Derby Book Festival
The first Derby Book Festival will take place this year from 31 May - 7 June, featuring internationally acclaimed and best-selling authors, and confirming Derby’s reputation as a festival city.
Derby Film Festival 2015
Derby Film Festival 2015 runs in QUAD from 1st to 10th May for a ten day celebration of film culture including celebrity and industry guests, talks and seminars, preview film screenings and live events, plus new feature length and short films curated from worldwide submissions on the theme of Evidence. The festival ends with a final weekend exploring all things horror, science fiction and fantasy courtesy of the Fantastiq Film Festival.
Real Ale Capital
Derby is described as the "best place to sample real-ale in the world" by Lonely Planet. Come and sample the local drinks in our quirky pubs and annual beer festivals.
If you want a unique quality shopping destination then come to the Cathedral Quarter.
This pleasurable environment of historical streets, with arcades and hidden entrances dotted throughout the area, has a myriad of specialist stores and independent retailers, which makes it a truly unique and exciting place to shop.
If food is your love – then the Cathedral Quarter is a chef’s paradise with stores and market traders specialising in the widest range of fresh and local produce. Top local chefs hold weekly cookery demonstrations of their favourite dishes at the Cook Stop in the Market Hall, every Thursday lunchtime.
The Cathedral Quarter boasts a vibrant café culture with both indoor and outdoor seating so that you can soak in the relaxed atmosphere and is also a hive of activity at night with a host of bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants within a short walk to suit every palate and pocket.
The family-friendly destination has largely pedestrianised streets, easily accessible shops, cafes and restaurants and a host of venues organising activities for children and young people.
The Cathedral Quarter is also the hub of city culture whether you are looking for stunning art galleries and museums orchestral concerts, contemporary dance performances, band gigs, plays or films.
And, as the historic heart of the city centre, is a must to visit to learn more about the importance of Derby and its many famous sons and daughters. Regular tours are held here including Towers and Tunnels on a Saturday every month and lunchtime walks every Monday during the Spring and summer.
A visit to the Cathedral Quarter is made even more attractive with the CQ Loyalty card, the wallet-sized cards entitles holders to great deals and promotions from local businesses from shops to restaurants as well as discounts on bus travel with Trent Barton.