Welcome back weekend

Matlock Welcome Back Weekend

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Friday 20 & Saturday 21 August 2021 

We have partnered up with The Northern Light Cinema, Matlock Town Council and Hecate Arts to bring you a weekend of FREE entertainment at Hall Leys Park in Matlock. 

Friday 20 August 

Outdoor Cinema - Mamma Mia! 

Gates open at 6pm with music, food and drink before the film which will start at around 8.30pm or whenever it is dark enough. 

Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets.

Free tickets tickets for the Mamma Mia! screening have all gone, but you can register for the waiting list here

Saturday 21 August 

Artisan Market & Family friendly workshops 12-5pm (no tickets required, just turn up)

Stalls include:
  • Sarah Watson Jewellery (Silver work)
  • Lisa Smith Jewellery (Stained Glass)
  • Malcom Smith Chairs – contemporary furniture made from plywood in Cromford
  • Honey Spirits and Meadery
  • Hide and Thread Dale Road – upholstery
  • Claywirks – Potter Cooperative based in Wirksworth. 11 potters with different styles over 2 stalls
  • Ruth Bentley – Wax melts and candles
  • Very Happy Belly Co – cakes and bakes
  • Sarah Merchan – Matlock based landscape artist
  • Nemmy Hatchandhook – Crochet and all things wool
  • Tina Thompson – Handmade gifts including bunting, painted slates, hats and bags
  • Donna Howe – Crich based baked goods
  • Hannah Rose Clothing – fun handmade clothing items
  • National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline – local charity
  • Fresh fruit and veg

Live Music from local bands - gates open at 5pm with food and drink stalls 

Free tickets for the live music event have all gone, but you can register for the waiting list here

17:00 RFM (Radio Free Matlock) Intro
17:10 Riley Marsh - 30 min set https://youtu.be/jMF8qYxCD7I
17:40 RFM
17:45 Marvin’s Revenge - 45 min set https://youtu.be/pvWYUzzuvI4
18:30 RFM
18:35 Uneven Planet - 60 minute set https://youtu.be/rXM7kMfo4Xw
19:35 RFM - DJ Slot - 55 minute set
20:30 The Gulls - 90 minute set https://youtu.be/ynpYMmMROnA
22:00 RFM - to close

Radio Free Matlock
will broadcast live from the bandstand from 10-12noon on the day

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The event in the award-winning town centre park is made possible by the 'Welcome Back Fund', which uses European Regional Development Fund cash provided by the Government to help high streets recover from the pandemic.

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Frequently Asked questions

What time will the event start?
The Friday night screening will start approximately 30 minutes after sunset , which will be around 8.30 to 9pm on this date. This is however dependant on when the natural light levels are sufficiently low. Gates will open at 6pm.

Saturday activities start at 12 noon with an Artisan Market and family friendly workshops finishing at 5pm. Gates open at 5pm for the live music, food and drink stalls

What happens in bad weather?
The screening will still go ahead in rainy weather conditions and are never cancelled more than 24 hours ahead of the screening time as the weather can change rapidly. The screening will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions e.g. high winds.

Can I bring a disposable BBQ?
Barbecues, fireworks and bonfires are strictly not allowed on Hall Leys Park.

Can I smoke at the event?
Smoking is not permitted within the event area. We ask visitors who wish to smoke to move outside the enclosed area, out of respect for other audience members. Please note this also applies to e-cigarettes.

What should I wear?
The event is held outdoors in Hall Leys Park so please ensure you wear appropriate clothing but also feel free to embrace the film theme and dress in fancy dress! Please bear in mind that it can get chilly later in the evenings so make sure you bring something warm to wrap up in as it is the Great British weather after all!

Will food and drink be available on site?
There will be food stalls and a bar within the event area. You are welcome to bring your own picnics, but please do not bring any glass bottles or glasses.

Do I need to bring cash?
Whilst most of the food and drink stalls in the event will take card, please bring some cash along too.

Can I bring tables and chairs?
Our event is located on the grass area of Hall Leys Park. Please bring your own low backed chairs or a picnic blanket to sit on. We ask that you don’t bring any tables.

What do I do with my rubbish after the event?
When the event ends please ensure that you put your rubbish in bags and take it with you. However there will be rubbish bags situated around the area for any litter. Please do not leave your litter this on the floor.

What else should I bring?
It is strongly advised that you bring a torch and some blankets as it can get cold in the evenings.

I have specific access requirements, will I be able to attend?
The whole area of Hall Leys Park is accessible to all, however please ensure you do bring your own seating if required. 

Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets have been fully allocated for the film and live music events. You can register for waiting list at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/welcomebackweekend
Can children attend?
On the Friday evening the screening is Mama Mia which is PG. This event will finish at around 10.30pm. On the Saturday we have family friendly workshops in the daytime which we would love children to get involved in.