Cathedral Quarter Showcases Events

Cathedral Quarter Showcases Events

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, which was crowned as the top city centre location in the Great British High Street awards last December, has published a programme of events, street entertainment and performances to showcase the diverse offer available in the leisure and cultural heart of the city centre.

The ‘Events and Activities in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter’ leaflet is available at Cathedral Quarter businesses, in Art Boxes across the county as well as online at

The leaflet contains information on this year’s CQ Saturdays programme, information on upcoming Festivals in the area and details of events and activities taking place at venues throughout the Cathedral Quarter.

CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales Tours take place on the first Saturday of the month with the first tour taking place on 4 March.

The tour is guided by Richard Felix and includes a climb of the Cathedral tower and an exploration of the tunnels underneath the Market Place.

Tickets are available from the Sales and Information Centre on the Market Place and The Mecca in Derby Market Hall

From May onwards, the second Saturday of the month will see the CQ Saturdays Street Circus in partnership with Déda Producing. 

The entertainment is designed as a taster for Derby Festé in September and features a range of live acts performing at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious begins in April with free, family-friendly live entertainment in the Market Place on the third Saturday of the Month produced by the Cathedral Quarter BID and city arts organisation Furthest from the Sea.

CQ Saturdays Street Theatre, produced by Ashrow Theatre will also return to the streets of the Cathedral Quarter from May and then every fourth Saturday of the month until September.

Performances, events and exhibitions at the Cathedral Quarter’s arts venues are also highlighted in the programme – including those at QUAD, Déda, Derby Museums, Derby Cathedral and those led by Derby LIVE.

Cathedral Quarter venues will also play an important role in the city’s festival calendar starting with the FORMAT 17 international photography festival in March and April through to Derby Folk Festival in October.

Martin Langsdale is chair of the Cathedral Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area’s BID status.

He said: “The Great British High Street Award judges were particularly impressed with how the Cathedral Quarter BID organises its own events and works in partnership with other organisations to showcase and promote such a diverse range of cultural activities.

“Our aim in bringing together this information is that local people and visitors alike can have the information about everything happening in the Cathedral Quarter at their fingertips.

“We are particularly proud of the fantastic range of free street entertainment and tours under the CQ Saturdays programme with something happening every Saturday in the Spring and Summer months.

“The Cathedral Quarter is home to most of the city’s premium leisure and cultural venues who offer a rich tapestry of events, performances and exhibitions.

“And the Cathedral Quarter continues to play an important role in Derby’s growing calendar of festivals which have something for everyone throughout the year.

“We hope that this will encourage more people to the Cathedral Quarter and, whilst they are here, enjoy everything that this unique and diverse area has to offer.”

Information about all the events in the Cathedral Quarter are available at; on Twitter @DerbyCQ and Facebook CathedralQuarterDerby

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