What's on in Derbyshire this weekend
It's the Big Garden Bird Watch Weekend from Saturday 26th January to Sunday 27th January. All you have to do is watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour and then submit your results on the RSPB website.The data recorded is invaluable to scientists studying the populations of bird species.
To promote the Big Garden Bird Watch, the local group of the RSPB in Derby is holding a free Garden Bird Bonanza in Derby Market Place on Saturday, from 11am to 3pm. There will be lots of free children's competitions and activities including a bird I.D. competition and the chance to make a pine cone feeder.You can also find out about garden bird conservation and buy bird food and bird feeders to help you attract birds to your garden.
On Sunday, there will be a free Birdwatching Walk along Cromford Canal. Meet at 9.30am in the pay and display car park at Cromford Wharf, opposite the Church and take a stroll along the canal to hopefully spot birds such as the Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the River Derwent and possibly Hawfinches. The walk should finish at about 12.30pm.
Before that, on Friday 25th January, there will be an historical film show of Ashbourne's Shrovetide Football from 1921 to 1988, at 7.30pm, The Empire Club, in Ashbourne. Admission is £5.00, under 12's are free and proceeds go to the Ashbourne Shrovetide Players Committee.
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The Mick Simpson Band will be playing at the Fishpond, in Matlock Bath, on Friday night at 8pm. As a session guitarist, Mick has worked with names such as Elkie Brooks and has toured with ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s ‘Rhythm Kings’. Along with his band, he will be playing tracks from his forthcoming album, 'Hard Road' as well as well loved blues and rock greats.
Also on Friday, Indie/Dance,Rock band The Indieannas will be playing an acoustic set at Beltane cafe bar, in Buxton at 9pm and on Saturday, they will be playing again at Black Hippo Lounge Bar, in Matlock from 7pm.
Music fans can see Dino and The Bedrockers, on Saturday, in the bar at the Fishpond, in Matlock Bath. This five piece Rockabilly/ Rock 'n' Roll band play a wide range of music from the 50's to the present day. From 9pm.
On Saturday, there will be a 'Onesie Party' at Hacketts Bar, King Street, Belper from 7pm to 2.30am but if that's not your cup of tea, AGA is supporting Farmhouse Breakfast Week, from the 20th to the 26th January, with themed demonstrations at AGA shops around the country, breakfast tastings and the opportunity to learn more from local producers. At The AGA Shop, on Queen Street, Derby, you could go along and sample fresh breakfast produce cooked on the AGA cooker, plus offers on AGA appliances and in the Aga cookshop.
There are lots of places taking part in Farmhouse Breakfast Week, until Saturday, so there's still chance to enjoy some special breakfast dishes at Arrow Farm Shop, in Worksop and Heather's Restaurant, at Scotland Nurseries, in Matlock will also be offering a special breakfast menu, with local breakfast items on special offer in their Farm shop plus food tastings.
If you appreciate good food, Bakewell's award winning Farmers Markets is due to be held on Saturday, at the Agricultural Business Centre, in Bakewell.It's now the second largest farmers market in the UK and has an array of lovely stalls. On from 9am to 2pm.
While you're in Bakewell, you could visit the Craft and Gift Fair, at Brigade Hall. Open from 10.30am till 4.30pm, on Saturday and Sunday, with lots of unique and individual crafts anf gifts for sale and free admission.
There will also be an Antiques and Collectors Fair at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, from 9pm to 5pm, on Saturday and Sunday and for lovers of all things vintage, there's a Vintage and Flea Market at Ashbourne Town Hall on Sunday, from 10am to 3pm, with free entry. This indoor market will be full of antique and vintage goodies, bric a brac, books, pictures, textiles and clothes, collectibles and jewellery. There will also be tea, coffee and cake available.
On Saturday and Sunday, Midland Railway Centre, Butterley are running 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.
It will be Transition Chesterfield's 5th Annual Potato Day on Saturday, helping to encourage people to take that first step in growing their own food and to offer something new to those who are already growing their own. 41 varieties of potatoes, 3 types of onions, 2 garlics, and a gourmet shallot will be for sale at very good prices.Those interested are advised to arrive early as stock sells fast. On from 10am to 2pm at Pavements Shopping Centre, Chesterfield.
Finally, it's Burns, Night tonight so why not pop over to the Wee Dram Whisky Shop, in Bakewell to pick up something warming to go with your haggis, neeps and tatties?