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Saturday 28th October 2017

Celebrating the Cromford Canal

Time: 10am to 4pm
Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
FREE. No need to book, just call in. Wheelchair accessible.

Lots to see all weekend at the free Cromford Canal Exhibition in the Gothic Warehouse; follow the sound of the street organ! There will be demonstrations of traditional canal ‘Rose and Castle’ painting, peg weaving, a historical slide show, watercolour paintings for sale, and the extensive Friends of Cromford Canal sales stand, including books, souvenirs and locally themed Christmas Cards. Dogs welcome.

Activities on the Cromford Canal

Time: 10am to 4pm
Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
FREE, no need to book, just call in. Wheelchair accessible.

By Cromford Wharf, miniature traction engines will be in steam all day, chuffing their way around the wharf and offering trailer rides. Nottingham Model Boat Club will be demonstrating miniature boats on the canal plus a few more unusual items. Alongside them will be a ‘pop-popping’ collection of historic stationary engines. And you will be able to see passenger boat Birdswood being pulled by horse Chelsea – or you might even take a trip on board! Dogs welcome.

Family Fun: Witches, Wizards and Goosebumps

Time: 10am to 4pm
Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Children must be accompanied by an adult with all activities.
FREE entry (small charge for some activities). No need to book, just turn up!

Join us for a weekend of all things spooky. From witches and wizards, to dragons and curses, dust off your broomstick and join in the fun!

Dragons, Geckos and Other Fantastic Creatures

Meet an unusual collection of animals from Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos to snakes, including a Royal Python, plus a Bosc Monitor, Chinchillas, Giant Sulcata Tortoise, White Tree Frogs, an African Pygmy Hedgehog, and more! There will be the opportunity to handle some of the animals in these interactive sessions.

Traditional Games

Join in with a variety of different games, including some spooky ones.

Spooky Trail (£1)

Find where all the spooky characters are hiding… if you dare! Find them all and win a prize! Entry forms are available from Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills.

Fancy Dress

Come dressed as your favourite Hallowe’en character and enter the free prize draw.

Spooky Snacks

Lots of spooky treats to choose from in Arkwright’s Cafe including cauldron broth soup, magic candied wands, witch’s hat cookies and spooky witches’ fingers.

Lantern Making Workshop

11am to 3pm (£3 per child, accompanying adults free)

Make your own colourful lantern to keep the ghosts and ghouls at bay. Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

Also Facepainting, Barbecue and Guided Tours.

St Mary’s Church Open Weekend

Time: 10am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
FREE, donations welcome.
No need to book, just call in.

Visit St Mary’s Church, Cromford, originally built as a chapel for the Arkwright family. It was later Gothicised and contains murals by renowned Victorian artist Alfred Octavius Hemmings. Visitors will also be able to enjoy organ recitals by Philip Tew and Paul Nash from 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3pm. Refreshments will be served.

10 North Street Open

Time: 10am to 4pm
10 North Street, Cromford, DE4 3RG
FREE. No need to book, just drop in. No dogs allowed.

Come and visit one of the oldest purpose-built workers industrial houses in the world! North Street was built in 1776 by Richard Arkwright to house his new millworkers. We have one of these houses open, owned by buildings preservation charity the Landmark Trust and normally let for holidays. This weekend it will be open as a drop-in, but numbers entering the property at any one time may be limited due to steep stairs.

Craft Fair and Cafe

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ
FREE entry. No need to book, just drop in.

Ambergate Women’s Institute craft stalls and refreshments available to purchase all day, including delicious home-made soups and cakes.

Why not make a day of it in Holloway? Combine a walk, a house visit and a meal at the cafe? You might also find a quality hand made Christmas present at the WI craft stall!

 

Mr Smedley’s House

Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Starts from Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ
FREE, but donations welcome. Booking essential on 01629 536831.

An opportunity to see around one of Derbyshire’s special houses and gardens. Built by the Smedley family and now in private ownership, the house itself featured briefly in Ken Russell’s film “Women in Love”.

Vintage Vehicles

Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Starting from Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ
FREE, donations welcome. Booking essential on 01629 536831.

Early motorbikes and cars from the 1930s feature in this growing collection of vintage vehicles and automobilia. Motoring clubs welcome, but please pre-book.

Masson Mills Self-Guiding Tours & Traction Engine in Steam

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Masson Mills, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PY
Adults: £3; Child (5-16): £2; Family: £6.50; Concessions: £2.50
No need to book, just turn up.

Self-guiding tour with weaving and spinning demonstrations on original historic textile machinery powered by line shafting at 11am and 2pm in the Weaving Shed. See the the Traction Engine outside the Museum.

Go Green Cafe

Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: No 28 Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Free entry. No need to book, just turn up.

Transition Belper Cafe and another chance to see the Belper Transport Exhibition.

St John’s Chapel Open

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Venue: St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper, DE56 1HX
FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Take a look inside Belper’s oldest building, now a Heritage Centre. Information panels and folders to look at, packed with details about Belper’s history and heritage.

