Summer Entertainment in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious, Derby’s premier outdoor variety showcase, returns to the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday July 18 with a great line up of free entertainment.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious takes place between 10am and 2pm at The Waterfall Stage in the Market Place and, for the first time, on a second stage under the Guildhall Arches.  The fun will then continue for the rest of the day with the arrival of the Derby Caribbean Carnival in the Market Place.

The day will be compered by Dan Webber who will be joined on stage by a host of local and regional performers including some of the finest singer songwriters that the region has to offer.

This month’s performers include Brazilian Dance Artists Capoeira Derby, Loughborough singer songwriter Matt Humphries, local musician Sam Tidmarsh, teenage singing sensation George Fowler and lead singer of The Hivemind, Chris Fhay.

Meanwhile, CQ Saturdays Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter will be held alongside the Waterfall stage from 10am to 2.30pm.

CQ Saturdays Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter brings together the best of local and handmade products including artwork, food, carpentry, textile and jewellery created by artisans from across the Midlands.

Stallholders include Alibee Wares’ nature-inspired cyanotype prints, stationary and textiles; handmade fused glass jewellery and decorative home items from Miss D; furniture by Leicestershire-based Ebee Creative Designs; as well as regulars Vintage Skull and Boo Books.


Both events will continue throughout the spring and summer on the third Saturday of the month and are produced by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Derby arts promoters Furthest from the Sea.

Dan Webber from Furthest From the Sea explained: “CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious is fast becoming Derby’s premier outdoor entertainment event – showcasing the very best of local and regional performance talent.

“We have a young and diverse line up of performers on July 18 which will create a real festival atmosphere in the Cathedral Quarter and encourage visitors to sit back, soak up the sunshine and enjoy some great talented performers.”

Ellie Depp from the organisation continued: “The ‘Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter continues to attract artisans from across the Midlands who recognise that the Cathedral Quarter is the perfect venue with customers who appreciate quirky and individual items.”

Paul Hurst, vice chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, concluded: “The CQ Saturdays programme is going from strength to strength and really bringing a vibrancy to the Cathedral Quarter.

“We continue to be delighted by the quality and diversity of the line-up of performers on the stage and the artisan producers who are now regular stallholders at the CQ Saturdays Handcrafted in the Cathedral Quarter event.

“CQ Saturdays is a great way of creating a lively, family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter and visitors then take the opportunity to explore more of what the area has to offer including our independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

“It will be extra special this month as the entertainment will then continue with the Derby Caribbean Carnival parade arriving in the Cathedral Quarter at around 3pm followed by an afternoon of spectacular and colourful entertainment.”

For more information about the monthly ‘CQ Saturdays ’ programme in the Cathedral Quarter, visit, follow us on twitter @DerbyCQ and ‘like’ the official facebook page CathedralQuarterDerby

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