Out and About in Derby

Derby is always a lovely place to shop and explore – it may not be the largest city but it is packed with everything you could want. Wander through the streets of the beautiful Cathedral Quarter and enjoy activities and places to eat and shop at Derby’s Intu shopping centre.

Derby Festé is a great way to entertain the family or come with friends and enjoy a weekend full of surprises. As you walk, shop or grab a bite to eat in the city centre during Derby Festé you never know what you will discover.


Here are a few handy tips to help you plan your visit to Derby Festé.

Urban Astronaut(1)If you have kids under 12, they’ll be sure to love seeing the Urban Astronaut floating above their heads on the Market Place at 12pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. And watch out for the amazing giant slinkies at Intu shopping centre at 12.45pm and 3.30pm.

Want to grab a bite to eat in between performances as you wander around the city? Why not pay a visit to the ladies at Crepe Lucette on the Market Place who will sing to you as they whip up a delicious French inspired creation. Or if Festé has got you in the mood for something a little spicier, try Flavors of Africa on Cathedral Green for some authentic Nigerian food. If you’re in need of refreshments to keep you going throughout the day, stop off at the Bus Bar Company on Cathedral Green, or grab a cooling glass of fizz from The Prosecco Parlour on the Market Place.


If you’re visiting with a group of friends, take a walk to the People’s Stage on the Market Place from 5.30pm and soak up the atmosphere with some live music. And if you’re a couple, why not treat yourselves to a delicious lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the City before you take in the sights and sounds of Festé. Don’t miss the launch of Glitched: Quest for the Lost MacGuffin is an interactive exhibition in QUAD Gallery – an exploration game where the real and digital worlds collide. All, however, is not as it seems… Join us at QUAD on the launch night from 6pm for a special free play in the exhibition, plus extra glitch interactives, for one night only!
Derby Feste 2016 Headline

You want to see as many “big” shows as possible at Festé? Well, where to start? There are of course the stunning Sarruga Dragons who will be stalking the streets on Friday evening. On the Saturday there’s a giant flock of beautiful butterflies flying around the city, a circus inspired visual delight on Cathedral Green at 12pm and 4pm and an Urban Astronaut will be floating around the Market Place at 12pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. And there’s “the big one” on Saturday evening, our headline act Transe Express with their magical underwater world of MÙ. Get your tickets now over at Derby LIVE


 2016 PRESS PHOTO - Cirque du PLatzak - Kermiz 2015 - (c) Ilvy Maijen(2)
Do you love street theatre? Then you have to see Gandini’s 8 Songs, juggling like you’ve never seen before, at 12.30pm and 2.45pm on the Market Place. A strange man with smoke coming from his trouser leg will entertain you at the Waterfall at 1pm and 2.30pm and fascinating bee hives and a mysterious bejewelled casket can be explored on the Cathedral Green with Artizani and Avanti from 1.15pm.


If dance is your thing you should definitely start with Friday nights performance of Carousel by Southpaw Dance on Cathedral Green at 7.30pm, a stunning spectacle of dance on a real merry-go-round. On Saturday at 1pm and 2.15pm on the Market Place, you can see a Fred and Ginger inspired show by Stop Gap Dance, then wander to Cathedral Green at 1.15pm or 3.30pm and see an energetic show of contemporary dance by Company Chameleon.

If you’re on a budget and want to experience all the FREE performances at Festé, that’s easy…all of it’s free with the exception of the main headline act, which is only £7 per person, and truly gives a stunning finale to our wonderful festival. 2016 2016 Bedlam Oz Big Mob Trio Credit Will Slater(1)

If you have time then take the chance to climb the 189 steps of Derby Cathedral’s 200ft Tudor Tower for a peregrine’s view of Derby Festé. Each tour takes around 45 minutes and costs just £5 for adults, £4 for 8-16 year olds. Not suitable for people with a fear of heights! Tickets available from the Cathedral Bookshop.

If you’re off to the light show, dine at intu Derby before you go

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Free evening parking at intu Derby when you dine in centre during Derby Feste. Visit intu.co.uk/derby for full terms & conditions


If you are planning to stay in Derby over the Festé weekend then check out the special hotel offers by clicking on this link.

Don’t forget to check into the Tourist Information centre to find out what else you can do or visit the Visit Derby website.

There are also lots of fabulous websites available to help you work out what’s on and when throughout the whole year including:

Derby Days Out – list exciting events, amazing attractions and cool clubs all suitable for children aged 6-16 years old. They also list what’s on in Derby at the weekend, half term and school holidays.

Love Derby – Love Derby brings you the best guide for things to do in Derby with restaurants, pubs, bars, events, activities and more.

Derbyi – listing things to do in Derby, from Derby festivals to Derby Races.

Made in Derbyshire – Explore and discover more about the rich cultural life and diversity of Derbyshire.

Derby Chronicle – Derby Chronicle is an informative website showcasing and publishing the latest from the Derby region. Learn what’s on in Derby, find local Derby jobs and get the latest community news.