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Discovery Days Events: Thursday

Thu 1st Nov
Belper food festival
Lea Wood Work Party

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help with practical woodland management work, removing non-native rhododendron from this important ancient woodland in the World Heritage Site.

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Start: John Smedley’s Car Park entrance, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG.
Cost: Free.
No need to book.
For more information phone 01773 881188.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.

The Rumour Mill – Animation Studio

Come and meet Bexie Bush, award winning animator and look around her studio at Lea Mills, Bexie is currently working on an ambitious animation project, which debates aspects of the topic of ‘energy’ and is using the John Smedley factory as inspiration for her film. The visit will afford an opportunity to see artwork, models and learn how the sets have been made. Visitors will also be able to watch some behind the scenes footage of the making of ‘The Rumour Mill’.

Tours at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm
Venue: John Smedley’s Ltd, Lea Mills, DE4 5AG
Cost: suggested donation of £5 towards the purchase of art materials for the film
Pre-booking essential on 01629 534571 or email
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Old Roads, Turnpikes and ‘The Tantivy’

Illustrated talk by Trevor Griffin about the development of horse drawn transport and the routes that it used along the Derwent Valley. To include the story behind the run of ‘The Tantivy’ in 2017.

Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: The Lion Hotel, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1AX
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831
Ground floor is wheelchair accessible

Woodland Fun Activities

Come and have a go at a range of outdoor fun activities relating to the woodlands around Cromford Wharf. Practical activities, fun crafts and skills for all the family. Get outdoors, get muddy and have some fun.

Time: 11am to 4pm
Venue: Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
Cost: Free
No need to book, just turn up.

Pickford’s Plot: Leaf Printing

This autumn we will be exploring the beauty of leaves and how we can use them to make some stunning art.

Time: 11am to 3pm
Venue: Pickford’s House, 41 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1DA
Cost: Free, donations welcome
No need to book, just drop in
Suitable for families. Limited wheelchair access.

The Great Belper High Street Walk: Part of the World Heritage Site’s Discovery Days Festival

Find out  from Adrian Farmer how Belper’s history contributed to the town’s Great British High Street win in 2014, and the stories behind the development of the town centre and its shops. This walk is shorter and mainly in town.

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Start: Belper Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ)
Cost: £4 per adult with accompanied under 16 year-olds free
Pre-booking advised on 01629 536831
Not suitable for wheelchairs

Derby Arena Tour

Here’s your chance to take a tour around Derby Arena – the UK’s most central velodrome and so much more. Discover this stunning Olympic inspired building’s multi-purpose appeal from state of the art cycling, sports and fitness, to concert and stage-show entertainment. Tour includes behind the scenes exploration of the track bike locker facility where you can get up close to light-weight speed machines which have no brakes or gears!

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JB
Cost: £6 per person
Pre-booking essential on-line at or by phone on 01332 643411
Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and finishes with tea or coffee

From here to there, or how to move a museum!

An evening talk about how Wirksworth Heritage Centre came to move sites and the journey involved, including plans for the future of the brand new centre. This will be followed by a guided tour of the museum and a light supper to finish.

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Wirksworth Heritage Centre, 31 St John Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS
Cost: £10 per person, including supper
Pre-booking essential on 01629 536831
Wheelchair accessible

Buildings on the At Risk Register

Talk on some of the important buildings on the At Risk Register in the World Heritage Site: Allestree Hall, Wards Warehouse and Belper Mills.

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, DE56 1YD
Cost: Free
Pre-booking essential on 01629 536831
Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilet

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