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Local Events Guide

Derbyshire has a packed calendar of events with something for everyone. From some of the UK's most popular music festivals, mouth-watering food and drink festivals, drama filled sports action and great family friendly treats; Derbyshire is well worth a visit. 

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 Music Festivals

Bearded Theory Festival
23rd May 2014 – 25th May 2014

Venue - Catton Hall

To beard or not to beard…At Bearded Theory Festival its beards all the way! 
Fake or real, wear yours with pride while soaking in some great festival atmosphere with bands like The Blockhead, Carter USM, Hayseed Dixie and countless others.

Download Festival
13th Jun 2014 – 15th Jun 2014

Venue - Donington Park

Rock out at the UK’s biggest Rock Festival – Download!
5 days of amp busting, solo shredding, double kick fury from Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith, Linking Park, Fall Out Boy and Rob Zombie; all at the home of rock - Donington Park.

Indietracks Festival
25th Jul 2014 – 27th Jul 2014

Venue - Midland Railway Centre

The combo of great indiepop and steam trains – shouldn’t work but does!
Indietracks is a true summer festival, in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, visitor can sample some of the best Indie bands to be found, while enjoying real ales, delicious local food, art and crafts and of course, the charming steam train rides.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival
7th Aug 2014 – 10th Aug 2014

Venue - Catton Hall

The stately Catton Hall is transformed into Heavy Metal Heaven!
Bloodstock Open Air is a true festival, celebrating the titans of metal and 2014’s line-up is godly. Make sure you’re there to see Down, Emperor, Hatebreed and of course the daddies – Megadeth!

Off The Tracks Summer Festival
29th Aug 2014 – 31st Aug 2014

Venue - Donington Park

A festival for the whole family to enjoy!
Off the Tracks Summer Festival is a fantastic weekend of toe-tappingly good live music, circus attractions, colourful parades and superb food.


Sporting Events

European Under 21s - England v Wales
5th Mar 2014

Venue - iPro Stadium, Pride Park

See the future footballing superstars of England and Wales as the take part in a crucial European Under 21s qualifier. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Betfred Midlands Grand National
15th Mar 2014

Uttoxeter Racecourse

A festival day for the sport of Kings - 7 drama filled races, including the highlight... The Betfred Midlands Grand National! Experience the glamour, thrill and glory for yourself.



The Moscow State Circus
19th Feb 2014 – 20th Feb 2014

Venue - Derby Assembly Rooms

See first-hand incredible feats of human achievement. Undoubtedly, one of the best extravaganzas on earth - The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK. Witness a breath-taking selection of aerial acrobatics, shows of strength and grace.



The Odyssey
14th Feb 2014 – 1st Mar 2014

Venue - Derby Theatre

Come witness Olivier Award-winning Mike Kenny’s spectacular take on Homer's The Odyssey. The ageless tale of Odysseus’ epic journey home after the Trojan War is recreated in superb style.

National Theatre's War Horse
27th Feb 2014, 1st Mar 2014, 4th Mar 2014, 17th Mar 2014

Venue - Derby QUAD & Cinema

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has gone on to delight millions around the world, War Horse is full of powerful drama, stirring songs and astonishing effects. From a hugely successful run in London’s West End, comes to Leeds.

La Boheme
5th Mar 2014

Venue - Derby Assembly Rooms

Renowned as one of the most romantic operas to grace the stage, La Boheme is a moving story of love and devotion. Featuring spectacular costumes, colourful scenes and an excellent array of performers, Ellen Kent’s production is a theatre feast in Leeds.


Food & Drink

National Winter Ales Festival 2014
19 Feb 2014 - 22 Feb 2014

Venue - Derby Roundhouse

Charge your tankards for a full weekend of or hoppy brilliance!
Celebrate in the ale capital of the UK, sampling the best from over 350 ale variations; including Old Ales, Strong Milds, Porters, Stouts and Barley Wines all combined with tasty fare and live music.


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