Fantastic Festivals

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Derby has a fantastic range of festivals all year round. From Derby Festé in September, to the FORMAT photography festival and two annual Beer Festivals, Derby has something for everyone.

Our Next Festivals

People, Places and Things - Part of FORMAT17

This exhibition explores early studio photography from 1854 onwards with a focus on the collection of W.W. Winter Studio in Derby, one of the oldest running studios in the world.

FORMAT Open Call - Extra Gallery Spaces

This group exhibition presents the work of photographers who have been selected via an international open call for projects in response to the FORMAT17 festival theme of HABITAT, and showcases diverse approaches to the theme, ranging from projects concerned with human impact and ecologies to an autobiographical journey across the United States in search of family truths.

Bearded Theory Festival 2017

Bearded Theory Festival 2017

25/05/2017 - 28/05/2017

Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN

Bearded Theory is an award-winning festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire.

5th Furnace Inn Spring Bank Holiday Beer Festival

The Furnace Inn are celebrating 5yrs with another epic beer festival with Beers, Burgers and Brilliant Music! All beers will be new and never seen at the pub before from some of the UKs best breweries. Plus, the pub's new brewery will exclusively launch their first 5 beers at this festival.

Children’s & Family Programme - Part of Derby Book Festival

The Derby Book Festival has a jam-packed programme for children & family.

Derbyshire Open Arts at Banks Mill

Derbyshire Open Arts at Banks Mill

27/05/2017 - 29/05/2017

Visit Banks Mill Studios during the popular Derbyshire Open Arts festival on 27, 28 and 29 May to meet eight artists, designers and makers all under one roof. You can meet our artists in their working studios and buy or commission original artwork and handmade products direct from the artists themselves.

Min Kym - Part of Derby Book Festival

Min Kym was a child prodigy, studying at the Purcell School of Music then going onto international competitive success and making debut recordings.

Download Festival 2017

Download Festival 2017

09/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

Download Festival is the home of rock and metal and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which has been associated with rock since the 80's.

Derby Book Festival 2017

Derby Book Festival 2017

09/06/2017 - 17/06/2017

The third Derby Book Festival will return 9 - 17 June 2017.

Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks - Part of Derby Book Festival

Internationally renowned author Sebastian Faulks’ latest book Where My Heart Used to Beat returns to what have become recurring themes in his novels: war and love.

Where the Poppies now Grow: Tots Make & Do - Part of Derby Book Festival

Find out more about Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey’s beautiful picture book about friendship and war.

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty


If you are one of the millions of people gripped by the recent BBC dramatisation of Apple Tree Yard, the Derby Book Festival hope you will be excited about their latest news: author, Louise Doughty will be joining them on Saturday 10 June at QUAD.

Matt Sewell - Part of Derby Book Festival

Is that a bellowing of bullfinches or a mural of snow buntings? Come and learn the best and weirdest collective nouns for our feathered friends with best-selling author Matt Sewell.

Mary Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England David Templeman - Part of Derby Book Festival

David will reveal a story not found in any history book, conveying intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts.

Book Launch: Joseph Wright of Derby by Lucy Bamford and Jonathan Wallis - Part of Derby Book Festival

Join Lucy and Jonathan for a discussion on Joseph Wright of Derby and the paintings displayed in the museum and to find out more about their new book celebrating the city’s most famous son.

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