Arts Derbyshire


Summer holidays at the Barn

This summer the Barn will be closed on these Saturdays for wedding functions. We are sorry for any inconveniences caused

August: 5, 12, 19, 26

September: 2, 16, 23

A Necklace of Stars


July – September

10 – 4pm

Throughout the summer we will be hosting the exhibition A Necklace of Stars

This exhibition celebrates childhood and the night sky in words, song and stitches. The project is a testimony to the power of human connection and creativity in the face of lockdowns and isolation. All of the embroidered stars have now been brought together to create a beautiful quilt which is being exhibited around Derbyshire’s cultural venues, alongside a catalogue of poems and a lullaby soundtrack. A Necklace of Stars quickly became a remote embroidery and creative writing project where participants received weekly one to one phone calls from the artists, emails where required and parcels of all the materials they needed for the project sent through the post. Artist Lois Blackburn, poet Philip Davenport and songwriter Matt Hill worked with nearly 100 participants, talking for months over the phone

The exhibition is subject to temporary closures and will not be available on Saturdays to view

Children’s Summer Crafts


Every Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24


10 – 3pm



Join our craft team this summer holiday

Every Thursday (except 31st), we will be holding a themed craft day. Each week will have a new theme with new crafts and activities. Perfect for visiting each week

Week One: Seaside 

Week Two: Birds

Week 3: Pirates

Week 4: Holiday Fun

Cooking at the Barn Workshop – Frittata


Monday August 14


6 – 8pm

 £18 (Friends)

£22 (Standard) 


Join Alison, one of our chefs at the Barn, to learn how we make our summer favourite frittata

Optional toppings and flavours will be available to make your perfect frittata

All indigents and recipe provided

The Lower Town – Walking Tour


Wednesday August 16


10 – 12pm


Join John Harvey on this walking tour of Dronfield.

This walk has a particular focus on Dronfield’s industrial past as an important coal and metal producer. The walks will be at a gentle pace with plenty of stops

Bess of Hardwick – Material Girl Tudor Style


Thursday August 31


1:30 – 3pm

 £6 (£4 Friends)

Tea and Cake £11 (£9 Friends)


Join Chris Griffiths about this talk on Bess of Hardwick

Bess, was a woman ahead of her time who rose from being a local squire’s daughter to a Countess. She was the driving force and builder of no less than four regal Tudor houses – two of which still stand. Four husbands, eight children, Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, and through her second son founded a dynasty that continues today in the person of the Duke of Devonshire. Come and hear her incredible life story and marvel at this woman’s determination to succeed in life

Live and Local – Finding Chester


Wednesday October 4



 £12 Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children)


£4 additional child


Join Edith on her quest to find Chester the cat in the big scary world. Told through visual inventiveness, puppetry, mask, dance, song and lots of laughter.

A visually inventive and original story, full of comedy, songs, mask, puppetry, shadow, dance and original music.

Edith Tiddles gets everything delivered to her door: Groceries, clothes, toilet rolls. Even her favourite monthly magazine ‘Purr-fect Paws’.  She hasn’t stepped outside of her home in 15 years. But when Chester, her cat, goes missing, Edith needs the help of her local delivery man Trevor and his mousey trainee, Taz, to get Chester back.

In a world where we have all experienced isolation, Finding Chester addresses the issue of learning to go out into the world again. The two unlikely heroes follow the tracks of the missing moggy taking us on a bumpy journey around Britain’s treasured towns, cities and countryside: from Leicester to Lands’ End, from London to the Lakes, celebrating Britain, its heritage, country and cities, and promoting travel closer to home. Will Chester and Edith be reunited?

Prepare for hilarity, poignancy, and surprises around every corner. A theatrical feast for the whole family that will leave you laughing all the way home! – The trailer

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