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Saturday 2nd November

Science and Discovery Weekend
Cromford

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: FREE entry, but small charges may apply to some activities 
No need to book, just turn up
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

Family Fun Weekend – Get creative with science and be inspired by past inventions. More details  on Cromford Mills website nearer the time.

The Makory
Cromford

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

The Makory, Derby Museum’s mobile Museum of Making is touring the region, engaging people with the ongoing story of making throughout Derby and Derbyshire, as the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill undergoes development. The Makory will feature at Cromford Wharf with amazing objects, fascinating stories and making activities for all ages!

Part of the Great Place Scheme.

Celebrating the Cromford Canal
Cromford

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

Lots to see at the Cromford Canal Exhibition; follow the sound of the street organ! Demonstrations of traditional canal ‘Rose and Castle’ painting, peg weaving, a historical slide show, watercolour paintings for sale, and the Friends of Cromford Canal sales stand, with books, souvenirs and locally themed Christmas Cards.

Activities on the Cromford Canal
Cromford

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ 
Cost: FREE
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, Changing Places toilet

By the Wharf, miniature traction engines will be in steam, chuffing their way around and offering trailer rides. On the canal, Nottingham Model Boat Club will be demonstrating their miniature boats as well as some more unusual items. Alongside them will be a ‘pop-popping’ collection of historic stationary engines. See passenger boat Birdswood being pulled by horse, Chelsea or Ted – or you might even take a trip on board!

Craft Fair and Cafe
Holloway

Why not make a day of it in Holloway? Combine a walk a house visit, a look around the Vintage Vehicles and a great value meal at the WI cafe. You might also find a quality hand-made Christmas present at the WI craft stalls!

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ  Cost: FREE entry
No need to book, just drop in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Ambergate Women’s Institute craft stalls and refreshments, hot and cold food, including delicious home-made soup and cakes.

Mr Smedley’s House
Holloway

Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Starts: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ Cost: FREE – donations welcome
Booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please do not wear muddy shoes when visiting this privately owned house

An opportunity to see around the ground floor of 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
Holloway

Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Starts: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ 
Cost: FREE – donations welcome
Booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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

Masson Mills Self-Guiding Tours and Beam Engine
Matlock Bath

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Masson Mills, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PY
Cost: Adults: £3; Child (5-16): £2; Family: £6.50; Concessions: £2.50
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets

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. The newly-completed beam engine will be in motion as part of the Discovery Days demonstrations.

Children’s Crafts
Wirksworth

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Venue: Wirksworth Heritage Centre, 31 St John Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS
Cost: £3 per child 
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly

Build your own boat! Hoist your sails and all aboard our sailing themed craft session. Build, decorate and take home your very own sailboat.

Cotton, Coal & Countryside: Exploring Cromfords’ Industrial Heritage
Cromford

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Starts: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £6 per person
Booking essential on 01629 823256
Not suitable for wheelchairs

A slightly challenging 4-mile walk, exploring Cromford and its surroundings from on high. We will look at and learn about the industrial heritage of the area, whilst enjoying breath-taking views of the beautiful heart of Derbyshire countryside. The walk starts with a meander through Cromford village, before climbing very steeply up the side of the Derwent Valley to the former Cromford & High Peak Railway. After enjoying the local panorama, the walk descends the old railway to High Peak Junction and the Cromford Canal. From here the return leg follows the canal, to finish at Cromford Mill. The paths can be muddy and slippery after wet weather. To navigate the steep terrain and stiles please wear suitable clothing and footwear and carry a drink with you.

Horse Drawn Canal Boat Trip
Cromford

Times: 11am and 2pm from Cromford Wharf.
12.15pm and 3.15pm from Leawood Pumphouse 

Costs: Single: Adults £9; Concessions £8; Children £5; Family £25. Return: Adults £14; Concessions £12; Children £6; Family £38
Booking essential on 07552 055455 or email bookings@birdswood.org or via www.birdswood.org
Not suitable for wheelchairs

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.

St Mary’s Church Open Weekend
Cromford

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
Cost: FREE – donations welcome
No need to book, just call in 
Wheelchair friendly

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 Hemming. Visitors will also be able to enjoy organ recitals by Philip Tew from 2pm to 3pm (only on Saturday). Light refreshments will be served.

High Peak Junction Open Day
Cromford – High Peak Junction

Time: 11am to 3pm
Venue: High Peak Junction, DE4 5AA – follow the brown tourist signs from Cromford
Cost: FREE workshop entry and Heritage Audio Tour. £10 charge to have-a-go on the forge and for each poker you make
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair friendly
Tramper scooters available for hire

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

Leawood Pumphouse in Steam
Cromford – High Peak Junction

Time: 11am to 4pm
Just a short walk down the Canal from High Peak Junction (DE4 5AA)
Cost: FREE – donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Experience the power of this great steam engine built in 1849; the heat of the boilers, the smell of grease and coal and the power of the wave as tons of water are pumped from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal.

Working Fairground Models Exhibition
Belper

Time: 11am to 5pm
Venue: No 28 Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: FREE 
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly

Exhibition and model show to accompany the annual Belper Fair. See the working models and relax in the Community Café at No 28 Market Place.

Fairground tour at mid-day – no need to book, just turn up!

In the Grounds of Lea Hurst
Holloway

Time: 11am to 11.45am and 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Starts: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ
Cost: FREE – donations welcome 
Booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

A walk from the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall to Lea Hurst, once the renowned home of Florence Nightingale, across the grounds, for a look at the house and the courtyard.

John Smedley’s Holloway walk
Holloway

Time: 11.30am to 1pm or 1.15pm to 2.45pm
Starts: Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AQ 
Cost: FREE – donations welcome
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs
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. Two mile walk with one moderate descent and one moderate ascent, sensible footwear required.

Transport in Wirksworth walk
Wirksworth

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Starts: Wirksworth Heritage Centre, DE4 4DS
Cost: £4 per person
Booking essential at www.wirksworthheritage.co.uk/whats-on/walks-talks-and-tours
Not suitable for wheelchairs

A guided walk around the town focusing on the historic transport of Wirksworth.

Cromford Underground Revisited
Cromford

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Cromford Methodist Church, Water Lane, Cromford, DE4 3QJ
Cost: £3 on the door
No need to book, just turn up
Wheelchair friendly, hearing loop, accessible toilets

An illustrated talk by Tony Wood, who will reveal newly-digitised illustrations of pioneering explorations by the Peak District Mines Historical Society, particularly from the collection of Dr Lynn Willies. Light refreshments available to buy on arrival. Sponsored by Scarthin Books.

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