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Discovery Days events Sunday 27th

Sun 27th Oct
7 Long Row

Take a look inside one of the three-storey stone-built terraced cottages built by the Strutt family for their millworkers in the 1790s. Includes small exhibition of photos and maps.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: 7 Long Row, Belper, DE56 1DR
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please do not wear muddy shoes when visiting this privately owned house

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Historic Belper in Focus Exhibition and Cafe

Historic Belper in Focus Exhibition with cafe features some of the finest old photographs of Belper, blown up big so you can seen the details! The Market Place History Group also have an up-date exhibition on their research into the history of the Angel Inn (the building which stood on the site of No 28/previously Salvation Army Hall).

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: No 28, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly
Only small and well-behaved dogs on leads allowed

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Belper Genealogy

Information stall to help you get started in discovering more about your Belper roots.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: No 28, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly
Only small and well-behaved dogs on leads allowed

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The Cedars Open Day

Take a look inside the former mansion home of a Belper Nailmaster, built in 1828. Learn about its history, stroll around its gardens and tour it from attics to cellars! Includes small exhibition with information about this historic part of town.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: The Cedars, up the drive to rear of 55/57 Field Lane, Belper, DE56 1DD
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please do not wear muddy shoes when visiting this privately owned houses

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History of The Lion Hotel Exhibition

An exhibition, including information, photographs and maps, outlining the role of the Lion Hotel as a local hostelry, and in relation to its coaching and railway links and also its use as a coroners court and meeting hub during the 18th and 19th century up to current times.

Time: 10am to 5pm
Location: The Lion Hotel, Belper, DE56 1AX
Cost: Fre
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Drawing in Unusual Places

An opportunity to create artwork that explores a personal response to the world around you. A series of fun, stimulating exercises that will enable you to generate ideas and develop imagery.
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU
Cost: Free
Booking essential on 01629 533090 (Alfreton Adult Community Education Centre)
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Printmaking with Smallprint Company

Printing travel posters inspired by the Derwent Valley, working one to one you will have a 45 minute masterclass with Smallprint co. and produce your very own travel poster to take home.
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 10am to 4.15pm
Location: Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU
Cost: Free
Booking essential on 01629 533090 (Alfreton ACE Centre)
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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Celebrating Transport in Belper

Betlper Transport Exhibition plus a display from the Belper Model Railway Group.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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The Makory in Belper

The Makory, Derby Museum’s 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 in the East Mill car park in Belper with amazing objects, fascinating stories and making activities for all ages!
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: East Mill car park, Belper, DE56 1DH
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly

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Fungus Foray on Darley and Nutwood LNR

The discovery and naming of fungi finds on an important Local Nature Reserve. Excellent fun activity for the family or the naturalist and learn something new.

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Starts: Mill View Gardens, by the weir in Darley Abbey (approx DE22 1DX)
Cost: Adults £3 per person, accompanied under 16 year olds free and very welcome
No need to book, just turn up
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Dogs must be on leads at all times, as there may be cattle grazing

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Strutt’s North Mill

Strutt’s North Mill has free entry for the first Sunday of Discovery Days, offering regular guided tours with their friendly and knowledgeable guides. They bring this incredible building to life, explaining its place in world history and how the cotton was transformed from plant to thread. Also see the new exhibition in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: Free entry
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilet

We have the Mobiloo – funded by Accessible Belper and the Great Place Scheme – it will be parked in Strutt’s North Mill car park for the whole day – to use at your convenience!

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Thread: threading through time by Seiko Kinoshita

Come and meet the artist! Japanese textile artist Seiko Kinoshita has installed a bespoke contemporary textile installation in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill. It incorporates hundreds of bobbins and a bespoke soundscape playing industrial sounds collected from local and international mills.
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Strutt’s North Mill basement, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Charted Territory: A colourful history of the Derwent Valley

Maps of the World Heritage Site back to the 1790s have been digitised, and can be explored and studied like never before, in this new touring exhibition, on the 1795 Gangway for Discovery Days (accessed via Strutt’s North Mill).
Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Strutt’s North Mill (The Gangway), Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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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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Giant Cobweb at Heage Windmill

See the six sails in operation and discovery the mill’s history. Windmill volunteers need your help to make a Giant Cobweb, hopefully even bigger than last year’s, involving everyone on site at the time – 12 noon. The more people, the bigger the cobweb.

Time: 11am to 4pm. Cobweb making at 12 noon
Location: Heage Windmill, off Chesterfield Road, 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 of the Mill

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Bullbridge and Sawmills Heritage Exhibition

The Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society core exhibition of maps, photographs and documents describes why 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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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
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please wear sturdy shoes

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Old Cow Hill

A walk with Joh Morrissey, looking at this fascinating area of Belper that housed cows in medieval times but later became the focus of nail-making and heavy industry. Mainly street but footpaths through The Parks and quite steep at times.

Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Starts: Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: £5 per person, accompanied under 16 years olds free
Book at wegottickets.com/event/464216
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Belper Hydro: How it Works

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Belper, with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy (ADVyCE). Includes a look inside the turbine house, the last surviving part of the South Mill.

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Location: East Mill car park, Belper, DE56 2UA
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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Lumsdale Valley Walk

A leisurely guided one mile walk down through this wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty, exploring the stone mill ruins, ponds and waterfalls that make up this unique historical site.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts: the layby opposite Highfields Upper School car park, Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA
Cost: £3 per person
Booking advised on 01629 823256
Not suitable for wheelchairs
The route down the valley involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Wear Suitable footwear with a good grip. Walking poles are also recommended.
Please park in Upper Lumsdale, not at the bottom of the valley.

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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 booking and prices in the Ritz October programme, out mid-September at www.ritz-belper.co.uk

Time: 7pm
Location: The 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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