Corona Virus Update
(updated 29 July 2021)
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE FROM THE SITES
As Government advice continues to evolve in relation to the corona virus pandemic, 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.
You will be able to find useful information on the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire website too at www.visitpeakdistrict.com
We are now emerging from national lockdown and places are beginning to open in a Covid-19 secure way. Social distancing, face coverings and other Government advice should be followed when visiting some of the attractions within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Please use the bins provided, and if these are full or there isn’t a convenient bin, please take your litter home with you. If you are out with your dog, please ensure you have poo bags with you and take the bags home with you.
Please use any designated parking available, and do not park on double yellow lines or grass verges
Both the Working Textile Museum and the Masson Mills Shopping Village are closed until further notice
The mill yard is now open between 10am and 5pm daily. The cafes at Cromford Mills are open for takeaways or to sit inside. The Cheese Shop and other retail shops are open. Events and markets are back on – see our What’s On page. Guided tours, including the Arkwright Experience are open – book tickets here.
Birdswood remains closed for now.
High Peak Junction car park is open – parking charges apply. Do not try to park if car parks are full and please pay attention to signage around the site.
Toilet facilities are open with additional cleaning in place.
The Visitor Centre kiosk is open to offer take away refreshments. Please check opening times.
Hire of all-terrain mobility scooters at High Peak Junction is not available – the narrowness of the towpath means it’s not possible to socially distance.
Cycle hire at Middleton Top Cycle Hire on the High Peak Trail opens on 1st April 2021.
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.
Opening and steaming dates have resumed on certain dates. For more information see the Countryside brochure.
Booking is essential on 01629 533298. Charges: £5.00 per person.
Saturday 3rd July static
Sunday 4th July in steam
Saturday 7th August static
Sunday 8th August in steam
Sunday 29th August in steam
Monday 30th August in steam
Saturday 18th September in steam
Sunday 19th September in steam
Saturday 9th October in steam
Sunday 10th October in steam
Sunday 24th October static
Sunday 31st October static
Shops are now open in Cromford Village. Shoppers will be encouraged to wear face coverings when in stores.
BELPER TOWN CENTRE
Shoppers will be encouraged to wear face-coverings when in stores.
Strutt’s North Mill Museum is now open to welcome visitors, 11am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can book a tour here. Sunday Heritage Walks are going ahead and you can read more about them and how to book here.
Please see their website or Facebook page.
Following the latest Government advice, Strutts Centre opened on Monday 17th of May 2021 for groups that are able to meet the guideline criteria.
Currently, this includes groups relating to child care, mental health and well being support, restricted groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or a maximum of 30 people outdoors and those that operate a business from our premises. We will continue to monitor the rules regarding restricted groups and will announce any future changes to the regulations that apply.
The government guidelines are subject to review, but as always, the safety and confidence of customers and volunteers are our main priority. We can only accept bookings that meet the criteria and, crucially, that we have volunteer availability in place.
Please start to request bookings by email to Reception@strutts.org.uk from now on. You will need to comply with our revised terms and conditions and special Covid risk assessments that are in place. Details can be obtained via our reception if you do not already have a copy. Once you confirm these are in place, and we can ensure appropriate volunteer cover, you will receive email confirmation from Strutts that your event or activity can go ahead.
Strutts will continue to request that all visitors will need to be wearing face coverings (unless exempt), follow a one way system, sanitise hands regularly, use the track and trace system and maintain social distancing till further notice, possibly throughout the year.
Heage Windmill will resume its popular guided tours from Sunday 8th August. Since the end of May, the mill has opened each Sunday and Bank Holiday so visitors can take a picnic whilst enjoying the wonderful view over the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Wind permitting, the sails have been turning too. You are still welcome to join us for a picnic on Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout August (for which there is no charge) but we will remain closed on Saturdays.
From 8th August small groups can take a mill tour, climbing through the three storeys of the only working windmill in Derbyshire. Our friendly guides will provide a fascinating insight into the mill’s history and how the milling process works. There is a small charge for the tour and donations are always gratefully received. We do ask that face coverings are worn by adults in the mill and Visitor Centre (unless exempt) and hands are sanitized to protect yourselves, other visitors and our volunteers.
We are hoping to restart our Event Days in September. Please check our Facebook and website (www.heagewindmill.org.uk) for regular updates.
Shops are now open in Darley Abbey. Shoppers are required to wear face coverings when in store.
QUAD is now open, but you should read their guidance here on their Welcoming You Back Page.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery sites opened on Tuesday 18th May. You do not need to pre-book to visit, but please be aware that you may have to queue at busy times.
Pickford’s House is now open
The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill opened on Friday 21st May. Entry to the Museum is free and it would be helpful if visitors could pre-book timed tickets for admission. Find out more here.
The Museum is currently closed to visitors – see their website here.
TRANSPORT: CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
It is still advisable that you wear masks or face coverings when using public transport.
DERWENT VALLEY LINE –
Matlock, Derby Nottingham line – for up-to-date information, see please see derwentvalleyline.org.uk or our Getting Here page
Derby Bus station has now re-opened.
For Trent Barton Buses timetable see: 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.
Great Place Scheme
All Great Place Scheme events which were scheduled to take place have also been postponed.
If you aren’t getting out and about yet, our wonderful World Heritage Site can still be visited virtually – keep an eye on our Facebook , Twitter and Instagram feeds or visit our YouTube channel.
You can enjoy some online activities and videos on our Derwent Valley Mills at Home Page here
Many thanks and keep safe.
The DVMWHS Co-ordinating Team