Corona Virus Update
In the light of new Government advice, visitors should check in to individual sites’ and attractions’ websites and social media to keep informed on how they are responding to this. Links to our main sites and attractions are given below, as well as other venues of which we are aware:
Belper Town Centre
Belper will have a phased re-opening of more shops and businesses beginning from the 15 June.
Preparations are underway with signage advising shoppers where pavements have been diverted to allow people to maintain social distancing and move around safely. Where footways are narrow pedestrians are recommended to ‘Walk on the Left Where Possible’ to create a one-way system and maintain a good pedestrian flow.
Shoppers may need to wait outside individual shops, where restrictions are in place, and some business may open by appointment in order to keep you safe.
At all times shoppers must follow social distancing guidelines, not to congregate in groups larger than those permitted and to keep pavements clear.
In busy places, pavement signs will help to make it clear where people should queue and wait to enter shops and to assist shoppers and maintain safe social distancing. Some seating may be restricted and food and drink should not be consumed on public seating to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Amber Valley Borough Council has been working with a number of town centre retailers to establish what assistance they might need in managing queuing outside their stores. The intention is to create safe queuing areas and pedestrian flows in those areas.
Retailers will also be implementing Covid Secure Measures to keep you safe. Some retailers may require shoppers to wear a face covering and gloves when in store and will be taking additional steps to manage the goods which have been handled.
Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle wherever possible and consider visiting the town centres at quieter times. Some stores may be opening limited times or offering a ‘pre-order and collect or appointment only’ service, so it could pay to check in advance.
Contactless payment is preferred at the Council’s Pay & Display Car Parks. Amber Valley residents are reminded to use their Resident’s Parking Permit, which entitles them to park for free in most car parks after 4pm or upgrade to an enhanced permit at a cost of £4 to benefit from free parking after 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and free town centre parking on Sundays. Find out more about this here: https://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/roads-and-parking/parking/residents-and-business-parking/
Both the Working Textile Museum and the Masson Mills Shopping Village are closed until further notice
Derby Museum and Art Gallery will open on 7th July.
Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill are closed until further notice
Cromford Mills is open, except for the Visitor Centre. The mill yard is open, the cafes are open for takeaways and most of the shops are open. There are no guided tours, but there is an option to use Cromford Mills audio tour.
Birdswood Canal Boat
Birdswood remains closed for now.
Strutt’s North Mill @belpermill
Strutt’s North Mill is closed until further notice.
We will be re-opening – but not just yet!
Following the temporary closure of the museum in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are pleased to note the Government’s announcement on 23 June to allow for the re-opening of museums from 4 July. But as a small charity with limited resources, we are not able to do this immediately. Our number one priority remains the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers and we will be working through the relevant government guidance to ensure that the museum is COVID-19 safe before we formally re-open. We will publicise our re-opening date and new operating procedures, and the details of when our Heritage Walks can resume on our website and through social media. Thank you for your support.
Please keep checking our website www.belpernorthmill.org.uk and social media for the latest updates.
We look forward to welcoming you to the North Mill in the near future.
High Peak Junction @DerbyshireCountryside
Takeaway refreshments are being served and toilets are now open with additional cleaning in place.
Facilities that remain closed include:
- hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or ‘trampers’
- events cancelled from April until the end of August 2020
If visiting please use our sites responsibly, make good use of the space available and follow social distancing guidelines. Limit your use of narrow trails and towpaths which impact the 2 metre guidance. Please take any litter and dog poo bags home with you as bin collections on our site will be less frequent than usual.
Leawood Pumphouse has cancelled Steaming dates until further notice
Fleet Arts @FleetArts
Fleet Arts is closed until further notice but is continuing with online work.
The Quad is closed until further notice but has lots of online activities
Strutts centre is closed until further notice
Heage Windmill is open for flour sales, but there are no tours of the windmill.
Lumsdale Valley and Waterfalls – new update 19th May 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns for public safety in the Lumsdale Valley, it is with regret that the Arkwright Society, with support from Matlock Town Council, has to announce that it is unable to allow general public access to the Lumsdale Valley ponds and waterfalls until further notice. The recent relaxation of the lockdown measures has led to unprecedented levels of visitor activity to this beautiful valley. Due to its natural limitations, social distancing is impossible to maintain for visitors and local residents and therefore in the best interests of all, public access to the waterfalls will not be possible until safe to do so. We request that visitors do not travel to the site as parking and access will not be available. The Arkwright Society, its wonderful local volunteers and supporters have worked hard to try and maintain safe access to the area, but public safety for visitors and residents must b e our primary concern at these difficult times. The situation will be reviewed should circumstances change.
From Monday 15th June it is a requirement that you wear masks or face coverings when using public transport.
Derwent Valley Line –
Matlock, Derby Nottingham line – Service will run at reduced frequency with a train every 2 hours rather than normal hourly service. Services will also start slightly later and finish earlier than normal. For latest information on travelling on the Derwent Valley Line see:
Derby Bus station has now re-opened.
Trent Barton Buses announced reduced bus timetable https://news.derby.gov.uk/trent-barton-announce-reduced-service-timetables/
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any updates on your venues to be included here.
Please note our Learning to Read Workshop on 3rd April has been postponed.
Great Place Scheme
All Great Place Scheme events which were scheduled to take place until the end of June have also been postponed.
If you miss our wonderful World Heritage Site, please visit us virtually – keep an eye on our Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram feeds or visit our YouTube channel.
You can enjoy some online activities on our Derwent Valley Mills at Home Page here
Many thanks and keep safe.
The DVMWHS Co-ordinating Team