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Belper Parks
Stroll around Hermitage Woods and Dale Abbey

Join Mike Bardill and our Trent and Lower Derwent Local Group for a pleasant evening stroll.

Wed 1st Jul
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Belper Channels and Rights of Way

How well do you know your Belper ‘channels’? Why has Belper an unusually large number of these urban footpaths? What are the stories and legends associated with them?

Thu 2nd Jul
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City of Dreaming Spires: Summer Excursion

Visit the world famous ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ and see botanic gardens, the Ashmolean Museum and much more!

Sat 4th Jul
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Basket Making

A two day course in basket making for those with little or no experience.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Sat 4th Jul
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High Peak Junction
Alison Uttley Walk

Join Chas Arnold on this challenging 5 mile guided walk with fantastic views that visits some of the places associated with the life and work of local author Alison Uttley.

Sun 5th Jul
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The Arkwright Spinsters
Arkwright Spinsters

The Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning and other crafts. Anyone wishing to learn may do so by arrangement.

Sun 5th Jul
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Belper Bandstand
Music in Belper River Gardens

Alfreton Male Voice Choir will be performing in the River Gardens all afternoon.

Sun 5th Jul
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Butterfly sweeping
Nature Tots: Butterfly Flutterby

Pre-school children aged 3-5 are invited to bring their adults along to this fun playgroup session!

Mon 6th Jul
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Belper Channels walks
Belper Channels and Rights of Way

A Guided Walk by John Morrissey

Discover they ‘channels’ of Belper. This walk will give you a chance to follow these ‘hidden’ rights of way and discover where they lead

Tue 7th Jul
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Arkwright's Cafe, Cromford Mills
Knit and Natter

Join Jennie Binks for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

Wed 8th Jul
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Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf
Arkwright Society Lecture Series

“The Lunar Society”
Rachel West, Deputy Property Manager at Soho House, unwraps the fascinating history of this intriguing and influential group of eighteenth century thinkers.

Thu 9th Jul
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Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf
Words at the Wharf

Come along to Cromford Mills’ Spoken Word Night and be entertained with everything from poetry and stand up to short sketches and monologues.

Fri 10th Jul
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Local Wildlife Site Work Party

Join the DerwentWISE volunteer team and help us improve Local Wildlife Sites in the lower Derwent Valley. Activities run from 10 am to 3 pm.

Sat 11th Jul
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Wild garlic in Smith's rough
Food for free!

Discover the edible wild plants that grow in Belper parks and hedgerows and cook up a feast with what you find.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Sat 11th Jul
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11 Small mammal trapping at Carsington Water (Derbys WT event) (c) Amy Lewis
Small Mammal Surveying

This introduction to small mammal surveying is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into some of our secretive British wildlife.

Sat 11th Jul
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Reserve Work Party, Spring Wood

Join our volunteer team at Spring Wood Nature Reserve where we will be clearing paths.

Sun 12th Jul
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Living History Display and Muster
Living History Display and Muster

The Georgian Home Guard prepares to defend the Mill against the French invaders led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Hear Captain Peter Arkwright’s company of volunteers tell their stories, see them pursue their normal occupations and try your hand at pike drill.

Sun 12th Jul
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Belper
Strutt’s Belper – the Mills and Housing

Join Brian Deer on a guided walk through the early industrial housing around Belper, the world’s first workers’ town.

Sun 12th Jul
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Common spotted orchids at Pleasley Pit - the site will require active management to maintain the variety of habitats present
The wildlife of grasslands

Explore and identify grassland around Belper.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Thu 16th Jul
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Lumsdale waterfall by Ashley Franklin
Industrial Archaeology of the Lumsdale Valley

Discover more about the archaeology of Lumsdale through this fascinating talk by Julian Burgess, Chair of the Arkwright Society’s Lumsdale Committee, as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

Thu 16th Jul
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Spoon Carving

Learn how to carve a spoon from green wood and the safety involved in using a knife for this technique.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Fri 17th Jul
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Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe
Open Mic Night

An evening of music compered by Barry Sinfield in the relaxed atmosphere of Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe. Book a slot on the night or just sit back and listen.

Fri 17th Jul
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amberfest
Amber Fest

Come along and discover more about the environmental impacts and physical environment of the Amber Valley and how the Council and organisations are working to improve the borough and make it a great place to live, work and play.

Sat 18th Jul
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Summer tree identification

Learn to identify a range of native trees from their shape, bark, twigs and leaves.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Sat 18th Jul
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Reserve Work Party, Lea Wood

Join our volunteer team at Lea Wood Nature Reserve where we will be carrying out practical conservation work.

Sun 19th Jul
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Boat at waters edge, Willington
Reserve Work Party, Willington Gravel Pits

Join our volunteer team at Willington Gravel Pits Nature Reserve where we will be trimming foliage back from the main track and pulling ragwort.

Sun 19th Jul
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Cromford Mill Yard
Derbyshire Woodcrafts

Demonstrations by traditional wood carvers including wood turning on a lathe, wood carving and pyrography. All products available to purchase.

Sun 19th Jul
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The Arkwright Spinsters
Arkwright Spinsters

The Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning and fibre crafting and sharing their skills. Bring your own spinning wheel and learn to spin.

Sun 19th Jul
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Wild Summer
Nature Tots: Tree-riffic

Pre-school children aged 3 and over are invited to bring their adults along to this fun playgroup session.

Mon 20th Jul
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Wye and Upper Derwent Group walk at Hartington Meadows

Come and discover the new part of the reserve which we bought last year and see if you can spot skylarks ascending overhead!

Mon 20th Jul
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Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf
The Housekeeper’s Tale

Join Chatsworth’s Head Housekeeper Christine Robinson and step behind the scenes of this great house and Estate that is the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Thu 23rd Jul
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Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf
Make your own Rag Rug Bag

Learn the art of rag rug making in one of these two relaxed fun workshops. You will be shown the basics of traditional rag rug making before decorating a hessian bag of your choice.

Sat 25th Jul
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Painting by C Gray and E Parkins
Art and Makers Festival

Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th July
Meet the artists and browse a diverse selection of quality artwork from paintings and photography to pottery and jewellery.

Sat 25th Jul
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Butterfly Walk at The Avenue Washlands

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers on a guided walk to discover which butterflies call this nature reserve their home.

Sat 25th Jul
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Lumsdale waterfall by Ashley Franklin
A Walk along the Lumsdale Valley

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

Sun 26th Jul
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Belper Channels Walk

Discover the hidden pathways which link the many old roads of Belper. This walk will give you a chance to follow the town’s channels and find where they lead.

Sun 26th Jul
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Introduction to compost toilets

What you need to know to design and build your own compost toilet.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Mon 27th Jul
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Introduction to wood fuel

Find out the benefits and and practicalities of heating with wood fuel.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Tue 28th Jul
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Cooking on the campfire
My Wild Summer!

Spend the summer playing wild at our two centres. With a different theme and related activities each week you will be sure to learn and discover a lot. This week – SUPER SENSES!

Wed 29th Jul
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Arkwright's Cafe, Cromford Mills
Fibres and Fabrics

A chance for all the family to discover the many uses of some of the world’s natural fibres including cotton. See if you tell the difference between mohair and sisal, jute and wool and have a go at carding and spinning.

Thu 30th Jul
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Bat walk

An evening talk and gentle walk around the Eco Centre to find out about these fascinating creatures.
Get Skilled for DerwentWISE taster sessions and courses for people living in the project area.

Fri 31st Jul
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