What’s on this month

Exhibitions and galleries

Anvil Gallery, 11 Old Blacksmith’s Yard, Derby

This gallery owned by artist April Young has recently reopened in a new venue in Blacksmith’s Yard just off Sadler Gate. Go to anvilgallery.co.uk for more details.

Art Café and Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton 

The downstairs gallery showcases the work of more than 40 artists and craftspeople from the High Peak Artists group.
In the café until December 22 there will be an annual sale of work by gallery members. Paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and more. Open daily. Normal Pavilion Gardens opening hours apply. Go to galleryinthegardens.co.uk for details.

Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby

On Being an Artist: reflections on an arts practice exhibition in partnership with CVAN East Midlands, until December 6, 9.30am-4.30pm. For more details go to artcoreuk.com

Baslow Pottery, Ivy House, Nether End, Baslow

The ceramics gallery displays original work from more than 20 local artists. Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30am-5.30pm and 11am-5pm on Sundays and bank holidays. More details at baslowpottery.co.uk.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton

Circles by Sue Lewis Blake and Ursula Blancke-Dau, from January 12-March 23. Read more about this exhibition on page 9 of the online edition. 

Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, Chesterfield

A Walk Down Chatsworth Road. This exhibition focuses on the community history of Brampton until December 8. The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am- 4pm. 

Church Farm Art Gallery, Baslow

The gallery is a showcase for both professional and talented amateur artists. Owner Norman Tomlinson, exhibits his own work, and others such as Caroline Appleyard, David Alderman, Mike Connley and Judy Tomlinson. Open Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm. Go to churchfarmgallery.co.uk for details.

John Connolly’s Ormscliffe Gallery, Bolsover

More than 300 original paintings are on show at his personal gallery in Bolsover. Throughout December and January he will be staging an open studio sale of his work. Go to connollyart.com for more details.

Cromford Gallery and Studio, Market Place, Cromford

A joint exhibition of work by gallery owner Martin Sloman and Ruth Gray throughout December. See more details above. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to cromfordstudioandgallery.weebly.com for details. 

The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford

Christmas Exhibition of Landscapes of the Peak District. Paintings of the Dark Peak gritstone edges in mixed media and acrylic by Kristan Baggaley and Gareth Buxton contrast with the White Peak limestone fields and villages of Ken Burton. Gareth Buxton uses dark colours in contrast to slithers of light in the mist on smoky edges. The framed watercolours and acrylics by Ken Burton meander along pathways often taking in the views of well known villages. Open 11am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sundays, telephone 01433 630458.

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Join Déda’s 20th anniversary celebrations and look back at the history of dance in the city since the 1950s. Until December 22. More details at deda.uk.com 

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby From War to Peace, with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum, until January 20.For more details go to derbymuseums.org

Duffield Gallery, Town Street, Duffield

Xmas Exhibition by Derbyshire landscape artists throughout December. Work by James Preston, Colin Halliday, Phil Dyke,Lynn Smith, Peter Watson, Frank Wright, Rosemary Mafrici and Martin Davis. Unique handmade jewellery by Beth Sharliss. Open Thursday-Saturday, 10.30am-5pm and Sundays, 11am-3pm. For more details go to
duffield artgallery.co.uk

Ferrers Gallery, Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Staunton Harold

The Art of Giving, until December 24. A Christmas exhibition which will see all three floors of the gallery shimmer and sparkle with British craftsmanship. Read more news from the gallery on page 19. For details go to ferrersgallery.co.uk

Gallerytop, Rowsley

Christmas Exhibition of work by various artists now on. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. More details at gallerytop.co.uk 

Gallery 23, Union Road, New Mills

Christmas Shopping Sunday, December 16, to celebrate Gallery 23’s first Christmas in New Mills. The gallery, open 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, exhibits travel photography by Peter Aitchison and mixed media work by Christine Ormsby. For more information about workshops and exhibitions go to gallery23.co.uk

The Gallery, High Street, New Mills

Late night opening on December 1 for the festive lights switch on.
n Printmaker Arthur Burns will be the featured artist at The Gallery on January 19, 10am-4pm.
Using a combination of monoprint and lino cuts, Arthur creates striking and original prints, giving a contemporary twist to a traditional technique (see right).
The gallery is run collectively by 30 artists and showcases a variety of work including paintings, jewellery, silk scarves, ceramics and feltwork. Open 10am-4pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. 

