Stars and Stories in the open air

Wrap yourselves up and head for Wirksworth’s celestial amphitheatre, The StarDisc in Stoney Wood to hear Stars and Stories – new and traditional stories inspired by the wonders of the universe.

The event on September 15, at 7.30pm is part of this year’s Wirksworth Festival and is the result of an exciting year-long participation project in a partnership between Cromford-based production company, Adverse Camber and Derbyshire Virtual School. The project has been backed by Arts Council England and endorsed by Tim Peake, the British astronaut who joined the crew of the International Space Station.

Created by ten young people and professional storyteller Maria Whatton (The Lunar Men), this is a performance that will capture your imagination, entertain and inspire you, whatever age you happen to be.

Alongside losing yourself in stories amid the glorious surroundings of the StarDisc, there will also be the opportunity to have a go at stargazing yourself both before (from 6.15pm) and after (about 8.30pm) the performance with space writer, astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick Spall.

You can find out more about the project at

The event is free and no pre-booking is required. Make sure you dress for the weather conditions that day and feel free to take a chair.