What's on in Derbyshire this weekend
It looks like another cold and snowy weekend ahead, but there's still plenty happening this weekend. Here are just a few thing on offer in Derbyshire over the next few days.
The inaugural Ashbourne CAMRA Beer Festival will take place this weekend, from Friday to Sunday, at Ashbourne Town Hall, promising thirty beers, perrys and ciders, live entertainment and locally produced food. Entry price will be £2.00 at all times Friday and Saturday, free to CAMRA members at all times and free to everyone on Sunday. You will need to have a wristband in order to be served at the bars. This will be given to you as you pay on entry. Payment for beer and cider is by token only, sold at £10 per sheet, redeemable in cash for unused amounts or it can be donated via their charity box at the entrance, money going to the Mayor of Ashbourne's chosen charity. Glasses will be available to buy/hire at £2.50 each and refunds will be given for glasses returned undamaged.
If you fancy a go on the dodgems and a stick of candy floss, visit Belper as Proctor's Spring Fair is on from Thursday 21st March to Saturday 23rd March. Held at Belper Coppice and Market Place, from 6pm to 10pm each evening.
On Friday, 22nd March, the 5th Buxton Soul Night is happening at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens. This should be a great night of Northern Soul and Motown, playing the music that made Wigan Casino the heart of Northern Soul. With national DJ's Ian Gee, Pete Eccles, Sean Chapman, Nige Brown and Daz Dakin playing a mix of oldies, rare and not so rare Northern Soul. There's a large dance floor and bar until 1am. Tickets cost £7 and it all starts at 8pm.
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There will be live blues music from Big Joe Bone at the Fishpond, in Matlock Bath, on Friday. Big Joe Bone are duo Danny Wilson and Ivor Aldred, playing fast, foot stomping roots music and subtle acoustic blues. Free, from 9pm in the bar.
Rock covers band, Firewire will be playing at The Poet and Castle, Alfreton Road, Ripley on Saturday night. It's free and starts at 9pm.
There's still time to see the Model Railway Exhibition at Cromford Mills, on until Sunday 24th March. See the history of model railways with enthusiast David Down from Wingfield Railway Group. See a beautifully constructed '00' gauge layouts and trains. From 11am to 4pm. Free entry.
The Belper Model Railway Group Exhibition will take place this Saturday too, at the Strutts Centre, in Belper. Featuring over eight layouts (Z, OO and O) and traders. Refreshments will be available, there's free parking and disabled access. Adult entry price is £2.50, OAP £2.00, Children 5 to 16, £1.50. On from 10am to 5pm.
It's EasterFest 2013 in Buxton, from Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday 21st April, to keep the children entertained over Easter. Buxton Opera House has created a packed programme of activities and shows, including the magical Mavis Sparkle, laugh a minute Robin Hood, Bringing Down The Moon, Grimms' Tales, Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids, The Wind In The Willows and Spot's Birthday Party.
If you want your children to do something a bit more 'hands on' there are lots of workshops from puppet making and build your own spaceship to dressing up and acting out their very own plays. There are also delightful storytelling sessions, some including craft and play to encourage participation, and Rhyme Time for the little ones. There will also be a Roller Rave, with Dj, in the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens. Skate hire is included. There's lots happening, so check the Buxton Opera House website for details or book tickets throught the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.
Chesterfield Central Library will be hosting a Handebell Spectacular on Saturday. The handbell team, 'Plague o' Bells', so named because it is based in the village of Eyam. The team of up to 10 ringers, rings 3 octaves of Malmark bells. They also have 2 octaves of Malmark chimes to provide contrast in some pieces. The programme will feature a variety of music. Held in the Lecture Theatre at Chesterfield Library, with free entry. From 11.45am to 12.30pm.
Enjoy some family fun in Mickleover from the 23rd to the 30th March, with the Mickleover Bunny Hunt. To join in, all you need is an entry form and a few simple detective skills as you explore the village and hunt for bunnies. More than forty Bunny Hunt posters will be placed around the village, each will be prominently displayed in one of the local shops or businesses and each will have its own unique 'codeword'. Just collect the 'codeword' and write it next to the appropriate shop or business on the form. Once completed, the forms can be returned to Mickleover Post Office on The Parade. Entry costs 50p and every entrant will receive a Cadbury's Crème Egg. For details and entry forms visit the Post Office on The Parade or call 07714 205229. There will be a prize draw with many prizes on offer. Forms are being handed out to pupils at local primary schools and will be available at the Post Office on The Parade, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover.
There are lots of craft fairs and markets happening this weekend, starting with the weekend craft fair at Tissington Village Hall. On Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, with free entry.Whilst you're there you could also explore the picturesque estate village of Tissington, which has some lovely shops including Edward and Vintage, a beautiful vintage sweet shop and more.
There will be an Artist and Designer Fair at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens on Saturday and Sunday too, showcasing the very best of art, furniture, ceramics, silverware, glassware, jewellery, textiles, photography and other designer led products from across the region and beyond. Free and on from 10am to 4.30pm, both days.
Bakewell Easter Bazaar is on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm and promises a full variety of stalls at the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre, plus the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!
On Sunday, there will be a Vintage and Quirky Handmade event at the Village Hall in Beeley. Lots of designer/makers offering unusual, individual and traditional gift ideas for you, your family, your friends and your home. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be available. From 10am to 5pm.
It's only a short trip from Beeley to Chatsworth House, where a new exhibition starts on Sunday, showcasing the work of the dukes sister, Emma Tennant. Emma Tennant is an artist and enthusiastic gardener and in the New Gallery, at Chatsworth, exhibits a collection of watercolours that celebrates flowers, fruits and vegetables of the Chatsworth garden. The botanical illustrations are beautifully observed and sensitively translated to paper and this exhibition is also accompanied by her historical and practical notes.From the 24th March to the 30th June, 2013.
If you're planning a wedding in the future you might get some inspiration and ideas at the Spring Wedding Fayre, at the Rutland Arms Hotel, Bakewell on Sunday. Join them for a glass of bucks fizz and to see the new refurbishments in the bar and lounge. You can browse the local wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting their products and services in the restaurant and ballroom. Plus a fashion show by Amy J's at 12 noon and 3pm. On from 11.30am to 4.30pm with free entry. For further information call 01629 812812.
Finally, Scotland Nurseries and Garden Centre will be holding a food tasting event this Weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, in their Farm Shop.On Saturday, from 10am to 4pm there will be food and drink to be sampled from Halfpenny Vineyards, Mr Pitchfolk Pickles, Liza Bakes, Jaquest Smoked Foods, Crich Butchers and The Old Cheese Shop at Hartington. On Sunday, also from 10am to 4pm, sample local produce from 'Original Recipies' Granny Marys Potted Beef, Three Saucy Ladies and Maycocks Butchers and more. Also, if you pick up a Scotland Nurseries and Garden Centre Farm Shop Loyality Card and collect 10 stamps, (1 stamp per £10 spent) this will earn you a free drink in their Coffee Shop or Chocolate Shop Cafe.