ThurSday, july 16
Comedy. Chris Ramsey brings his All Growed Up show to The Fishpond, Matlock Bath, at 8pm. Support from Steve Bujega. Admission £10.
Music. Acoustic guitarist/pianist John Alex will play the hits of The Beatles, Dean Martin, Billy Joel, The Kinks and others at The Anglers Rest, Bamford, at 9pm. Exhibition. Down the Track, on the development of local railways and industry, Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery, open 10am to 4pm until Saturday July 18, free entry. Festival. Rock & Bike, Carnfield Hall, South Normanton; two stages and 25 top acts, entertainment, rides and family fun. Free camping, free parking for bikes and trikes. Finishes Saturday July 18, tickets http://bit.ly/1NPobJ9. Music. Jake Quickenden plus Concept and Chris Bourne, O2 Academy Sheffield, tickets http://bit.ly/1fkQa87. Talk. Julian Burgess presents the archaeology of Lumsdale as part of the national Festival of Archaeology, 7pm, Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Mills, £7.50 including refreshments, 01629 825995. History. Great War Home Front event with re-enactors, exhibitors, lectures and educational sessions, as well as running tram-cars from the period, Crich tram village, 10am to 5.30pm, finishes Sunday July 19, Tickets £8-£14. Music. Badly Drawn Boy playing The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, tickets http://bit.ly/1CllYDS. Children’s theatre. Horrible Histories Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders, Sheffield Lyceum, 7pm nightly to July 18, Saturday matinees 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets £12-15.
Theatre. West Side Story, presented by the Easy Street Theatre Company for ages 11-21, Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield, 7.15pm nightly to July 25. Tickets £10/12.
friday, july 17
Music. Vendettas, a 60-inspired BritMod trio, play at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath.
Music. BB King night at the Hope and Anchor. Wirksworth. A tribute to the King of the Blues. Doors open at 8pm, free entry.
Music. Acoustic Lounge, talented local musicians, The Loft, Matlock, 7pm to late, free.
Music. The Strawbs, The Flowerpot, Derby, 8pm, over 18s, tickets http://bit.ly/1RiIPXD.
History. Behind the scenes tour of Eyam Hall, 3pm-4pm, 01433 639565.
Music. Lorna album launch, support from the Amber Herd, Jake Burns, 7pm, 0ver 14s, The Bodega, Nottingham, tickets http://bit.ly/1NPutIF..
saturday, july 18
Music. The Pitz play at Crich Fete in the afternoon, followed by a gig at Nelson’s Arms, Middleton by Wirksworth in the afternoon.
Music. The Legendary Stumble Brothers play at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath.
Music. Shades of Blue play at Matlock Conservative Club.
Dance. Nick Stone provides the music for dancing at the Edgefold Club, Matlock.
Open Gardens. Various properties in Derbyshire, details at www.ngs.org.uk.
Music. DJs Derek Kaye, Disco Dom, Sunny Side Up, The Loft, Matlock, 9pm to late, free.
Festival. Music on the Meadows, live music from Vinyl acoustic (2.45pm), Lucy Milford (3.30pm), Lizzie Parkin (4.15pm), Niall Fitz (5pm), Matt Henshaw (5.45pm), Olly & Gareth (6.30pm), Benjy CJ (7.15pm) and The Wam Bam Band (8.45pm) and 20 real ales. 2pm-11.30pm, Matlock Rugby Club, www.music-on-the-meadows.co.uk.
Festival. 20 hidden and secret gardens to discover around Winster, plant and craft sales, free children’s Gnome Hunt, live jazz, Wyns Tor Singers, cream teas, day tickets £4 from outside the National Trust Market House or the free car park (SatNav: DE4 2DR) . Free park & ride minibus. Children free, must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds in aid of Winster village organisations. www.secretgardensofwinster.org.uk, ends Sunday.
Exhibition. Belper Well Dressings, displayed in Belper River Gardens, free, daytime only.
Heritage. Ecton Copper Mine Tours fully guided tour above and underground with the National Trust, 10.30am to 3pm, £12/8, booking essential, 01335 350503.
Exhibition. First Wold War Home Front, Kedleston Hall, 12noon to 5pm, standard admission, 01332 843400.
Dance. Rattlejag Morris will be joining hosts Chapel-en-le-Frith Morrismen and their guests at Buxton Day of Dance. Over 150 dancers and musicians from up to 16 diverse dancing sides from across the country will be performing around the town, with a grand late afternoon finale at the Pavilion. 10.30am to 4.30pm, free.
Arts and crafts. The Great Dome Art Fair, Peak District Artisans host an auction, talks and postcard raffle, 10am to 4.30pm, free, the Great Dome, Royal Devonshire Campus, Buxton.
Music theatre. That’ll Be The Day, the nation’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll variety show, makes its long-awaited return to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £24.50/£27.50.
sunday, july 19
Music. Open mic night with John Gill at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath.
Exhibition. Craft Evolution basket making, discover the history of the oldest craft with a hands-on exhibition showing the techniques of fish trap and hive making, and wicker work. All day demonstrations and have a go activities. Revolution House, Chesterfield, 11am to 4pm, free.
Festival. Family Funfest at Lea Green, kick-start your summer with outdoor activities like climbing and buggy racing, Lea Green Learning and Development Centre, Matlock, 10am to 4pm, £5 in advance on 01629 534561 or £6.50 door.
Fair. Antiques, gifts and crafts sale, 10am to 4.30pm, Ashford in the Water village hall. Book fair. Professional book dealers displaying books, both second hand and antiquarian. Saracen’s Head, Southwell, 10am to 4pm, £1.
monday, july 20
Theatre. Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed at the Forest of Arden Underground Festival, Poole’s Cavern and Country Park, Buxton. Get up close and personal as the actors lead you on a journey through the rocks, of laughter, love and comical cock-up. Dance along to a live acoustic band. Performances at 6.30pm, 8pm, 9.30pm, lasts one hour, nightly to July 25. £12/£10 via Buxton Opera House.
Theatre. Directions Theatre Arts Showcase at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. nightly to July 24 at 7pm. Tickets £11..
tuesday, july 21
Heritage walk. A three-mile circular walk around Belper, led by an experienced guide who is an expert in the area’s cotton-spinning past. 10am start, £5, pre-booking essential, www.derbysheritagewalks.com. Dance. Ballroom at Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 7.30pm, £4.85 payable on the door.
wednesday, july 21
Dance. Fred will provide the music for the Wednesday night dancing at the Edgefold Club in Matlock.