Alfresco dining:
Monday to Sunday 12pm - 3pm
Friday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm


Welcome to the Derby Market Place Alfresco Dining and Shows Experience – the Derby Loves You venue offers a live entertainment space, with a wide range of events and festivals coming soon. You can also still dine from a wide range of menus from a variety of fabulous food and drink providers in the city.

Here are a few details that you might find useful;

About the Market Place FAQs

Where is Derby Market Place?

Derby Market Place ( DE1 3AH ) is located in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter, with great transport links from all areas of the City and just a few minutes walk from the Bus Station. It is surrounded by two of Derby's entertainment venues - Guildhall Theatre and QUAD, along with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

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Where’s the best place to park if I’m driving?

All day parking is available at either the Assembly RoomsBold Lane or Chapel Street car parks for just £2.50 when visiting Derby Market Place. Simply bring your parking ticket along with you and speak to one of our front of house staff to receive your discount. 

What about the Government guidelines?

From Monday 19 July, all remaining legal restrictions related to COVID have been lifted across the country, following the Government’s confirmation that the final stage of the roadmap could unfold.

The remaining restrictions, including social distancing, wearing face coverings and how many people can meet indoors and outdoors can no longer be enforceable by law.

We would encourage all visitors to carefully consider the safety of ourselves and others when attending events. We still have a responsibility to act considerately and remember that COVID is still very much active at present.

Will there be any restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

We will be adopting government guidance including any updates. The guidance continues to advise caution and we would recommend you continue to wear a face covering if you are able, to socially distance where possible and to use hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities provided.  

Please be respectful of our staff and each other.

Will there be any measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

We will be encouraging people to continue to use Test and Trace via the NHS App, providing hand sanitiser stations and implementing a regular cleaning regime including toilets.

Will I have to wear a mask?

Wearing a face covering is no longer a legal requirement in England but we will continue to recommend you wear a face covering at all events taking place at indoor venues, in crowded places, queues or when moving around.

Will there be any social distancing?

Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement in England but we will continue to recommend social distancing at events where possible particularly in crowded areas, queues or when moving around. 

Will I be able to come with any size group?

There are no longer any legal restrictions on group sizes, and so that all can enjoy the event safely, we ask that our customers respect the comfort and spacing of other customers attending.

Do I need to provide the names of all people on our table?

Whilst it is no longer a legal obligation to collect Test and Trace information, we will continue to make this available.

What if we turn up at different times?

No problem. Simply pass the confirmation of your booking and the table number on to the group and they can turn up separately.

Are children allowed on site?

Children are more than welcome on site but must be accompanied by an adult.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is not permitted on site. This includes the use of e-cigarettes in all forms.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Assistance dogs only are welcome on site.

Are there toilets on site?

Yes, the venue has its own toilet facilities which will be routinely cleaned. Users of Changing Places toilets can also use the Council House Changing Places room between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I eat my lunch from sandwich take-away shops at Derby Market Place?

Yes, subject to availability. Derby Market Place is a space to sit and enjoy food at the heart of the city centre.

About Alfresco Dining Experience FAQs

How it works

  1. Book a table
  2. Make a note of your table number
  3. Collect or order your food from your favourite local café, restaurant or pub and quote your table number
  4. Tuck in if you've already collected, or sit back, relax and wait for your meal
  5. Join the conversation through social media by using #derbymarketplace

What are the opening times?

• Sunday to Thursday 12-3pm,
• Friday and Saturday 12-3pm and 6-9pm

How long can we stay for?

You book for a 3 hour service slot. Please factor in delivery times and consumption to allow you enough time to enjoy your meal. The space will need to be clear at the end of the service slot to be cleaned down. There is a bar on site and drinks can be purchased after displaying proof of your food order. Alcohol can only be purchased with food consumed on the premises. The bar will close 15 minutes before the end of the service slot.

Do we have to arrive at the start of the service slot?

No. Once booked the table is yours for the 3 hour service slot. Derby Market Place is a flexible, clean space to enjoy food with others. Tables that are vacated early will be offered to customers who have not booked in advance. Last entry 30 mins before close.

We can’t attend anymore, can I cancel my table?

If you have made a booking and are unable to attend please contact our Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800 option 1 or email so we can release the space for the use of others.

Booking Alfresco Dining FAQs

How to book

  • Tickets can be pre-booked in advance online at
  • In person at the ticket kiosk in the Market Place 
  • By phone (01332 255800) through our Sales and Information Centre at Riverside Chambers (Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF)
  • Text 07812 301 233 (for deaf people only)
  • Sign video

How many people are allowed per table?

Access to Derby Market Place must be in line with current government guidance at each phase. Each table is for the use of up to six people or two households. Please note no walkways and access should be blocked and social distance should be maintained between different groups at all times.

