Entertainment in Derby and Buxton

"Derby LIVE hosts some of the best entertainment in the area, and there are usually discounts for students"

Derby has lots of cultural experiences on offer, so whether you're into art, theatre, dance or music, there is plenty to see and do

Culture and arts

The QUAD arts centre showcases visual arts, film and media, and is a big supporter of our graduates.

Derby Live runs a number of theatre venues, which offer a wide variety of entertainment including comedy, drama, music, pantomime and opera.

Déda Dance is a dedicated dance centre, offering performances and classes in a range of techniques and styles. If you are a student on our BA Dance degree you can take advantage of complimentary tickets for our in-house dance professional performance programme (usually around six shows per year), which will save you around £48 annually.

Derby Theatre, owned by the University, is a vibrant venue with an exciting programme of artistic performances. It is also a ‘learning theatre’, unique in the country, in which our Theatre Arts students can put theory into practice. As a student here you can take in a show for only £5*. This offer is available to all University students.

Derby also boasts magnificent outside spaces and parks – the biggest one is Markeaton Park, which is right next to our Campus.

*restrictions may apply


If your course is based at our Buxton or Chesterfield Campus, visit the pages below for more information about what is on offer in your student town:

Buxton Campus 

Chesterfield Campus

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