As I live on the outskirts of Derby I thought I would write a little review about it.
Derby is quite a small city when you compare to places like London, Birmingham or Manchester but if you have ever visited Derby you will know good things come in small packages.
Derby has a number of pubs, clubs and shops and has recently opened a new shopping centre, The Westfield Centre.
The Westfield Centre has a whole host of different shops ranging from womens clothing shops like New Look to a Sony shop that sells all electrical goods.
The Westfield Centre also has a multiscreen cinema which only opened on March 16th 2008.
There are lots of parking facilities in and around the area and The Westfield Centre even has its own parking facilities; however, this can be expensive in The Westfield Centre so you would be better parking in the surrounding car parks- especially if you are planning to stay in Derby for the day.
However Westfield Centre car park is cheap in the evening and only costs £1.50 after 6pm, which is good if you want to go to the cinema.
The westfield Centre has been a huge help to the City, bringing in more trade and helping to lower unemployment levels by employing lots of people in the shopping centre.
Derby offers good levels of further and higher education, it has a college and there is also the University Of Derby, which is a partner university with Buxton University.
The University of Derby is also partnered with South East Derbyshire College.
If you want a good night out Derby is the place to be. There are a number of pubs in the City which are fairly cheap such as: The Standing Order. The City also features good bars and clubs such as the Zanzi Bar- where occasionally celebrities make guest appearances and Coyote Wild, where they have a bucking bronco- definately fun after you've had few drinks.
If you are not into drinking much thats ok because there still things to do such as going to the Assembly Rooms. The Assembly Rooms is a venue where many entertainers go from groups & artists such as Cascada or comedians like Roy Chubby Brown again this can be fairly cheap depending on what the entertainment is.
If you fancy a quiet night you could just go to the Westfield Centre, which has a multiscreen cinema. Ticket prices vary from around £6 plus and they do offer students a discount.
Derby is very multicultural and if you are walking through Derby you can see that there are varied raced people living through out.
Derby often holds German, French and European markets. This is good because it gives you the opportunity to try new things.
The Westfield Centre has a huge food court inside that consists of a Pizza express, Burger King, KFC a chinese and some others.
There are also several other places to dine outside the Westfield Such as May Sum, which is a chinese restaurant in the centre of the city. The cheapest time to go here is in the day it only costs £6.90 and if you are a student you get 15% off, it serves buffet style chinese food in a lovely authentic setting.
There are several pubs and cafes to dine in through out the City too, so there is something for everyone.
Well as I am from derby myself I thought I would try and write a review about my city. Derby is a fairly small city it depends where you have come from and what you think is small?. There are many areas within derby, Some are known too be scruffy, but there are many gorgeous parts of derby which have alot of countryside.
I live in Alvaston and my house is literally a 4 minute walk too Elvaston Castle which I absoutly love as I walk here almost every day with my 18month old. The area I live in is a fairly nice area. It has a small shopping bit with a few shops like Tesco express, Co-op, lots of takeaways, Boots, post office, bike shop and a hallmark/thorntons.
The bus is every 15minutes which takes you all round alvaston and too town. Alvaston is a 20-30minute walk to pridepark/wyvern depending on where you live in alvaston which has shops like Currys, Macdonalds, Toys r us, Halfords, Mothercare & more. There is no bus from Alvaston going to pride park which is a bit of a pain as you would have to get a bus too town then to pride park.
Derby City Centre is alot better then it used too be. There are many free art gallerys and museums which is a great place too take the children on a rainy day. There has just been a new Westfield that has been built with lots of new trendy shops. Where the old shops used too be I am hoping they build some decent resturants which are for budget families.
They have some posh ones which you pay around £30 for 1 meal! Apart from the fast food places there are no decent resturants for families too eat.
The night life is great in derby. Once you have lived here a while you begin to know which bars too avoid and which too go too depending on what you like. Zanzibar is known for loads of idiots in there which i would avoid from all angles! Friar gate has loads of nice bars and clubs which you will find more mature and older people who dont want too end up in a fight will generally go too. Walk About which is an australian bar is quite a popular one as they regulary have live bands and a fab dancefloor, but then they have space too just stand without getting knocked over!
