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Sunday 3rd November

Science and Discovery Weekend
Cromford

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ 
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. See website (www.cromfordmills.org.uk) for more details nearer the time.

The Makory
Cromford

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: 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.

Climbing Wall Experience
Cromford

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
Cost: FREE
No need to book, just turn up
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Thanks to Acclimbatize of Cromford, there will be the opportunity to have a go on a climbing wall at Cromford Wharf – for FREE – with correct equipment and professional tuition.

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, but delicious, 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.

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.

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”.

Exploring the Industrialisation of the Derwent Valley at Ambergate walk
Ambergate

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
Starts: The Hurt Arms, Ambergate, DE56 2EJ 
Cost: FREE – donations welcome 
Booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

The planned route is Cromford Canal, The Hag, Ambergate Station, Halfpenny Toll Bridge and the forge tail race. The route is about 2.5 miles, lasting 1-2 hours as there is plenty to talk about. Mainly tracks and public footpaths, some steep and potentially muddy/slippery sections – please come prepared for the weather and terrain. Parking available in Hurt Arms overflow car park, but fits in with train arriving from Derby at 10.15am.

Horse Drawn Canal Boat Trip
Cromford

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

Cost: 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, 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. 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.

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.

Masson Mills Self-Guiding Tours and Beam Engine
Matlock Bath

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Masson Mills, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PY
Costs: 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 12 noon and 2pm in the Weaving Shed. The newly-completed beam engine will be in motion as part of the Discovery Days demonstrations.

Restoration Guided Tour
Cromford

Time: 11.30am to 1pm
Starts: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per adult
Booking advised on 01629 823256 (Cromford Mills)
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Cromford Mills has been a site of industry since the 18th century. Discover how the history of the site has created new restoration challenges and how science has overcome them.

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
Dogs on leads allowed / Not suitable for wheelchairs

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.

White Peak Distillery and Exhibition
Ambergate

Time: 12 noon to 4pm
Venue: Derwent Wireworks, Matlock Road, Ambergate, DE56 2HE 
Cost: FREE
No need to book, just call in
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs not allowed in the distillery buildings
The main car park is by the entrance on the A6 and there is a security gatehouse where people should check in. The security guard will give further directions

White Peak Distillery is Derbyshire’s first full scale craft spirits distillery. Whisky is its core focus, which it started distilling and laying down in Spring 2018. The Distillery also has a range of gins and other spirits, which it sells from the Distillery shop and through local stockists. Visitors will be able to learn about the journey of the Distillery to-date, the history of the Johnson & Nephew Wire Works site and see how the Distillery has integrated this heritage into its operations.

Travel and Transport Guided Tour
Cromford

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Starts: Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per adult
Booking advised on 01629 823256 
Not suitable for wheelchairs

The growth of the cotton mills changed Cromford and the Derwent Valley forever and turned this valley into a place of industry. Come on a journey of discovery about the dramatic changes in travel over the last 200 years as this tour explores how important networks grew, linking Cromford to the rest of the world. This tour starts at Cromford Mills and finishes along the canal.

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