Contact Us

Saturday 3rd November

Pop-Up Gigs

Listen out for a diverse range of pop-up live acoustic music performances happening in unexpected places in the northern end of the World Heritage Site over this weekend.

Musicians and performers will be shining a light on some of the more unusual places along the valley through a series of intimate micro-gigs across the weekend, with something for all tastes to enjoy.

Catch Goddesses at High Peak Junction at 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm

Emerging from the darkest depths of Derbyshire, Goddesses have spent nine months brewing a cinematic and cerebral set for High Peak Junction.

Catch Andrew DR Abbott at High Peak Junction at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 

Andrew DR Abbott plays fingerstyle instrumental songs on acoustic baritone guitar. He has coined the term Post-industrial Northern Primitive to describe his style fabricated in the former mill towns and cities if the North of England. The compositions reflect the fragile and bleak beauty of the landscape in which he lives and works: Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire.

Catch IWD Derby Rebel Women’s Choir at Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway at 1pm, 2pm and 2.30pm

IWD Rebel Women’s Choir sing uplifting, empowering songs that tell women’s stories. Listen out for some of Herstory’s most inspiring characters: from civil rights activist Rosa Parks, to rock’n’roll trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to environmentalist Wangari Maathai. This unique choir bring a joy and energy that will make you want to stamp your feet and raise your voice!

Celebrating the Cromford Canal

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 sales stand, with books, souvenirs and locally themed Christmas Cards.

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

 

Activities on the Cromford Canal

By the Wharf, miniature traction engines will be in steam, chuffing their way around and offering trailer rides. On the canal, Nottingham 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.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just drop by.
Wheelchair accessible. Changing Places toilet.

Psychogeography

A creative exploration of the ways psychogeography can be used as a tool to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the context of the Derwent Valley Mills with Nottingham Contemporary Associate Artist and Nu-Urban Gardener, Chris Lewis-Jones. No previous experience necessary, all materials provided.


Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free.
Pre-booking essential on 01629 533038.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

 

Vintage Vehicles

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

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.

Mr Smedley’s 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”.

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.

Craft Fair and Cafe

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!

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

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.

Masson Mills Self-Guiding Tours

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 Traction Engine outside the Museum and Shopping Village.

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 turn up!
Limited wheelchair access. Accessible toilet.

Hedgelaying – 2 day course

Learn to lay a hedge in the traditional Derbyshire style, for the benefit of wildlife and the landscape.

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: ECO Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Cost: £78/£70/£39 per course.
Booking essential on 01629 533038.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Heritage Way Hike

7 mile walk along the Derwent Valley from Rowsley to Matlock, over High Tor above the river gorge and down to Matlock Bath. It’s level walking as far as Matlock, then a steady climb up to High Tor. Return to Rowsley by bus. Boots advised as there are a few muddy sections. Bring food and drink, and waterproofs.

Time: 10am to 3pm (approx)
Starts from the free car park on Old Station Close, Rowsley, DE4 2EL, just off the A6. Transpeak bus from Derby at 8.50am arrives Rowsley at 9.50am.
Cost: Donations to Derwent Valley Trust welcome.
Booking essential on 01629 536831.
Dogs on lead welcome.
Suitable for older children. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Children’s Craft Making Workshops

A workshop for children to create their own butterfly house or telescope.

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Venue: Wirksworth Heritage Centre, 31 St John Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS
Cost: £3 per child.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Wheelchair accessible and those with additional needs welcome.

The Great Mapping Project

SORRY – THIS TALK IS FULLY BOOKED.
Illustrated talk from local volunteers about their work on over two centuries of maps of the Derwent Valley Mills, what their favourites were and why. Plus a selection of the original maps on display and discussion about how they enhance our understanding of the development of the industry and towns along the valley.

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
Venue: Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4 3FE
Cost: Free
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets.

Horse Drawn Canal Boat Trip

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.

Time: 11am and 2pm from Cromford Wharf
12.15pm and 3.15pm from Leawood Pumphouse
Cost: Single: Adults £8; Concessions £7; Children £4.
Return: Adults £12; Concessions £10; Children £6.
Booking essential on 07552 055455 or via www.birdswood.org
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Cromford Photography Walk

Bring your own camera and join photographer Helen Chester LRPS on a guided walk around Cromford. During the walk there will be opportunities for landscape photography and architectural shots of historic buildings.