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Seeds of Peace, until December 23. Joint exhibition by the gallery’s ten Resident Artists to mark the centenary of the end of The First World War.
The Winter Emporium, until December 23. Part installation, part Aladdin’s Cave. A cornucopia of locally made, original and affordable art, gifts and cards, all under £50. 
Painting from Life – An exhibition exploring the human form. More details right. For further information contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375

Hall of Frames, King Street, Belper

Original and limited edition artwork from a variety of artists. More details at hallofframes.co.uk 

Haarlem Artspace, Haarlem Mill, Wirksworth

Christmas Exhibition – Studio Holder and Associate Artists show, December 13-16 with a Public View from 7pm-9pm on December 13. Go to haarlemartspace.co.uk for more details.

Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby

Michaelmas Exhibition, until December 2, work by mixed media artist Helen Hallows, landscape paintings by Steve McLoughlin, still life on board by Steven Tandy, jewellery by Caroline Craven and sculptures of by Sue Riley. The gallery is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-5pm and weekends from noon-5pm. Go to ingleby-gallery.co.uk for details. 

Jarva Gallery, Market Street, Whaley Bridge

Jarva Gallery Christmas Exhibition featuring ten artists and designers exhibiting original art works and sculpture, on until Christmas Eve. The artists are Jenny Aitken, Zoe Stainton, Sue Page, Hollie Crossley, Pam Smart, Paul Talbot, Sandra Orme, David Coulter, Harry Frost and Bredan Hesmondhalgh. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.30am-5pm, Wednesdays 9,30am-3pm, and Saturdays, 9.30am-4pm. For more details go to jarvagallery.com.

Leabrooks Arts Complex, Somercotes

The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am-3.30pm on Sundays. Wednesdays by appointment only. Details at leabrooksartscomplex.com

The Manger Gallery, Kings Newton, Melbourne

The Angel Project – a personal response by a group of East Midlands artists to some aspect of the time-honoured visual conventions or narratives associated with angels. Paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and lettering. Until January 31. Go to mangergallery.co.uk for details.

No. 28, Market Place, Belper

An exhibition of screenprints by Kate Brooks, until December 10.
Shine in Belper – Christmas Artisan Market featuring jewellery, paintings and screenprints, textiles and ceramics, November 30, 5.30pm-8pm and December 1, 10am-5pm.

The Old Lock Up Gallery, Swift’s Hollow, Cromford

Remote: an exhibition of paintings by Steve Gresham and sculpture by Jane Cairns until December 16.
The gallery is open 11am-5pm, Friday through to Sunday. Go to The Old Lock Up Gallery on Facebook for details.

Peak District Artisans, The Stables, Chatsworth House

Outdoors/Indoors Chatsworth Exhibition, January 10-February 28. Free entry and free parking with the coupon on the inside back cover of artsbeat. More details at peakdistrictartisans.co.uk

The Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery, Pilsley, near Chatsworth

Winter Exhibition featuring more than 25 new paintings until December 9. Richard’s painting Winter Glow is on this month’s cover. The gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. More details at richardwhittlestone.co.uk 

Rob Wilson Art, Lockside Mill, St. Martins Road, Marple 

The gallery is open to visitors every Friday, 10am-4pm. Go to robwilsonart.co.uk for more details.

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne

Wendy Darker, until December 24. See more details on page 31. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. 
For more information go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

Two Birds Gallery, Borough Street, Castle Donington 

Art, photography, jewellery and design from a wide range of local and UK-based artists. They also offer craft workshops for all ability levels. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday.

