I love Derby Festé’s crazy vibe

We caught up with Maggie Tillson, Tourism Promotions Officer for Derby City Council’s Tourism Team Visit Derby, and asked her to talk to us about why she loves Derby Festé so much.

I love Derby Festé’s crazy vibe which really captures the character of this wonderful city. Seeing visitors and locals having a great time is the biggest buzz and it’s great to see this festival flourish and gain more and more recognition each year. This is the highlight of our promotional calendar and we love to support the marketing activities to help spread the word and attract even more visitors.

What you are looking forward to the most at this year’s Derby Festé?

The World Circus on Friday 29 Sept has got to be the main highlight, or should that be, high-up-light with the aerial acrobatics that look amazing from the promotional videos and pics. I might only be able to watch with one eye open though!

What, in your opinion, does Derby Festé bring to the city?

Derby Festé brings people together from all walks of life which creates a great party atmosphere. This event is a real celebration of all things whacky, wild and wonderful and never fails to impress.

Do you have any outstanding or memorable moments from Derby Festé?

It has to be the dragons from last year when they returned by popular demand to celebrate Festé’s 10th anniversary. As I stared in awe, virtually nose to nose with one of the beasts, I received a full strength snort  in the face! fortunately, I’m not a wig wearer or I might have ended up in trouble!! I hope they’ll return again to celebrate the second decade of Derby Festé fun in 2026, and I’ll be wary to keep a little further away next time!