All in all i think Derby is a great place too be but like everywhere there are going to be some rough areas you just have too avoid them!
One of the main reasons that I visit Derby for is to enjoy it's night life. Therefore, I'll write my review on the night life in Derby.
I always tend to have a good night out in Derby. There are a wide variation of bars, though it would be great if the city had some more nightclubs.
Santanda is a bar based in the market place, next to the Derby Assembly Rooms. This is a lovely bar to start the night in. At the weekends it has a live DJ, playing a good mix of modern music. The bar has a great design, with rocks and waterfall features.
Walkabout is an Australian bar, again in the market place. This plays a great selection of music, and sometimes has a live band playing. Keep an eye out for some good drink offers.
Revolution is a bar that mainly sells delicious cocktails. It is based on The Strand. I would suggest trying a Mudslide cocktail. This is a bit like a chocolate milkshake, containing alcohol.
Coyote Wild is a great bar to visit. It is opposite Revolution, and again plays a great selection of music. I would suggest that you get there nice and early though because it gets very busy later in the night and you may have to queue for a while.
The place where me and my friends usually finish up is Zanzibar. It is based at London Road, and contains three rooms that play party, RnB and dance/trance music. Keep an eye out on the streets of Derby before going here though, because you will almost always get flyers entitling you to big discounts on entry and drinks. Last night, we were allowed free entry and a free drink each.
If you live in the Derbyshire area, I would certainly suggest trying a night in Derby.
I lived in Derby in the inner city for 5 years.
The city while on a much smaller scale than Manchester and London does have the familiar very poor and rough areas as well as some very nice areas.
This review of places I have visited within the time I lived there.
Activities for young children.
there are a few activities for pregnant women
Aqua natal run at the queen's leisure centre by midwives but very limited places
NCT prenatal classes
As it is a city there are quite a variety of activities for the pre school children
Jo Jingles- music and movement group
Mucky pups- an art group
Water babies-a swimming group
Baby signing for young babies.
There are also sure start centres that have free activities such as baby massage, mother and toddler groups and drop in sessions with health visitors
The shopping area
The city itself has recently been redeveloped and the eagle centre has now been renamed the Westfield centre. It has involved knocking down quite a few buildings including the registry office.
Within the Westfield are the old area previous shops such as a large boots store, the eagle centre market, and pound shops.
The new area is higher price range such as the swarovski crystal, next, Debenhams and many coffee shops. It is rumoured that Primark and McDonalds wanted outlets in this new development but were refused as they wanted higher class shops.
The development also has a ten screen cinema and a food court which has a wide range of food from Chinese, to KFC and hot pies.
Some stores have moved out such as Argos, Wilkinsons and there stores are actually larger than before.
Parking in the city can be busy especially on a Saturday. If you part in the Westfield parking you can have your car valet while you shop.
Places to go
Markeaton Park often has activities on but still without here is plenty to do. The are two play areas one for younger and one for older children
They have a boating pool where young children can paddle a boat on a nice day.
Mini go karts
And I have seen donkey rides.
There is a mini train that goes round the park.
There are a couple of places to eat here one by the boating pool and one in the formal gardens.
Darley Abbey Park
This is much bigger in comparison to Markeaton Park and is much better if just going for a walk as it is runs along side a river
There are two pools in derby
Queens's leisure centre
And moorways leisure centre
The Queens is a smaller pool and right in the city centre
The Moorways is in Allenton it has a large pool and toddler pool.
The parking at motorways is free.
The Moorways do under fives swimming Monday to Friday from 12.15 to 1.15; this is in the small pool with lots of toys to entertain little ones.
Other leisure activities
The main private Gyms in Derby are
These are as well as the council gyms that are located throughout Derby
I guess I couldn't write a review on Derby without mentioning the pride park stadium the home of Derby county football club
There are three cinemas, the one in the Westfield as already mentioned
And the showcase cinema
There is also ten pin bowling
And roller world.
Within the derby area there is a choice of all the supermarkets. Asda, Tesco's, Morrison's and Sainsbury's are all within the city area.
Sunday car boot
There is a weekly car boot that runs at the cattle market and as it is on concrete runs throughout the winter. I don't enjoy this car boot as there are lots of people not prepared to pay reasonable prices and badgering sellers rather than a bit of haggling. I only went once and one example would be good quality winter coat was for sale for a £1 but a customer spent 5 minutes trying to get the coat for 50p.
There are two main hospitals in the city the Derby royal infirmary which is due to be closed down in the future and the derby city hospital which is in the process of been redeveloped to become a super hospital.
I have now moved out of Derby. I enjoyed my time there but am happier living in a smaller community
Being Derby born and bred and now living in the States where everything is bigger you start to realise what a "City" is and what a real "City" is, Derby is technically a City but pales in comparison to a Birmingham or a Manchester, with a population of around 230,000 people theres certainly enough mix to keep things interesting.
Derby for a long time was one of the few towns in England to have a Cathedral but not city status, that all changed in 1977 when the queen awarded Derby "City Status" and its been growing ever since.
In terms of employment Derby and its surrounding areas have some major players, Rolls Royce PLC has manufacturing areas in and around Derby and Toyota have a huge Plant a couple of miles outside the city centre, we also have the internet and telephone bank EGG Plc who have their national base in the Pride Park area of Derby, also in years gone by Derby was a major significant Railway centre for the country and even though that has dwindled in recent years, trains are still manufactured there, also there is talk of a National Rail centre being located in Derby due to its importance to the history of the National Railway industry.
In terms of transport besides our close proximity to the M1 we have East Midlands Airport, which despite its proximity to Derby was renamed "Nottingham" East Midlands Airport which caused major controversy at the time, however it only lasted 2 years and in 2006 reverted to its previous name.
Besides sports teams such as Derbyshire County Cricket club and Derby RFC , our major sports team is of course Derby County Football Club, or "the Rams", who despite not performing well in the last few years have had some success over the years particularly in the 70's when we won the League twice...oh if only thos days would return !!! :)
Other things of noteworthy interest in derby is that we were name "Ghost Capital" of England after over 1,000 paranormal sightings in recent years, and we also have Bold Land Car park which was named one of the 10 most secure places in the world by a science magazine, putting it on the same list as Area 51 and Fort Knox !!!!!!
One thing you'll notice about Derby is the people are friendly, and you have great access to the Peak District with some wonderful attractions and beautiful places to visit in the summertime particularly.
Derby may not be the Biggest city in England, it may not have the most successful sports teams in England and it may not have the best paying jobs in the Country, but its cheap to live there, there's lots to do and its rich in history, I may not live there..but I'm proud to call Derby home !!
Derby is not really a big city, more of a city getting to grips with the term ‘rapid growth’. Not as large as many other places in the Midlands, it is more determined to make a name for itself with every passing second. The atmosphere in general is certainly improving; people appear a lot more content when approached by outsiders. So what is the city like? Derby it a city that is growing in stature purely based on how its football team is doing. They have a lot of passion for Pride Park (their modest Stadium). It is slowly becoming a very large business park as well as a Football Stadium, and booming along with it. The city also boasts an ever increasing population of students, attending the University which is on the outskirts. Then we move to the City Centre… Part One – Derby by Day. For such a small city centre, Derby has quite a large number of suburbs. Most are fairly quiet areas, but as with other densely populated parts of the country, it does have its little bad patches. I live in a suburb called Alvaston, fairly small as they go, but also very quiet. It is the average spot for older families and couples on either side of retirement. It isn’t that far from the centre of Derby (but there aren’t that many that are), it is only about five or ten minutes drive straight into the middle. As I said before, the city centre is not that big. It is essentially just one major street stretching about three quarters of the length of the city centre itself, with a number of slightly smaller streets and roads branching off. Shops are in plentiful supply but although it is growing, the variety is in limited supply. I have to say now, that I am still a little annoyed at the fact that there is only one Macdonald’s throughout the whole of the centre of Derby (city that is). There are other eateries but I like my Bic Macs and I just wish I had more. What ever you are looking for, I am sure
that you would be able to find it, if you looked hard enough. Derby will have what you want, but with the limited number of stores, sometimes it can be a bit difficult. I do have a gripe about the weather in the city centre. It may just be me, but for some strange reason it always seems very cold indeed and rather windy as well. Am I being too fussy here? Little story about Derby City Centre. I am a stubborn man, hell bent on doing what I want, when I want to do it. Last Saturday however, my better half insisted on me joining her in a shopping trip to get some new training shoes. My puzzlement forced me to question her about why she needed another pair of trainers, to which I was told that it was I who needed them. I had no idea that my other three or four pairs of trainers had suddenly become tattered and useless. We arrive in the city centre with no real clue as to what we are going to buy (well I don’t anyway). I sure as hell was not going to waste however much it would cost for some footwear that I didn’t want. We walked around for a while, wandering aimlessly about the place, quickly flitting in and out of stores to see what they had got (may I add at this point that it was Debi who was doing this and not me, I was moaning about being out in the cold). The centre was flooded with people, young and old all looking for I don’t know what. My good lady dragged me into BHS, M & S, Contessa, Top Man, River Island, Next and HMV (she thought it would be a good idea to buy me a CD to cheer me, and not let me listen to it until about four hours later). This was without even mentioning all of the women’s wear shops and sports stores etc that she thought had what I was looking for. Suffice to say that I had an awful time, but we managed to look just about everywhere in the city centre in about three or four hours, and still we didn’t get what Debi had intended to buy. I must remind you that shopping in Derby i
s not that bad an experience. With Debi there, it is not that easy to deal with. Moreover, I didn’t really want to go out in the first place, but there have been quite a few times when I have really enjoyed myself (but I always had lots of money when I did). Part Two – Derby by Night. Derby by night is much the same as Derby by day, except not as bust and a whole lot darker. When all the stores close, all the bars open, and there are quite a few. There are about five nightclubs here. Some of them though, you may not class as a nightclub. In the city centre two of these clubs compete for the top spot. Zanzibar is not bad if you’re a bit drunk and are not really bothered about where you end up. On the other hand there is Destiny & Elite. Unfortunately I haven’t actually visited this club, but I have been told that it is not all bad. With D & E there is a small novelty factor, but only for the women. The toilets in the club have, how do I put this, enough room for two people to sit down and do whatever. I have no idea why they have done this, I think someone said it was because women like to talk, but I will let you ponder on that for a bit. The other clubs in the centre are not really that much to talk about. The best is quite a journey from the city. It is called time and it is the home of Progress on a Saturday night. If you ever go to Derby for the evening and have not been here, pay it a visit, it is so worth it. There are several bars dotted around the centre of the city; all packed in little clusters that are about five minutes walk from each other. Probably the main area for booze is Saddlergate. The entire street lights up at night with over ten bars and pubs situated here. It is especially good on a bank holiday Monday, but that is something else to talk about. I don’t really want to drag all of this out. It’s just a city for pity’s sake. It is a good city though. The
nightlife is pretty good. The people are pretty pleasant and the welcome I got when I first moved here was rather warm. It isn’t that big, but do not be fooled by its size, there is a lot of movement in the place, and the desire to go further and further with every day. It you’re looking for somewhere to settle down and relax, you could do a lot worse, but I also feel that you could do a lot better as well.