U Choose Smoothie Art Gallery, Ilkeston

Original work by local artists and crafters. Work by more than 20 local artists can always be seen at the gallery. For more details go to uchoosesmoothie.co.uk 

Wirksworth Framing Company, 22 Market Place, Wirksworth

A family-run framing business that exhibits work by a mixture of local artists and prints by nationally renowned artists.
Work by Iain Mackay, Richard Pett, Sam Toft, Alex Clarke,Thomas Joseph and Ian Daisley who you can read about on page 28 of the online edition. Go to wirksworthframing.co.uk for details.

Wirksworth Pop Up Gallery, Dale End, Wirksworth 

For details of who is exhibiting at this new space check out the facebook page @wirksworthpopupgallery. Read more about it on page 17.

West Studios, Chesterfield

Gekkota Arts presents Not Words by Louise Page, a contemporary exhibition of work celebrating the role of female artists in women’s struggle to win the vote.
Exhibition launch on December 16 from 1pm-3pm.

The gallery also has work by students from Chesterfield College.
Go to chesterfield.ac.uk or email hello@weststudios.co.uk for more details.


Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Hazel O’Connor and Breaking Glass, December 2, 7pm.
80s Mania, January 12, 7.30pm.
Vampires Rock Ghost Train, January 20, 7.30pm.
Martin Barre Band. An Evening of Tull Classics with Martin’s Solo Music, January 22, 7.30pm. Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Floyd in the Flesh, a tribute to Pink Floyd, January 12.
Martyn Joseph on guitar, January 18.For tickets go to derbylive.co.uk

The Hairy Dog, Derby

Twisted Wheel, with support from Savage Sellout, Black Cats and Magpies, December 7. More details at hairydogderby.co.uk

Queen’s Head, Belper

Andy White. November 30.
SoulDeep.Jazz, December 8.
For more details go to queensheadbelper.weebly.com 

Folk and Jazz

Alstonefield Village Hall

IOTA (Sally Barker, Anna Ryder, Marion Fleetwood), January 12, 8pm. For tickets go to wegottickets.com

Old King’s Head, Days Lane, Belper

Belper Folk Club, every Tuesday at 8.30pm. For more details check out their facebook page or go to belperfolkclub.co.uk
For tickets go to black-dog-radio.com

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre

The Houghton Weavers Christmas Concert, December 6, 7.30pm. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more details.

Chesterfield Jazz

Christmas Jazz Spectacular, December 20, 8.30pm. For details go to chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com.

Derby Jazz
Tom Barford’s Asterope, The Cube, Deda, December 7, 8pm.
Pinski Zoo, Baby People, Derby, December 14, 8pm.
Go to derby-jazz.co.uk for details.

Derby Theatre, Derby

Warp and Weft: Bringing Derwentwise to Life, a musical celebration of the Lower Derwent Valley composed by John Crossley and performed by Sigma 7 and Derwent Brass, January 19, 7.30pm.For more details go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The Sunday BuskStop, December 16. Free monthly gig usually the third Sunday of the month. Free entry; donations invited, November 11, noon to 2pm. Full details at thegreenmangallery.com

Knickerbocker Glorious Christmas, Waterfall, Market Place, Derby

Every Saturday in December Christmas themed free live entertainment from Furthest From The Sea.

Live & Local, various locations

Celtic Christmas Strings – Irish Harp and Guitar, North Wingfield Resource Centre, December 13, 8pm; The Verney Institute, Pleasley, December 15, 8pm, tickets 01623 810035. (more details, right)
Bonfire Radicals, blending Medieval and Celtic folk with raucous eastern European jazz-swing and punchy world-beats, All Saints Church, Bradbourne, December 14. For tickets telephone 07495 349002.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Tansley Village Hall, January 25, tickets 07748 545287; Crich Glebe Field Centre, January 26, 7.30pm, tickets 01773 853260 and The Verney Institute, Pleasley, February 2, 8pm, tickets, 01623810035. For more details go to liveandlocal.org.uk. (see page 41)

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

Acoustic sessions with guests second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Gemma Gray, December 12, Nigel Parsons, December 26, Michael Richards and Judy Clifford, January 9, Eldaisal, January 23. Go to folkandblues.wixsite.com for details.

