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School Summer Holidays

23 July - 1 September

Here's our guide to what's on in Derby to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays:

Derby Ram Trail - 27 May - 22 Aug

Derby Ram Trail - 27 May - 22 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun

Welcome to the Derby Ram Trail; a spectacular free discovery trail, bringing a ram-pede of 30 uniquely painted 5ft ram sculptures to the str... read more

Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: Fifty Years of Children's Books - 9 Jul - 3 Oct

Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children's Books is the first ever exhibition to celebrate Quentin Blake’s five-decade lo... read more

Garden of Imagination - 10 Jul - 5 Sep

Garden of Imagination - 10 Jul - 5 Sep

Family Fun, School Holidays

This summer holiday, the walled kitchen garden has been transformed into the Garden of Imagination, where you can play games, perform on the... read more

Dino Summer at the National Forest Adventure Farm - 17 Jul - 1 Sep

This summer have a roar-some time at the Adventure Farm. Meet our dinosaurs, navigate the twists and turns of the Dino Maize Maze, be brave ... read more

Florence Nightingale: Health in the Home - 20 Jul - 13 Feb

Originally due to open before the first Covid lockdown, this fascinating exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale... read more

Wild Walk – Here be Dragons - 21 - 25 Jul

Wild Walk – Here be Dragons - 21 - 25 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays, Theatre

This summer Babbling Vagabonds return to take you on an adventure into the unknown. They want to hardwire your imagination and take you on a... read more

Summer of Fun - 22 Jul - 5 Sep

Summer of Fun - 22 Jul - 5 Sep

Family Fun, School Holidays

Explore the farm park, try our award-winning ice cream and enjoy petting the cute animals in cuddle corner.... read more

Ram Family Fun Session (BSL interpreted) - 24 Jul

Celebrate the Derby Ram Trail with a range of activities from making to storytelling and discover what makes Derby and Derbyshire such a spe... read more

A Tale as Old as Time Summer Afternoon Tea - 24 - 25 Jul

A Tale as Old as Time Summer Afternoon Tea - 24 - 25 Jul

Family Fun, Food & Drink, School Holidays

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that once again, you will be able take a seat and be our guest as you enjoy a magical themed afternoo... read more

An Evening of Gin and Jazz - 24 Jul - 6 Aug

An Evening of Gin and Jazz - 24 Jul - 6 Aug

Don't Miss, Food & Drink, Music

An evening of fine food, gin and jazz by the river.... read more

Denby Pottery Village Fête - 25 Jul

Denby Pottery Village Fête - 25 Jul

Family Fun, Markets & Fairs

We’re so excited to welcome you to our first Denby event of the year as we celebrate all of the new developments here at the Pottery V... read more

Superhero Picnic in the Park - 27 Jul

Superhero Picnic in the Park - 27 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Superhero Picnic in the Park visits Markeaton Park.... read more

Crafty Tuesdays: Bee Crafts - 27 Jul

Crafty Tuesdays: Bee Crafts - 27 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Crafty Tuesdays is the crafty holiday session at Pickford’s House. This time join in for a range of bee crafts that will have you buzz... read more

Denby Crafty Kids Club - 27 Jul - 31 Aug

Denby Crafty Kids Club - 27 Jul - 31 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Visit the Denby Craft Studio every day throughout the summer holidays for our children’s creative crafts.... read more

Art Hub: Flying Machines - 28 Jul & 25 Aug

Art Hub: Flying Machines - 28 Jul & 25 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there is always something new to try in this artist-led session.... read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) - 29 Jul

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) - 29 Jul

Don't Miss, Family Fun

Bohemian Rhapsody returns, bringing the foot-stomping music of Freddie Mercury and Queen back to the outdoor cinema screens at Markeaton Par... read more

Pickford’s Plot: Minibeast Safari - 29 Jul & 19 Aug

Join us for this nature focused session in Pickford’s garden travelling in the undergrowth to find and identify the minibeasts that li... read more

Chatsworth Young Farmers - 29 Jul - 25 Aug

Chatsworth Young Farmers - 29 Jul - 25 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join our farmyard team to help with their daily jobs, from collecting eggs to grooming. This is a chance for hands-on involvement in caring ... read more

Workshop: Maps of Curiosity - 30 Jul

In this interactive workshop you will work together to create a Map of Curiosity, choosing intriguing objects from the Museum’s Assemb... read more

A Star Is Born (15) - 30 Jul

A Star Is Born (15) - 30 Jul

Don't Miss, Family Fun

Oscar award-winning film, A Star is Born, comes to Derby LIVE’s outdoor cinema at Markeaton Park showing two artistic souls coming tog... read more

Family Friday: Oceans - 30 Jul

Family Friday: Oceans - 30 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

In this ram-inspired session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.... read more

Summertime Ball - 30 Jul

Summertime Ball - 30 Jul

Don't Miss, Food & Drink

An evening of fine food and fabulous entertainment in our riverside marquee.... read more

Rocketman (15) - 31 Jul

Rocketman (15) - 31 Jul

Don't Miss, Family Fun

Derby LIVE presents an outdoor screening of Rocketman starring Golden Globe winner Taron Egerton with the multi-award winning music of Elton... read more

Sounds of Summer - 31 Jul - 28 Aug

Sounds of Summer - 31 Jul - 28 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, Music, School Holidays

National Forest Adventure Farm are delighted to be hosting their very first Sounds of Summer music season. Their outdoor event has an amazin... read more

Chicago (12A) - 1 Aug

Chicago (12A) - 1 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Oscar-winning big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway show.... read more

DigisQUAD Digital iPad animation workshop - 2 Aug

Learn how to create your own digital animation using iPad apps with artist Helen Jackson. In this workshop you will bring the gallery to lif... read more

Make and Take Summer 2021 - 2 - 23 Aug

Make and Take Summer 2021 - 2 - 23 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join Derby QUAD for some family friendly creativity with artist Helen Jackson in their highly popular Make and Take Day, where you can make ... read more

Outdoor Theatre - 4 Aug

Enjoy a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening at Chatsworth watching one of Shakespeare's brilliant.... read more

Pickford’s Plot: Sensory Garden - 5 Aug

Pickford’s Plot: Sensory Garden - 5 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join us for this nature focused session in Pickford’s garden exploring the sights, smells, noises and textures in our sensory trail.... read more

MinecraftLAB: Wing World - 6 & 20 Aug

Inspired by the FORMAT21 exhibition Famous Internet Sites, this workshop will task you with creating a world where wings are the main form o... read more

Marty and the Party - 5 - 14 Aug

Marty and the Party - 5 - 14 Aug

Family Fun, Theatre

A cheeky show for anyone under 5 and their grown-ups.... read more

Rams to the Rescue: Tactile Session - 7 Aug

Rams to the Rescue: Tactile Session - 7 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Celebrate the Derby Ram Trail with a range of tactile making and storytelling activities, inspired by our natural environment.... read more

Fabulous Family Circus Day - 7 Aug

Fabulous Family Circus Day - 7 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

To celebrate the creative partnership of author John Yeoman and illustrator Quentin Blake we have a whole host of circus related activities ... read more

Alvaston Park Summer Fun - 7 - 21 Aug

Alvaston Park Summer Fun - 7 - 21 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join Alvaston Park Friends and Derby Parks for a programme of summer fun activities across the school holidays.... read more

KidsQUAD Create in the Gallery - 9 Aug

Come along to our creative KidsQUAD workshop with artist Karen Logan. KidsQUAD are creative workshops for ages 7-11 without your grown-ups!... read more

Crafty Tuesdays: Afternoon Tea - 10 Aug

Crafty Tuesdays: Afternoon Tea - 10 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Crafty Tuesdays is our crafty holiday session at Pickford’s House. This week is Afternoon Tea Week, join us to craft your own tea set ... read more

Arts Award Discover In A Day - 10 Aug

Join artist Abbie Canning to spend the day learning all about art! Explore QUADs exhibition and make work, experimenting with a variety of d... read more

Robot Game Making in Roblox - 11 Aug

In this workshop you will get expert guidance in building your own robot themed games in Roblox Studio, from Creative Technologist Ashley Ja... read more

Bat Walk and Talk - 12 Aug

Explore the interesting world of bats at Chatsworth with the Derbyshire Bat Group.... read more

Pickford’s Plot: Nature Creatives - 12 Aug

Pickford’s Plot: Nature Creatives - 12 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join us for this nature focused session in Pickford’s garden where you can unleash your creative side, from observational drawing, poe... read more

Cinema in the Valley: The Greatest Showman (PG) - 13 Aug

Watch The Greatest Showman (PG) under the stars at Derby Rugby Club.... read more

3D Robot Building in Blender - 13 & 27 Aug

Join Digital Participation Curator John Whall and get hands on in this introduction to 3D modelling workshop, where you will design and buil... read more

Rockin’ Robins Summer School - 17 - 19 Aug

Rockin’ Robins Summer School - 17 - 19 Aug

Don't Miss, School Holidays

Rockin’ Robins Summer School takes place at Derby Market Place from Tuesday 17th August - Thursday 19th August.... read more

Cinema in the Valley: Labyrinth (U) - 14 Aug

Cinema In The Valley - Labyrinth (U) at Derby Rugby Club... read more

Outdoor Cinema at Chatsworth House - 19 - 22 Aug

Enjoy a movie under the stars in the open-air setting of the garden, presented by The Luna Cinema.... read more

An Evening of Tina - 21 Aug

An Evening of Tina - 21 Aug

Don't Miss, Music

Enjoy a night of ‘simply the best’ entertainment at The Incora County Ground with ‘An Evening of Tina‘ on Saturday 2... read more

VR Arcade Experience - 23 - 31 Aug

Step into the Virtual world this summer. Cutting edge Virtual Reality experiences that will transport you into an immersive and exciting alt... read more

VR Escape Experience - 23 - 31 August

VR Escape Experience - 23 - 31 August

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Step into the Virtual world this summer. Cutting edge Virtual Reality experiences that will transport you into an immersive and exciting alt... read more

Markeaton Park Summer Fair - 26 Aug - 5 Sep

Markeaton Park Summer Fair - 26 Aug - 5 Sep

Family Fun, Markets & Fairs, School Holidays

Family funfair for all ages to enjoy... read more

Classic Ibiza - 27 Aug

Classic Ibiza - 27 Aug

Don't Miss, Music

Witness the Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of critically acclaimed vocalists bring a heady blend of Balearic beats to life ... read more

Frozen 2 (U) - 28 Aug

Frozen 2 (U) - 28 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun

A showing of Frozen II on a huge screen in Darley Park as part of a weekend of events.... read more

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman (PG) - 28 Aug

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman (PG) - 28 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, Music

From the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music the smash hit film musical with lyrics on screen that everyone can’t stop singing.... read more

Bustler at Tori & Ben's Melbourne - 28 Aug

Bustler at Tori & Ben's Melbourne - 28 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Saturday 28th August we will be at @toriandbensfarm Melbourne, for a fun filled, family, food festival!... read more

Furthest from the Sea Festival - 30 Aug

A day-long community-led festival in the heart of Derby.... read more

The Hannells Darley Park Concert at Home - 30 Aug

Settle in with your picnic and something sparkling for our classic outdoor concert, in your own backyard!... read more

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