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Simon Starling
Simon Starling

Derby Museums is pleased to showcase new work by Turner Prize-winning artist, Simon Starling.

Fri 18th Mar/Sun 12th Jun
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Jonathan Wallis
The Grand Tour

Derby Museums present the results of the painstaking treatment that is uncovering Wright’s original work, along with a special display on the process of analysis and conservation.

Sat 23rd Apr/Sun 12th Jun
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Belper Arts Festival

Belper Arts Festival blends art, music, dance, photography, film, literature, theatre, comedy, talks and workshops during the month of May.

Sat 30th Apr/Mon 30th May
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Belper Music Festival

Belper Music Festival includes folk, jazz, a family concert, prize winning choirs, local composer James Oldrini, BGT performers and is part of Belper Arts Festival.

Sat 30th Apr/Sat 28th May
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Film, Comedy, Photography

Film, Comedy, Photography at Belper Arts Festival with Beaurepaire Photography Group, Ship of Fools comedy, and film maker Louis Vella at Belper School

Sat 30th Apr/Sun 15th May
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Derby Museums
Museum Interventions

Museum Interventions celebrates the work of Fine Art students from Derby University and allows for the museum’s collections to be interpreted in new ways.

Tue 19th Apr/Sun 29th May
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Art Exhibitions and Workshops

Art Exhibitions at No 28, Market Place, Belper during the Belper arts Festival

Sun 1st May/Sat 21st May
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Belper Arts Trail

Belper Arts Trail, with over 100 artists in a variety of venues across Belper, includes music, workshops, food stalls, street entertainers, and ends with a Arts Trail Party in the Memorial Gardens.

Sun 1st May/Mon 2nd May
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Horse drawn canal boat trips
Birdswood Horse Drawn Boat Trips

Take a trip into the past on this historic narrowboat. Experience a gentler, slower mode of transport, and find out more about the Cromford Canal.

Sun 1st May/Mon 2nd May
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Leawood Pumphouse
Leawood Pumphouse in Steam

Come and experience the power of this great steam engine as it pumps 4 tons of water with each piston stroke.

Sun 1st May/Mon 2nd May
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Masson Mills
Fashion Show at Masson Mills

Fashion Show at Masson Mills in aid of Cancer Research UK, with mini auction and prize raffle.

Thu 5th May
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Swing Dance
Swing Dance

Come and dance the night away at Masson Mills with the best live swing band in the Midlands – Ashby ‘Little’ Big Band.

Fri 6th May
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Milford and Makeney May Day Celebrations

Milford and Makeney May Day Celebrations on Saturday 7th May and details of Milford’s Well Dressings.

Sat 7th May
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Woodland Ecology and Management

Introduction to Woodland Ecology and Management
Learn how woodland management is used as a means of conserving wildlife and the landscape and to support traditional rural enterprises

Sun 8th May
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Belper short walk

Join Brian Deer on a shorter walk, looking at recently researched aspects of Belper’s history.

Sun 8th May
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Masson Mills
Knit and Natter

At our Knit and Natter sessions you can come alone or with a friend and have a cup of tea/coffee and a chat with the friendly locals who come along each week.

Mon 9th May
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 9th May
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Dance Class
Dance Class at Masson Mills

Dance Class at Masson Mills: learn to dance social ballroom with All Ruzzitt Buzzitt every Monday evening.

Mon 9th May
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Heritage Surveying
Heritage at Risk

Learn about building and archaeological surveying with this exciting DerwentWISE project

Wed 11th May/Sat 16th Jul
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Art
The History of Walling

WORKING WITH STONE
A DerwentWISE Project with Walls for the Future

An illustrated talk by Walls for the Future

Wed 11th May
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The Thankful Village

The Thankful Village with Badapple Theatre Company, part of the Belper Arts Festival.

Wed 11th May
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Coal Mining

The Arkwright Society’s lecture series returns with a programme of talks about Derbyshire industries, past and present.

Thu 12th May
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Belper All Together Now

An evening of words and music – make you laugh, make you cry, make the world a better place.

Thu 12th May
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Masson Mills
Fashion Show at Masson Mills

Masson Mills will be hosting a fashion show in aid of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, Chesterfield with prize raffle plus discounted shopping during the evening.

Thu 12th May
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Belper Players Present

Belper Players present two new plays by local writers, as part of their 80th birthday celebrations, as part of the Belper Arts Festival.

Thu 12th May/Sat 14th May
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Wild food and forest crafts
Wild food – Forage and Feast

Identify, learn about, gather and cook edible stems, leaves and flowers of our common wild plants

Enjoy learning landscape, conservation and craft skills with Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Community Education Service and partners.

