Theatre, cinema and music

Why not catch a show or enjoy some live local music during your visit?

There are some great theatres, cinemas and live music venues in Derbyshire and the Peak District, where you can enjoy everything from local musicians to world-class productions.

One of the most famous, architecturally delightful and enchanting theatres in the Peak District is the Buxton Opera House, in the beautiful historic spa town of Buxton. One of the busiest and most exciting times to visit is during the annual Buxton International Festival of opera, music and books each July. The festival is complimented by one of the UK’s largest festival fringe with events happening all over town.

Chesterfield is also blessed with not one, but two theatres and venue spaces - the Winding Wheel and Pomegranate Theatre. Both venues run busy programmes throughout the year.

For a movie night with a difference, there are a number of historic independent cinemas in the Peak District and Derbyshire, such as the Ritz Cinema in Belper and the Northern Light Cinema in Wirksworth. Live music can be found in abundance too, from the pubs of Glossop in the far north of the area to top perfomers in the city of Derby.

Operas, musicals, plays, music, stand-up comedy, children’s shows and pantomimes. You can find all kinds of performances and shows here in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Theatres, Cinemas and Music venues


Buxton International Festival

BIF is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.


Peak Cavern: 'The Devil's Arse'

Peak Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern containing historic rope works which hosts regular cinema screening and events


Pomegranate Theatre

The Pomegranate Theatre is currently closed for renovation.


Pavilion Arts Centre

A wonderful Grade 2 Listed Building with 23 acres of beautiful Victorian landscaped gardens, in the centre of Buxton

All Theatre, Cinema & Music Events


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Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate

Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate is a magical time ...

17th November 2023 - 30th December 2023

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Aladdin Pantomime at The Winding Wheel Theatre

A Magic Carpet Ride of Adventure! The Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield

1st December 2023 - 2nd January 2024

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


ST. Agnes Fountain in Concert at St Peter's…

Christmas begins with the best Christmas band in the world : St. Agnes Fountain

5th December 2023

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Cinderella at Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House You shall go to the ball, Cinderella!

8th December 2023 - 1st January 2024

1:00 am - 12:00 am


Shine A Light at Elvaston Castle

Watch Derbyshire’s history unfold in magical night-time shows projected on to the beautiful Elvaston Castle.

8th December 2023 - 10th December 2023

5:10 pm - 8:00 pm


Magic Kingdom of The Elves at The Grand Pavilion…

Interactive Christmas Theatre for Young Families

16th December 2023 - 17th December 2023

12:00 pm


Christmas Carols with Bakewell Choral Society

Christmas Carols with Bakewell Choral Society and Froggatt Young Singers

16th December 2023

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Oklahoma! at the Civic Hall Dronfield

Oklahoma comes to Dronfield! Performed by the multi-award winning Inspirations Theatre Company!

20th December 2023 - 22nd December 2023

6:45 pm - 10:00 pm

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