Mother's Day events plus lots more around Derbyshire this weekend
There's lots happening around Derbyshire this weekend, including a number of events to celebrate Mother's Day.
If you're a fan of live music, you could start your weekend with a visit to the Fishpond in Matlock Bath. On Friday night, singer, Connie Lush will be performing at the Fishpond ballroom from 8pm. Connie is one of the UK's finest Blues singers and songwriters and will be performing many of her own self penned songs. Tickets cost £10.
My Generation Music presents a Northern Soul and Motown evening on Friday, at Twenty Ten, on Dale Road, in Matlock. From 8pm.
Also on Friday, at the Fishpond, there will be more live music from TwoManTing. Duo, Jon Lewis and Jah-Man Aggrey combine African guitar licks, djembe beats, and meaningful and witty lyrics, sung in Krio. 9pm, in the bar.
Saturday will see The Legendary Stumble Brothers playing in the Fishpond bar from 9pm and covers band, All Fired Up playing various cover songs from 9pm at The Poet and Castle, Ripley.
The Henley Farrell Big Band presents a concert night on Saturday, featuring old favourites and modern arrangements to bring you the very best of big band music. At Belper Community Theatre, John O'Gaunts Way, Belper, at 8pm. Tickets are £10. To book phone 07583 714526.
Please Y'Self Skiffle Band will be playing Tansley Village Hall at 7.30pm, on Saturday. Please Y'Self are a good time skiffle band playing all kinds of music on the tea chest bass, washboard and guitar. Tickets cost £10 and booking is essential. Telephone 01629 584243 or 07748 545287 for tickets. There will be a bar, open from 7pm.
The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia will be performing The Nutcracker at Buxton Opera House on Saturday, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. This is a fantasy ballet for all the family and is set as night falls on Christmas Eve. It's a magical tale of toys coming to life and the mouse army in the Land of Snow. Book tickets online through the Buxton Opera House website or telephone the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
If you enjoy a day at the races or even if you've never been, there's your chance to experience the thrills and excitement of the course at the Strutts Centre Race Night, on Saturday 9th March, when the horses will be lining up for the off. Doors open at 7pm for the first race at 7.30pm. There will be eight races in all, bets are limited to 50p and there will be a pie and pea supper at the interval. Entrance is £6 and as race nights have proved to be popular in the past, it's advisable to reserve your tickets. To do this, call 01773 599993. Tickets can also be bought from the newsagent in King Street, Belper.
It's also the Belper Farmers Market on Saturday, from 8.30am to 1pm. This is an excellent Farmers Market, held on Belper Market Place, with ample free parking in the adjacent Coppice Car Park.
On Saturday and Sunday it's a special weekend of steam trains at Peak Rail to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the "austerity" steam locomotive, with trains working between Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2. There will be a number of different locomotives to see, plus an early morning freight train demonstration and 'drive for a fiver', your chance to drive WD150 Royal Pioneer in the sidings at Rowsley South Station, under expert supervision. A special timetable and fares will apply at this event. for further details contact 01629 580381.
Start this Mother's Day weekend with a craft session at Derby Museum and Art Gallery and make photomontage cards from collaged photographs. Images will be supplied to allow you to experiment, but you can take in your own to make something more personalized. This is a free family activity and there's no need to book, just drop in. From 10am to 3pm.
Also, a variety of handcrafted items and local products will be for sale at the Cromford Mills Craft Fair on Saturday. It's free entry and on from 10am to 4pm.
You could enjoy a day at Sudbury Hall and The Museum of Childhood and create your own Mother's Day gift on Saturday and Sunday. Drop in sessions from 1pm to 4pm. Booking not needed. Normal admission charges apply plus £1 per child. On Sunday you could also treat your Mum to Mother's Day lunch in the Coach House Tearooms from 12pm to 2pm or high tea from 3.30pm until 5pm. For more Information contact the Business Support Co-ordinator on 01283 585337.
There will be a Mother's Day Celebration Concert at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens on Sunday at 3pm, featuring The combined Kinder Children's Choirs together with friends from Chapel en le Frith, Taxal and Fernilee, Hayfield and New Mills Primary School. Tickets cost £7.00 for adults, concessions £6.00, children under eighteen, £4.00 and are available from the participating schools, Brooke-Taylor Solicitors in Buxton, by phoning 01663 743041 and also available on the door.
Matlock Farm Park, near Two Dales, Matlock, is a great place to go for a day out with the family. They have lots of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks, rabbits, farm animals and donkeys. Children can learn about the countryside and have fun on the play area and go kart track. This Mothering Sunday, there will be a free hot drink for every Mum and Grandma who visits. Open from 10am to 4pm.
Visit Chatsworth House, garden, or farmyard and adventure playground on the 10th March, to enjoy a range of Mother's Day activities on their first day of opening for 2013. In the garden, all children will be given a daffodil to give to their Mum. In the farmyard and adventure playground, meet the 'new mums' and their babies as many of the animals currently have newborns. You can also see the exhibitions, William Turnbull at Chatsworth and the next phase of the Old Master Drawings Cabinet - Landscapes. All happening during regular opening hours.
Grand Opera of Belarus presents Madam Butterfly at Buxton Opera House on Sunday, at 7.30pm. This opera favourite will be performed with a large, live orchestra. Book tickets through the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
It's the Bakewell Bear Fair at Bakewell's Agricultural Business Centre on Sunday. There will be artist bears, handmade bears, modern and vintage bears, collectors bears, bear making materials and accessories, retro toys and much more. Lots of parking and refreshments available on site. Adults £3, concessions £2 and accompanied children free. From 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Go vintiquing at the Vintage Flea Market at Ashbourne Town Hall on Sunday, from 10am until 3pm. Find antiques, vintage items, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, pictures, linen, collectibles, jewellery, art and textiles. Tea, coffee and cake is also available.
Finally, on Sunday it's the March Madness Open Day at Ashbourne Animal Ark. Go along to meet some of the cats and dogs needing a loving home and find out about becoming a volunteer. There will be homemade lunches and teas plus sales of books, bric a brac and gifts. From 11am to 4pm.