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Saturday 21st October 2017

Factory Schools and the Evans Schools

Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Starts from Mill View Gardens on the bank of the River Derwent at the end of Old Lane, Darley Abbey. Ends at St Matthew’s Church.
FREE. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831. Not wheelchair friendly, as includes stairs in old buildings and steep hills between sites.

A visit to the oldest surviving Attic Factory School in the Derwent Valley, built in 1791, then visit later schools in Darley Abbey that have links with the Evans family.

The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist Open Day

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Church of St John the Evangelist, corner of Mill Street (DE1 1DY) and Bridge Street (DE1 3HZ).
FREE, donations welcome. No need to book, just turn up. Wheelchair and pushchair accessible with accessible toilets.

The Church of St John the Evangelist was the first church built in Derby after the Reformation and was consecrated on 19 August 1828. The design is in the English Gothic style and has seen few changes from the 1828 building. It has a Henry Willis organ originally built in 1875 and restored in 2010. The Church has a spacious interior with side galleries and was originally designed to accommodate 1,200 people. In 1997 St John’s Church was granted Grade II* listed status as a building of outstanding historical and architectural importance and the current church members are keen to maintain this as well as its importance/availability to parishioners.

St Mary’s Bridge Chapel Opening

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3AT, just a short walk from the rear of the Silk Mill
FREE, but donations welcome. No need to book, just call in. Not wheelchair accessible due to steps.

Standing beside the 18th century bridge over the River Derwent is the beautifully restored medieval St Mary’s Bridge Chapel. One of only six surviving Bridge Chapels in England, St Mary’s is the only one which still has its priest’s house attached. Free entry throughout the day with guides on hand to explain its history.

Bridge Chapel House Opening

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Bridge Chapel House, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3AT, a short walk from the rear of the Silk Mill.
FREE. No need to book, just call in. Not wheelchair accessible due to steps.

As well as visiting the Bridge Chapel, you also have the opportunity to visit the adjoining Bridge Chapel House, an historic building from the 17th century, and the home of the Derbyshire Family History Society. You may also view the Society’s exhibition and use its computer, archives and various websites to find ancestors, whilst the Society’s family history experts will be available to offer advice and support on researching Derbyshire families.

Rag Rug Making

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Derbyshire Eco Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Cost: £44/£41/£41. Booking is essential through the Derbyshire Eco Centre on 01629 533038. Wheelchair accessible.

Design and make your own rug or wall hanging using traditional hooking or prodding rag rug making techniques.

From Small Spa to Inland Resort

Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Starts from Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256.

Enjoy a walk around Matlock Bath with Doreen Buxton to find traces of its story. The outward journey is mainly along pavements. The return will be beside the river along Lover’s Walk and via Willersley Castle to Cromford.

Derventio Brewery Special Opening

Time: 11am to 4pm for tastings, with tours at 11am and 2pm
Venue: Derventio Brewery, The Brew Shed, Darley Abbey Mills, DE22 1DZ
FREE entry and tours. No need to book, just call in.

Come and sample the wares at this micro-brewery offering a range of different real ales. The brewery will be open all day for tastings, but guided tours will take place at the set times above. Bottled beer can be purchased.

Joseph Wright Family Fun Day

Time: 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS
FREE. No need to book, just turn up. Wheelchair accessible toilets.

Come and take part in our Joseph Wright inspired Family Fun Day! Taking place across the whole museum, this is a chance for the whole family to come together and explore the life and art of Derby’s most famous artist. From tours, crafts, talks and trails – we have programmed a full day of celebrations for this magnificent artist!

Heage Windmill Open

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Heage Windmill, Heage, DE56 2BH
Cost: adults £4, concessions £3.50, children (5-16) £1.50. No need to book, just call in. Wheelchair accessible on two floors of the Mill.

Heage Windmill is the only six-sailed stone tower windmill in England. It is a Grade II* listed building, sited on a hill providing spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It was restored to working order in 2002 and looks as splendid as when first built in 1797. Visitors can go on tours with guides normally in costume. There is an Interpretation Centre and a shop where you can buy flour that is milled here.

St Matthew’s Church Open Day

Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF
FREE. No need to book, just call in. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Hearing loops. Toilets.

Take a guided tour around the Parish Church of St Matthew, built in 1819 by Walter  Evans, son of the mill founder Thomas Evans. The tour includes the Church, the Crypt and the Churchyard.

Fungal Foray

Time: 1pm to 4pm
Starts from Ambergate Railway Station Car Park (pay and display, approx £2.50 all day).
FREE. Booking essential on 01773 881188. This is a steep walk, not suitable for small children. No dogs allowed.

Come and join us on a fungal foray and spend an afternoon exploring the bizarre and beautiful world of fungi at Crich Chase Meadows, one of the top fungi sites in the country. We will wander around the old meadows and ancient woodland learning about the wealth of diverse and rare species hiding under our feet. No prior knowledge or experience needed.


Riverside Walk

Time: 1.30pm to 3pm
Starts from Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, DE1 3AF
Cost: £5 per person (14 years and over). Book online at or ring the library on 01332 642240. Wheelchair, pushchair and mobility scooter friendly. Disabled toilet, baby change, lift and hearing loop all available in the library.

A guided walk, starting and finishing at the library. We will look at Derby’s relationship with the Derwent and how this has changed over time, from early use, industrialisation in the 18th and 19th centuries through to the present day.

St Mary’s RC Church Open Day

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s RC Church, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX
FREE, but donations welcomed. No need to book, just drop in. Wheelchair and pushchair accessible from car park entrance on Darley Lane. Accessible toilet.

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church was designed by the architect Augustus W N Pugin and consecrated in 1839. Come and take a look inside the Church and also the recently renovated Lady Chapel, the largest Lady Chapel in England when it was built in 1853. This was Pugin’s first expression of his Gothic Revival style.

Churches and Saints of Derby

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts from: Derby Cathedral, DE1 3GP
Cost: £6 per person. Advance tickets available from Derby Cathedral Bookshop or reserve on 01332 227600. Tickets may be available on the day, dependent on capacity. Not suitable for wheelchairs as there are steps.

Join Derby Cathedral’s expert historians on a walking tour of the north side of the city, beginning at Derby Cathedral. Explore the hidden histories of Derby’s churches, including one of only six Bridge Chapels in the country and the site of the long-lost Bridge Gate and St Alkmund’s Church, discovering the stories of the saints and martyrs of Derby. The tour will last between 90 minutes and two hours, and will include stepped areas.

St Matthew’s Last Night of the Proms

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF
FREE. No need to book, just turn up – all welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Hearing loops. Toilets.

Come and join the choirs of St Matthew’s Church and St Edmund’s Church, Allestree, the congregation and its friends for a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert, with readings, music and sing-a-longs, finishing of course, with Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

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