Plan Your Visit

Derby is a contact city with great transport links by rail, air and road. To help with any questions you have in planning your trip please email

How to get here

By Car

Exit M1 at J25, take the A52 towards Derby and follow signs to the City Centre / Cathedral Quarter. The nearest car park is the multi-storey Assembly Rooms, otherwise Chapel Street car park or Parksafe on Bold Lane are both a short walk away.

By Train



To help us fully support your festival experience, booking is essential for all visits, tours, workshops and CPD.

For more information or to book a visit or workshop please contact our Education Curator


CPD for Teachers


Need to brush up on your photographic knowledge and skills? During FORMAT15 and the Easter holidays, we will be offering two half day sessions to help you learn more about photographic history and technical photographic application.


Inspirational Photographers

10.30 – 13:00

Be inspired by some of the definitive works of 20th and 21st century photographers, and understand more about how they approached their craft. Speaker to be confirmed.


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Getting Here

By Car

Exit M1 at J25, take the A52 towards Derby and follow signs to the City Centre / Cathedral Quarter


The Assembly Rooms car park is the nearest, Chapel Street car park or Parksafe on Bold Lane are both a short walk away. You can view a leaflet with a map and more details about parking in Derby here.

By Train


Derby has a range of accommodation choices for visitors to the city, allowing you to choose the luxury of one of the city’s boutique or 4 star hotels or opt for comfort and value. Below are some recommendations:



Cathedral Quarter Hotel 

4-star boutique hotel located in the centre of Derby. We are pleased to provide FORMAT visitors with a discount. Simply download the document below for further information.

Eating & Drinking

With cuisine from all around the world, whether you're eating out on a budget or dining out in style, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are a few favourites of the FORMAT team:

Park Bikeworks

Park Bikeworks Deli Café combines local seasonal produce with a fusion of food styles to create fresh dishes, bursting with flavour served up in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. Park Bikeworks is located a stone’s throw from QUAD and also offers services to cyclists.

Children & Families


There are a range of activities for children at FORMAT and our partner organisation, QUAD. 

Find out more here.


Children’s Activity Guides (ages 5+)

Fun, paper-based exhibition guides designed for children are available for you to use in QUAD Gallery.

Young People


There are lots of things for young people to do at FORMAT and our partner organisation, QUAD. As well as our two regular programmes – Youth Forum and Youth Review, we also have films, clubs, workshops, gallery and much more.

Find out more here.



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