Peak Concerts, The County Lounge, Matlock

The Blues Band, December 14. For tickets go to peakconcerts.co.uk

PR promotions various venues

St Agnes Fountain Christmas Tour, Christ Church, Belper, December 18. See more details right. Tickets from Derby Live Box Office 01332 255800, derbylive.co.uk or Ticket Hotline 01773 853428

St George’s Church, New Mills

The East Pointers – a Canadian Folk group who are making waves around the world. February 2. Tickets from newmillsfestival.co.uk.

Classical Music

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

Gitarrissima Quintet of Vienna, December 10, 7.30pm. Five young female guitarists from Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Japan and Austria. For details go to abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

Ashbourne Singers, Methodist Church, Ashbourne

Ashbourne Singers and Young Ashbourne Singers will be giving their annual Christmas Concert at 7pm on December 15. The concert will be a mixture of traditional Christmas music and modern pieces all designed to capture the special magic of Christmas. Tickets at the door or from Natural Choice.

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

A Christmas Musical Extravaganza.Join Lynda Radford and the finest young talent in Derbyshire for an evening of Christmas songs, poetry and fun, December 21, 7.30pm. Tickets from ticketsource.co.uk/date/568514

St Peter’s Church, Belper

Margaret Keys – A concert For Christmas, featuring The Fishpond Choir and its musical director Dana de Waal and the Bel Canto Male Chorus directed by Andrew White, December 1, 7.30pm. Tickets from belperartsfestival.org

Belper Singers Christmas Concerts

Christmas Concert – Mother and Child at St Catherine’s Church Cossall, December 14, 7.30pm.
Haddon Hall: Traditional Christmas Songs and Carols in the Banqueting Hall at noon and 2pm on December 8 and 22. Go to haddonhall.co.uk for details

The Tiger Inn, Turnditch, December 19, 8pm, traditional Christmas Songs and Carols in the bar.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Coffee Concerts, Louis Perera and Fruzsina Szücs, December 7, 1pm.
A Christmas Spectacular of Brass and Comedy by the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, December 1, 7.30pm.
The Grand Boxing Day Christmas Concert with Fairfield Band, December 26, 11am.
New Year’s Eve Gala Concert – star soloists and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.From opera to the musicals and from classical to fun numbers, December 31, 9.30pm.
Kinder Choirs of the High Peak, Vivaldi and Handel, January 13, 4pm.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir, Buxton Methodist Church, Buxton

Christmas Concert, December 15, at 7.30pm with guests for the evening Miss Gilliatt’s string ensemble. Tickets will be available from Hall’s Mica Hardware Store in Chapel. For further ring 01298 814015 or visit the choir’s website.

Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Chesterfield

An evening of carols and seasonal music in the iconic setting of The Crooked Spire Church, December 12, 7.30pm, under the baton of Andrew Marples, a variety carols, both old and new, will be performed accompanied by Chris Flint on piano. The choir will also be joined by the handbell ringers of Eyam, Plague O’ Bells. Tickets from 01246 207893 or 01246 345777 or on the door.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Chesterfield

Carols with the Phil, conductor Steven Roberts, special guest accompanist Jonathan Scott, December 16, 2.30pm in the parish church also known as the Crooked Spire, tickets available from chestphilchor.org.uk; choir members; the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, and on 01246 345777

Derby A Cappella

The group rehearses every Tuesday evening at Chester Green Community Centre, Derby, from 7.30pm-10pm. If you would like them to sing at an event, or if would like to join them please contact Gordon on 01332 518594 or gordonsavage@yahoo.co.uk You can also go to derbyacappella.co.uk

Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby

December 1 and January 12. Details at derbychambermusic.org
Derby Cathedral, Derby

Derby Concert Orchestra, Not Quite Christmas, December 1, 7pm.
Rainbows Carol Concert, December 5, 7.30pm.
Derby Hospitals Choir Christmas Concert, December 7, 7.30pm
Derby Cathedral Choir Messiah, December 8, 7pm.
Derwent Brass, Christmas at the Cathedral, December 14, 7.30pm.
Derby Choral Union’s Christmas Concert Wassail! on December 15, at 7.30pm.will be conducted by Richard Dacey.
They will be joined by William Gilbert School Choir and accompanied by Jazz Quintet Band.
L’Estrange – Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy. Various – Carols for Choir, Children’s Choir and Audience.
More details from derbycathedral.org

The Fishpond Choir Christmas Concert, Crich Glebe Field Centre

A fund-raising evening of old and new Christmas songs and carols, December 8, 7:30pm. The choir, sings a wide selection of material, which includes folk music from around the world, light classical pieces, and items specially written or arranged by musical director Dana de Waal and members of the choir. 

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

The Nightingale of South Bank, Helena Leonard sings many of the famous arias by Florence Easton as she tells the story of her varied career. Tickets from derbylive.co.uk

High Peak Orchestra, Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church

Sibelius, Pelleas et Melisande – incidental music to the drama of a love triangle, with tragic consequences. Richard Strauss, Suite for 13 winds Op 4 – the young composer’s first major work, commissioned by von Bulow, pre-eminent conductor of his time.
Beethoven, Symphony no 6 Pastoral – experience several seasons of weather during Beethoven’s expression of his love of nature. Tickets for the concert, conducted by David Chatwin on December 1 at 7.30pm, are available from Jen Dale on 07796782192 or on the door. The concert is supporting Blythe House Hospice.

Spital Arts, St Leonard’s Church, Valley Road, Spital, Chesterfield

A Christmas evening with the Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society. The choir, which last year celebrated its 80th anniversary, will be singing a selection of songs entitled Christmas through the Ages. There will be something to suit everyone’s tastes, including delicious Spital Arts Christmas food.
The evening starts at 7.30pm with doors at 7pm. Tickets from spitalarts@gmail.com, Spital Arts Facebook page, chesterfieldchoir.com or by phoning 01246 220741 

Sitwell Singers, St John the Evangelist Church, Derby

Christmas with the Sitwells, December 17, 7.30pm. A traditional Christmas celebration of carols songs and readings.
Featuring music by Pearsall, Handl, Chilcott, Gjeilo and an arrangement of O Holy Night. There will also be a chance to join in some festive favourites. With Tom Corfield, accompanist. Tickets can be booked via sitwellsingers.org.uk


Buxton Opera House, Buxton 

Dick Whittington pantomime, December 8-30. Tickets at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

St Peter’s Church, Belper

George Gunby and Derwent Valley on Demand present Bloody Mary, The Story of Mary Tudor, Queen of England, February 9, 7.30pm. Tickets from belperartsfestival.org

Derby Arena, Derby

Jack and the Beanstalk, December 8-January 5. Tickets from derbylive.co.uk

Derby Theatre, Derby

Hansel and Gretel, November 30-January 5.
Caroline’s Kitchen, from the Original Theatre Company, January 24-26. Details at derbytheatre.co.uk

Derby Theatre Studio

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, December 4-January 5. For details go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Cinderella by the Kaleidoscope Players, November 29-December 2.
The Dinosaur Who Came To Tea, from the Babbling Vagabonds, December 7-30.
Dick Whittington, by The Watson Players, January 22-27.For tickets go to derbylive.co.uk

Live & Local, various locations

Garlic Theatre, Three Little Pigs Tails, a brand new version of the classic Three Little Pigs with a garlicky French twist, Burton Institute, Winster. For tickets go to liveandlocal.org.uk
Tangram Theatre, A Hundred Different Words for Love, Brimington  Community Centre, Brimington, Chesterfield, January 26, 7pm. For tickets telephone 01246 559126.
The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Two Gents Productions, Milton Village Hall, February 9, 7.30pm. For tickets telephone 01283 703075.