Derby Mini Maker Faire 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Silk Mill, Silk Mill Lane, Derby, DE1 3AF
Adult tickets: £3; Discounted Adult ticket with voucher*. Under-16s: free. Wheelchair accessible.
*Book voucher at www.makerfaire.derby.com

Now in its sixth year, Derby Mini Maker Faire 2017 has taken its place as the biggest event in the Silk Mill’s annual programme! We are all about ‘making’ at the Silk Mill and this event is a true celebration of this. From laser cutters, ceramicists, weavers, 3D printers and metal workers… Derby Mini Maker Faire has it all. Come and see what you can make in this family friendly making extravaganza!

Horse Drawn Canal Boat Trips

Time: 11am to 3.15pm
Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ

Fares:
Single – Adults: £8; Concessions: £7; Children: £4
Return – Adults: £12; Concessions: £10; Children: £6

Pre-book on 07552 055455 or email bookings@cromfordcanal.org or via www.birdswood.org

Departures as follows:

11am – Cromford Wharf
12.15pm – High Peak Junction
2pm – Cromford Wharf
3.15pm – High Peak Junction

The Friends of Cromford Canal will be offering one-way or return traditional horse-drawn trips on the historic narrowboat Birdswood between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pumphouse. The trips take approximately 45 minutes each way.

 

Cromford Photography walk

Time: 11am to 1pm
Starts from Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256.

Bring your camera and join photographer Helen Chester LRPS on a guided walk around Cromford. Visit Cromford Mills, St Mary’s Church, the canal wharf and the village as your guide takes you off the beaten track and offers advice on getting the best shots. During the walk there will be opportunities for landscape photography and architectural shots of historic buildings. There will also be the opportunity to look inside some of the buildings.

Leawood Pumphouse in Steam

Time: 11am to 4pm
Leawood Pumphouse is a short walk down the canal side from High Peak Junction Visitor Centre – use the pay and display car park off Mill Lane, DE4 5AE – follow the brown tourist signs from Cromford. Or you can walk from Cromford Wharf by the side of the canal, or take a narrowboat trip!
FREE, but donations welcome. No need to book, just call in.

Working steam powered beam engine built in 1849 on the Cromford Canal, a short walk from High Peak Junction. Watch the engine, powered by a coal fired boiler, as it pumps 800 gallons of water per stroke from the River Derwent into the canal.

Family Activities at High Peak Junction

Time: 11am to 3pm
High Peak Junction Visitor Centre – use the pay and display car park off Mill Lane, DE4 5AE – follow the brown tourist signs from Cromford. Or you can walk from Cromford Wharf by the side of the canal, or take a narrowboat trip!
FREE. No need to book, just call in.

Find out how to make string from plants and have a go at a woodland game.

High Peak Junction Open Day

Time: 11am to 3pm
High Peak Junction Visitor Centre – use the pay and display car park off Mill Lane, DE4 5AE – follow the brown tourist signs from Cromford. Or walk from Cromford Wharf by the side of the canal, or take a narrowboat trip!
FREE entry and use of the audio tour. £10 charge to make a poker on the forge. No need to book, just call in.

Visit some of the oldest railway workshops in the world and see them come alive. You will also be able to learn the fascinating history of this building and the industry it served. Have a go on the forge and, with the help of our Engine House Wardens, make a poker to take home and keep.

Heage Windmill Open

Time: 11am to 4pm
Heage Windmill, Heage, DE56 2BH
Adults: £4, Concessions: £3.40, Children (5-16): £2. No need to book. Visitor Centre and first floor of the mill are accessible by wheelchair and there is an accessible toilet.

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 also an Interpretation Centre and a shop where you can buy flour that is milled here.

John Smedley’s Holloway

Time: 11.30 am to 1pm, and 1.15pm to 2.45pm
Starts from Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ
FREE, donations welcome. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831. Up to 2 miles – one moderate descent, one moderate ascent, sensible footwear required. Dogs on leads allowed.

Join Jackie Morgan on one of these short circular walks around Lea Mills and Holloway, focussing on the life of John Smedley.

A Tour of Cromford Village including a Millworker’s House

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Starts from Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256.

Join Jill Banks and follow in the footsteps of hundreds of mill workers with a walk into Cromford Village to see and hear more about daily life and Sir Richard Arkwright’s entrepreneurial ideas. There will be the opportunity to visit one of Arkwright’s original houses on North Street and to take a look inside, as well as finding out more about the bear-pit, lock-up, allotments and the Greyhound pond.

Getting it Past the Planners

Time: 7pm to 9pm
The talk starts at 7.30pm, please arrive by 7pm if you would like to order light bites and drinks.
Venue: Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, DE4 3QF
FREE. No need to book.

“From the Demolition 60s to the Heritage 80s in Derbyshire and beyond”

An illustrated talk by David Mitchell, corrected by Barry Joyce, followed by open discussion.

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