If you are from London, you will quickly find that Derby is small, but very friendly in terms of a city. But if you come from a smaller town, especially a new town as where I come from, you will find Derby has all the advantages of a city (Nightlife, decent shops, good transport system) as well as having character that come from is many years of history. When I first arrived in Derby, (I have lived in Derby for just over a year now since I have been here at university) it appealled to me immediately by its appearance. Derby is full of open spaces which remind you what life is about (not just the hustle and bustle of work and people). Of course my first experience was of the university, modern and friendly, but I am not the type of person who does not venture around the area. A huge pulling factor for me was the proximity to my home - an hour away, but also being right on the Peak District. Being from East Anglia, its nice to see hills instead of ever expanding flat!!! Of course I still moan when I have to walk up the hills to uni!!! And for those of you who prefer much more, Derby is a great base for visiting most towns and cities in the north. In under an hour you can experience the shopping and nightlife delights of Nottingham, Birmingham and Coventry, and just a little further for Sheffield, Leeds Manchester and York to name just a few. I was worried at first that I would feel lost in a city compared to the 3 mile radius of home that I have been used to, but I feel that I could easily stay here after university.
I grew up in a small village called Codnor, near Ripley, in Derbyshire. My nearest town was Derby and I even went to Derby University. Having spent the first 23 years of my life living, working and studying in and around the town, I can hardly slag the place off, but there are many advantages and disadvantages of this town. I now live in Downham Market, Norfolk, my nearest "town" is King's Lynn, which has a cinema with only 3 screens. Now, Derby has 2 cinemas with 20 screens in total, so there's one advantage already. Nowadays, when I want to buy a new piece of furniture or electrical item, I have a choice of two shops in King's Lynn, on a really small trading estate. Derby is absolutely "teeming" with these trading estates and people are really spoilt for choice. In Derby, you can buy any car you could possibly want (I only have a Ford, Volvo and Vauxhall showroom). Then there's the Eagle Centre - every popular high street shop is here, except Debenhams of course, which is miles away. Oh, and Woolworths, which was a sad loss when this closed about 10 years ago. Then there's the many cut price cafe's, including the ones in the Eagle Centre and Indoor Market, which were great as a student - they even serve tea in a mug!! The Playhouse was always very well attended, I used to love the Pantomimes there, and many popular bands appear regularly. In fact, my parents went to see Hank Marvin there earlier this year & they said it was the best show they ever went to. I went to the University there, which was a great 4 years of my life: I explored most of the nightlife, which is probably very different now, I'm sure, but I always found it very well catered for for the student population. Supermarkets, well, again, you're spoilt for choice, with Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co-op, Aldi and Lidl to name but a few. A few years ago, there was a plethora o
f "cheap" record shops, I wonder whether "Way Ahead" and the other one down Sadler Gate are still open?? It was a sad day when "Laser Quest" closed in Derby, although I think that perhaps my friends and I were their only customers. The car parks and ring road are a complete nightmare, however, and I frequently go sailing off towards Pride Park, even now, instead of the car park, and end up going all the way round the ring road. Finally, the best restaurant I have EVER eaten in, is the "Water Margin" Cantonese restaurant in Derby, which I REALLY miss. Nothing I have ever eaten has compared to the meals I have eaten there - it is great!
I am originally a Brummie, but have lived in Spain, Wales and Shropshire and now find myself in Derbyshire. Fortunately I live in a pretty village just outside Ashbourne. Ashbourne is fine if you want to buy a gift or an antique but don't try and buy a decent pair of socks! Therefore I have to venture further afield for my main commodities/clothes etc. Derby is the closest place to fulfil this requirement but I have to tell you that I loathe and despise Derby. Haaving only moved here about 18 months ago I was introduced to Derby by a neighbour who told me that it was like any other 70's shopping centre without the obligatory indoor fountain. I would say this is a fair description of Dreaded Derby. If you want to buy 2 things then they are bound to be at opposite ends of the centre which will take you 20mins to walk with 2 children moaning in the rain(it's bound to be raining because even the weather gets depressed in Derby!). As for other things to do there, yes, it has all the usual Megabowl, Cinemas, Rollerworld etc but if you're after something alternative or exciting - keep driving! It has one redeeming feature that I've just thought of; it has the first Parksafe carpark in which you are able to alarm your bay and there are also lots of red buttons that you can push if you're attacked. Trouble is, why have they had to introduce this sophisticated carpark?!