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June! What’s on this month in Notts and Derbyshire

Summer has finally arrived! Whatever the weather decides to do, we’ve got you covered with comedy, theatre, music, art and fun for little kids and big kids alike. Let’s do this, June!

Image: Chatsworth House Facebook

Muddy pick of the month 
Scoff, quaff and a bit of posh: Chatsworth Summertime Ball, 25 June

Settle in for a night of sumptuous luxury in the grounds of the iconic Chatsworth House. With canapes and champers, a fabulous four-course meal in the 18th century Carriage House and entertainment included, this really is a treat for a special date night.


If classical is your thing, London Concert Orchestra is bringing its spectacular show of lights, lasers and music themed around space to Nottingham Theatre Royal. With favourites from John Williams to The Planets, this show is perfect for the whole family – book now for 19 June

If you’ve got a night out with your gal gang on the cards, nip to the glorious Melbourne Hall on 17 June for Just the Tonic’s Comedy Shindig with Angela Barnes. A drink and a giggle inside a walled rose garden? Sounds great to us.

Image: Derren Brown Facebook

Master of illusion Derren Brown is back with his first show in six years. In typical Brown fashion, SHOWMAN is a deeply guarded secret but head to Nottingham Theatre Royal from 14-18 June and be prepared to be wowed. 

The great outdoors
Ooft, escape the desk and get outside this month! You deserve it.

On both 7 and 21 June, book on to a guided walk around the stunning Chatsworth lakes. You’ll learn all about the history of the gardens while climbing up through Stand Wood to the Hunting Tower then looping around the lakes. Gorgeous!

Art fans! We’re excited about this one. 

Nottingham’s New Art Exchange is launching its incredible NAE OPEN 22 exhibition on 10 June. Featuring 40 artists from Nottinghamshire and the Global Majority living anywhere in the UK, these innovative artworks have been chosen by a judging panel around the theme of ‘societal concerns’. 

Kids & Family
If you’ve got little ones who are obsessed with history, Bolsover Castle has got you covered this month. Swords will clash as knights fight in the ultimate test of strength at the Knights’ Tournament on 18 and 19 June. Your family will meet people from the Middle Ages with see hand crafts, weapon repairs and life in a camp. 

One for the dinosaur lovers now. Matlock Farm Park is hosting a wild Jurassic Fun Day on 26 June – expect Rita the T-Rex and several baby dinosaurs to be wandering around the park… eek. 

Image: Broadway Cinema

Want to give your teens something a bit more focused this month? Broadway Cinema has the first edition of its brilliant LABS series: ‘Getting Into Film’ on 27 June. Ideal for 16+, film industry professionals will answer the question ‘How do you get your foot in the door of the film world?’ along with practical insights and training opportunities.

Oops you missed it!

Move fast for this one! Nottingham’s inaugural Meadowlands festival kicks off at 2pm on 3 June. With acts including The Kooks and The Mysterines, and headlined by fan-favourite, Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, this one is bound to be a firm favourite in the city’s festival calendar. 

Comedy genius Dara Ó Briain is back in Nottingham on 4 June with his brand new show: ‘So, Where Were We?’ – laughs are pretty much guaranteed with this one. 

Strictly champion Oti Mabuse takes to the boards of Buxton Opera House on 9 June with her rescheduled show: I Am Here. Bringing in flavours of her South African heritage right up to her Strictly journey, I Am Here is packed with electrifying choreography. Oti is also joined by some of the West End’s finest singers, dancers and musicians.

For a slice of pure ‘me time’ this month, book on to a glorious South Bath experience in Sherwood Forest. On 9 June, instructor Becky Lovatt will help you relax and drift away surrounded by nature – perfect for beginners right up to more experienced sound bathers.

To reconnect with nature, get your stretch on with ‘Vinyasa Yoga in the Forest’ at Sherwood Pines on 10 June.

Alt-country singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is back in the UK ahead of the release of her new album ‘Found Light’. She always puts on a stunning performance, and you can catch her at Bodega Nottingham on 10 June

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