Things to do in Derbyshire this weekend
Another chilly few days ahead, with the possibility of snow, but there are still plenty of things to do around Derbyshire this weekend both day and night.
The Snowdrop Gardens at Hopton Hall, near Wirksworth, will be open every day until Sunday 3rd March. There are five acres of woodland to explore, with wonderful displays of Snowdrops and Aconites in a completely natural setting.The garden also has a Laburnum Tunnel, walks, arboretum and a wildlife lake. Open from 10.30am with last entry at 4pm. Admission is £4.00 per person, children under 16 free. There is also a tea room serving light refreshments. No dogs, except guide dogs. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and wheelchairs may experience some difficulty. Call 01629 540923 for latest opening updates.
The Meat Loaf Story will be on at Buxton Opera House on Friday the 8th February. Expect a fantastic stage set and video projections in Steve Steinman's new show, which is packed full of all the Meat Loaf hits including Dead Ringer For Love, Bat Out Of Hell and You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth. Steinman's voice shines through, without the aid of wigs or make-up. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked online through the Buxton Opera House website or by phoning the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
There's plenty of choice for music fans this weekend as you could also see Steampunk band, B.B.Blackdog live at the George and Dragon, on Bridge Street in Belper on Friday night at 9pm.
The Indieannas will also be playing on Friday at Level 2 Night Club in Buxton. The gig will be part of their tour to promote their new single, Flying High, which will be released on the 11th february. Starts at 9pm and tickets cost £5 on the door. 18's and over.
Multi award winning, musical theatre star, Maria Friedman will be bringing her concert to Buxton Opera House on Saturday. She has performed in the West End and on Broadway in shows such as Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick and The Woman in White and accompanied by her Musical Director, Jason Carr, Maria will perform songs from her Great British Songbook album and Sondheim. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
British Blues band, Stomp and Holler, will be at the Fishpond in Matlock Bath on Saturday, playing 'full blooded Blues, reminiscent of the floor filling sound of New Orleans'. Starts at 9pm in the Fishpond Bar.
It will be Pancake Day on Tuesday the 12th February and to get you in the mood, why not take your frying pan along to Cromford Mill Yard on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm and enter a Pancake Race? Pancakes will be provided for tossing and racing and fancy dress is optional. £1 to enter. For further information or to enter telephone 01629 825995.
The historic game of Royal Shrovetide Football will take place in Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday next week. The game is played fom 2pm to 10pm on both days. The leather ball is first 'turned up' in Shawcroft Car Park, in Ashbourne Town Centre and then the Up'ard's and the Down'ard's try to score goals at opposite ends of the town, three miles apart. This unconventional, exciting football match sees large crowds take the ball through the streets, over fields, even in the river and local shop owners prepare for the game by boarding up their shop windows!
If you would like to know more about the history of the game, there will be a Royal Shrovetide Exhibition of Memorabilia at Ashbourne Town Hall on Saturday, 9th February from 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 10th February from 10am to 2pm, Monday 11th from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday 12th February from 10am to 1pm and Wednesday 13th from 10am to 1pm. Admission £1.00.
There's lots happening in Belper on Saturday, including the Farmers' Market in the Market Place from 9am to 2pm, with free parking in the Coppice Car Park and a book Sale in St Swithin's Church, on Holbrook Road from 11am to 3pm. The sale is in aid of the Belper Passion Play, with lots of good quality books on sale plus tea and coffee.
There's a Baby and Children's Market at Belper Leisure Centre, also on Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. An opportunity to buy excellent quality, nearly new baby and childrens' items from birth to six years.
There's a Weekend Craft Fayre at The Old Methodist Church, Matlock Bath on Saturday and Sunday.A huge range of wares will be available from local crafters and makers. They will also be running a tombola to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Entry is free and doors will be open 11am to 5pm both days.
Bakewell Craft and Gift Fair is on again this weekend with unique and individual crafts and gifts on sale in the Brigade Hall, through the gardens in Bakewell town centre. Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm both Saturday and Sunday, with free admission.
There's also a Book Fair at Buxton Pavilion Gardens on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. On offer will be a wide range of books including antiquarian, second hand and out of print editions on a wide range of subjects.There will also be maps and postcards too.
The Pavilion Arts Centre Studio is the venue for two performances of The Nightingale on Sunday. Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company will tell this age old Hans Christian Andersen tale of the king who replaces his songbird with a mechanical replica, through the use of masks, puppetry and animation, all set to original music. Shows at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The show is for children aged four plus and tickets cost £6 for adults, children £5, family tickets are £15 and £20 and children two and under, £2.50. To book tickets, call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
There's still chance to see the Peak District Artisans' 2013 Spring Showcase at Chatsworth. Work is on show from an eclectic line-up of artists, designer-makers and craftspeople from across the Peak District. The exhibition runs daily, 11am - 3pm, until the 2nd March. Admission is free.
On Saturday and Sunday, Midland Railway Centre, Butterley are running the last of their Winter Warmer Trains. Take a ride on on one of their diesel multiple units through the Derbyshire countryside, enjoying the views over the drivers shoulder or in the rear coach, through the drivers window. All passengers will receive a complimentary hot drink from Butterley Buffet.
If you fancy hunting for a bargain this weekend, there's an indoor car boot at Belper Leisure Centre on Sunday from 8am to 12pm and finally, it's Be My Valentine Open Day at Ashbourne Animal Welfare's Ark on Sunday. There will be tours of the cattery and kennels for you to see some of the cats and dogs looking for loving new homes. Homemade lunches, teas and coffees will be served and there will be gifts and bric a brac to buy, all for a very good cause.