Children and Families
Children and Families
Come on a journey back in time to the Derwent Valley and discover why events here were to change the world forever.
Enjoy the children’s activities and funny facts.
Find out what there is for children to do at each of the places in the World Heritage Site.
Check out the Events Calendar to see what family learning events are on in the Derwent Valley.
DVMWHS Children's Guide
Our Children's Guide "The Story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site" introduces this site and the reasons it was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Informal Learning, EYFS Loan Box
The activities in the loan box are designed for nurseries, playgroups, younger families and early years settings to play and explore and are linked to the spinning mills, valley landscape and waterpower.
Cromford Canal Sketch Book
Why not download this ideas sketch book and use it to inspire and capture your visit to Cromford Mills, Cromford Canal, High Peak Junction, Leawood Pumphouse and Aqueduct Cottage.
Derwent Valley Mills Creative Activities
We know that recently people have had to spend more time at home and we thought you might enjoy some new ideas to get creative, each one fully illustrated and with simple 'how to' instructions.
Cromford Canal Heritage and Wildlife
Take a virtual journey along the Cromford Canal in this wonderful Nearpod Session - with lots of activities to complete along the way.
Derwent Valley Mills at Home
Whilst we're all spending much more time at home, we thought we'd put together a few activities to help keep you and the family occupied!
How the Derwent Valley changed the World
This is the story of the industrial revolution – a time of great change in Britain’s history when we were transformed from a nation of mainly farm workers to a nation of mainly factory workers.
Download our Wordsearch and find all the words. Find out about Patrimonito. Find out about the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and discover what there is to do for children and families at each of the places.
Find out where cotton comes from, how many brains silk worms have and how many World Heritage Sites there are.
Pick from the menu of activities to turn a wander into a story walk. Inspired by things you find, see, hear and smell, you might make up an adventurous tale, a magical story or simply tell the story of your walk.
The Whistlestop Centre
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust provides hands-on activities at our Whistlestop Centre, designed to help children of all ages and abilities discover and understand the natural world around them. Situated in the old railway station buildings in Matlock Bath, beside the river Derwent and nestled below the spectacular High Tor Woods, activities focus on celebrating the landscape of the World Heritage Site.
UNESCO and Other World Heritage Sites
The World Heritage List includes all the sites that UNESCO has agreed are of outstanding universal value to humanity. The World Heritage List has three aspects. It includes monuments and groups of buildings and sites which are considered as cultural heritage. It includes areas of landscape which are considered as natural heritage. It includes sites which are considered to combine cultural and natural heritage.