Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Days run every year bringing heritage, history, arts and tourist events all down the valley from Matlock Bath to Derby plus a few side shoots to the neighbouring areas. This year’s events take place from  27th October to 4th November. There will be many of the tried and tested regular events plus some new ones, so something for everyone.

Two to bring to your notice:


Monday 29th October 11am LEAD & LIMESTONE, a storytelling walk with Pete Castle.

A story walk for adults; on the edge of Wirksworth taking in the remains of two vital industries (lead mining and quarrying) and using them to inspire stories – not history but folk tales, although there will also be some historical fact and background.

The walk is only about 2 miles but includes some rough terrain so is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. Starts at 11am from the car park at the National Stone Centre Porter Lane, Wirksworth DE4 4LS. It is free but numbers are limited so booking is advisable. Phone 01629-536831.


Friday 2nd November 8-10.30pm FOLKY CREATURES:

The annual concert of traditional songs and stories by Pete Castle, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. This is a well established annual event and last year someone described it as ‘a folk club that meets once a year’!

Expect songs and tales about all the usual creatures—horses, hares, herrings, the cuckoo, dogs, bears… and even the odd werewolf!

Venue is Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café by the canal at Cromford which is licensed and will be serving meals from 7pm.

Tickets £8/£5

Booking advisable but you could cross your fingers and turn up if you decide at the last minute 01629-536831.


See the official catalogue with all the events here:

Discovery Days