Past Events

East Midlands Cycle Forum

Sat, 22/06/2019

The Waterfall, Railways Terrace, Derby
£5 to cover venue hire and lunch

  • Phil Jones on developing the Department for Transport’s new cycling infrastructure guidelines
  • Andrew Saffrey on local cycling and walking infrastructure plans
  • An Air quality workshop
  • Local campaign group updates
  • A visit to Bike Back Derby, a training and bike refurbishment project
  • A bike ride to Derby’s indoor velodrome and national standard BMX track


How to Give up Plastic with Will McCallum

Wed, 05/06/2019

Wednesday 5 June, 8pm-9pm
Landau Forte Theatre, Derby
Part of Derby Book Festival

Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age: by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time, will help you make small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park.

Will McCallum leads the global Greenpeace campaign to create the world’s largest protected area in the Antarctic Ocean. He has campaigned at sea and on land for many years for sustainable fisheries, healthy oceans and wildlife protection. 

Book tickets:

Belper Goes Green

Fri, 31/05/2019 - Sun, 02/06/2019

Belper Goes Green is Transition Belper’s Community, Eco and Arts Festival – a celebration of local living, which aims to share ways of reducing our impact on the planet, whilst connecting the local community in a relaxed, safe and uplifting way. There will be lots of stalls and activities for all the family, plus a CAMRA beer & cider festival, live music and a book festival too.


Sat, 18/05/2019 - Sun, 19/05/2019

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe
Pedalfest is a family cycling festival packed with exciting activities including adult and children's cycling demos, entertainment, live music, stunt shows, clay modelling, an animal farm and food. There will be a fleet of electric bikes and kid’s bikes to try. Whether you’re a bike novice or fanatic there will be something for everyone, along with cycling experts to provide you with the best advice, help, and guided rides. 

Self-Build: Solar Water Heating

Sat, 11/05/2019 - Sun, 12/05/2019

10am-4pm both days
£110, concessions available
Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Wirksworth

Learn about the application of solar water heating in UK domestic hot water systems while constructing a simple solar water heater.

Plant Swap Event

Sat, 04/05/2019

Organised by Sustainable Hayfield
Bring plants and seedlings to swap. There will be sunflower seeds and runner bean for children to take away and grow.

Hurdle Making 

Sat, 04/05/2019

Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Wirksworth
£50, concessions available

Learn how to weave willow or split hazel poles into a strong panel for the garden.

Course: Outdoor Bread Ovens

Sat, 27/04/2019 - Sun, 28/04/2019

10am-4pm both days
Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Wirksworth
£105, concessions available

FInd out how to build a domestic outdoor earth overn and then enjoy baking pizza in one.

Community Climate Action Networking Event - Chesterfield

Sat, 23/03/2019

Climate action work groupLoundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield

FREE. Bring something to share for lunch
Book by clicking on the link above and signing up via Facebook (or email

Another exciting opportunity for community groups and individuals in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire focused on tackling climate change and other environmental problems to meet to share their projects, successes, struggles and ideas. As winter ends and spring approaches, come and be inspired!
Confirmed Chesterfield workshops:

Creating and maintaining a healthy group culture. A space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives. Caroline Harmon, Marches Energy Agency

Creating opportunities for anyone to experience cycling. Alastair Meikle, Inclusive Pedals and Cycling Without Age

Hayfield Sustainable Transport: a minibus car club. Roland Strube, Hayfield Sustainable Transport

Local Anti-Fracking campaigns. Greg Hewitt

Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire and James Healey, EnVelop Homes

Combating poor air quality. Peter Robinson, Derby Climate Coalition

Whistlewood Common - a community-owned woodland. Katherine Parrish will talk about a community-owned woodland with an eco-newbuild roundhouse near Melbourne in South Derbyshire. The project draws on permaculture principles.

f you are part of a community group and would like to bring a short informal workshop/talk (25 minutes) about a project you are running/have run please get in touch: / 07748 508704.

Please indicate you are attending either via the Facebook events or by emailing Caroline Harmon:

Hockerton Housing Project Tours

Sat, 09/03/2019

Hockerton, Nr Southwell
£5 (discounts for local residents)
Intrigued by what an earth-sheltered home might look, or feel like, inside? Or wanting an overview of what it is to live sustainably? Hockerotn Housing Project consists of five purpose built eco homes. Join a small group tour, led by a resident to give you a personal view on what it’s like to live in this sustainable co-housing project.

The tour includes a guided walk around the site to learn about food, water and renewable energy systems, a tour of one of the homes, and a presentation on the challenges faced during the build, and subsequent development, of the project. It is ideal for people seeking a more sustainable personal lifestyle, undergraduate students, environmental and energy campaigners, and other organisations with an interest in environmental issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation.