What's On In Derby?
Derby bills itself as a 'vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a fantastic heritage
and a cutting edge culture' - a statement that's difficult to argue with.
Along with boasting a wonderfully charming town centre in its own right, Derby
also happens to be known as an important historical crossroads. The most central
city in the UK has had more than its fair share of ups and downs since its founding in
983AD, with stunning local sights including Bolsover Castle and Chatsworth House offering
a first-hand glimpse at times gone by. It was at the very epicentre of the Industrial
Revolution, and was home to the first water powered silk mill in Britain. Today, its
industrial past, including a significant role in the development of the railway system,
has been largely replaced by digital and service sector businesses, making Derby a very
The City is also home to dozens of museums offering permanent displays of important
works of art and contemporary installations, along with the nationally acclaimed QUAD
Derby also serves as the gateway to the Peak District National Park, which is home to
some of the wildest moorlands and most inspiring valleys England has to offer. Visit the
local mills, railways and canals for a real taste of a simpler time - many of which are
still being used today! Sports lovers with a slightly less adventurous spirit can always
catch a match at Derby County's home ground at Pride Park Stadium. The city even had a
brief flirtation with baseball in the late 19th century, although it didn't take off!
Even the shopping in Derby has managed to hold onto its old-fashioned vibe, with quaint
family-run stores and markets taking pride of place over national chains. Several shopping
malls in the surrounding areas do however offer access to the latter, when and where desired.
For foodies - think locally sourced produced, traditional recipes and one-of-a-kind local
ales and you're getting the idea - Derby is one of the up and coming foodie destinations and
offers a great selection of everything from traditional pub grub to a la carte fare.