Melbourne Assembly Rooms, Melbourne 

Kevin King of Egypt, December 6, 7pm. Kevin is an escaped psychiatric patient. Millie is a six-year-old with a mouth like a sandblaster. Granny doesn’t stand a chance. After a sell-out performance last year with Forget me Not, Rob Gee returns with his new show. Tickets from 01332 863522, Foretys in Melbourne Market Place, or online at ticketsource.co.uk

Riverside Centre, Derby

Hark, A Nativity Story For Christmas by the Saltmine Theatre Company, hosted by the Community Church of Derby, December 20. Tickets from derbylive.co.uk


Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

The star of Mark Steel’s in Town (BBC Radio 4) brings his sell-out show to Bakewell on March 2. For tickets go to ticketsource.co.uk/date/562924.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Mike McClean – Return of the Mac, January 11. For tickets go to derbylive.co.uk

Funhouse Comedy Club, various locations

The Dragon Willington, Pierre Hollins, George Lewis and compere Dave Bryon, December 23, 8pm. Book tickets for all Funhouse Comedy shows at funhousecomedyclub.co.uk

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, December 7, January 4 and February 1, 8pm. Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk


Buxton Opera House, and Pavilon Arts Centre, Buxton

Russian State Ballet of Siberia, La Fille Mal Gardée, January 4, Swan Lake, January 5, and The Nutcracker, January 6, 2.30pm and 5.30pm. For more details go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Gardini Juggling: Sigma. A spectacular new show which explores the line between juggling, geometry and classical Indian Dance, November 29, 7.30pm.
Snow, presented by Holly Noble Company. Mischievious and magical, Snow retells the story of Snow White using dance,circus narration and film.
Recommended for ages five plus, December 19-22, Wednesday to Friday at 11am and 6.30pm and at 11am and 3pm on Saturday.
For tickets go to deda.uk.com

Live & Local, various locations

Flamenco, Alma Gitana, presented by Alma Gitana Grupo, an acclaimed ensemble of voice, guitar, cajon percussion and dance brimming with passion, power and technical command. Thrilling footwork, extraordinary singing and outstanding guitar. Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, December 1, 7.30pm, for tickets telephone 01773 856545; St Leonard’s Mission Church, Spital, Chesterfield, February 15, 7.30pm, tickets, 01246 220741 and Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, February 16, 7.30pm, tickets 01663 308202.
For more information about all shows go to liveandlocal.org.uk

Sensational Salsa, The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

A series of relaxed salsa dance classes for beginners and improvers are held on Tuesdays upstairs at The Old Clubhouse, in Buxton,with beginners from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and improvers from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Contact Sensational Salsa on 07811 100191 or email sensationalsalsa@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

Spoken word

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Twilight and Darkness: Christmas Ghost Stories. Seasonal ghost stories by Edith Wharton and Leslie Oldfield and a short, supernatural play, performed by Twilight and Darkness, December 8, 7pm.To book tickets go to hello@thegreenmangallery.com

Derby Poetry Society

Monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month. Room 3, Friends’ Meeting House, Derby, 7.30pm. Contact Gina Clarke on 01773 825215 for details.

Matlock Storytelling Cafe, Imperial Rooms, Matlock

Matlock Storytelling Café resident storytellers will be bringing you a little bit of mayhem, a plethora of stories and cake, always cake, December 7, 7.30pm. More details at matlockstorytellingcafe.co.uk

Scrivener’s Bookshop, High Street, Buxton

Book Club, first Wednesday of every month 7-8pm. Everyone welcome. Call 01298 73100.
Storytelling Sundays: the second Sunday of the month, from 2-3.30pm, telephone 0129871622.

Workshops and Courses

Alfreton Life Drawing Classes, Firs House, Firs Gardens,

There is no teacher, so you are free to express yourself artistically. Please bring your own materials and equipment. Everyone over 18 is welcome, £7 per session, Thursdays, 7-9pm.
For further information contact Julie on 07881383282 . 

Artcore, Charnwood Street, Derby

Every Wednesday – Clay course for beginners, 6-8pm. For details email info@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561.

