ASHLEY LEWIS, SENIOR BID PROJECT MANAGER AT PARTNERSHIPS FOR BETTER BUSINESS GIVES IMSAVVY AN INSIGHT INTO EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN DERBY’S PRESTIGIOUS CATHEDRAL QUARTER
The award-winning Cathedral Quarter is the perfect destination in which to spend your summer days and nights.
Voted the UK’s ‘Best City Location’ at the Great British High Street awards, the Cathedral Quarter really does have it all – unique independent shops; great cafés, restaurants and bars; fantastic cultural venues; historical architecture and landmarks; and a diverse range of events and festivals.
A quality shopping destination
With a reputation for first class customer service, premium brands and quality produce, the Cathedral Quarter is a fantastic retail destination which provides visitors with a unique and memorable shopping experience. You will find a charming mix of boutique stores, specialist shops, and national and independent retailers whilst the wonderful Victorian Market Hall has a fantastic mix of eclectic stalls.
A spot of pampering
The relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of the Cathedral Quarter is the perfect place to leave all the stresses of daily life behind and treat yourself to a spot of pampering. You will find a fine range of expert professional businesses across the full health and beauty spectrum, offering the visitor a comprehensive choice in the latest advice and treatments.
Our award-winning establishments include ladies and gents hair salons, beauty parlours, tattoo studios and tanning salons whilst you will also find a plethora of health experts including opticians, alternative medicine practitioners, physiotherapists and much more.
Café and food culture
The Cathedral Quarter has a fantastic array of award-winning cafes, delis and restaurants with something to suit every palate and budget. Whatever the time or day, with over sixty establishments ranging from small independents to international chains, you really will be spoilt for choice. Want something on the move? You will find a number of quality delicatessens, providing everything from sandwiches and soup to home-cooked fare and gourmet delights.
As dusk settles, the Cathedral Quarter swaps its relaxed and gentle pace for a vibrant and diverse evening economy. You will find a vast array of venues from real ale and traditional pubs to specialist bars serving the finest wines, spirits, cocktails and champagne.
Fantastic Cultural Venues
The Cathedral Quarter is the heartbeat of the city and is home to a wealth of cultural and entertainment venues. Derby Museum & Art Gallery houses a fascinating and diverse range of internationally important collections. QUAD is a modern cinema, gallery, and workshop venue, whilst the nearby Guildhall Theatre offers intimate live theatre and musical performances. Déda offers a dance-focussed arts programme of performances, classes and development activity whilst Derby Cathedral on Iron Gate hosts services, concerts and events throughout the summer months.
Spectacular events and festivals
With a unique and vibrant atmosphere, the Cathedral Quarter plays host to a diverse range of events and on street entertainment throughout the summer months. This includes the highly entertaining and family-friendly CQ Saturdays events, Knickerbocker Glorious and Street Circus as well as the acclaimed Derby Feste and Derby Folk Festival.
Derby Cathedral Quarter has proudly preserved its charm and character over the centuries. With architecture dating back to Tudor, Georgian and Victorian times, the mainly pedestrianised streets allow you to wander at your leisure and to soak up the unique atmosphere of the area. You will also find the Cathedral Quarter an excellent place to learn more about the importance of the city in major historical events, from the birth of the industrial revolution to the demise of Bonnie Prince Charlie.