The best festivals and shows in Derbyshire in 2022

6:00 p.m. January 1, 2022

It seems to be a year filled with festivals in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

April 30 – May 1
Donington Historic Festival
A major event in the international historic racing calendar, attracting thousands of spectators, hundreds of world-class historic racing cars and a large number of classic car club exhibitions.
Donington Park, Donington Castle,

May to be confirmed
Belper bangs
Details of this year’s Fringe are expected to be released in February, for regular updates visit their website below.

May 19-21
Railway beer festival
Over 300 real ales, craft beers and world ales, plus train rides and live music. Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Staveley, Chesterfield,

May 14-26
National forest walking festival
Explore the varied landscapes of the Forest with a program of more than 90 walks for all levels.

May 20-28
Derby Book Festival
Discussions with internationally renowned authors and local talent, as well as book-related events and activities with a program featuring great writers, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

May 26-29
Bearded theory festival
An award-winning, family-friendly performing and creative arts festival featuring artists such as The Flaming Lips and Placebo.

May 28-29
Derbyshire Open Arts Festival
Artists and craftspeople display their work in venues across Derbyshire – from their own studios to party halls and art galleries.

June 17 – July 3
Ashbourne Festival
A festival of music, literature and theater, with activities such as street theater, concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

June 25 – July 2
Bradfield Music Festival
A celebration of music with performances by international musicians and singers.

July 7-24
Buxton International Festival ‘
A happy marriage of opera, music and books with appearances by world-renowned authors, artists and musicians. The Jazz Weekend takes place July 7-10.

July 15-17
Stainsby Festival
A family festival of folk and world music with traditional marquees, craft stands, children’s entertainment, music workshops.

July 29-30
Y Pas Festival
A melting pot of emerging and established musicians. This year’s headliners include: Stereophonics, Courteneers, Blossoms and the Manic Street Preachers.

August 11-14
Blood Blood Festival
The UK’s largest independent heavy rock and metal music festival.

September 2-4
Off Piste Festival
Entertainment from a variety of artists and groups, acoustic sessions, stalls and real beers.

to be confirmed September
Melbourne Festival
Festival of creative and performing arts with a famous Art and architecture course, concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

September 9-18
Wirksworth Festival
Rural Arts Festival showcasing the work of over 150 local and international artists, with a trail of popular art and architecture, music, dance, theater, street theater and Fringe events.

to be confirmed September
Festival of new mills
Community Fringe Festival with a diverse mix of art, music, plays, poetry, exhibits, lectures and walks.

to be confirmed September
Derby Film Festival
Preview screenings, officially selected feature films and short films, as well as special events and panel discussions providing rare insight into various aspects of the film industry. QUAD, Derby,

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