The New Vic in Staffordshire was the first purpose built theatre in the round in Europe and offers world class theatre.

‘I have never seen a show that is so magical, exciting and scary all at the same time’

Lucy P, Elworth hall Primary School

Buxton Opera House has a varied programme of dance, drama and music and Derby Theatre and Stoke Regent also offer excellent theatre.

Derby Theatre…increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing.’ 

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

With a popular café, bar, gallery, live performance space for music, drama, comedy, talks and a cinema, the Foxlowe Arts Centre, has rapidly established a reputation as the go to place in Leek.

Had a lovely afternoon at the Foxlowe with friends. It’s incredibly friendly with lovely staff and a laid back atmosphere. There’s a fabulous array of cakes – the Victoria sponge is to die for! Dog friendly and an interesting art exhibition on the walls. It’s definitely worth a visit.

heavenlyblu, Trip Advisor

Wirksworth (11 miles) has an independent cinema The Northern Light. Uttoxeter (10 miles) has a Cinebowl where you can have pizza delivered to your seat and Derby (18 miles) has a swanky Odeon Luxe.