Anna Massey, Weekly Painting and Drawing Classes

Various venues in and around the Peaks. Several courses in New Mills, Stockport and Sheffield, including painting and drawing classes: Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am, New Mills; and Wednesdays 1.15-3.45pm, Hazel Grove.
Watercolours, acrylics, drawing and mixed media techniques taught by an experienced tutor.
Friendly classes with weekly demonstrations and guidance. Beginners and Improvers welcome.
For more information go to annamasseyartist.com or call 07947380078

Anne Alldread Textiles

Weekly Textile Groups Monday pm and Wednesday am in Belper.Small friendly groups with an emphasis on having fun while creating.
A variety of techniques to include wet felting, dyeing, tapestry, printing and much more. Full day workshops also available.
Please contact Anne for further information at annealldread@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.annealldread.com or on 07817745705

Chesterfield Branch Embroiderers’ Guild

First Thursday of each month 7-9pm The Saints Parish Rooms. St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TH. Go to embroiderers guild.com for more details.

The Clayrooms, Derby Road, Ashbourne

Various courses, workshops and drop ins. Go to theclayrooms.co.uk for more details .

Cromford Studio and Gallery, Market Place, Cromford

Watercolour tuition is available for small groups or on a one-to-one basis, all abilities welcome. Call 01629 826434 for more details.

Derbyshire Adult Education, derbyshire.gov.uk/coursesearch

Various courses available at different venues including the Derbyshire Eco Centre, near Wirksworth and Sharp’s Pottery at Swadlincote as well as libraries and other centres.
To book a place call 01629 533290, email swadlincote.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or go to the website link, keyword ‘masterclass’.

Glossop Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Glossop Cricket Club, SK13 7AS

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm. Go to glostitchedup.blogspot.co.uk for details.

Green Door Printmaking Studio, Banks Mill, Derby

For more details and to book online, visit: greendoor-printmaking.co.uk or call 07919 823 097.

Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Buxton

Life drawing, a weekly session for artists at any stage with a professional life model, Tuesdays, 7-9pm.
Arabic Dance, every Tuesday, 1.30-2.30pm.
Adult Dance Classes: For information or to book, call Catherine Farrimond, on 01298 70984.
Every Tuesday – Changing Faces with Funny Wonders. A weekly creative session for young people (11 to 18). More information at funnywonders.org.uk.
For further information and booking for other courses contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 unless otherwise stated.

High Peak Stitchers, Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, North Road, Glossop

Meetings first Wednesday of the month, except January, from 2-4pm, visitors entrance is £4. 

Kirstie Adamson, magazine collage, Banks Mill, Derby

Narnia Winter Wood workshops, December 15,10am-3pm.Go to kirstieadamson.co.uk for more details.

Leabrooks Artists Forum, Somercotes

Artists sharing information, ideas and enterprise. Meetings are on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30am-1pm. Beverages and cake cost £3.50, if required; everything else is free. Painters, sculptors and potters who have experience of exhibiting are invited to join the group. Go to leabrooksartscomplex.com for more details.

Lesley Linley at Smalley Institute, Smalley

Watercolours, weekly class. While away the winter hours and keep the winter blues at bay. Beginners/improvers. A weekly theme will introduce/enhance skills whilst aiming to produce a simple painting each week. Topics could include Landscape, Flowers, Animal (cat/dog). Thursdays 1-3pm for six weeks, from January 10.
Beginners/improvers. A weekly theme will introduce/enhance skills whilst aiming to produce a simple painting each week. Topics could include Landscape, Flowers, Animal (cat/dog). Saturdays 1-3pm for 6 weeks, from January 12.

Louise West Lace Design
6 Friar Gate Studios, Derby

Evening classes in bobbin lace making, Tuesdays 6-8pm.
One-day workshops for a maximum of six students, £30..
Louise also holds Bedfordshire Lace weekend courses.
Go to louisewestlacedesign.co.uk for booking details.

Matlock Artists’ Society, All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street

Local artist Richard Holland will be leading a demo/workshop for Matlock Artists Society at their mutual help group. The theme will be Crashing Seas and all are welcome to come along and have a go with oil or acrylic. Cost £5 with refreshments. December 13, 9.30-noon. Further enquiries on 01629 58470.
The club’s Portrait Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am-noon. Everyone welcome, £5 to include light refreshments. For details contact Doreen Andrews 01629 824640.
At the same venue, on the second Thursday and fourth Friday of every month, the society invites all keen to paint/draw in a happy, relaxed group to go along. This is a self-help group with no tutor, 9.30am-noon. For details 01629 584708. 

