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Sunday 28th October

Strutt House and the Gangway

A great opportunity to see parts of the Belper Mills site not usually open to the public. You will be able to see inside Strutt House, built in 1913 as the offices of the English Sewing Cotton Company and the dining room for the newly constructed East Mill. You will also be able to walk inside the gangway bridge over the Ashbourne Road that once connected the mills on both sides of the site.

Look for the signs outside Strutt House for entry.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Strutt House, Bridgefoot, Belper
Cost: Free. No need to book, just call in.

Edwardian Belper Exhibition at No 28

What were Belper and Milford like at the start of the 20th century? This year’s exhibition celebrates the changes made, in both communities, to improve people’s lives and their surroundings under the eye of George Herbert Strutt, Belper’s greatest benefactor. Includes new images of some of Strutt’s greatest projects, created by architects Hunter and Woodhouse. There will be a community cafe run by the Market Place Group who will also be presenting the report on the U3A Market Place Archaeology Project.

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible.

Belper Genealogy

Information stall to help you get started in discovering more about your Belper roots.

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible.

World Heritage Engineers

Family friendly have-a-go activities. Using resources from Derbyshire Environmental Studies children’s learning days, have a go at making your own water management system from lego and pipes and see if you can get a mini water wheel to work. Have a look at old maps to find out how the engineers of the past shaped the town or pick up a pack for your own old photo or architecture tour around town.

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: Outside No 28 Community Hall, Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just drop by.
Wheelchair accessible

The Cedars Open Day

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! Includes small exhibition with information about this historic part of town.

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Venue: The Cedars, up the drive to rear of 55/57 Field Lane, Belper, DE56 1DD.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Exhibition: History of The Lion Hotel

An exhibition, with information, photographs and maps, outlining the role of the Lion Hotel 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.

Time: 10am to 5pm.
Venue: The Lion Hotel, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1AX.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Ground floor is wheelchair accessible.

Berkin’s Court Open Day

Visit some of the earliest housing in Belper, built around 1790 by the Strutt family for their millworkers. Designed around a courtyard for community living which contains privies, wash houses, a well and allotments as well as workshops to provide work for the men. Guided tours around Berkin’s Court on the hour from 11am to 3pm (spaces limited).

The exhibition, in Stones Garage, has been inspired by the centenary of some women gaining the national vote in 1918 – but which women in Berkin’s Court became able to vote? Includes parts of the HLF funded ‘Deeds not Words – Towards Liberation’ exhibition which focuses on the story of women’s suffrage in Derby and Derbyshire.

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.

Time: 10am to 5pm.
Venue: off Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1AY.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in (including tours, which are on the hour from 11am to 3pm).
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Belper Clusters Heritage Group Progress

Belper Clusters Heritage Group are a charitable organisation currently working on a project to repair and reinstate road and pavement surfaces within an area comprising four historic residential streets in Belper. This area is at the hear of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site with historically important streets associated with some of the first industrial housing in the world and is, therefore, of international significance. With a recent grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work has begun on the process of undertaking this significant community and conservation led project.

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: MOD Drill Hall, Cluster Road, Belper, DE56 1DQ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. 

7 Long Row

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

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: 7 Long Row, Belper, DE56 1DR.
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Autumn Nature Walk at Darley & Nutwood Local Nature Reserve

A gentle walk around the Darley and Nutwood Local Nature Reserve which has a wide variety of flora and fauna, in a pleasant riverside location.

Time: 10am to 12 noon
Starts: Mill View Gardens in Darley Abbey (approx DE22 1DX)
Cost: £3 per person.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs must be on leads at all times as there may be cattle grazing.

Strutt’s North Mill

Strutt’s North Mill has free entry for the first Sunday of Discovery Days, offering regular guided tours with their friendly and knowledgeable guides. They bring this incredible building to life, explaining its place in world history and how the cotton was transformed from plant to thread. Also see the new exhibition in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Strutt’s North Mill, Bridgefoot, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Giant Cobweb at Heage Windmill

See the six sails in operation, and discover the mill’s history. Windmill volunteers need your help to make a Giant Cobweb, hopefully even bigger than last year’s, involving everyone on site at the time – 12 noon. The more people, the bigger the cobweb.

Time: 11am to 4pm. Cobweb making at 12 noon.
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 & 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. 

Bullbridge & 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.

Belper Hydro: How it Works

Learn about the hydro power currently being produced in Belper, with Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd and Amber & Derwent Valley Community energy (ADVyCE). Includes a look inside the turbine house, the last surviving part of the South Mill.

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm.
Venue: East Mill car park, Belper, DE56 2UA.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Old Cow Hill Walk

A look at this fascinating area of Belper that housed cows in medieval times but later became the focus of nail-making and heavy industry, with walk leader Dawn Churchill. Mainly streets but footpaths through the parks and quite steep at times.

Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Starts: The Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ.
Cost: £4 per person, under 16s free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

St Matthew’s Church Open Day

Take a guided tour around the Parish Church of St Matthew, built in 1819 by Walter Evans, son of the mill founder Thomas Evans. The tour includes the Church, the Crypt and the Churchyard.

Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Starts: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF.
Cost: Free.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. Hearing loops. Accessible toilet.

Lumsdale Valley Walk

A leisurely guided one mile walk down through this wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty, exploring the stone mill ruins, ponds and waterfalls that make up this unique historical site.

Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Starts: from the layby opposite Highfields School, Upper School, Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA.
Cost: £3 per person.
Pre-booking required on 01629 823256.
Not suitable for wheelchairs. The route down the valley involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Please wear suitable footwear with a good grip. Walking poles are also recommended.
Please park in Upper Lumsdale, not at the bottom of the valley.

Derbyshire on Film – archive footage from MACE

All new archive footage from the Media Archive for Central England, especially for Discovery Days. Film includes, amongst others, Belper Carnival from the 1970s, Belper in the 1960s, the Litton Carnival from 1979 ATV Today and an Ashbourne Shrovetide football film from 1955. Details on booking and prices in the Ritz October programme, out mid-September at www.ritz-belper.co.uk

Time: 5pm.
Starts: The Ritz Cinema, King Street, Belper, DE56 1QA.
Cost: Please phone 01773 822224 for seat prices and to book.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

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