Derby Arena reopens its door for sports and events

The three stars of the Elvis ultimate tribute tour

Fri 10 Sep 2021

Derby Arena has reopened its doors for sports and events, now its time as Derbyshire’s mass vaccination centre has come to an end.

With COVID-19 vaccinations moving to Midland House, Derby Arena can once again welcome visitors safely to enjoy exciting shows and track cycling.

While the gym and health and fitness facilities were able to remain open when Government restrictions allowed, a number of scheduled shows had to be postponed and the velodrome had to stay closed.

Councillor Ross McCristal, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:

“No one could have predicted how Derby Arena would help so many of us increase our protection against COVID-19. Everyone involved in running the mass vaccination centre should feel rightly proud.

“Now that vaccinations have moved to their new location at Midland House, it’s time to get back on track and let Derby Arena do what it does best. It’s time to start coming back to enjoy what we’ve missed, while continuing to Do the Right Thing for Derby and treating each other with consideration.”

Now track cycling sessions are back and are easier than ever to book using the free InDerby app. Make sure you’ve added Derby Active as a club, and simply click on the bike icon. The app allows you to see real-time session information and also gives you access to great content about things to see and enjoy with In Derby.

You can still book online or by phone on 01332 640011.If you haven’t registered for online booking, you will need your membership number.

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable return to the track, we will have some new guidance to follow on booking your session to ensure everyone is riding at their current ability. There will also be some continued COVID-19 rules in place at the venue to support your safe return.

The entertainment gets under way with the Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour on Thu 14 Oct. Three of America’s leading Elvis tribute artists, Shawn Klush, Dean Z and Cody Ray Slaughter, are backed by an incredible live band and orchestra. Tickets start at £33.

Seven Drunken Nights brings the story of one of Ireland’s favourite band, The Dubliners, to the Arena stage on Sat 30 Oct. Enjoy a musical career spanning 50 years in this ultimate feel good Irish show. Tickets are from £26.50.

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Seven Drunken Nights onstage

While tickets are available for both shows, dates for two of the country’s leading stand-up comedians have now sold out – Jimmy Carr on Saturday 23 October and Sarah Millican on Friday 29 October.

Don’t press the snooze button, because now is the time to buy your tickets for Sleeping Beauty, the Derby pantomime, which runs from Fri 10 Dec to Sat 8 Jan. After being postponed in 2020, the team behind Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan are back to lift the spell, with former EastEnders star Rita Simons appearing as the evil Carabosse. Tickets are available from £29.50 with concessions and offers available.

Due to the large number of postponed events, day-to-day sports on the infield will not be resuming until Tue 1 Feb 2021.

A number of safety measures will be in place to keep visitors safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Measures will be influenced by Government and industry guidance, but hand washing, social distancing and face coverings will be encouraged. Hand sanitising stations will also be available around the Arena, and visitors should not attend if they show any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive.

Looking ahead, there are lots of shows to look forward to in 2022. January sees The Circus of Horrors and a celebration of the music of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It? Further highlights include RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Official Tour on Friday 25 March. See below for full listings. Book online or by calling the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800.

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Sarah Millican
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Sarah Millican

Fri 29 Oct

The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show More

Seven Drunken Nights
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The ultimate feel good Irish show. More

RVE Modern Railway Expo & Conference
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RVE Modern Railway Expo & Conference

Thu 4 Nov, 9:30am - 4pm

The premier show for rail enthusiasts working in the sector. More

Junior Table Tennis British League
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Derby Arena will be transformed when England’s biggest table tennis competition comes to town! More

The Derby 10 Mile
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The Derby 10 Mile

Sun 14 Nov

The fifth edition of the Derby 10 Mile race is due to take place on 14 Nov 2021 at 11:02am after paying our respects on Remembrance… More

Pantomime dame in nurses outfit peeking through pink shaded thorns with a pink twilight sky behind and a dragon in the distance
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Sleeping Beauty

Fri 10 Dec - Sat 8 Jan

Enjoy a brand new spin on a much-loved yarn for Christmas 2021 with a spellbinding new pantomime at Derby Arena. More

Circus of Horrors
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Circus of Horrors

Fri 21 Jan

The Circus of Horrors is back for its 25th Anniversary Tour! More

What's Love Got To Do With It?
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Celebrating the music of the incredible rock and soul legend Tina Turner. More

Whitney - Queen of the Night
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Direct from The West End, experience the ultimate Whitney Houston tribute show as it tours across the UK performing over 100 concerts… More

John Bishop
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John Bishop

Tue 8 Mar

Comedy superstar John Bishop returns to Derby Arena with his highly anticipated brand-new stand up show More

RuPaul's Drag Race UK: The Official Tour
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Derby prepare yourself! Drag Royalty will Ru-Turn in 2022 for the UK’s biggest ever RuPaul tour More

An Evening with The Hollies
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Legendary icons of British rock, The Hollies are back on tour More

Magic of Motown
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Magic of Motown

Fri 27 May

Come celebrate with us, as were coming out to start off a Chain Reaction and take you on a musical journey with the biggest Motown… More

The Dreamboys
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The Dreamboys

Sat 28 May

The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever in 2020. More

Queen Machine Symphonic
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The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End leading lady Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute… More

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox

Tue 20 Sep

Having set two Guinness World Records with his previous sell-out World Tour, Professor Brian Cox is back with a brand-new Arena show… More

Jason Manford
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Jason Manford

Fri 30 Sep 2022

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know… More

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