The Old Lock Up Gallery, Swifts Hollow, Cromford

For more details go to theoldlockupgallery.wordpress.com

The Old House Studio, Woodhead Road, Torside, Glossop

Art courses in the Peak District. Top UK Artists including Carol Hill, and Tim Fisher, and a variety of media. No courses now until the spring.For more details visit pennine-art.uk Tel: 01457 857527, email: info@pennine-art.uk

Pam Smart, Art Workshops in the Studio with a View, Buxton

Full day workshop from 10am-4pm with materials and refreshments.
For details go to pamsmart.co.uk 

Pitchblue Creative, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth

Christmas Crafts, December 1, 10am-1pm.
Christmas Natural Wreaths, December 15, 10am-1pm.
Full day workshops from 10am-3.30pm with lunch, a half day is until 1pm. You can choose one day or two.
Reverse Appliqué, January 12.10am-3.30pm. Price includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.
Easy patchwork, appliqué or reverse appliqué using your sewing machine.
Explore traditional and contemporary techniques and methods in reverse appliqué.
Pattern Creation, January 26, 10am-3.30pm.
There are also regular weekly courses: Textiles and Felt-making on Tuesdays, Big Brush Painting on Wednesdays, Textiles, Afternoon Crafts and evening Sip and Paint on Thursdays. Go to pitchbluecreative.com for details.

Pauline Townsend Silk Painter

Workshops for beginners and improvers in Buxton. Workshop schedule available on the website: silkpainter.co.uk

QUAD Derby

Writing Ghost Stories, December 1.
Writing to a Theme, December 6.
For information on any workshops or to book online go to: https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/category/family-workshops.aspx or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.

Richard Holland, Landscape Artist

Regular one-day workshops held at The Venue, Ashbourne and Tansley Community Hall near Matlock.
Weekly oil and watercolour classes in the Mansfield, Matlock and Selston areas.
Contact Richard on 01629 583359, email richardo2244@yahoo.co.uk or visit richardhollandlandscapeartist.co.uk

Small Print Company, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby

Japanese Bookbinding for Beginners, December 15, 1pm-3.30pm.
Create a Letterpress Print, December 6, 6-9pm. Details of
other courses at smallprintcompany.co.uk

StraightCurves, 104 Saltergate, Chesterfield

A range of arts and crafts workshops and courses for all ages and abilities from accessible studios in Chesterfield. There are also regular events see details below. Book online at straightcurves.co.uk 01246 807575.

Woolly Wednesdays – every Wednesday, 10am-12.30pm and 6.30-9pm. All arts and crafts are welcome at this session.
Little Creatives – a workshop designed especially for pre-school children and their parent, every Friday and Monday 9.45-11am.
Book Club – 7-8pm on the third Thursday of the month, refreshments included.

St John Street, Gallery,

Wendy Darker animal painting workshops, January 15, Hounds; February 19, Pigmy Goats.
Lewis Noble, Painting and Sketching the Derbyshire Landscape, January 21-23, threee-day workshop.
To book, phone 01335 347425 or email enquiries@stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk.
More details can be found on the gallery website: stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

Sumacdesigns, Banks Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

Clay workshops. Three separate workshops – flowers, bowls and tile panels. Every day between 12.45pm and 7.30pm. Each session is an hour and a half. For more details email Sue on sumac_53@msn.com or go to sumacdesigns.co.uk

Parkwood Throwing Courses, Parkwood Centre, Alfreton Park, Alfreton

Eight week throwing courses Thursday evenings from 7-9pm; three hour taster sessions from 6-9pm and weekend throwing courses, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Go to parkwoodthrowingcourses.co.uk for details.

West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Tutored Life Drawing Class by Wallspace Visual Arts, held the first Tuesday of the month. Contact John King on john@wallspacevisualarts.co.uk or phone 07795 804793.
For more information go to http://www.weststudios.co.uk
For more information call West Studios on 01246 500 799 or email hello@weststudios.co.uk or go to weststudios.co.uk for details.