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Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

New Whittington Social Institute, winners of Bluebell Wood's It's A Knockout competition.

Family fun day aids children’s hospice

An annual fun day will entertain all the family, with proceeds going to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

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The Kagools at Buxton Opera House on September 3.

Award-winning comics back in town

Comedy duo The Kagools will make a triumphant return to town after winning awards at Buxton Fringe for two years on the trot.
They won best family show in 2015 and best comedy show in 2016. 
While they may be wordless, The Kagools are far from being quiet, with spontaneous silliness which is suitable for all the family.
Their current show, Tutti, which visits the Pavilion Arts Centre on September 3, is packed with big tricks, high flicks and a unicorn.
Under the hoods are Nicola Wilkinson and Claire Ford who are both actresses. Nicola is also a comedian and voiceover artist. She reached the finals of TV’s So You Think You Are Funny and New Act of the Year. Claire is a film-maker and character comedian.

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David Partridge and Rachael-Louisa Bray in Present Company's production Camelot.

Present Company stages Camelot

Present Company will stage legendary romantic musical Camelot about the love triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Lancelot du Lac.

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Diirty Dancing screens at Derby Rugby Cluib.

Have the time of your life

Coming-of-age film Dirty Dancing turns 30 this year and Derby Rugby Cluib will host a celebratory outdoor screening this weekend.

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Kevin Bryan’s record review

Kevin Bryan’s record review

Jim Lauderdale, “London Southern” (Proper Records)

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Bruce Cockburn,

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Roger Monkhouse heads new comedy night

Roger Monkhouse heads new comedy night

Fresh from London’s Comedy Store, Roger Monkhouse headlines a new comedy night in Derbyshire.

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What’s coming up at Derby Theatre studio

Drama, music and children’s shows offer entertainment to suit all the family in the new season at Derby Theatre studio.
A magical, musical space adventure kicks off the fun. The show 3, 2, 1 Blast Off gives young chldren the opportunity to moonwalk, meet friendly aliens and help Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy get home in time for tea. Catch the production on September 1 and 2.
Tales of Birbal (October 14) focuses on the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar, his witty advisor Birbal and travelling storytellers. Humour, puppetry and music combine in this show.
Children are also the focus of the season’s final offering, The Gingerbread Man, which is running in the Studio from December 5 to 31.
During the intervening months, there is plenty to entertain older viewers.
The drama Hymns (September 8 and 9) focuses on four men who reunite to mourn the loss of a close friend but time and events have had a corrosive effect on this once tight-knit bunch. 
High-energy physical theatre, acapella singing and humour combine in Freeman (October 6).
Rich storytelling features in Tell Me Anything (November 3) about a boy trying to be a man and his girl who has an eating disorder.

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Peatbog Faeries play at Off The Tracks festival.

Off The Tracks festival tickets up for grabs

Peatbog Faeries, Dub Pistols and Le Vent Du Nord headline this year’s Off The Tracks - and you win tickets to see them and free camping over the weekend.
We have teamed up with the festival promoter to give away a pair of weekend tickets, worth £160, which will entitle the winner to watch the bands at Donington Park Farmhouse and stay on the campsite for free.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Misty In Roots and The Jar Family are among a stellar line-up of acts performing over the weekend of September 1 to 3.
Children’s activities include a costumed parade, workshops in circus, music, arts and crafts and enjoy hula hoops.
To win two weekend camping tickets, complete the name of this Off The Tracks headliner: Dub .......
Email the answer with your name, address and daytime phone number to:
Entries close on August 29, 2017

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Sherlocks Live For The Moment as debut album is set to be a smash hit - out August 18

Live for the Moment is the long-awaited debut album from latest Radio 1 sensations The Sherlocks and the moment is finally here - it's released tomorrow, Friday, August 18.
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Castleton visitor centre opens after £330,000 revamp

Castleton visitor centre opens after £330,000 revamp

Castleton’s new-look visitor centre has officially reopened following a £330,000 refurbishment by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Film Review: A Ghost Story

Film Review: A Ghost Story

Rooney Mara gives a mesmeric performance in this strange and beautiful film about a ghost trapped, eternally, in his marital home long after his wife has left, writes Natalie Stendall.

Chris Farlowe is part of the Sensational 60's Experience tour

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, TV star Terri Dwyer and 60’s legends among big names heading to Derbyshire

Former Specials man Neville Staple and even Mr Toad are also on the way.

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Northern Green Gathering.

Family fun is generated at Northern Green Gathering

Four days of music, workshops and festivities will be powered by solar, wind and bicycle generators.

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Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger on tour in Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger takes on the role of a housewife who changes her life for the better in the heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine.

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The Neville Staple Band

Neville Staple returns to Derbyshire

Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is bringing his band back to Derbyshire.

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Route 66 play at the Ark Tavern. Brimington Photo courtesy of Kakpo.

Gig guide

Friday, August 18


VIDEO: Speedy SIV sales is just the ticket to boost regional economy, says new entertainment and events boss

A speedy new tickets sales system to help people buy easier and faster at SIV's venues - including Sheffield Arena - was outlined today as part of major plans to increase business and boost the region's economy.

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Craft workshops at Pirate Weekend in Cromford Mills.

Pirate fun at Cromford Mills

Ahoy me hearties! Are your kids pirate-mad?
Budding buccaneers have everything they could wish for in a pirate-themed weekend for all the family.

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