What's on around Derbyshire this weekend
It looks unsettled and cold this weekend, with cloud and spells of rain, but once again, there's lots happening in Derbyshire to take your mind off the wintery weather.
Music fans have lots to choose from this weekend, starting on Friday night, with Capital Sun playing live at the Fishpond, in Matlock Bath. Capital Sun are a four piece acoustic rock band from Birmingham, influenced by artists from the late 60s and early 70s. They will be supported by singer, songwriter, Charlotte Carpenter who plays contemporary melodies laden with traditional influences. In the bar, from 9pm.
Robb Johnson will be performing at the Queens Head, in Belper on Friday night. Doors open at 8.15pm.
On Saturday 16th March, Rock and Blues band, Buzzard, will be playing a mix of classic tracks and originals from 9pm, at The George and Dragon, in Belper and Fontana Instincts will be live at the Fishpond on Saturday night. Fontana Instincts are a British Indie band with American influences and are described as one of the best live bands in the area.In the bar from 9pm.
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British mountaineer, Kenton Cool will be sharing his mountaineering stories and images at Buxton Opera House on Friday night, from 8pm. In May 2012, he reached the summit of Everest for a record breaking 10th time. He climbed to fulfill a 90 year old Olympic pledge, taking a gold medal awarded to the 1922 British Everest Expedition to the summit of the mountain just weeks before the London 2012 Olympics. Kenton will be talking about his experiences on Everest and his twenty year career as one of the world's leading high altitude mountain guides, including his 2007 expedition to lead Sir Ranulph Fiennes to summit the infamous North Face of the Eiger. Book tickets through the Buxton Opera House website or phone the Box Office on 0845 2172190.
Local shoopers can go along to the Country Market at Mickleover Community Centre, on Friday between 10.00am and 11.30, where you'll be able to buy local, home produced goodies such as delicious preserves and chutnies, cakes, savouries, bread, garden produce, crafts and greetings cards. If you visit the market regularly there are often specials, plus the team at the Derby Country Market accept regular orders for your favourites and take special orders for items such as celebration cakes.
Kids will love a visit to Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, at Buxton Opera House this weekend. This popular tv animation series will be live on stage for the first time; featuring Holly, the young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and who's magic doesn't always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, who flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them. Ben and Holly have a lot of adventures including helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, they go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, even plan a surprise birthday party for King Elf. This musical adventure is packed full of games, songs with actors, masks and colourful costumes and will delight all the family. There will be two shows on Saturday, 16th March, at 1pm and 4pm and two shows on Sunday, at 11am and 2pm. Book tickets through the Buxton Opera House website or throught he Box Office on 0845 2172190.
Also at Buxton Opera House will be Blofeld and Baxter with their memories of Test Match Special, on Saturday night, at 8pm. These two titans of UK cricket will present a side splitting show full of memories from within the Test Match Special commentary boxes all over the world as well as tales of taxis, buses, beaches, deserts and hotels. There will be never before heard anecdotes of the most legendary players from the last forty years. A sporting institution, Peter Baxter was the organising brain behind BBC Radio's Test Match Special for 34 years and Henry 'My Dear Old Thing' Blofeld OBE is one of Britain's most loved broadcasters. He has commentated on the show since 1972. Book tickets through the Buxton Opera House website or phone the Box Office on 0845 2172190.
It's Invention and Discovery Saturday at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery this weekend. Follow the trail around the museum to discover some amazing inventions. Have a go on the pantograph and design your own egg timer. On Saturday the museum is open from 9.30am to 5pm.
Whilst you're in Buxton you could also visit the Saturday Bazaar at the Pavilion Gardens, from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday. Visitors will find many excellent food stalls selling award winning meats, cakes, home-made preserves and freshly made fruit juices. There will also be stallholders there offering antiques, books, records and more. Free entry.
Heanor and Matlock Farmers Markets will take place this Saturday, with lots of stalls selling locally grown farm produce. In Heanor from 8am to 4pm, with free parking available and in Matlock from 9am in Hall Leys Park.
It will be Spots and Stripes Day at Banana Moon Day Nursery, on Wilmot Street, in Heanor on Friday, 15th March. The team at the nursery are raising money for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. If you're looking for a nursery for your child, why not pop along, have a look around and meet the staff. Don't forget to dress in spots and stripes for the day and join in the fun. From 8am to 6pm. Phone 01773 715626 for more information.
There will be a craft fair at Tissington Village Hall this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm and also a craft and gift fair at the Brigade Hall, in Bakewell, also Saturday and Sunday. The Brigade Hall is through the gardens and is well signposted. On from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Free entry.
The 1st Bakewell Brownies will be holding a Coffee Morning and Jumble Sale on Saturday, at Bakewell Town Hall. The coffee morning is from from 10am to 12 and the jumble sale from 2pm to 4pm. Stalls at the jumble will include cake stall, tombola, book stall, raffle, clothes and bric a brac stall. Brownies will also be serving refreshments for their Hostess Badge.
It will be St Patrick's Day on Sunday and to celebrate, there's to be a St Patrick's Day Parade Civic Mass, in Derby, on Saturday. The Parade assembles in Derby Market Place at 10.am and leaves to march to a Civic Mass in St Mary's Church at 11.00 am. This will be followed by Irish dancing and music in the Market Place.
The Midland Railway, in Butterley, will be hosting a special Teddy Bears Picnic on the 16th and 17th March. Throughout the weekend there will be special teddy bears picnic displays, teddies starring in their own tableau, teddy bear music and a competition. If children take along their teddy bear they'll be able to travel free of charge. The Railway Museum and Country Park will be open as will the demonstration signal box and the Victorian railwaymans church. Ring the Visitor Information Line on 01773 570140 for more information.
It's the regular Buxton Book Fair at Buxton Pavilion Gardens on Sunday. Up to eighty exhibitors and dealers from all over the country will be offering a wide range of books; antiquarian, second hand and out of print, hardbacks and paperbacks, as well as maps, postcards and more. Entrance is £1.50 for adults, concessions £1.00 and accompanied children 12 and under are free. On from 10am until 4pm.
The Georgian Home Guard will be at the Living History Display and Muster at Cromford Mills this Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. See them prepare to defend the mill against the French invaders led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Featuring Captain Peter Arkwright's company of Volunteers. Hear the Volunteers tell their stories and try your hand at pike drill. Free entry.
Finally, The Arkwright Spinsters will be at Cromford Mill this Sunday. They will be demonstrating the traditional art of spinning and fibre crafting. If you take along your own spinning wheel you can even learn how to spin. Free entry. From 11am to 4pm.