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Discovery Days events Tuesday 29th

Tue 29th Oct
Crafty Tuesday: Halloween Puppets

Crafty Tuesday is crafty holiday session at Pickford’s House. This half term have a go at making some Halloween puppets and create your own spooky stories.

Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Pickford’s House, Derby, DE1 1DA
Cost: free – donations welcome
No need to book, drop in session for children aged 5+ with their grown-ups
Not suitable for wheelchairs


Family Handling History

Handling History is the regular object handling morning at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, where you can get up close to some objects from their collection. This half term explore some of the exciting Japanese objects in the collection.

Time: 10am to 10.30am
Location: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, DE1 1BS
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, drop in session for families
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets


Heage Windmill

Heage Windmill is the only six-sailed stone tower windmill in England. It is a Grade II* listed building, sited on a hill providing spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It was restored to working order in 2002 and looks as splendid as when first built in 1797. Visitors can go on tours with guides, normally in costume. There is an Interpretation Centre and a shop where you can buy flour that is milled here. Last tour at 2.30pm.

Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: Heage, DE56 2BH
Cost: Adults – £4; Concessions – £3.50; Children (5-16) – £2 (second child free)
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair accessible on two floors of the Mill


Halloween Half Term Happening

Come along for a Halloween experience of crafts, games and spooky thrills.

Time: 10.30am to 3pm
Location: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: £3.50 per child (Adults free)
No need to book, just drop in
Wheelchair friendly, accessible toilets
Suitable for children from 3-13 years


From Conquest to King Cotton

Discover 700 years of Belper’s history, from the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, to the coming of the cotton industry on a walk with Christine Smith. Involves steep gradieents and some stony or woodland paths, so stout footwear is recommended.

Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Starts: Belper Market Place, DE56 1FZ
Cost: £5 per person, accompanied under-16s free
Booking advised at
Not suitable for wheelchairs


Roundhouse Tour

Join us on a journey to explore the oldest turning shed in the world where the golden age of steam once ruled! The crumbling remains of The Roundhouse has been restored into a truly unique learning centre for Derby College and this special tour reveals how the impressive new buildings complement the character of this historical site.  The friendly and knowledgeable tour guides will take you around The Roundhouse, the Engine Shed and and Carriage Shop and reveal the true-life stories of the men, women and children who pioneered Derby’s railway industry. You can walk in the footsteps of George Stephenson, constructor of The Roundhouse and discover how the town of Derby prospered at the forefront of Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Time: 3pm to 4pm
Location: The Gatehouse entrance to Derby Roundhouse, Derby, DE24 8JE
Cost: £6 per person
Booking essential on 01332 255800 (option 1) – payment in advance
Wheelchair friendly route is available, but it may not be suitable for some with mobility difficulties – please check when booking
The tour is both indoors and outdoors, so please wear sensible shoes
No dogs allowed


Belper and the Circus

It is over 250 years since the circus as we know it was invented by Philip Astley. Neil Calladine looks at Astley’s life and the history of the circus in Belper. Neil looks back at circus-type performances in Derby by the late 1700s and in Belper from 1841, but there were circus-type performances at Belper Fair before that.

Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Location: No 28 Market Place, Belper, DE56 1FZ
Cost: Free
Booking advised on 01629 536831
Wheelchair friendly


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