Sat 14th May
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Heage windmill
Vintage Tractor Day

Vintage Tractor Day and massive Bric-a-Brac Stall at Heage Windmill, part of National Mills Weekend.

Sun 15th May
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms.

Mon 16th May
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Dance Class
Dance Class at Masson Mills

Dance Class at Masson Mills: learn to dance social ballroom with All Ruzzitt Buzzitt every Monday evening.

Mon 16th May
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Swing Dance
Swing Dance

Come and dance the night away at Masson Mills with the best live swing band in the Midlands – Ashby ‘Little’ Big Band.

Fri 20th May
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Literature at the Belper Arts Festival

Literature at Belper Arts Festival includes Books, Crime and Mystery Day with award-winning crime novelist Stephen Booth, and Family Stories, with a workshop and performance by Pete Castle.

Sat 21st May/Tue 24th May
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Captive Audience Showcase

Students from Captive Audience will be performing a selection of pieces in two showcases as part of the Belper Arts Festival.

Sun 22nd May
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Afternoon tea dance
Afternoon Tea Dance

Come and dance throughout the afternoon at Masson Mills in the Arkwright Tea Rooms. It’s free to attend so you can practice your dancing in an fun environment.

Mon 23rd May
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Dance Class
Dance Class at Masson Mills

Dance Class at Masson Mills: learn to dance social ballroom with All Ruzzitt Buzzitt every Monday evening.

Mon 23rd May
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The Silk Mill, Derby
Derby Museums

With summer just around the corner, there are some fantastic and free events at Derby Museums this May and June – so why not get in summer swing a little early!

Tue 24th May/Thu 30th Jun
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Ambassadors of Swing

Masson Mills presents fabulous live band “The Ambassadors of Swing”, featuring Grace Radford and Ruby Rich, playing the best in Rock and Roll, Jump, Jive and Swing.

Fri 27th May
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South from Matlock Bath

Stroll through Lovers’ Walks, Arkwright’s Willersely estate to Cromford. Travel on canal boat Birdswood before walking on through Lea to Whatstandwell and its quarries.

Sat 28th May
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Georgian Weekend

Visit Cromford Mills this weekend for a fantastic Georgian experience.

Sat 28th May/Sun 29th May
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Milford Village Walk

A guided walk of about 1.5 miles around the historic village of Milford.

Sat 28th May
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Belper Open Houses

Belper Open Houses involves local artists and makers exhibiting in houses and studios around Belper and is part of the Belper Arts Festival.

Sat 28th May/Mon 30th May
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Evans Family Schools

A walk around Darley Abbey village visiting the schools from across the ages, including a lost one!

Sat 28th May
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Exploring Dalley Farm

A walk over Bridge Hill to one of the Strutt farms, where Alex Gilbert will talk about new findings about the family’s agricultural experiments, before returning past Crossroads Farm.

Sat 28th May
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Belper Water Ways

A walk around the water courses of the Belper Mill complexes to see how the Strutts used water from the Derwent to power their cotton mills.

Sun 29th May
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Lumsdale waterfall
A Walk along the Lumsdale Valley

A leisurely guided one mile walk along this wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty, exploring the stone ruins, ponds and waterfalls that make up this unique industrial valley site.

Sun 29th May
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Deer, Coal, Clay and Iron

See and hear how a former medieval deer park lying at the northern edge of the Duffield Frith was acquired by the Hurt family using profits from mineral extraction to make them yet money.

Sun 29th May
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Taking the Turnpike to the Workhouse

Join Christine on a walk through Belper’s history, starting at the historic North Mill and taking in the old Workhouse of 1840, where you’ll discover how paupers lived in the 19th century.

Mon 30th May
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Tudor Night

A Tudor drama double bill: Boleyn and Elizabeth & Mary are DE56 Theatre productions in partnership with Belper Arts Festival

Mon 30th May
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Dance Class
Dance Class at Masson Mills

Dance Class at Masson Mills: learn to dance social ballroom with All Ruzzitt Buzzitt every Monday evening.

Mon 30th May
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Belper and Morley Park Railway

Following the route of the 1843 horse worked railway that briefly took coal from the Drury Lowe collieries to Belper Pottery and the route of its planned extension into the town itself.

Tue 31st May
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From Cow Hill to Highland Cattle

An evening walk looking at the industry and community of the once notorious Cow Hill area, then across the Deer Park to ancient farmland where we might encounter Highland cattle.

Tue 31st May
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