Time: 11am to 1pm
Starts: Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

St Mary’s Church Open Weekend

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 (Saturday only). Light refreshments will be served.

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.

High Peak Junction Open Day

Visit some of the oldest railway workshops in the world and see them come alive. You can 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. You can also have a go at Pole Lathing and other creative activities provided by Derbyshire Adult Education Service and DerwentWISE.

Time: 11am to 3pm
Venue: High Peak Junction, DE4 5AA. Please use the pay and display car park off Lea Road, or walk down the canal from Cromford Mills, or take a trip on Birdswood Canal Boat. 
Cost: Free workshop entry and free 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 accessible. Tramper scooters available for hire.

 

Leawood Pumphouse in Steam

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.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Leawood Pumphouse is just a short walk down the canal from High Peak Junction. Parking at the pay and display car park off Lea Road, (approx DE4 5AA).
Cost: Free, donations welcome.
No need to book, just drop in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Working Fairground Models

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

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

Behind the Scenes Tour of Belper Fair

Guided tour, linking the story of 100+ years of Proctor’s Fair in Belper with the logistics of bringing the fair to the town in the present day.

Time: 11am to 12 noon.
Starts: No 28 Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Free
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not wheelchair accessible.

Tour of the Grand Pavilion

History and Culture Talks and Tours at the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath.

11am Talk and Tour with drink and snack: £3pp (under-12s free)
11am Talk and Tour only: £1.50 (under-12s free)

1pm Talk and Tour including lunch: £6 adults and £3.50 under-12s
1pm Talk and Tour only: £1.50 (under-12s free)

3pm Talk and Tour with drink and snack: £3pp (under-12s free)
3pm Talk and Tour only: £1.50 (under-12s free)

Talk and tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, with drinks, snacks and lunch in the Restoration Cafe. Come and see this wonderful Restoration Project. Tickets available in the Cafe prior to the start of the tours or book online at www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk/whats-on. Not wheelchair accessible.

 

John Smedley’s Holloway walk

Join Jackie Morgan on one of these short circular walks around Lea Mills and Holloway, focusing on the life of John Smedley. Two mile walk with one moderate descent and one moderate ascent, sensible footwear required.

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.

Made in Derby Walk of Fame

Learn how to activate the augmented reality holograms on your smart phones. See Derby’s famous people reveal their stories of how they helped put Derby on the world map. Stars include Sir John Hurt, Brian Clough, Joseph Wright, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce and Bess of Hardwick. See more about the Made in Derby walk of fame here www.visitderby.co.uk/ddmid

Time: 12 noon to 1pm
Starts: the stone Ram Statue at the crossroads of Albion Street and East Street, Derby.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just turn up.

Wirksworth’s Hidden Treasure

A guided walk around the town of Wirksworth and off the beaten track.

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Starts: Wirksworth Heritage Centre, 31 St John Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS.
Cost: £4 per person.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs, due to steep gradients, but no over-strenuous.

 

River Front Walk

A gentle circular walk, starting and finishing at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. Discover the central role of the River Derwent in Derby’s history and development. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to view related documents in the library.

Time: 1.30pm to 3pm
Starts: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
Cost: £6 per person.
Advance booking essential at derbycitylibraries.eventbrite.co.uk or visit the library to book.
Wheelchair accessible. Lift, hearing loop and accessible toilet in the library.

Cromford Village Tour

Follow in the footsteps of hundreds of mill workers and discover more about 18th century life in Derbyshire’s oldest factory village.  There will be an 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, the lock-up and the allotments.

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Starts: Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ.
Cost: £5 per person.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Firework Fiesta – EVENT CANCELLED

Matlock RFC are now holding an event on the same night and we feel that one mega event is enough for any Village!!

 

Cromford Underground

A talk by Tony Wood on the mines and the soughs that brought Arkwright here, illustrated by stills and video.

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Cromford Community Centre, Market Place, Cromford.
Cost: £2 per person.
No need to book, just turn up.
Wheelchair accessible.

Back to top