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Sunday 4th 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 GRAWL!X at High Peak Junction at 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm

‘Dream pop should sound this way: beautiful, assured, intriguing and resonant’ Louder Than War

GRAWL!X is the project of Derby-based multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker James Machin who recently concluded his trilogy on grief with the release of his third album Appendix, his first for the Reckless Yes label.

Catch Umbilica at Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway at 1pm and 2pm

Umbilica is the songs and poetry of Josephine Lewis. Refining her songcraft over two decades, Umbilica draws from folk, rock, blues and literary influences to explore themes of relationships, gender politics and connectedness. The work has been described as haunting and vulnerable, “but with a particular grit and determination”.

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.

Celebrating the Cromford Canal

Lots to see all weekend at the free Cromford Canal Exhibition in the Gothic Warehouse; follow the sound of the street organ! There will be demonstrations of traditional canal ‘Rose and Castle’ painting, peg weaving, a historical slide show, watercolour paintings for sale, and the extensive Friends of Cromford Canal sales stand, including 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

Climbing and Canoeing at Cromford Canal

Thanks to Acclimbatize of Cromford there will be chance to have a go at either climbing or canoeing – FREE! Fully trained staff will be on hand with the correct equipment and advice on using the climbing wall or getting afloat.

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

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 lunch – home-made soups, cakes and other delicious snacks and meals –  at the Ambergate 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

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

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

Family Walk and Conservation Day

Join us for this family walk and look at the woodland in autumn. Then help the wildlife with some family conservation taster sessions.

Time: 10am to 3pm
Starts: the bus stop near Lea Road and Mill Lane, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG (parking on the road)
Cost: Free
No need to book, but for more information, please phone 01773 881188
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Hedgelaying – 2 day course

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

Dates: 3rd and 4th November
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Eco Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, DE4 4LS
Cost: £78/£70/£39 per course (2 days)
Booking essential on 01629 533038
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.

Walk on Canal and Wireworks

The planned route is Cromford Canal, Bluebell Wood, Stephenson gangway. Ambergate 3 cornered station, Halfpenny Toll Bridge, then follow the mill race back to the Wireworks. It is about 2 miles, and around 1.5 hours as there is plenty to talk about.

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
Starts: Derwent Wireworks, Matlock Road, Ambergate, DE56 2HE. Car park is by the entrance on the A6, but the walk fits in with train arriving from Derby at 10.15am.
Cost: Free, donations welcome.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs. Mainly tracks and public footpaths with some steep bits. 
Dogs on leads at all times.

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.

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


White Peak Distillery & Exhibition

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 this year. The Distillery also has a whisky members club and 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 Wireworks site and how the Distillery has integrated this heritage into its operations. Includes an exhibition about the History of the Wireworks, provided by Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society, and an ADVyCE display on the Ambergate Hydro-electric power community project.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Derwent Wireworks, Matlock Road, Ambergate, DE56 2HE
The main car park is by the entrance on the A6 and there is a security gatehouse where people should check in. 
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up.
Wheelchair accessible.
Dogs on leads at all times, but not allowed in the distillery building.

Masson Mills Self-Guiding Tours

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. Look out for the Traction Engine outside the Museum.

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 turn up.
Limited wheelchair access. Accessible toilet

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. 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

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, including a visit to a mill worker’s cottage on North Street

Time: 11.30am to 1pm
Starts: Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £5 per person
Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256

High Peak Junction Open Day

Visit some of the oldest railway workshops in the world and see them come alive. You will also be able to learn 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
Cost: Free workshop entry and free heritage audio tour.
£10 charge to have a go on the forge and for each poker you make.
Parking charges apply.
No need to book, just call in.
Wheelchair accessible. Tramper scooters available for hire.

John Smedley’s Holloway

Join Jackie Morgan on one of these short circular walks around Lea Mills and Holloway, focussing on the life of John Smedley.

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.
Two mile walk with one moderate descent and one moderate ascent, sensible footwear required. Dogs on leads allowed.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Derbyshire on Film

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 in the Ritz October programme at

Time: 5pm
Venue: The Ritz Cinema, King Street, Belper, DE56 1QA
Please phone 01773 822224 for seat prices and to book.
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
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF.
No need to book, just drop in.
Wheelchair and pushchair accessible, with accessible toilets and hearing loops.

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