Events in the Belper River Gardens before the First World War attracted as many as 8,000 people, each paying a shilling to enter. Now, admission is free, and the gardens are maintained by Amber Valley Borough Council.
What makes them special?
George Herbert Strutt, a descendent of mill pioneer, Jedediah, created the Belper River Gardens.
When the Belper Boating Association was launched in 1905, their activities attracted so many on-lookers that a pleasure ground was created. The extensive landscaping included an arboretum, a bandstand for entertainment and tea rooms for refreshments.
As well as a recreation area, the gardens were educational, with a wide variety of plants on show, all labelled.
Belper River Gardens have been described as Amber Valley’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’. They are an attractive setting for events throughout the summer months. Events include a well dressing festival in July, fortnightly Sunday band concerts from May to September and activities during our Discovery Days Festival.
Boating on the river is popular during the summer, and there is a play area for the children and a car park nearby.
Travel & Amenities
The bus station is a short walk away in Belper. See Getting There.
The Belper railway station is a short walk away. See Getting there.
There is a small pay and display car park at the entrance to the River Gardens.