Beer, laughs and thrills planned over coming months at ‘Derby loves you’ venue in city’s Market Place

Stand-up comedy and an evening of thrilling travelling tales from a climber are just some of the many events in store for audiences over the coming months.
Derby Loves You
PICTURE: Visit Derby

Derby City Council has revealed its exciting programme of live entertainment and great food at the new Derby Loves You venue – the temporary home for Derby Market Place

Stand-up comedy and an evening of thrilling travelling tales from a climber are just some of the many events in store for audiences over the coming months.

Comedian Mike McClean and traveller Andy Kirkpatrick are on the bill for October and November, adding to the eclectic range of entertainment on offer throughout the summer and into the autumn – which includes Jazz, Classical and Folk music, theatre, markets, festivals, comedy, and quizzes. 

Derby Beer Festival also takes place this week, running between Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 August. Drinks will be provided by a number of local breweries including Blue Monkey Brewery, Shiny, Dancing Duck, Littleover, Derby Brewing Company and Darley Abbey Cider.

The full list can be found at

Entry ranges from £3 to £5 depending on the session, and you can upgrade to a chalet from £20 for up to six people. See for full session and pricing information.

PICTURED: Andy Kirkpatrick is doing a talk about his climbing experiences

Derby Concert Band will be bringing the Last Night of the Proms to the Market Place on Saturday, October 17 at 5.00pmas they present a great selection of music from melodies to tug at the heartstrings to toe-tapping pop classics. Tickets will cost £13.

On both Saturday 30, and Sunday 31 October at 8pm, Join the The Lost Boys for a Halloween Quiz Night-Mare to remember, or rather to forget, at the Derby Loves You temporary venue.

Enter as a team of up to 6 for 3 rounds of 30mins of brain teasers, with a mix of live performance and digital content and breaks for trips to the bar! There’s also a bonus prize for the best dressed team.

Participants must be 18 or over. Tickets cost £12 per person, with discounted rates for groups of 4+.

Following a summer of uncertainty around travelling abroad, climber and comic Andy Kirkpatrick brings his Mind Your Head: Holidays From Hell show to the Derby Loves You venue on Saturday, November 13 at 8pm. 

His one-man show features film and stills footage of his latest expedition, and his humorous take on what can and does happen will leave you laughing – and realising there are worse things in life than being on the amber plus list. Tickets are £18 and £15 for concessions.

One of Derby’s favourite comedians, Mike McClean, brings shows for young and more grown-up audiences to the Derby Loves You venue on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November. 

Join Mike and a special guest for an evening of top-class comedy, proper entertainment, and even Mike’s alternative mind-reading act, on Friday 19 November at 8pm. Tickets are £13.50.

Tickets for all shows and events can be booked online via or by calling our Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800. More shows & events are being added weekly.

The Derby Loves You venue is a sophisticated temporary space designed with your safety and comfort in mind. It is well ventilated with a minimum of six air changes an hour, and will be heated as the nights start to draw in. Derby Market Place is a registered We’re Good to Go venue, meaning it meets Visit Britain’s industry standard for following Government and Public Health guidance.

Full advice and information is available at Above all, we ask you to respect our staff and each other so everyone can have a good time.

Tables for Alfresco Dining are still available outdoors and in chalets at Derby Market Place from 12noon to 3pm every day and from 6pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings when there are no performances taking place. Order food to be delivered to your table, or bring your own takeaway. Tables are free to book and you can reserve one up to 24 hours before, or just turn up on the day and we’ll accommodate you if space is available.

From Wednesday 11 August, if you’re dining at Derby Market Place from Monday to Wednesday, drinks will be available to order at the bar. For all other times, the Derby Brewing Company app will still be in use. For show nights, interval drinks can be pre-ordered by app and pre-show drinks will be available from the bar in person.

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