Open air theatre at Markeaton Park

Derby’s newly refurbished Markeaton Park will take centre stage in the city’s Love Parks Week celebrations this year.

There will be open-air theatre, opera, workshops and shows for children as well as the first of a new regular market in the craft village.

The city council has spent £3.4 million on the park’s restoration and was shortlisted for three accolades in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Awards.

The park’s historic buildings, gardens and parkland have all had a make-over and there are new paths and play equipment.

The official launch day is July 26 and it will be jam-packed with things to see and do.

Furthest from The Sea’s Handmade Market, which is already staged in the city’s Cathedral Quarter, will be in the Craft Village from 10am-3pm and will be there again every fourth Sunday of the month until November.

DerbyLive will also be staging three events in the park on various days from July 24 until August 9.

First up will be the Garden Opera Company with La Traviata, a tale of hope, despair and romance that has become one of our most popular and accessible operas. You can see the performance on July 24 and 25 at 7.30pm.

Derby’s own Oddsocks Productions will also be hosting a performance of Twelfth Night from July 28-30.

The critically-acclaimed nationally touring theatre company takes classic texts and creates bold, challenging, innovative and interactive theatre to be enjoyed by all.

Oddsocks’ Twelfth Night is a madcap musical treat as Shakespeare’s famous love story is intertwined with live performances of well-known chart hits.

The following week there is a special show for families – Rumple-Trumpy-Bum and other Cheeky Chappies – which are three terrific tales adapted from The Brothers Grimm. You can seen the shows from August 6-9 and there are workshops at which children can watch, make and play at the craft village from August 4-9.

For more details about these events go to http://www.derbylive.co.uk for more details about the Handmade Market go to http://www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk