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Monday 29th October

Ripley in the News

Come and find out about local news and events and how to find out more about the local area using newspapers!

Time: 9.30am to 12 noon
Venue: Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, DE5 3JE.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible.

Decorative Stone Carving

Learn how to carve a decorative stone from a design of your choice.

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: ECO Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Cost: £64 per person.
Booking essential on 01629 533038.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Children’s Activities at North Mill

‘Make and take’ sessions and ‘explore and discover’ sessions with dressing up and Victorian Games. Linked into the theme of Hallowe’en.

Time: 10.30am to 3pm.
Venue: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: £3.50 per child (adults free).
No need to book, just drop in.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Lead and Limestone: Storytelling Walk

A story walk on the edge of Wirksworth taking in the remains of two vital industries and using them to inspire stories – not history, but folk/fairy tales. There will also be some historical fact and explanation.

Time: 11am to 1pm.
Starts: the car park at the National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Cost: Free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or anyone with mobility problems.
Suitable for children over 10 and their adults. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather.

St John’s Chapel and its Surroundings

Join Mary Smedley on a tour of Belper’s oldest building to discover why this medieval chapel was built and the resources available inside today. Then explore the oldest part of Belper.

Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Starts: St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper, DE56 1HX
Cost: £4 per person, under 16s free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Derby Roundhouse Tour

Explore the oldest turning shed in the world where the golden age of steam once ruled! The Roundhouse has been restored into a truly unique learning centre and this tour reveals how the impressive new buildings complement this historical site. The friendly, knowledgeable tour guides will take you around The Roundhouse, the Engine Shed and Carriage Shop, revealing the true-life stories of the men, women and children who pioneered Derby’s railway industry.

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Starts: The Gatehouse entrance, Derby Roundhouse, DE24 8JE
Cost: £6 per person – payment in advance.
Booking essential on 01332 643411 or one-line at
Wheelchair friendly route is available but may not be suitable for some with mobility difficulties – please check when booking.
Indoor and outdoor tour, so please wear sensible shoes.
No dogs allowed.

Circus Skills Workshop

Come and have a taste of being in the Circus! Join students and lecturers from the University of Derby and Deda’s Dance Degree as they swirl you through the colourful world of circus skills, from acrobatics to juggling! A drop in session which suits all levels of ability and all ages, with special demonstrations from these talented performers.

Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just drop in. Wear comfortable clothing.
Wheelchair accessible.

The Wonders of Aqueduct Cottage

Aqueduct Cottage has a long and varied history as part of the Nightingale Estate, its time as a Wayfarer shelter and now as a ruin. Come along and find out more and what the future has in store.

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: The Gothic Warehouse, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Wheelchair accessible – please advise when booking. Accessible toilet.

Belper and the Circus: Book Launch

It is 250 years this year that the circus as we know it now was invented by Philip Astley. Neil Calladine looks at Astley’s life and the history of the circus in Belper. Neil looks back at circus type performances in Derby by the late 1700s and in Belper from 1841 and earlier, as he launches his new book on this subject.

Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: Free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Wheelchair accessible.

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