Friday October 30
Theatre. Dukeries Theatre Group present 1920s period-farce Rookery Nook at the Acorn Theatre, Worksop. Nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday. Tickets £8 via www.acorntheatre.net or 01909 501817.
Dance. Jowett School of Dance presents its annual showcase, Dream, at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 6.30pm. Tickets £11 from 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk. Also Saturday.
Lecture. Paul Mc Laughlin will give an illustrated presentation on the wonders of the ancient world at Coal Aston Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Entry £3.50 including refreshments. Phone 01246 414847 to book or pay on the door.
Music. Irish entertainers Dominic Kirwan and Mary Duff perform together at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 7.30pm. Tickets £21.50 on www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or 01246 345222.
Comedy. TV personality Patrick Kielty returns to his stand-up roots with Help! at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, with support from Chris Turner. 8pm, tickets £19.50 on www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190.
Theatre. John Webster’s Jacobean classic The Duchess of Malfi opens at the Nottingham Playhouse. Nightly at 7.30pm until November 14, plus matinees Thursdays, Saturdays. Tickets £10.50-£28.50, pay what you can on Wednesday, November 4, book at www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or on 0115 9419419.
Music. Tribute act Talon play the best of the Eagles at Mansfield Palace Theatre , 7.30pm. Tickets £19.48/£20.50 from www.mansfield.gov.uk or 01623 633133.
Saturday October 31
Family. Children will love creepy crafts and fiendish fun with loads of activities at Shipley Country Park, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring a pumpkin to carve. £4 per child. Booking essential on 01773 719961.
Family. Venture into the dark on a Halloween walk through Sherwood Forest Country Park, 7.30-9.30pm. £5, booking required on 01623 823202.
Fireworks. Buxton & District Lions and RoundTable present a professional display at Buxton cricket ground withamusement rides and barbecue. Gates 6pm, fireworks 7pm. Adults £6, conc. £3, profits to community projects.
Theatre. The Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company perform The Pirates of Penzance at Buxton Opera House for the High Sheriff of Derbyshire’s chosen charities, 7.30pm. Tickets £15-£55 from www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190.
Music. Tribute show the Blues Brothers Experience comes to the Mansfield Palace Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.40/£17.43 from www.mansfield.gov.uk or 01623 633133.
Sunday, November 1
Dining. Enjoy the quintessentially English Lazy Daisy’s Afternoon Tea with a Halloween twist in the magnificent setting of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 12noon to 4pm. £15 per person, booking essential, phone 07931 802 679 or email lazydaisysafternoontea@gmail. com.
Film. Children’s animation The Big Knights (U) screens at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 1.30pm. Tickets £3.90-£6.40 on 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.
Film. Noah Baumbach directs Mistress America (15), screening at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 4pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £3.90-£6.40 on www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or 01246 345222.
Music. Rock’n’roll variety show That’ll Be The Day pitches up at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 7.30pm. Tickets £25 on 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.
Family. Louis Pearl performs as The Amazing Bubble Man at Buxton Opera House, 2pm. Adults £14, children £12, on www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190.
Music. Eighties stars Go West and Nik Kershaw team up to play each other’s hits at Sheffield City Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets from £28.50 via 0114 2789789 or www.sheffieldboxoffice.com.
Monday November 2
Theatre. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap begins a run at Buxton Opera House, nightly at 7.30pm to Saturday, November 7, plus matinees Thursday and Saturday. Tickets £17-£32 from 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
Theatre. Wickersley Youngsters present Les Misérables at the Civic Theatre Rotherham, nightly at 7.30pm until Thursday. Tickets £11 from
www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk or 01709 823621.
Tuesday November 3
Talk. George Watson discusses the rise and fall of the local mining industry and the 1984 miners’ strike at Sutton-in-Ashfield library, 2pm-3pm. Free entry.
Music. Ensemble 10/10 of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic visit the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, to perform a contemporary programme featuring the works of Arvo Pärt, Hans Werner Henze, Benjamin Britten and Nigel Osborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £16 on www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190.
Music. John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra celebrate the genius of George Gershwin at Sheffield City Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets from £25 via www.sheffieldboxoffice.com or 0114 2789789. Also Tuesday at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.
Theatre. Hotbuckle Productions presents an adptation of Jane Austen’s Emma at Mansfield Palace Theatre, 7.30pm. Pre-performance talk at 6.15pm. Tickets £12.81/£14.35 via 01623 633133 or www.mansfield.gov.uk.
Comedy. YouTube stars Dan and Phil present The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, 7pm. Tickets £25 via 0115 9895555 or www.trch.co.uk.
Wednesday November 4
Fireworks. Hogroast and pyrotechnic display at the Peaccock, Matlock, 7pm onwards.
Family. Children’s show Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom comes to the Sheffield Crucible, 10.45am and 1.30pm. Tickets £18/£3 via www.sheffieldboxoffice.com or 0114 2496000.
Music. Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is at Sheffield City Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets from £34.50 via www.sheffieldboxoffice.com or 0114 2789789.
Thursday November 5
Walk. Two-mile stroll around Cromford looking at the early pre-industrial history of the area and the effects that the arrival of Richard Arkwright and his mill had on the village. Start 10am. Price £6 per person. To book, visit www.derbysheritagewalks.com.
Exhibition. Faces of the First World War, an exhibition which reflects the men who fought in the conflict, will be on display in the video room of Chesterfield Museum until November 30. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission.
Theatre. The Mousetrap at Buxton Opera House at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £17-£27. Contact 01289 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
Theatre. Blood Brothers, starring Marti Pellow and Maureen Nolan, at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Matinee tickets £28.50 and £29.50, evening tickets £34 and £35. Contact 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
Theatre. The Distance, a play about friendship, at the Crucible Studio Theatre at 2.15pm and 7.45pm. Matinee tickets £15, evening tickets £16. Contact 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Bonfire night. Fireworks display at Stand Road Park, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, from 5pm. £1 per person, under-five free.
Theatre. Bugsy Malone will be presented by Peak Youth at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, at 7.30pm. Tickets £26. Contact 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
Film. Suite Francaise (15) will be screened at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, at 7.30pm. Tickets £4 and £3.50 (concessions). Contact 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk