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.

TheΒ  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 Events

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

2023 will see the return of the dinosaur themed ‘A Jurassic Day Out in Cathedral Quarter’ and the community led ‘Celebrate Sadler Gate’

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

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 Iron Gate, Sadler Gate and The Strand to create a festival atmosphere in the area. The bunting is in place between May and October.