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Thursday 19th October 2017

Lea Wood Work Party

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Meet on the road at John Smedley’s, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG
FREE, but 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.

Skirting the Southern Border of the Duffield Frith

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts from: Bell and Harp Car Park, Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, DE21 5AE
Cost: £4 per person. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 536831. Please wear walking boots and clothing appropriate for the weather.

The Duffield Frith was a medieval forest of deer parks, tightly controlled communities and ancient industries. Discover why the southern boundary followed a certain route, and how the landscape still helps us to perceive it.

Derby Arena Tour

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JB
Cost: £6 per person. Booking essential, on-line at or by phone on 01332 643411. Tour lasts 45 minutes and ends with tea or coffee.

A tour around Derby Arena – the UK’s most central and newest velodrome and much more. Discover this Olympic inspired building’s multi-purpose appeal from state of the art cycling, sports and fitness, to concert and stage-show entertainment. Tour includes behind the scenes exploration of the track bike locker facility where you can get up close to light-weight speed machines with no brakes or gears.

History of the East Midlands Knitting Industry

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £7.50 per person. Pre-booking recommended on 01629 823256. Wheelchair accessible – please notify at the time of booking. Includes cheese and wine 7pm to 7.30pm.

Discover the history of the knitting industry from earliest times up to the present day. This talk by Colin Moss shows how the East Midlands played a pivotal role in the industry and how today’s worldwide knitting industry has its foundations in technology developed in the East Midlands. Colin describes the related social history of the ‘stockingers’ who were the foundation of the knitting industry up until mid-Victorian times.

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