermaid, who is enthralled with the unknown world above the sea and the humans that inhabit it. The Little Mermaid longs to leave her beautiful world and chase happiness as a human… but transformation and love come at a price.
Tickets from £12
A Christmas Carol Cinema Screening – From Sat 5 Dec
Derby Theatre is thrilled to be screening a brand new retelling of the classic family Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol as part of a nationwide cinemas and theatres tour this Christmas.
Simon Russell Beale, Martin Freeman, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Serkis lend their voices to the tale, whilst dance performances are led by former Royal Ballet Principle and BalletBoyz founder, Michael Nunn as Scrooge, Jakub Franasowicz, Russell Maliphant, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Mikey Boats, Grace Jabbari and Dana Fouras.
The tale unfolds on screen in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, haunting and theatrical drama with characters portrayed by dancers and voiced by an eclectic cast of incredible actors. This mix of danced action and spoken narration brings a completely new and exciting dimension to Dickens' characters, whilst remaining true to the beauty of his original narrative.
Saturday 5, Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 Dec at 8pm
Tickets on sale from Friday 29 October. All tickets £16.50
Santa’s Winter Woodland Experience -Fri 27 Nov to Thu 24 Dec
Wander through Santa’s Winter Woodland this Christmas. The whole family can experience a magical winter world, where you can safely meet Santa on his sleigh for a fabulous festive photo and children will receive a free gift to take home. Santa’s elves will be on hand to guide the way, and ensure everyone stays safe, socially distanced, and off the naughty list.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN DERBY
You can be assured of a Covid-secure welcome as you enjoy your Christmas shopping. Close to Derby Cathedral is the beautiful Cathedral Quarter, home to a range of quality independent shops, salons, cafes, restaurants, bars and more. For more information visit cqlife.co.uk. In St Peters Quarter, you will find quality independent shops and renowned national names, with cafes and restaurants for a drink and a bite to eat. Visit stpetersquarter.co.uk for details. Shop indoors at Intu Derby at all the well-known names you know and love, with plenty of places to eat. For more information, see intu.co.uk/derby
For full information about everything that Festive Derby has to offer this Christmas, see www.visitderby.co.uk/festivederby
Six of Derby’s city parks have been recognised as being among the best in the world by the Green Flag Award Scheme.
And in its 180th anniversary year, Derby Arboretum has been awarded the prestigious Green Heritage Award, a first for Derby. Supported by Historic England, this award recognises sites where conservation of historic features and landscaping plays a prominent role. Derby Arboretum has also been awarded a Green Flag along with five more parks: Alvaston, Chaddesden, Darley, Sunnydale and Markeaton.
In usual times, raising the Green Flag in each park is a high-profile celebration, but in line with Covid-19 guidance, this year Derby Council House will join in the award scheme’s #GoGreenForParks initiative by being lit with green lights until 19 October. Along with landmarks such as the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, the lights are going green to say a massive thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award Judges for all their work this year.
The contribution made by volunteers and local people has also been recognised, with the awarding of Community Green Flags to eight gardens, allotments, open spaces and nature reserves: Ashbourne Road and District Allotment Association, Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve, Chellaston Brickworks Local Nature Reserve, Darley and Nutwood Local Nature Reserve, the Hydrangea Garden at Darley Park, the Walled Garden at Markeaton Park, Sinfin Moor Park and Little Chester Allotment Association.
Following lockdown, volunteers are now back in the parks and open spaces, carrying out their tasks in a Covid compliant way.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “It is always an honour to be recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme, but even more so this year, when our parks and open spaces have been so valuable for recreation and for enjoying the beauty of nature during a turbulent time.
“When everything had to stop for lockdown, the work to maintain them couldn’t, so everyone who has played a role in looking after our parks and open spaces deserves to feel proud, including the volunteers who have taken a local space to their hearts.”
As park rangers continued to look after the parks during lockdown and keep them safe and clean for visitors, the team at Derby Parks worked with volunteers and other organisations to adapt to the constantly changing situation, and make much-loved events happen in a different way.
Larks in the Park at Derby Arboretum was celebrated online by the Friends of Derby Arboretum, while Superheroes Picnic In The Park became Superheroes Picnic at Home, with online content for families to enjoy. A special broadcast online and on BBC Radio Derby brought The Hannells Darley Park Concert to audiences at home, with footage from last year’s event interspersed with new, filmed performances.
Throughout lockdown, when the parks saw a very high level of visitors enjoying their daily recreation in fine weather, the council’s Streetpride Ground Maintenance team worked to cut the grass in high priority areas, keep up with the high demand for emptying bins, and carrying out essential care to look after the city’s precious trees.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Chaddesden Park is an important focal point in the local community, offering an extensive range of sports, children’s play areas, attractive parkland and in usual years, hosting community events such as The Big One.
Darley Park is a large, picturesque and popular park within walking distance of the city centre. The park boasts beautiful gardens including the largest hydrangea collection in Britain – which has won a Community Green Flag this year - a nature reserve that provides a home to a wide range of species, and one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts The Hannells Darley Park Concert.
Sunnydale Park is a local nature reserve located in the Blagreaves ward of Derby. Covering 13.2 hectares and consisting of a variety of habitats, the park features a large balancing pond that provides a home for a whole host of animals.
Alvaston Park is a picturesque riverside park in the south of Derby that offers a wealth of activities from fishing, exploring the unique science garden, riding BMX, playing football to enjoying a walk around the historic lake.
Markeaton Park is Derby’s most visited park and one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands. Markeaton Park offers a wide range of activities from the Mundy Play Centre, the Craft Village and The Orangery café to sports activities, walks and gardens and events throughout the year. Its Walled Garden has also won a Community Green Flag.
Derby Arboretum is known for being the first public park in England, opening its doors to the public in 1840. The modern day Derby Arboretum boasts beautiful heritage landscape, a superb collection of trees, the Heart of the Park community building, various sports facilities and events throughout the year.
Derby has over 300 parks and open spaces to enjoy, filled with things to do as a family, opportunities to get healthy, and beautiful trees and gardens. Find out what they have to offer at www.inderby.org.uk/parks.