About Discovery Days
Well, Discovery Days is over for another year. We hope everyone who came along had a great time. Please do let us know your experiences – good and bad – so we can do our best to improve the festival in future years.
Experience a charming blend of breath-taking natural scenery, fascinating industrial heritage and pure spectacle and fun in the Derwent Valley at any time of year, but particularly during the Discovery Days festival.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills have been described as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It was here in the Derwent Valley that the essential ingredients of factory production were combined. Water power was applied and successfully used for the first time on a relatively large scale. Not only was textile production revolutionised with dramatic consequences for the British economy, but the Arkwright model informed and inspired other industries. Each mill has its own story to tell; stories of pioneering engineers and entrepreneurs who put Britain on the map and set off a chain of events that changed how we live and work forever. The mills and the industrial settlements around them, the churches, millponds, weirs and watercourses provide the perfect backdrop for a week full of discovery.
This is the Discovery Days 2018 for email. Details about the 2019 Festival will be published here later in the year.