What's on in Derbyshire this weekend
The weather forecast isn't looking too bad for the next few days so, here are a few things happening around Derbyshire this weekend.
Comedy performer and national institution, John Shuttleworth, will be appearing at Buxton Opera House on Friday the 15th February. Shuttleworth is back with his Out of Our Sheds' tour, pondering the question, which is better; city life or country living? supermarket or village shop? 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought online through the Buxton Opera House website or from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
The regular Country Market is on at Mickleover Community Centre, on Uttoxeter Road, on Friday, 15th, from 9am and 11.30, where you can buy local, home produced goodies such as preserves and chutnies, cakes, savouries, bread, garden produce and plants. If you visit the market regularly there are often specials and a changing selection of greetings cards and crafts. In addition, the team at the Derby Country Market accept regular orders for your favourites and take special orders for items such as celebration cakes.
The Canyon will be playing at theFishpond, in Matlock Bath on Friday night. The Canyon are a local, four piece band playing the music of Laurel Canyon, California, which gave us groups such as Fleetwood Mac, Mamas and the Papas, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In the Fishpond Bar, from 9pm.
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Saturday will see classic pub and party band, Pint of Mild performing in the Fishpond Bar at 9pm. Playing a varied mix of music of music, including rock, pop, new wave, punk and novelty tunes.
Many schools break up for half term on Friday and there are a number of attractions open from Saturday to keep the whole family entertained over the holiday period.
Although Chatsworth House is closed until the 10th March, Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground is will be open for half term from the 16th to the 24th February. The theme this year is the Wild West. There will be free animal handling sessions, meet the animals' talks and a trail of Wild West themed pictures around the farmyard. Try your hand at Tin Can Alley, craft activities will be happening in the Oak Barn and horse drawn wagon rides. Activities will be free, some take place at certain times of the day and the horse drawn wagon rides will be weather dependent. Check the 'What's on Today' board in the farmyard for further details. 10.30am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm. £6 per person.
Midland Railway Centre, Butterley will be running special Half Term trains from the 16th to the 24th and the trams at Crich Tramway Village will be back on the tracks this half term too, from the 16th to the 24th February. There will be lots of activities and craft sessions at the learning centre from the 18th to the 22nd February, from 1pm to 3pm. You'll also be able to visit Rita's Tearoom and the gift shop and look around the Workshop Viewing Gallery and Stephenson Discovery Centre.
Over the last five years, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Belper North Mill and Derby Museums have been buying objects, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, that help to tell the story of Derbyshire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Enlightenment! exhibition, starting on Saturday the 16th February, until the 14th April, showcases all the purchases from oil paintings, scientific instruments, prints and even cotton reels.
The Four Four Time Music Festival is still on and over the weekend, as part of the festival, you could see Brit band, Cast at Buxton Opera House on the 16th, Irish Folk singer, Heidi Talbot, at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on the 17th and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel at Buxton Opera House on the 18th. Tickets can be booked through the Opera House website or by phoning the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
Matlock's monthly farmers market returns this Saturday with a wide selection of farmers and producers bringing their local produce and crafts to Hall Leys Park, from 9am. This month, Mark Handley, from Italiano Forni will be at the Market with his pizza oven, serving up pizzas and breakfast specials.
There will be a charity Table Top Sale in aid of Tommy's Charity at New Mills Town Hall on Saturday 16th February, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Also on offer will be a two course curry lunch and carrot cake and chocolate cake dessert. There will be lots of stalls including second hand and new baby clothes and toys, greetings cards and stationery, make up demos and beauty products, Rainbows Childrens Trust will be there, raising funds for terminally ill children, Tommy's stall with information, Peppa Pig badges, raffle and tombola, henna tattoos will be available all day plus various bric a brac stalls. Shamis Saffron will be serving the two course curry lunch which costs £9.95 for adults and £4.75 for children. The lunch can be prebooked by calling Shamis Saffron on 01663 741000/749222.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a book sale at the Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, from 10am to 4pm. This is your chance to browse and buy just about every type of book you can think of from big expensive tabletop hardbacks to paperbacks. With a diverse selection of titles and subjects on offer, including DIY to Mills and Boon and art to Science Fiction. Admission is 50p, refunded with the first book you buy.
Belper Spiritualist Church has a special Evening of Mediumship on Saturday 16th February, at 7.00pm. With top, international mediums, Jan Harris and Shaun Gray, from Bristol. £5.50 on the door and includes light refreshments.
Buxton Pavilion Gardens will be holding a Craft and Jewellery Fair on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4.30pm. An opportunity to buy handcrafted jewellery and quality hand crafted pieces. Refreshments and meals are also available from the Pavilion cafe.
Also in Buxton, Peaks and Dales Weddings will be hosting their sixth Premier Wedding Show at The Devonshire Dome, on the 17th February. If you are getting married and are planning your wedding, this is the ideal opportunity to meet bridal and wedding suppliers, from cake makers, photographers, wedding stationery designers, florists, car hire companies and representatives from wedding venues, plus many more. All there to inspire you to create the perfect wedding of your dreams. Entry to the show is free and each visitor will receive a complimentary goodie bag. The show is on from 11am to 4pm and refreshments will be available from the Dome Cafe.
Finally, the Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning, fibre crafting and sharing their skills on Sunday at Cromford Mill. Free entry. On from 11am to 4pm. You can even take along your own spinning wheel and learn to spin.