More events at the Market Place proves Derby Loves You

Lucy Ward in an ornate headdress against a dark background

Fri 9 Jul 2021

Derby-based singer songwriter Lucy Ward marks the 10th anniversary of the release of her first album at Derby Market Place next month – just one of a great line-up of shows and attractions now booking in the new Derby Loves You temporary venue.

Tribute band ABBA Sensation, stand-up comedy for children and adults, and amazing Virtual Reality experiences are among the treats that have been added to the menu until mid-October, offering something for everyone. And as the nights start to draw in, the heating will go on!

The new all-weather performance space has now been named the Derby Loves You venue in tribute to the huge words above the entrance doors. And alfresco dining will continue at Derby Market Place - check the Derby Market Place website for available dates as we move through Summer and into the Autumn.

It may not seem like five minutes since Lucy Ward arrived on the British folk scene, but she’s back for a very special concert in her home city to celebrate a decade since the release of her first album, Adelphi Has To Fly. This special evening on Fri 13 Aug is not to be missed.

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Tribute band ABBA Sensation

Derby LIVE has also linked up some of the best local talent to give award-winning amateur theatre companies and acclaimed performers the opportunity to take to the stage for the first time since the pandemic.

Singer Andy Quinn will bring vintage Swing and Rat Pack favourites to the marquee, while Central Musical Theatre Company return with Sondheim’s revue-style musical Side by Side. Fans of Eurovision will love Gatepost Theatre Company’s Euro Mission – and have a say in deciding the winner in this new show!

As ever, the safety of the public is our priority in our COVID-secure space, with all shows and attractions on sale in line with current Government restrictions.

While ticket prices apply for shows, tables for outdoor dining are free, but booking is essential if you want to be guaranteed a table or chalet. Tables seat up to six people.

After its successful launch last year as an alfresco dining space to boost local independent restaurants and cafes, the aim is for Derby Market Place to do the same for the city’s cultural sector with the addition of the Derby Loves You temporary venue.

Derby Market Place was launched by Derby City Council and partners in the private sector as part of a recovery plan for the city after the first lockdown. It has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the Derbyshire Business Awards for excellence in collaboration.

These new events join the great entertainment already lined up at Derby Market Place over the coming months, with Jazz, Classical and Folk music all on the menu – as well as Derby Beer Festival in August and Derby Folk Festival in October.

Derby Market Place is supported by our media partner, Smooth Radio. Unless specified, all tickets are available online or by calling the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800.

Full listings for the new shows are below, with more events being added – keep an eye on the Derby Market Place Facebook page for the latest updates.

Two free events are also taking place at Derby Market Place in the coming months:

Artcore: Creative maze - Tue 27 to Fri 30 July, 12pm to 4pm

Make your way through the Creative Maze exploring Earth through art activities and special performances designed to connect you to our wonderful world. All materials will be provided, so drop in to take on the maze challenge and create something to take home with you! All ages and abilities welcome.

Mainframe Make & Trade Autumn Market - Fri 3 to Sun 5 Sep

Mainframe is thrilled to host this year's Make & Trade Autumn Market in the fabulous Derby Market Place. The market will celebrate Derbyshire's proud history of crafting with stalls full of wares from local makers and creators. With up to 30 stalls, the site will be managed to allow for a safe and spacious shopping, food and entertainment experience - right in the heart of the city.


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Derby Market Place Alfresco Dining and Sessions
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This Summer we bring you the Derby Market Place Alfresco Dining and Shows experience. The Derby Market Place has been transformed into… More

Flutter & Fly
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Flutter & Fly

Sun 24 Oct 2021

From award winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva comes a magical musical adventure chock-full of spectacular story telling. More

Move More Derby Proud Ambassadors - Two day Takeover

This spectacular FREE half term event aims to help you feel more connected, inspired and supported to move more within your local… More

Halloween Quiz Night-mare
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Halloween Quiz Night-mare

Sat 30 - Sun 31 Oct

Join the Lost Boys for a Halloween Quiz Night-Mare to remember, or rather to forget. More

Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story
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Written and performed by multi-instrumentalist and vocal trio, Moirai, Framed tells the story of a Derby woman and here family, accused… More

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Andy Kirkpatrick

Sat 13 Nov

Hull’s second-best climber, comedian ANDY KIRKPATRICK is back in Derby. More

Mike McClean
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Mike McClean

Fri 19 Nov

Join Mike and a special guest for an evening of top class comedy, proper entertainment, and evenMike’s alternative mind-reading act! More

Squeaky McClean Keeps It Clean!
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Join panto star, actor, comedian and magician – Mike McClean – for an hour or so of comedy that’s suitable for the kids! More

RatCat Music presents: Music in the Market Place!
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Live music performances from Matt Peach, Chloe Ann, Drew Thomas and more! More

Someone Like You
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Someone Like You

Sat 27 Nov

The Adele Songbook is a stunning live concert performance, celebrating the music of one of our generations finest singer-songwriters. More

The Hungry Troll’s Christmas Dinner
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When a strange new dinner lady turns up to school the kids are going to get served up more than a plateful of trouble. More

Panto: Impossible
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Panto: Impossible

Fri 10 - Wed 22 Dec

Spy thriller meets stocking filler in this unique festive production from The Lost Boys. What could go wrong when the Derby Duo are… More

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