Welcome Back Weekend!

Matlock is the focus for a fabulous free 'Welcome Back Weekend' on 20 and 21 August, with outdoor cinema, live music and an artisan market in your District Council's Hall Leys Park.

We're hosting the weekend - celebrating the best of Matlock - in partnership with Matlock Town Council, Northern Light Cinema and Hecate Arts. Tickets go on sale online from 2 August.

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.

Northern Light Cinema will screen Mamma Mia! (PG) to a potential audience of around 500 on Friday 20 August. Gates open at 6pm and there will be music, food and drink available before the film.

On Saturday the 21st look out for an artisan market in the park, with family friendly workshops from 12-5pm. No tickets are required for this.

Following at 5pm is a live music festival featuring local bands, together with food and drink stalls.

Free tickets will be released on 2 August for the outdoor cinema and live music events on a first-come-first-served basis at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/welcomebackweekend

The ‘Welcome Back Weekend’ is an idea brought forward by District Council ward member Councillor Paul Cruise, who is also a member of Matlock Town Council. He has been working with Council officers to pull the event together.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:

"It's our job to administer the Welcome Back Fund and we've enabled several local town and parish councils to welcome back visitors and shoppers to their communities in whatever way works best for them.

"However, the Welcome Back Weekend is one our own teams are leading on and we truly hope it signals that Matlock and indeed the whole of the Derbyshire Dales is back in business."

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The Welcome Back Fund, which can be used to boost the look and feel of high streets, builds on the Reopening High Street Safely Fund allocated to councils last year.

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