Derby Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Derby, Derbyshire, England, UK)

Guildhall Theatre photographThe live entertainment on offer in Derby is a serious attraction for tourists, who come here each year to enjoy various festivals, concerts, theatrical events and art exhibitions. There are always things to do and see during the summer months, with regular shows being staffed at the Derby Playhouse on Theatre Walk, at the Robert Ludlam Theatre on Duffield Road, and at the Guildhall Theatre on the Market Place - all of which are managed by Derby Live association.

Each year, a number of festivals take place at Darley Park, which resides on the northerly side of Derby and is known for its open-air concert at the end of August. This event is completely free of charge and features a mixture of jazz and classical music performed by a professional chamber orchestra, and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display.

Derby Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015: General Information

Each July, Darley Park also plays host to a major rock music festival, which is named the 'Prom in the Park' and always draws sizeable crowds.

In September, the Derby Feste Fringe really is a highlight of the city's cultural calendar and this festival lasts three days. Visitors to the Derby Feste Fringe can expect to find events such as outdoor performances within the historical Cathedral Quarter and in the Darley Park amphitheatre, music at the Westfield shopping mall, and a Friday night street party, with live music and endless food stalls.

Other popular Derby events include the Beer Festival each July, which is a big celebration of locally brewed real ale. Soon after is the September Flower Festival at St. Peter's Church, the food and drink fair better known as Dine in Derby in mid-October, and a Guy Fawkes Night party and fireworks display at Markeaton Park. You may also like to consider the regular Derby County FC soccer matches at the Pride Park Stadium, grand prix races at nearby Donington Park, and the National Trust family events at Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall.