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Saturday 22nd October

Milford Hydro – How it Works

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am.
Venue: the hydro is next to the Mill House, Milford, DE56 0QW.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just call in.

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Milford with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Transition Belper.

Milford Village Walk

Time: 10am to 12 noon.
Starts from: Mill House Car Park, Milford, DE56 0QW.
Cost: FREE
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831.
Easy terrain, but steps in several places.

A guided walk of about 1.5 miles around this historic village, led by Heather Eaton and Adrian Farmer. Walk around the water management system that remains following the mill demolitions of 1964, then up to the exceptional millworkers’ terraced housing.


Antiques Valuation with Charles Hanson

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Venue: The Derwent Restaurant, Masson Mills Shopping Village, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PY.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just turn up.
Wheelchair accessible.

Charles Hanson of Hanson’s Auctioneers and TV’s Bargain Hunt, and Carol Tunley of Carol Tunley Antiques, will be in The Derwent Restaurant at Masson Mills Shopping Village for free Antiques and Collectables valuations. Bring your antiques, jewellery, gold, silver, ceramics, books and collectables for valuation. Items may be left for inclusion into forthcoming Hanson’s auctions.

St John the Evangelist Open Day

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, corner of Bridge Street/Mill Street, Derby, DE1 3HZ.
Cost: FREE.
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 to be built in Derby after the Reformation and was consecrated on 19 August 1828. The design is in the English gothic style and has seen very few changes from the 1828 building. It has a fine Henry Willis organ originally built in 1875 and completely 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* status as a building of outstanding historical and architectural importance and the current members of the church are keen to maintain this as well as its importance/availability to parishioners.

Bridge Chapel House Opening

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Bridge Chapel House, next door to St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, Derby.
Cost: FREE, but donations welcomed.
No need to book, just drop in.

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.


St Mary’s Bridge Chapel Opening

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, just a short walk from the rear of the Silk Mill.
Cost: FREE, but donations welcome.
No need to book, just drop in.
Not accessible for wheelchairs.

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.

Derby Mini Maker Faire

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Derby Silk Mill, DE1 3AF.
Cost: Adult tickets on the door – £3. Discount adult ticket, with online voucher* on the door – £2. Under-16s – free.
* Book vouchers at
Wheelchair accessible. Toilets.

Derby Mini Maker Faire is the 3rd Maker Faire established in the UK and this year will be Derby’s 5th Mini Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.


St Matthew’s Church Open Day

Time: 10am to 2pm.
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop 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 church has important memorials to the Evans families, including a beautiful East Window, in memory of the second wife of Walter Evans II and their only son Arthur. Visit the crypt and see the tomb of Walter I, who built the church, and his family, who commenced a programme of alterations to the church in 1886.

Free tea and biscuits.

Meet the Artist
John Hermansen Pottery

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Cromford Mills, Cromford, DE4 3RQ.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop in.
Wheelchair accessible.

Stoneware pottery available to purchase.


Beyond the Velvet Rope

Time of tours: 10.30am and 2.30pm
Venue: Pickford’s House, 41 Friargate, Derby, DE1 1DA.
Cost: FREE.
Booking recommended on 01629 536831.
Limited wheelchair access – to the ground floor only. No accessible toilets.

Experience the magic of the Georgian Mansion, Pickford’s House, whilst being shown around by one of the guides in traditional 18th century costume. There will be the chance to go ‘beyond the velvet rope’ and experience the beautiful rooms up close.

Pickford’s House is open for viewing all day, 10am to 5pm, as normal – no need to book.

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 drop 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.

Darley Abbey Village Walk

Time: 11am to 12.30pm.
Starts from: Mill View Gardens (bottom of Old Lane), Darley Abbey, DE22 1DX.
Ends: St Matthew’s Church, Darley Abbey.
Cost: FREE.
Booking recommended on 01629 536831.
Terrain: on road through mills and village, on grass and gradients through park.

A tour of the Mills, Village and Park, looking at Roman, Monastic and Industrial features: led by Alan Bradwell, Chair of Darley Abbey Historical Group.


