Mercury listings guide: what’s on

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Your complete guide to waht’s on around the area

Thursday, May 2

MUSIC: The Simple Tones play The Gate, Matlock.

GIG: Dave Lacey is at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath.

60S MARKET. Sixties themed flea markett in Chesterfield market place with fancy dress and themed entertainment, from 10am to 4pm, launches the town’s five-day Community Arts Festival.

Recital. Organ recital with David Butterworth in Crooked Spire Church, Chesterfield, from 12.15pm to 1pm. Free entry.

ADVICE: Local businesses in Bakewell and Baslow have teamed up to put on an evening of interior advice and demonstrations to give your home more style, at 7pm at GF & Co Interiors in Bakewell with proceeds going to Helen’s Trust. Raffle, nibbles and wine.

TALK: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Insight talk with musical excerpts exploring the evolution of string and wind instruments at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield at 7pm. Tickets: Adult £6.20, Child £4.75. Contact 01246 345222 or

DRAMA; Me and Me Dad. At the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield at 7.30pm. Contact 01246 345222 or for tickets and prices.

Friday, May 3

FESTIVAL: Food & Craft Festival plus Medieval Fair Derwent Gardens, Riverside, Matlock Bath. Local, regional and world foods together with traditional crafts and clothing. A medieval section will offer traditional fayre, crafts and comedy performers. 9am to 9pm

GIG: The Pitz are at The White Hart, Bradwell.

FESTIVAL: Beth Briggs, Daniel Longmore, Lil J, Sarah De Warren, Natterjacks, A Season Of Secrets, Heroes Never Drown, The City Phasers, A Dishonest Truth and Mitch Clarke play the Mix Up Festival at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium in aid of Macmillan.

GIG: Bravado pay tribute to Rush at The Fishpond ballroom, Matlock Bath.

GIG: In the bar at The Fishpond, you can catch Poor Grammar.

CONCERT. Home Grown Folk, starring The Coachmen, Haywood & Newman, John Prentice & Jill Drury, Abbie Rechert and The Backyard Buskers, at Chesterfield Library, organised by Chesterfield Folk Club. Tickets £3, available from Chesterfield Library.

TALK. Environmental journalist Fred Pearce talks about his book ‘The Landgrabbers’ at Cromford Mills, from 6pm. Tickets £5.

Saturday, May 4

STEAM: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway welcomes GWR Collet 0-6-2 5643 to join its own two steam engines. Tickets/information or 01629 823076

FESTIVAL: Food & Craft Festival plus Medieval Fair Derwent Gardens, Riverside, Matlock Bath. Entertainment comes from Velvet Devine and Viva Diva. 9am to 9pm.

EXHIBITION: Painter Colin Halliday will be exhibiting paintings, spanning several years, in his show ‘A Passion for Landscapes’ May 4th - 17th at Whitepeaks gallery, Rowsley.

FOLK: Renowned folk singer Bob Fox, acclaimed for his performance as

Songman in the National Theatre’s popular West-End production of War Horse, will perform at the Burton Institute, Winster. His show features songs and music from Warhorse, as well as traditional material. Starts 8pm. Bar opens at 7.15. Tickets £8 from Winster Post Office or 01629 650090.

CHOIR: The internationally acclaimed Rhos Orpheus Male Choir return to Derbyshire to perform in a concert at Bakewell Parish Church. The concert will also feature the choir’s popular tenor Alf Gladman and the Lady Maners Scool Brass Ensemble conducted by Tim Maunder. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and are available from The Bakewell Bookshop or on the door.

TUG O’WAR: Birchover Carnival Committee host a Tug o’ War Night at the Red Lion Inn, Birchover. Just turn up on the night.Teams of 5, £10 entry per team. Starts 7pm. Beer (donated by Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell) for the winning team. Family Fun Evening with Tombola, Games, Raffle, Music and stalls. (Children must be supervised at all times - all funds towards Birchover Carnival 2013).

GIG: The Pitz head to The Great Rocks Club, Peak Dale.

MUSIC: The Nervous Triggermen play Matlock Bath’s Fishpond.

ARTS MARKET. In the Winding Wheel auditorium, Chesterfield, with 50 stalls, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

MUSIC AND MAGIC. Cafe in Winding Wheel function room, Chesterfield, with Whizz the Magician at 10am, Abbie Rechert (11.30am), Chris Collard (12.15pm), Elliot Huntley (1pm), Naraik (1.45pm) and Ian Price (2.30pm). Free entry.

SHOW: Votes for Women. Learn about this historic event through re-enactment show at Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

Sunday, May 5

STEAM: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. See Saturday

FESTIVAL: Food & Craft Festival plus Medieval Fair Derwent Gardens, Riverside, Matlock Bath. 10.30am to 8pm. Local singer/songwriters Josh Kemp and Nick Aslam entertain.

MUSIC: The Pitz, Grassoline, The Shambles, Tom Barnett, Making Tracks, Damon Downs and Apuary line up for The Market pub’s, Day of the Bands, Chesterfield.

MUSIC: Exile, Take The Seven and Ovacast play the annual breast cancer fundraiser at the Barley Mow, Wingerworth.

GIG: Exile are at it again, this time over at Bar 2010, Matlock.

MUSIC: It’s the Sunday singalong at the Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover.

GIG: Gonzo play Matlock Bath’s Fishpond.

FILM: The Arkwright Society will screen Chasing Ice at The Fishpond Matlock Bath.

DANCING. Harthill Morris and Ladies Clog Dancing teams in Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, 11am-12.30pm.

POETRY WORKSHOP. Spire Writes Poetry and Open Mic at the Pomegranate Theatre bar, Chesterfield. Add your contribution to the Poetry Wall. Special contributions from Chesterfield’s taxi drivers. Open mic session with Helen Mort and Matt Black, Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Workshop 10.45am-11.45am, open mic 12 noon-1pm. Pomegranate theatre bar.

ARTS MARKET: See Saturday’s listing.

FAMILY DAY: Cromford Mills hosts A range of film, talks, music, stalls, demonstrations, displays and activities for children will address the severity of the climate change threat. 10am-4pm. With music from Troubshort & Turnipsee, Silver Spiral, William & Friends and Neil & Julie.

TALK: Energy consultant David Strahan talks about extracting energy from air at Cromford Mills. 5pm. Tickets £5.

Monday, May 6

STEAM: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway . See Saturday

FESTIVAL: Food & Craft Festival plus Medieval Fair Derwent Gardens, Riverside, Matlock Bath. 9am to 5.30pm

FUNDRAISER: At Elton Village Hall,there will be homemade refreshments and a plant stall in aid of The Halls Funds.

MUSIC: Judy Dunlop, Steve Marsh and Mark Gwynne Jones play Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel in aid of Pro_peace.

CARNIVAL. May Day Carnival in Ashover, with procession led by Ashover Band, coronation of May King and Queen, street theatre with mummers and musicians, morris, garland and maypole dancers, Punch and Judy, hedghog rollers, the village brass band, an escapologist, Uncle Michael the clown, Patrick the organ grinder, concert by Hallam String Quartet and family fun run.

FOOD FESTIVAL. Organised by Hartingtons School of Food at Carsington Water, featuring more than 15 stalls displaying the products of some of the leading artisan food and drink producers in Derbyshire. Open from 10am to 4pm. Contact 01629 888586 or email

Wednesday, May 8

FASHION SHOW: A fashion show and sale of recent top high street retail

fashions will be held at Bakewell Methodist Junior School Hall, in support of the The Goboka Rwanda Trust.

Doors open 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets available from the Bakewell Methodist School Office or

Lesley Brennan on 01629 812321.

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