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.



24/03/2017 - 23/04/2017

The festival, established in 2004, is now the UK’s largest international biennale of contemporary Photography.

FORMAT Portfolio Review

The UK's largest portfolio review returns in March 2017, part of the FORMAT17 opening weekend.

2Q Festival 2017

2Q Festival returns to Derby in 2017 following sell-out success at the inaugural Festival in 2016.

Lee Hurst - Comedy Show No.9 - Part of Derby Comedy Festival

This tour will be Lee’s ninth full-length comedy show. It is a show jam-packed with laughs. So it is simply called ‘Comedy Show No. 9.’

Tony Law - Part of Derby Comedy Festival

Tony Law is closer than ever to nonsense nirvana.

Marcel Lucont's Whine List - Part of Derby Comedy Festival

The finest flâneur brings a new interactive show to the baying masses.

Cartoonopolis - Part of Derby Comedy Festival

A story of two brothers, 1 family, goodies, baddies and autism.

German Bierfest Derby 2017

German Bierfest Derby 2017

11/05/2017 - 14/05/2017

Now when days get longer and the sun comes out again it’s time for the German Village Festival.

Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year.

Comedy Club 4 Kids! - Part of Derby Comedy Festival

Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

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.

Sebastian Faulks

The Derby Book Festival opening event will feature best-selling author Sebastian Faulks in Derby Cathedral on Friday 9 June.

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.

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.

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