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Saturday 27th October

Milford Hydro: How it Works

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Milford, with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Amber & Derwent Valley Community energy (ADVyCE). There will be lots of newly discovered photographs relating to the former mill and water power at Milford on display.

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am.
Starts: Milford Hydro, next to the Mill House, Milford, DE56 0QW.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Milford Village Walk

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 1963, then up to the exceptional millworkers’ terraced housing.

Time: 10am to 12 noon.
Starts: Milford Hydro, next to the Mill House, Milford, DE56 0QW.
Cost: Free
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Abbey, Mills, Village and the Boott/USA Link

The history of Darley Abbey from the beginning with an Abbey to its dissolution, the early Mill Hamlet, to the Cotton Spinning Mills and the associated village, ending with the links between the village and the big American Cotton Industries on the Merrimac River.

Time: 10am to 1pm
Starts: Mill View Gardens, end of Old Lane, Darley Abbey. Ends at the Village Hall, Darley Abbey.
Cost: Free – donations welcome.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs, as it includes stairs in old buildings and steep hills between sites. Accessible toilet at the end of the walk in the Village Hall.

Little Eaton to Darley Abbey Walk

Walk with John Morrissey between Little Eaton and Darley Abbey. A surprisingly rural, two hour walk (3 mile section of the Heritage Way), plus 30 minutes tour of Darley Abbey village, ending at the Abbey Inn – a surviving 15th century fragment of the medieval monastery. There is available, if wished, a 3.5 mile return walk from the Abbey Inn at Darley Abbey village at 12.30pm via Breadsall village to the Queen’s Head in Little Eaton arriving at 3pm. Easy route but includes one mile of road walking to avoid crossing the A38.

Time: 10am to 12 noon.
Starts: St Peter’s Park, by Little Eaton Church – ends Darley Abbey.
Cost: Suggested donation of £3 to Derwent Valley Trust.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Public transport: 7.1 bus from Belper.

St Mary’s Bridge Chapel Open Day

Standing beside the 18th century bridge over the River Derwent is the beautifully restored medieval  St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, just a short walk from the rear of the Silk Mill. 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.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Bridge Chapel, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3QY.
Cost: Free – donations welcome.
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Bridge Chapel House

Visit this historic 17th century building, the home of the Derbyshire Family History Society, to see their exhibition and use their computer, archives and various websites to find ancestors. The Society’s family history experts will be on hand to give advice and support.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Bridge Chapel House, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3QY.
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

St John the Evangelist Open Day

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. It was originally designed in the English gothic style to accommodate 1200 people and has seen very few changes since then. It also has a fine Henry Willis organ. In 1997 St John’s Church was granted Grade II* status as a building of outstanding historical and architectural importance and the members of the church are keen to maintain this status as well as its importance and availability to parishioners.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, corner of Mill Street (DE1 1DY) and Bridge Street (DE1 2HZ).
Cost: Free – donations welcome.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Derby Mini Maker Faire

Derby Mini Maker Faire will be ‘On the Road’ this autumn! A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness celebrating making in all of its forms. Come and find out what people are making and have a go yourself. Admission to the faire is free along with lots of hands on activities suitable for adults and children. There will also be some bookable workshops available. For more information about Derby Mini Maker Faire, including workshop bookings and prices, please visit the website: derby.makerfaire.com

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Eagle Market, Derby, DE1 2AU.
Cost: Free – some workshops have a small charge.
No need to book, just call in.

Green Exchange Cafe

Tea, coffee and cakes available to buy from the cafe, book swap stall and eco cleaning products for sale.

Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: Free
No need to book, just drop in.
Wheelchair accessible. 

Happy Hedgehogs at the Whistlestop Centre

October is a great time to give hedgehogs a helping hand. Come along to find out all about hedgehogs and how you can help them this winter.

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon.
Venue: Whistlestop Centre, Matlock Bath Station, DE4 3PT.
Cost: £4 per child, £2 per accompanying adult.
Pre-booking essential on 01773 881188.
Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets.

Derventio Brewery Special Opening

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 below. Bottled beer can be purchased.

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

Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright was part of an enlightened generation of industrialists, artists and thinkers. Find out more about this trailblazing son of Derby with a day of family crafts and activities in his honour.

Time: 11am to 3pm
Venue: Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS.
Cost: Free – donations welcome.
No need to book, just call in. Suitable for families.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Heage Windmill

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.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Heage, DE56 2BH – the entrance is off Chesterfield Road.
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.

Bullbridge and Sawmills Heritage Exhibition

The Bullbridge and Sawmills Association core exhibition of maps, photographs and documents describes why this corner of Derbyshire, with its rich industrial heritage, is worth a visit. New exhibits this year include “The History of the Ambergate Reservoir”, including drone footage of the recent project to demolish the old reservoir and build two new ones in its place. “Spotlight on Bullbridge”, “The demolition of the Bullbridge Aqueduct” and “The Bullbridge Ghost!” Enjoy the exhibition and then stay for a chat or reminisce over tea and cake.

Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Venue: Sawmills Village Hall, Ripley Road, Sawmills, DE56 2JQ. (Opposite the Post Office)
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. 

The Darley Archive

The Darley Abbey Historical Group will be holding an exhibition of their Darley Archive (maps, books, artefacts, photos, research reports), including a ‘Darley in World War One’ display.

Time: 12.30pm to 5pm
Venue: Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard, off New Road, Darley Abbey, DE22 1DS
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Bullbridge and Sawmills Heritage Walk

Take a guided walk through this interesting area. Covering over 200 years of industry from the building of the Cromford Canal and the early gangroads to the coming of the railways and industry that sprang up around these transport links. From the Marble Works to the Dyeworks, Corn Mills to Lime Kilns, this area was once a hive of industry, providing employment for many.

Time: 1pm to 3pm
Starts: Sawmills Village Hall, Ripley Road, Sawmills, DE56 2JQ
Cost: Free
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831
Please wear sturdy shoes.
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Rule and Riot Tour

What happened if you broke the law in the 18th century, or broke one of the rules working at the mill? Did the punishment always fit the crime? Find out more about law, order and industrial espionage during Georgian times, and just how strict working at the mills was as you explore the mill and village on this guided tour.

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Starts: Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person, under 16s free.
Pre-booking essential on 01629 823256.
Not suitable for wheelchairs. Accessible toilets in the Mill Yard.

St Mary’s RC Church Open Day

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

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

St Mary’s RC Church Talk

Fran Wickes will concentrate on looking at the life of George Myers who was responsible for the building of St Mary’s Church.

Time: 5pm to 6pm
Venue: St Mary’s RC Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up.
Wheelchair accessible from car park entrance on Darley Lane. Accessible toilet.

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