Derby Entertainment Guide
Derby Pubs, clubs, theatre, sport and other entertainment

Derby Entertainment Guide

Derby Pubs, clubs, theatre, sport and other entertainment

Entertainment in Derby

Indoor activity centres

There are several indoor activity centres aimed at younger children .

Freddy's Play Kingdom, 50 Nottingham Road, Spondon Tel: 01332 662322 See Freddy's Play Kingdom website
MacDonalds, Markeaton Island, Derby


Queens Leisure Centre


Tenpin Bowling Derby at Forresters Leisure Park, Sinfin Lane. Tel: 01332 270057

Youth Clubs

Chaddesden Youth Club, Lees Brook School, Morley Road Tel 01332 280974
Firs Youth Club, Amy Street, Tel 01332 342039
Mandela Youth and Community Centre, 179-181 Pear Tree Road, Tel 01332 367848
Sinfin Youth Club, Sheridan Street, Tel: 01332 769684
Southgate Youth Club, Brighton Road, Alvaston, Tel: 01332 572412
Spondon Youth Club, Park Road, Spondon, Tel 01332 662970

Museums and Art Galleries

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Pickford House
The Silk Mill - Derby's Museum of Industry and History

All these museums hold special day events for children.

Cinema and Theatre

Showcase Cinemas
UCI Cinemas
Showcase Cinema de Lux at
The Quad

Theatre and Concerts

Robert Ludlam Theatre - THe Robert Ludlam Theatre is located Duffield Road, Darley Abbey, DE22 1JD and tickets can be brought from Ticket Line number: 0333 666 3366
At the Robert Ludlam Theatre we always try to create a warm and welcoming environment where people are free to discover a world of creativity, theatre, dance, music, film and comedy. We deliver a diverse programme of events made with local audiences in mind. We are committed to providing shows that are affordable for all, provided learning opportunities and support Derby’s amateur theatre community

For more information please call us on 01332 541662 and our website is

The Assembly Rooms has 2 auditoria - The Great Hall and The Darwin Suite and can be adapted to accommodate a wide range of seated events. Assembly Rooms are closed at the moment due to fire.

Derby Theatre - The Derby Theatre has a fixed, tiered seating capacity of 535 in the main house. A purpose-built modern theatre, the venue is light and airy with an on-site box office, toilets, coffee shop and bar

The Guildhall Theatre is a small and intimate theatre situated opposite the Assembly Rooms with raked seating for 182 patrons downstairs and a small balcony area seating a further 60.

For events at these venues please see

September sees the spectacular Derby Festé, a three day festival of the arts that transforms the city into a performance space and canvas, an explosion of culture and arts activity. Local and international artists bring a variety of performances, installations and visual arts to the city.

Derby also hosts one of the country's top jazz scenes and celebrates this with a week long festival. The status of the festival is well recognised nationally, no less by national magazine Jazzwise which has included the film from the festival in the magazine.

Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and The Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music. Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design. See Buxton Opera House

Derby Quad - new arts centre opened on September 2008 and provides an art gallery, two cinemas, artists’ studios, and a bar. The centre also has available spaces for local people to come and create arts. see

The Big Screen - The screen shows live events in the Market Place, interactive games, short films by local film makers, artistic pieces and videos from local bands, as well as the best of what the BBC has to offer.


Deda - The only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, Derby Dance houses a 134 seat studio theatre, 2 dance studios, meeting room facilities and the CUBE café bar.
By providing a ladder of creative opportunities for audiences, participants and artists we aim to foster an understanding and respect of dance and related art forms.

Other general listings websites

Derby pubs and nightclubs

Derby is reaching international audiences for its real ale scene. The Summer Beer Festival, one of the largest in the country, takes place every July attracting approximately 12,000 visitors each year who are offered 100 different cask beers, ciders and continental beers and a whole host of entertainment.

