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Sunday 15th October 2017

Belper Genealogy

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper
FREE. No need to book, just call in.

A chance to find out how to uncover your family history with advice and materials to help you get started.

Reserves Work Party at Lea Wood

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm
Starting from: Lea Road, near Smedley’s Mill, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG (parking on the road)
FREE. Booking is essential on 01773 881188

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help with practical woodland management work, removing non-native rhododendron from this important ancient woodland in the World Heritage Site.

7 Long Row

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: 7 Long Row, Belper.
FREE. No need to book, just call in.

Take a look inside one of the three-storey stone-built terraced cottages built by the Strutt family for their millworkers in the 1790s

The Cedars

Time: 10am to 4pm
The Cedars, up the drive to the rear of 55/57 Field Lane, Belper, DE56 1DD
FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Take a look inside the former mansion home of a Belper Nailmaster, built in 1828. Learn about its history, stroll around its gardens and tour it from attics to cellars!

Berkin’s Court Open Day

Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: just off Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1AY
FREE. No need to book, just drop in (including tours – on the hour from 11am to 3pm)

Visit some of the earliest housing built around 1790 by the Strutts family for their millworkers. Designed around courtyard for community living, with privies, wash houses and a well on site as well as allotments and workshops for the men. Guided tours around Berkin’s Court on the hour from 11am to 3pm (spaces limited). There’s an exhibition of the history of the site, its buildings and the people who lived here which you can see in Stones Garage. Hot and cold drinks, cakes and home-made produce will be on sale in Number 2, where you can not only buy something and contribute to our charities in support of refugees and the local food bank, but also see inside what was once two back-to-back houses.

The History of The Lion Hotel in Photographs

Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: The Lion Hotel, Belper, DE56 1AX
FREE entry. No need to book, just drop in. This year the display will be run in conjunction with the starting and finishing point of the Tantivy Stage Coach as it travels between Belper and Cromford.

A display of information, photographs and maps outlining the role of The Lion Hotel, Belper as a local hostelry and in relation to its coaching and railway links and also its use as a coroners court and meeting hub during the 18th and 19th century up to current times.

Georgian Games

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

Join in with a selection of Georgian games suitable for all the family. Learn about the history of the games including skittles, quoits and chess.

Health and Hygiene in Georgian Times

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

Discover all about health and hygiene in Georgian times – or rather the lack of it! – with illustrated displays.

Exhibition and Community Cafe at No 28

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
FREE entry. No need to book.

Exhibition of images celebrating the many modes of transport seen in Belper over the years, with the community cafe open for drinks and snacks.

Strutt’s North Mill

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
FREE, donations welcome. Free parking.
The main part of the museum is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet.

Strutt’s North Mill Museum will be open for free entry. Donations are welcome.

Arkwright Spinsters

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Gothic Warehouse, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

The Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning and fibre crafting and sharing their skills. Bring your own spinning wheel and learn to spin, or learn with group equipment, by prior arrangement. Please contract arkwrightspinsters@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to arrange a lesson.

Heage Windmill

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Heage Windmill, Heage, DE56 2BH
Costs: Adults £4, Concessions £3.50, Children £2, Under-5 free.
No need to book, just drop in. 
Visitor Centre and first floor of the mill are accessible by wheelchair and there is an accessible toilet. No dogs in the mill, but welcome on site on leads.

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

Belper & Cromford Turnpike Bi-Centenary Celebration

Depart The Lion Hotel, Belper, DE56 1AX: 11.20am
Depart The Greyhound Hotel, Cromford, DE4 3QE: 2pm
(Journey time 1 hour 15 minutes each way)
Tickets: Single journey £90 which includes buffet lunch at the Greyhound Hotel in Cromford. Box seat £20 extra each way. Children same price but must be with adults. Booking is essential on 0781 653945. (Organiser: Belper Community Enterprise in aid of the new Belper River Gardens Tearooms).

The stage coach ‘Tantivy’, which operated between Derby and Matlock Bath in the 1890s, will make a return journey carrying passengers between Belper and Cromford. The ‘Loyal Volunteers’ re-enactment group will be attending. Note the events taking place in Belper (including supporting exhibition at The Lion Hotel) and in Cromford Mill Yard from 10am on the same day.

Stockings, Schools and the Workhouse

Time: 11.30am to 12.30pm
Starts from: Strutt’s Centre, Belper, DE56 1UU
FREE, donations welcome.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email Gwen

A short walk around the south end of the town centre – discovering old schools and hosiery companies, before exploring the old workhouse exercise yard and learning about what the inmates ate and did.

Craft Activity

Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Venue: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
FREE, but donations welcome. Free parking.
No need to book, just call in. 
The main part of the museum is accessible, with accessible toilets.

Are you creative and interested in local heritage? Come along and see how history and crafting can be combined.

Belper Hydro: How it Works

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Venue: East Mill car park, Belper, DE56 1DH
FREE. No need to book, just call in!

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Belper, with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Transition Belper. Includes a look inside the turbine house, the last surviving part of the South Mill.

Water Power in Belper, Past and Present

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts from: The Old Swiss Tea Rooms, Belper River Gardens, Belper, DE56 1BE
FREE, but donations welcome.
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email gwen.wilson@derbyshire.gov.uk

A short walk around the waterways of the Belper Mill complex, seeing how the Strutts used water from the River Derwent to power their cotton mills. Also discussing the Hydro Power currently being produced on site and along the Derwent Valley.

Discovery Days Film

Time: 5pm
Venue: The Ritz Cinema, King Street, Belper, DE56 1QA
Please phone 01773 822224 for seat prices and to book.

A film 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 www.ritz-belper.co.uk.

Exhibition at The Greyhound Hotel

Venue: The Greyhound Hotel, Market Place, Cromford, DE4 3QE
FREE entry.

Pop in to the newly refurbished Greyhound any day during Discovery Days to see this exhibition on The Greyhound and Cromford Village.

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