What happens when I arrive?

You will be asked for your booking details and we will need to take details of everyone on your table for track and trace purposes. This information will not be shared with any third party and won’t be used for marketing purposes.
You will then be guided to your table. If your chosen food outlet is providing delivery, they will find your table and deliver it straight to you.

Do I need to provide the names of all people on our table?

Yes. We will need to collect contact details from everybody in your group.

Can I just turn up?

We do encourage people to reserve a table beforehand in case of high demand. However, where tables are available then these will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

I require an accessible table, how can I book this?

Accessible chalets and open air tables to accommodate wheelchair users are pre-bookable, subject to availability, through the following channels:

  • In person at the outdoor kiosk at Derby Market Place
  • Over the phone at the Sales and Information centre, on 01332 255800
  • Text 07812 301 233 (for deaf people only)
  • Sign video

Please get in touch, and we will do all we can to accommodate your request.

Ordering food FAQs

How do I order my food?

Details of suggested outlets are listed on the website where you can get in touch with your chosen café, restaurant or pub directly. They will let you know if they will offer a table delivery service or if you need to collect your order.

Will cutlery be supplied?

Cutlery should be supplied by your food vendor, or alternatively you can bring your own disposable, compostable cutlery.

Where can I order food from?

You can order your take-out food from any food outlet in the city that is offering a take-out or delivery service and will deliver to Derby Market Place. A list of a selection of suggested eateries is available on the website. 

Can we collect and bring our food on site ourselves?

You can, but we ask that you pre-book a table first. This is to stop your food getting cold while you queue and stop frustrations when you have to log your details.

Is there a bar?

Alcohol can be purchased on site using the Derby Brewing Company app.

The bar will be operating a “Challenge 25” policy. If you are fortunate enough to look 25 or under then proof of age may be requested. Our approved forms of ID are: valid Driving Licence, valid Passport, Military ID, Any other form of ID with the PASS hologram on it.  

Please note that it is a condition of our license that alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises from any other supplier. Thank you for your assistance with this.

We reserve the right to refuse alcohol to those we feel are too far under the influence.

Can we bring drinks in containers?

Non-alcohol drinks in plastic bottles are allowed but please do not bring any glass or alcohol onto the site.

Events & Shows FAQs

What time should I arrive for the event?

Please refer to the time that your event starts in your booking information and allow time to arrive at Derby Market Place, to park, access the space, and familiarise yourself with the new layout and safety measures in place.

Can I bring a bag with me?

Please only bring one small bag where possible, as we are unable to store any personal items for audience members. 

Can I bring alcohol or glass into Derby Market Place?

The Market Place is a glass-free site, and alcohol cannot be brought into the venue. Bag searches are in operation for everyone’s safety. Please note that only drinks and confectionary are to be taken into the marquee for an event.

Where are the bar and toilets situated during marquee events (mid-June onwards)?

The bar and toilets are in the "alfresco area", which is not covered. Whilst the marquee is heated, please come prepared for the times you need to leave this comfort.

Can I still enjoy alfresco dining during events?

Event bookings are valid for the Derby Market Place marquee area only. If you wish to enjoy our Alfresco Dining experience during your visit then you must also book a table or covered chalet in addition to your event ticket. Please note that for certain events, alfresco dining will not be available.

How do I order drinks during an event?

Where there is an interval during your show, there will be an opportunity before the show starts to order drinks for the interval via the Derby Brewing Company app, or alternatively, at the interval orders area near the entrance to the Marquee.

Your drinks will be waiting for you at the collection point in the interval and may be taken to your seat.

Can I pay by card during events?

Please make any on-site payments via a contactless bank card, rather than cash, where possible.

What if I cannot attend an event because I am self-isolating or have symptoms of Covid-19?

If you have made a booking and have been notified to self-isolate or you are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend the performance.  Please contact the Sales and Information team by email or on 01332 255800 option 1 at least 24 hours before you are due to attend where you will be offered the choice to reschedule your tickets to a different performance or have a full refund.

Will events be socially distanced?

For events scheduled to take place up until the end of August, seating will be sold at a reduced capacity initially. You will be offered the best available seats for your party size.  The seats offered will be 2 seats away from other customers and there will be a row between you in front and behind.  If you have a specific seating requirement or access requirement please call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800 to book your seats.  Once we receive direction from the Government that we are not required to be sat socially distanced all seats will be made available to be booked.

Do I have to wear a mask in the marquee?

In line with the current government restrictions, a face covering must be worn while inside the events marquee. Masks may be removed for the purposes of eating and drinking. We will update this policy following the next review of restrictions by the government.