Derventio Brewery Special Opening
Sorry, this event has now been cancelled.

Open 11am to 4pm for tastings.
Tours at 11am and 2pm.
Venue: Derventio Brewery, The Brew Shed, Darley Abbey Mills, DE22 1DZ.
Cost: FREE entry.
No need to book, just drop 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.

Exhibition of Darley Abbey Local History

Time: 11am to 4pm.
Venue: Darley Abbey Methodist Church, The Hill, off New Road, Darley Abbey, DE22 1DT.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop in.
Wheelchair accessible.

Darley Abbey Historical Group Exhibition of Darley Abbey Local History. The exhibitions will include: a display of old maps; a display of old photographs; a display of research reports; a display of local archaeology digs and finds; Darley family history search facility; sales of locally-produced books, DVDs and artefacts.

Discovering the Deer Park

Time: 11am to 12 noon.
Starts from: Belper Market Place, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: FREE, donations welcome.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831.
Walking boots recommended – along footpaths and slopes but no stiles.

A short one mile walk around Belper’s medieval deer park, to hear about the lost Manor House and find out about later uses of the Park which is now a Local Nature Reserve.


Unitarian Chapel Open

Time: 12 noon to 4pm.
Venue: Unitarian Chapel, Field Row, Belper, DE56 1DH.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop in.

Take a look inside the chapel built by Jedediah Strutt in 1788 and visit the Strutt family vaults below the congregational pews.

St Mary’s RC Church Open Day

Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Venue: St Mary’s RC Church, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just turn up.
Wheelchair and pushchair friendly from car park entrance on Darley Lane. Accessible toilets.

St Mary’s 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 in England when it was built in 1853. This was Pugin’s first expression of his Gothic Revival style.

The Strutt Community & 7 Long Row

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Starts from: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD.
Cost: FREE.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831.
Sorry no dogs.

A short walk around the rows and clusters of the Strutt Community, hearing about the discoveries made whilst researching the exhibition on the millworkers’ housing presented at Strutt’s North Mill. Includes access to a Strutt-built house – 7 Long Row.

St Matthew’s Church “Film Show”

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm.
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop in!
Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Hearing loops. Toilets.

A variety of videos showing various aspects of the Derwent Valley Mills story in both the Derwent Valley and the continuing story in America and Germany. There will be opportunities for questions and discussions.

Belper in Bloomers
Exhibition Launch

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: FREE.
No need to book, just drop by.
Wheelchair accessible (except toilets).

Join us in launching an exhibition, celebrating and remembering over two centuries of machine-made hosiery and underwear production in Belper, using photographs and reproductions of bygone advertising. Was Belper once the underwear capital of the world? From Brettles’ fully-fashioned hose to Belper artist Tan Draig’s record-breaking attempt at the world’s largest string vest, there’s lots to see and enjoy. Includes material from the John Smedley Archive.

A chance to raise a glass to Belper’s finest bloomers!

Georgian Banquet

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Venue: Arkwright’s Cafe, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ.
Cost: £19.50 pp.
Limited places, advance booking essential on 01629 825995.
Wheelchair accessible. Dietary requirements can be catered for.

Step back in time to when King George III was on the throne and be regaled by tales of Georgian life by the Mill Manager and his workers at this not to be missed three course Georgian banquet. Enjoy a soup starter before venison casserole or onion pie, followed by a tempting dessert. Why not come dressed for the occasion!


St Matthew’s “Last Night of the Proms”

Time: 7.30pm.
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF.
Cost: FREE.
All welcome. No need to book.
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.

Discovery Days Film
The Princess Bride

Time: 8.30pm.
Venue: The Ritz Cinema, King Street, Belper, DE56 1QA.
Please phone 01773 822224 for seat prices and to book.

One of two ‘Made in Derbyshire’ screenings to celebrate Discovery Days, in one of the UK’s finest independent cinemas – recently refurbished. Details in the Ritz October programme, out mid-September at

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