Our annual Discovery Days Festival starts this weekend 26th October, and it is absolutely packed with things to do and see over the 9 days. Heritage walks, talks, art, film, music, creative activities, brand new exhibitions, and lots to keep the children occupied over the half term break. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite!
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Contemporary Art & Creative Activities
A stunning new art installation entitled “Thread” by artist Seiko Kinoshita is open to the public at Strutt’s North Mill Museum which can be seen until 3rd November (pictured). There’ll be creative activities on Saturday 26th at Holy Trinity Church Milford, printing and drawing workshops at Strutt Centre, Belper on Sunday 27th and a gorgeous one off art installation on Birdswood Canalboat on 1st November 4pm – 7pm! The Makory, Derby Museum’s mobile museum of making will be on tour throughout the festival too. Many of these events are thanks to the National Lottery Heritage and Arts Council for our Great Place Scheme.
There’ll be film, music and more to enjoy!
Lots of events will pick up this year’s Transport theme. Some highlights include an exhibition this Saturday at Darley Abbey Village Hall 12.30pm until 4pm. “Transport on Film” will be showing at The Ritz Cinema Belper on Saturday 26th at 5pm, and an exhibition celebrating Transport in Belper will be at Strutt Centre Belper 10am – 4pm on Sunday 27th.
Explore our Heritage
A brand new exhibition of maps of the World Heritage Site going back to the 1790s will open on 27th October at Strutt’s North Mill Museum. The exhibition is in the Gangway from 11am until 4pm, and will then go on tour later in the year.
There are exhibitions, walks and talks exploring different aspects of our heritage throughout the festival in all our key areas, particularly Cromford, Lea Bridge & Holloway, Belper, Milford, Bullbridge & Sawmills, Darley Abbey and Derby.
There’s plenty to keep the family occupied during the half term holidays including Halloween themed fun at Cromford Mills, Strutt’s North Mill, Belper and Derby Museums. Visit their websites for full details! Plus don’t miss the Great Love Belper Pumpkin Trail around Belper town Centre 10am to 4pm and join our Lantern Lit walk at 6pm from Clusters Road, Belper where hundreds of lanterns made by the local community will be on display.