For information on Derby's bygone breweries and old pubs please see Derby's old pubs

The Standing Order, 28-32, Iron Gate, Derby Tel: 01332 207591
Large popular pub run by weatherspoons. Formerly a bank, it is situated close to the Market Place. Good Ales, including Directors Bitter, at good prices. Busy at most times of the day but especially at weekends. Food available. No children.

Flowerpot, Derby

Red Cow, St. Edmunds Close, Allestree, Derby Tel: 01332 543911

Crown Hotel, Chellaston Rd, Derby Tel: 01332 258931

Garden City Tavern, Vivian St, Derby Tel: 01332 370709

The Tiger, 41, Cornmarket, Derby Tel: 01332 362936
Smallish, no frills pub, next to the Market Hall, selling good well kept ales and excellent food. Part of the Derby Ghost Walk scene and popular with a regular crowd.

The Royal Oak, Green Lane, Ockbrook Derby Tel: 01332 662378

Station Inn, Midland Rd, Derby Tel: 01332 608014

The Byron, 80, Lower Dale Rd, Derby Tel: 01332 344651

The Friargate, 114 Friar Gate, Derby Tel: 01332 297065

Flowerpot, 25 King St, Derby Tel: 01332 204955
Noted throughout the Midlands for it's live music scene. Popular pub selling good ales, very busy at weekends. The Flowerpot was opened in 1995 and has quickly become a popular venue for rock and pop acts. Other styles represented are folk music, poetry readings and acoustic sessions.

Maypole Inn, 42, Brook St, Derby Tel: 01332 344560

The Dolphin, Queen St, Derby
One of the oldest pubs in Derby . Good food and real ales.

Exeter Arms , Exeter Place , Derby
Noted for god food and real ale. Live music at weekends.

The Round House, 1196, London Rd, Alvaston, Derby Tel: 01332 747310

Victoria Inn, Midland Place Derby Tel: 01332 740091
The Victoria Inn features live gigs six nights a week. Music includes indie, rock, punk, folk and metal.

Nags Head Hotel, 129, Nottingham Rd, Borrowash, Derby Tel: 01332 662034

Seven Stars, 97, King St, Derby Tel: 01332 340169
One of Derby's oldest pubs, small but popular with a regular crowd.

Angler's Arms 154, Nottingham Rd, Spondon, Derby Tel: 01332 673740

Bell Inn at Saddler Gate Derby
Bell Inn
Brewers Tap in Derwent Street
Brewers Tap
Dolphin pub in Queen Street Derby
The Dolphin
Exeter Arms in Exter place
Exeter Arms
Friary Hotel in Friargate Derby
Friary Hotel
Furnace Inn in Duke  Street
The Furnace
Red Cow at Allestree
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Seven Stars in King Street Derby
Seven Stars
Silkmill pub
The Silk Mill
Slug a nd Lettuce in Irongate
Slug and Lettuce
Standing Order in Irongate
Standing Order
Walkabout pub in Derby Market Place

The Florence Nightingale, London Rd, Derby Tel: 01332 296885
Situated close to the old Derbyshire Royal Infirmary ( now London Road Community Hospital ) , the pub has a busy lunch time trade.

Queens Head, Victoria Avenue, Ockbrook, Derby Tel: 01332 674151

The Silver Ghost, Field Drive, Alvaston, Derby Tel: 01332 572402

Revolution, 1, The Strand, Derby Tel: 01332 206970

Kensington Tavern, 30, Talbot St, Derby Tel: 01332 385993

The Crown Inn, 40, Curzon St, Derby Tel: 01332 381742

Night Clubs

Blue Note Club, 14a Sadler Gate, Tel: 01332 295155
The Blue Note has been open in town since 1978, so it seems that it reall is standing the test of time. Ever popular with students, and the home to many college parties. See Blue Note Club

Mosh Nightclub
110 Friar Gate, Derby Phone: 01332 292340

Please be aware that these places can come and go or change names , tel numbers and other details on a regular basis.

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