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Fri 2nd Nov
Family Friday: Skulls

This Hallowe’en the Museum staff are looking at skulls in art and how you can use them to be playful and creative.

Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS
Cost: Free – donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Suitable for children aged 5+ with their grown-ups
Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilet

Rebellion – A Radically Different Walk!

Find out where the radicals and dissenters of the Belper district gathered on the outskirts of town; about the might-have-beens and close calls of past centuries; and how protest has been part of life in this part of Derbyshire right up the present day. We take one of the oldest routes into Belper from the East, remembering past events, and finish in the Market Place, where religious dissenter John Wesley once preached. There’ll be ups and downs, so you’ll need a stout pair of shoes. No pitchforks, blazing torches or government provacateurs, but well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed – even in the Deer Park. Led by Adrian Farmer with Keith Venables.

Time: 10.15am, catching the 7.1 bus from the Market Place, Belper or 10.45am from Sandbed Lane Recreation Ground, Belper, DE56 0SJ. Finishes at 12.30pm, back in Belper.
Cost: Free.
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831.
Not suitable for wheelchairs – some challenging gradients and steps.
Older children welcome.

Mills, Canals and Creatures

Draw, design and scribble a mill as long as a monster, a canal full of creatures, a world of wonders and delights. Join artists from Stone and Water for a day of giant pictures and miniature moments inspired by the Cromford Mills, the canal and its wildlife.

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just call in. Children welcome
Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilet.

Heritage at Risk – Derby and Little Chester Walk

Take a look at some of the historic buildings recently surveyed by Brian Deer and others as part of a Heritage at Risk review in the Derwent Valley. This walk is shorter and mainly in town.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Starts: Outside Local Studies Office, Full Street/Derwent Street Junction, Derby, DE1 3AF
Cost: £4 per adult, with accompanied under 16 year-olds free. All money raised helps to support the Strutt’s North Mill Museum, which tells the story of Belper’s most significant contributions to world history
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831 or email

St Matthew’s Special ‘Last Night of the Proms’

Come and join the choir of St Matthew’s Church, along with its congregation and friends for a special ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert, to commemorate of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. With music, readings and sing-a-longs, finishing of course with Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Followed by refreshments.

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Matthew’s Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up
All welcome. Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilet.

Folky Creatures – traditional songs and stories about creatures of all kinds

The annual concert by Derbyshire folk musicians Pete Castle, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. Songs and stories about wildlife real and mythical – animals, birds, fish – perhaps even a werewolf or two! Wheatcroft’s Wharf cafe will be open for food orders from 7pm to 8pm and for drinks, including alcoholic beverages, till 10pm.

Time: 8pm to 10.30pm (food from 7pm)
Venue: Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
Cost: £8 for adults, £5 concessions
Pre-booking essential on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs


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