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DerwentWISE Celebration – Saturday

Sat 23rd Mar
five years of DerwentWISE
Celebrating 5 years of DerwentWISE at Cromford Mills

Family fun weekend for all ages!

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019

10:00 am – 4:00pm

To mark the end of the DerwentWISE scheme we will be celebrating in style on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March at Cromford Mills.

You are all invited to join us!

Expect an extravaganza of entertainment for you and your family with fun for all ages.  With activities, exhibitions, music, food and dance that will inspire you about the Lower Derwent Valley and it’s rich heritage and natural beauty.

Thanks to our amazing funders at the National Lottery Heritage Fund it is FREE to come and get involved. (This may exclude local producers selling food or their wares)

Hear an abridged version of ‘Warp & Weft’, a musical celebration of the Lower Derwent Valley composed and performed by John Crossley, University of Derby and Sigma 7 in St Mary’s Church at 12.00 and 15.00

See the Maps and Mapping dance performance by University of Derby students and local young dancers, in the courtyard at Cromford Mills at 11.00 and 14.00

See our short film taken at the Darley Love Parks Superhero Picnic to wet your appetite!  Watch here

Activities confirmed so Saturday

  • Cased Caddisfly craft – Fleet Arts
  • Felt making – Fleet Arts
  • Mill heritage interactive installation – Fleet Arts (Tan Draig)
  • Mini beasts hunts – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Nature tots & babies – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Interactive sand landscape – University of Derby
  • Dry stone walling – Walls For the Future
  • Horse drawn canal boat rides – Birdswood
  • Mosaic making – Amanda Wray
  • Warp & Weft performance at St Mary’s church – John Crossley
  • Dance performance – University of Derby
  • Lego water wheels – Derbyshire County Council
  • Mill Art – Derbyshire County Council
  • Story-telling – Alistair Farson
  • Hurdle making – Derbyshire Eco Centre
  • Willow weaving – Derbyshire Eco Centre
  • The Old Loom Shop
  • Oh La Laa Crepes & Pancakes
  • Noon Gifts
  • Woodwork
  • Candle Craft
  • Crafty R & R
  • Malcolm David Smith
  • Vegan Revelation
Walks & Talks programme


Derwent Valley Mills: A World Heritage Site at risk?

After the successful survey of over 1000 heritage assets, Adam Partington reviews the results of the community-led project investigating the condition of the World Heritage site and considers future options.

Adam Partington 11.30 am to 12.30 at the Gothic Warehouse, First Floor


A history of the view from here,

The changes the Arkwright family made in the landscape as seen from Willersley Castle including a short walk to view Masson Mill from river level.

Doreen Buxton 13.00 to 14.30 at the Willersley Castle, Mews Conference Room


Then and Now on the Cromford Canal

Friends of Cromford Canal’s Archivist, Hugh Potter compares historic images of the canal within the World Heritage Site with the same views today.  Followed by a guided walk around the historic Cromford Canal Wharf.

Hugh Potter 14.30 to 16.00 at the Gothic Warehouse, First Floor




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