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Discovery Days events Saturday 26th

Sat 26th Oct
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Milford Hydro: How it Works

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Milford, with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy (ADVyCE). There will be lots of newly discovered photographs relating to the former mill and water power at Milford on display

Time: 9.30 am to 10.30am
Location: next to the Soi Kitchens, Milford, DE56 0QW
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Milford Village Walk

A guided walk of about 1.5 miles around this historic village, led by Heather Eaton. Walk around the water management system that remains following the mill demolitions of 1964, then up to the exceptional millworkers’ terraced housing.

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Starts: Milford Hydro, next to Soi Kitchens, Milford, DE56 0QW
Cost: Free
Booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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The Makory in Darley Abbey

The Makory, Derby Museums’ mobile Museum of Making, is touring the region, engaging people with the ongoing story of making throughout Derby and Derbyshire, as the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill undergoes development. The Makory will feature at Darley Abbey with amazing objects, fascinating stories and making activities for all ages!
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Darley Abbey Mills, DE22 1DZ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly

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St Mary’s Bridge Chapel Open Day

Standing beside the 18th century bridge over the River Derwent is the beautifully restored medieval St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, just a short walk from the rear of the Silk Mill. One of only six surviving Bridge Chapels in England, St Mary’s is the only one which still has its priest’s house attached. Free entry throughout the day with guides on hand to explain its history.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3QY
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Bridge Chapel House

Visit this historic 17th Century building, the home of the Derbyshire Family History Society, to see their exhibition and use their computer, archives and various websites to find ancestors. The Society’s family history experts will be on hand to give advice and support.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Bridge Chapel House, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3QY
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist Open Day

The Church of St John the Evangelist was the first Church to be built in Derby after the reformation and was consecrated on 19 August 1828. It was originally designed in the English gothic style to accommodated 1200 people and has seen very few changes since then. It also has a fine Henry Willis organ. In 1997 St John’s Church was granted Grade II* status as a building of outstanding historical and architectural importance and the members of the church are keen to maintain this status as well as its importance and availability to parishioners.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: St John the Evangelist Church, corner of Mill Street and Bridge Street, Derby
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilet

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Heritage Way Hike

A walk from 2.5 to 17.5 miles along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. Walk at your own pace and choice of finish at: Churchtown (2.5 miles); Matlock (5.2 miles); Matlock Bath (7.1 miles); Whatstandwell (11.7 miles); Belper (17.5 miles). Fully waymarked route and route description provided. Checkpoints at each end point with light refreshments. Return by bus to Rowsley.

Time: 10am
Starts: Rowsley Old Station car park (off A6), DE4 2EL
Cost: £5 per person, under 16s free
Booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Derventio Brewery Special Opening

Come and sample the wares at this micro-brewery offering a range of different real ales. The brewery will be open all day for tastings, but guided tours will take place at the set times above. Bottled beer can be purchased.

Time: 11am to 4pm, for tastings, tours at 11am and 2pm
Location: Derventio Brewery, Darley Abbey Mills, DE22 1DZ
Cost: Free entry and tours
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly

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Derby Discovery Day

Follow in the footsteps of Derby’s textile trailblazers with a range of making activities.

Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilet
Suitable for families

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Pumpkin Carving

Create your own jack-o-lantern in time for Halloween!

Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £3.50 per pumpkin
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Black History at Cromford

Join the National Lottery Heritage Funded ‘Legacy Makers Project’ for a day focused on the Black History links to the Derwent Valley.

11am Ancestors’ Voices: discover what life was like on an American cotton plantation during the era of slavery.
1pm Paint a stone workshop – paint an image or a message on a stone to remember the Derwent Valley’s connections to cotton and slavery.
2.30pm Slavery and Supplies of Raw Cotton to the Derwent Valley Mills – a talk by Dr Susanne Seymour, University of Nottingham.
4pm Ancestors’ Songs – join us to sing songs to commemorate that Derwent Valley’s links to cotton and slavery

Time: 11am to 5pm
Location: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Heage Windmill

Heage Windmill is the only six-sailed stone tower windmill in England. It is a Grade II* listed building, sited on a hill providing spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It was restored to working order in 2002 and looks as splendid as when first built in 1797. Visitors can go on tours with guides, normally in costume, There is an Interpretation Centre and a shop where you can buy flour that is milled here.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Heage, DE56 2BH
Cost: Adults – £4; Concessions – £3.50; Children (5-16) – £2 (second child free)
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair accessible on two floors

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Bullbridge and Sawmills Heritage Exhibition

The Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society core exhibition of maps, photographs and documents describes whey this corner of Derbyshire, with its rich industrial heritage, is worth a visit. This year’s exhibition will also feature the history of Stevenson Dyers of Bullbridge. Did you work at “Stevo’s”? Come along and share your memories, enjoy the exhibition and stay for tea and cake.

Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Location: Sawmills Village Hall, Ripley Road, Sawmills, De56 2JQ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly

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Darley Abbey Transport – Roman Roads to Trolley Buses

Exhibition of Darley Abbey Historical Group Archive. From Roman roads to monastic routes to canals to railways and trams and trolley buses in Darley area.

Time: 12.30pm to 4pm
Location: Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard, off New Road, DE22 1DS
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Putting the Mill back into Milford

A fun participatory event with the aim of ‘Putting the mill back into Milford!’ There’ll be a range of creative activities, including letterpress printing, LED kits, postcard making and cake eating!
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Location: Holy Trinity Church, Chevin Road, Milford, DE56 0QH
Cost: Free
No need to book, just drop in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Bullbridge and Sawmills Heritage Walk

Take a guided walk through this interesting area. Covering over 200 years of industry from the building of the Cromford Canal and the early gangroads to the coming of the railways and industries that sprang up around these transport links. From the Marble Works to the Dyeworks, Corn Mills to Lime Kilns, this area was once a hive of industry, providing employment for many. Take a ‘comfort break’ with tea and cake at the village hall before or after the walk.

Time: 1pm to 3pm
Starts: Sawmills Village Hall, Ripley Road, Sawmills, DE56 2JQ
Cost: Free
Booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please wear sturdy shoes

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River Front Walk

Join us for a gentle circular walk, starting and finishing at the library. Discover the central role of the River Derwent in Derby’s history and development. Refreshments will be provided and there will be chance to view relating documents in the library.

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Starts: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
Cost: £6 per prson
Advanced booking essential online at derbycitylibraries.eventbrite.co.uk
The library is wheelchair friendly, with accessible toilets and hearing loop. The walk will be on paved surfaces and should be wheelchair/scooter friendly, but because of ongoing flood defence works, full accessibility cannot be guaranteed

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St Matthew’s Church Open Day

This year St Matthew’s Church is celebrating the 200th anniversary of consecration in 1819. Built by Walter Evans, son of Thomas Evans who built the mills, it has important memorials to the Evans families and a beautiful stained glass window. A guided tour includes the Church, the Crypt and the Churchyard.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, hearing loops and accessible toilets

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The Strutt Community

A walk around the Rows and Clusters of the Strutt community, with walk leader Brian Deer. Includes access to a Strutt-built house, No 7 Long Row.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: £5 per person, accompanied children under 16 free
Book via wegottickets.com/event/463812
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Sorry no dogs

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St Mary’s RC Church Open Day

St Mary’s Church was designed by the architect Augustus W N Pugin and consecrated in 1839. Come and take a look inside the Church and also the recently renovated Lady Chapel, the largest Lady Chapel in England when it was built in 1853. This was Pugin’s first expression of his Gothic Revival style.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: St Mary’s RC Church, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair accessible from car park entrance on Darley Lane, accessible toilet

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Building Pugin’s Derby Church

Fran Wickes will concentrate on looking at thelife of George Myers who was responsible for the building of St Mary’s Church

Time: 4pm to 5pm
Location: St Mary’s RC Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up
Wheelchair accessible from car park entrance on Darley Lane and accessible toilet

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Film Show

Darley Abbey and various links around the world that would need transport to visit!

Time: 4pm to 5pm
Location: St Matthew’s Church Fellowship Room, Darley Abbey Drive, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Transport on Film

Belper’s independent cinema contributes to this year’s transport theme with historic footage from the Media Archive for Central England. Details on boking and prices in the Ritz October programme, out mid-September. See www.ritz-belper.co.uk

Time: 5pm
Location: Ritz Cinema, King Street, Belper, DE56 1QA
Please phone 01773 822224 for seat prices and to book
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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THREAD: threading through communities

Join artist Seiko Kinoshita on a walk illuminated by lanterns made with the local community in Belper which will culminate at St Peter’s Church where refreshments will be available.
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 6pm to 8pm
Starts: George Street, Belper
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up
Uneven ground, but venues are wheelchair accessible

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