The Cathedral Quarter Experience

This objective is all to do with continuing to develop the great CQ lifestyle experience for visitors and people working in the area to enjoy.

Below are just a sample of some of the projects and activities undertaken by Cathedral Quarter BID as part of this objective.

Cathedral Quarter Rangers

As well as tackling ASB and crime issues, the Cathedral Quarter Rangers continue to work on helping to promote the area, liaising with visitors on a daily basis, providing support for businesses and highlighting the benefits and opportunities which exist through BID projects and initiatives.

The  Rangers wear a uniform in the distinctive colours of the Cathedral Quarter BID and carry body worn video cameras. Over the course of the last twelve months Jon and Scott have amassed over 3,400 hours patrolling the streets of the Cathedral Quarter dealing with everything from major first aid incidents and evacuations to supporting events and rescuing injured animals!

Cathedral Quarter Rangers

CQ Saturdays Events

The Cathedral Quarter funds a summer outdoor entertainment programme on the Market Place on selected Saturdays during May – September.

CQ Saturdays Events

Click here for more information on events in the Cathedral Quarter.

Cathedral Quarter Discount Travel Club

The Cathedral Quarter BID have joined together with Arriva to offer employees of Cathedral Quarter businesses some great value offers on local Arriva Midlands bus travel.

The scheme allows users to travel by purchasing a yearly ticket but paying for it monthly with a direct debit and includes significant savings over the normal cost of travel. Tickets also allow for free child travel (for up to 2 children) at weekends and on bank holidays when travelling with a Club-Members Travel Club season ticket holder. Click here for more information.

Christmas Lights & Entertainment

Christmas is an incredibly important time for businesses in the Cathedral Quarter and as such the BID is heavily involved in activities and promotions during this period.

The BID works alongside Derby City Council to ensure that the Cathedral Quarter has a comprehensive festive lighting display with cross-street and lamppost illuminations, floodlighting and tree wrapping in locations around the area.

Christmas Lights & Entertainment

The BID also funds and organises a range of Christmas entertainment including the CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious events and the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Christmas Ice Rink which regularly attracts over 15,000 visitors each year.

Purple Flag

The Cathedral Quarter BID plays an integral role in ensuring that Derby retains its Purple Flag Accreditation, working with partner organisations and businesses to ensure the effective management of the night time economy. For more information on Purple Flag, please click here.

Floral Displays

The Cathedral Quarter BID funds the installation and maintenance of hanging baskets and planters in the area to create a brighter and increasingly pleasant environment for workers and visitors alike.

This year sees an extended program implemented on existing infrastructure with baskets and tiered planters installed throughout the year, including special festive displays throughout the BID area.


The Cathedral Quarter BID funds the installation of bunting on Corn Market, Iron Gate, Sadler Gate and The Strand to create a festival atmosphere in the area. The bunting is in place between May and October.