Folk Music and Hallowe’en thrills at Derby Market Place

Thu 8 Oct 2020

More entertainment and a second market has been confirmed for Derby Market Place in the coming weeks, after the first Autumn Sessions brought live themed music to the city centre alfresco venue last weekend.

As the weather cools, heating has now been introduced in the chalets around the edge, and early booking is advisable as these tend to sell first. But even though you may have to wrap up warmer for the outdoor picnic tables, you are closer to the stage to enjoy what’s on offer.

Derby was unable to host its usual Folk Festival this year, but Derby Folk Festival at Home, as series of four online concerts by top acts, has drawn audiences from all over the world. We are delighted to announce that live folk music will be back in Derby Market Place for the Folk Sessions, with Bob On Arts, on 24th and 25th October.

A selection of Derbyshire acts will play a mix of traditional, contemporary, folk-rock, and old-time songs and instrumentals in four sessions over the weekend. Enjoy alfresco dining while you listen to the music. Pre-order before the session, or order when you arrive, for delivery to your table. All tables seat up to six people, and are priced at £30 for a chalet table, or £25 for a standard picnic table.

Sat 24 Oct - Session 1: 11am to 4pm

Doors 11am

11.30am: Steve & Julie Wigley

1pm: Some Antics

2:30pm: Sarah Matthews & Doug Eunson

Sat 24 Oct - Session 2: 5pm to 10pm

Doors 5pm

5.30pm: The Newcranes (acoustic)

7pm: Apple Skins

8:30pm: Lucy Ward

Sun 25 Oct - Session 3: 11am to 4pm

Doors 11am

11.15am: Threaded

1pm: Intarsia

2:30pm: Rare Occasion

Sun 25 Oct - Session 4: 5pm to 10pm

Doors 5pm

5.30pm: Phil Doleman

7:15pm: Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

8:30pm:  Barry Coope and Fi Fraser

On Saturday 31st October, get ready for a spine-tingling evening for our Hallowe’en Session and Quiz Night-mare. Popular theatrical duo The Lost Boys invite you to crack their crypt-ic conundrums, probe their paranormal puzzles, and mentally meander through their macabre mysteries in this one-off Halloween quiz night. We invite you to dress up for this event, with all ghouls, goblins, witches and creepy curiosities welcome!

Go head to head with other teams following the SpeedQuizzing format, with players given just ten seconds to answer the themed film, music and general knowledge questions over a number of fast-paced rounds, with the quickest person to answer correctly gaining bonus points.

Expect a fiercely fought, good-humoured contest with the chance to order your own treat this Halloween with our Alfresco dining and bar table service. Tables are £10 to book and seat up to six people, which is the maximum number allowed per team.

To play, each team will need to bring a tablet or phone with the SpeedQuizzing app installed, and enough battery to last the full three hours.

For more information about both events and to book, go to

The local breweries taking part in the Beer Sessions from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th October have now been announced. Book yourself in to taste some of the best of Derbyshire’s beers and ciders, courtesy of Dancing Duck, Derventio Brewery, Derby Brewing Company, Brunswick Brewery, Falstaff, Littleover Brewery, Black Hole, Shiny Brewery, Darley Abbey Cider and Three Cats Cider. Enjoy live music from some great local acts while you sample the brews – we’ll be updating the Derby Market Place website with details of who will be playing soon.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s events. Emccan will bring the sights and sounds of carnival to Derby Market Place for the Caribbean Session from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 9th October, with steel band music and colourful costumes. Then on Saturday 10th October it’s the Jazz Session from 6pm to 9.30pm, with Loosen Up featuring Derby Jazz.

Advance booking for all Sessions is strongly advised as seating is limited, and the chalets tend to sell first. Book online at or call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800. If there is still availability, tickets can be booked on the day from the Derby Market Place on site box office, but these will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

A second market has been announced. Following on from the Vegan Market on 7 November the Make and Trade Autumn Market takes place from 13 to 15 November.  Considerately curated by Mainframe from QUAD, the market will include chalets of craft, food and creativity. Mainframe is an initiative that brings together digital and creative businesses across Derby and Derbyshire, so browse and buy to support local creatives this autumn. Entry is free, but to maintain social distancing and allow you to shop in confidence, there will be a limit on the number of people allowed in at any one time.