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Upcoming Entertainmemnt for families:

The Hungry Troll’s Christmas Dinner

Fri 3 - Thu 30 Dec

When a strange new dinner lady turns up to school the kids are going to get served up more than a plateful of trouble.

Little Billy is overjoyed with the idea of mouth-watering meals until he discovers what's really on the menu for their school Christmas dinner.

This heartwarming story is told with the usual Babbling Vagabond magic. Puppets, storytelling, shadows and song, all thrown into the mixing bowl to make the perfect cosy Christmas.

Sleeping Beauty

Fri 10 Dec - Sat 8 Jan

Deep in Derbion Castle, Nurse Nancy is making plans for the christening of the baby Princess Rose. When the wickedly glamorous Carabosse, played by EastEnder's icon Rita Simons and a thorn in the royal family's side, discovers she’s not invited she sets out to put a spindle in the works!

It’s down to the dashing Prince Vince to hack his way through the thorny thicket, wake his true love and help her save the kingdom.

With daring duels, doting dragons, lavish sets and costumes, and bucket loads of laughs, the team behind smash hits - Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan are back to lift the spell over Derby with this magical new pantomime.

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park

Festive celebrations Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec, 11am - 3pm

Christmas in the park for all of the family with a free elf trail, festive food, music and much more!

Let’s celebrate in style this year with Family Festivities, an event for all the family with live music, walkabout acts, festive food and back by popular demand the Pet Grotto, which can be booked in advance.

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park will provide the whole family with the opportunity to buy cards, gifts, decorations and much more in the wonderfully unique Markeaton Park Craft Units, alongside the indoor craft indoor market in the community centre.

You can enjoy festive food from The Orangery, play a game of festive mini-golf in the Mundy Play Centre (charges apply), see our festive walkabout characters, join in Derby Santa Run (book in advance) or come and post your downloadable letter to Father Christmas at the Markeaton North Pole post box.

The free Elf Trail competition will also be returning, which will take you exploring around Markeaton Park!

You can look forward to two days of free family fun all in the festively decorated Markeaton Park, on  4 & 5 December 11am to 3pm.

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Derby City Council, Leisure, Culture & Tourism department, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS