Saturday, December 9, 2023

Inspiring Ideas For The Summer Holidays

Summer is here and In Derby have got some brilliant ideas to keep everyone entertained around Derby this August. From local parks events to the best things to watch, the city will be full of activity over the summer break.

Families can enjoy a packed schedule of summer holiday activities, running from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 3 September. With plenty of choices, everyone can find an event to go along to. Queen’s Leisure Centre will be hosting pool parties, learn to swim courses and family splash sessions throughout the holidays. Sport enthusiasts can give track cycling a go at Derby Arena in the family track cycling sessions, or take advantage of half price sports court hire. There’s a brilliant mix on offer at Springwood Leisure Centre, including giant games sessions, cupcake decorating and ninja warrior style circuit sessions. Details of all activities, including dates, times and prices, can be found at

Summer Musical Theatre School

The Summer Musical Theatre School is perfect for children and teens interested in the performing arts. Young people aged 8 to 16 years can take part in a weeklong series of workshops at the Guildhall Theatre from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August, with tips and tricks about singing, acting and dancing performance, as well as general stage craft. The children will be putting on a performance on Saturday 5 August, that parents can attend. Tickets for the show will cost £9.25. The workshop is priced at £140 for the week, and places, as well as tickets for the performance, can be booked at

Superhero Picnic

Superheroes, it’s time to grab a cape and head to the local park – Superhero Picnic in the Park is back! Running from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August, the week of events kicks off at Markeaton Park at 11am on Monday 31 July. The events are free to attend, and everybody is welcome to dress as their favourite superhero and take a picnic to enjoy in order to celebrate Derby’s parks. Events will be taking place at Markeaton Park, Darley Park, Derby Arboretum, Chaddesden Park and Sunnydale Park. More information is available at Don’t forget the picnic!

Summer Musical Theatre Workshops

Outdoor Theatre and Cinema

The Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season is back in full swing, with two films on show in August. Firm favourites Mamma Mia! (PG) and Grease (PG) will be screened at Markeaton Park’s Craft Village on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August, both starting at 9pm. The hit films will be fantastic entertainment on a summer evening, with catering available for the full experience! Tickets are priced at £13 and can be purchased at

Derby Arena

Derby Arena will be hosting the Derby Arena Grand Prix on Saturday 26 August at 2pm. Spectators can witness the thrill of the track and join the party atmosphere throughout the track cycling competition, which will see national-standard track cyclists compete in a range of events including a scratch, points, elimination and a 10 mile Grand Prix final. Tickets are priced at £10 and can be purchased at

Darley Park Concert (credit Gareth Chell)

Darley Park Concert

Derby’s much loved classical concert, The Hannells Darley Park Concert, returns. Taking place on Sunday 3 September, the concert is one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. This is an event for everyone to enjoy – an evening of classical music and fireworks. Don’t forget to bring a picnic! Tickets cost £2.50 in advance, and £5.00 on the day, and are available from

Under 16s go free but will still require a ticket.

Claire Meese


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