Derbyshire & Staffordshire
Issue 19 - 2017
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Annual Publication - The Ultimate County Guide Historic Buildings | Attractions | Museums & Arts | Open Air
ConTEnTS Historic Buildings Attractions Museums & Arts The Open Air
Welcome to the 2017 edition of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & the Potteries County Signpost Tourist Guide, your indispensable guide to the best tourist attractions and days out the county has to offer. We hope that you find our guide, a pleasure to read, both interesting and informative, and that you will take it away with you, to use again and again.
We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and events within the County, for both locals and those who wish to visit from afar.
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Calke Abbey © national Trust Images / Chris Lacey
For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, contact Calke Abbey on 01332 863822 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke
walks in the 600-acre parkland and explore the ancient habitats, limeyards, wetlands and woodland around Calke Park – a haven for hidden wildlife.
To keep the kids entertained pop into Squirt’s Stable where you’ll find a range of seasonal activities during weekends and school holidays (March – October). Afterwards, pop into the café or restaurant and enjoy local and seasonal produce, including organically reared meat from the Calke Estate.
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Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. With peeling paint and overgrown courtyards, the house and stables are little restored and represent a time in the twentieth century when many country houses did not survive.
A walk through Eyam is like uncovering history one step at a time. It is a place with stories of tragedy and survival, life and death, hope and despair. At the centre of it all is the unspoilt Jacobean manor house of Eyam Hall, where eleven generations of family history is enclosed within an idyllic walled garden.
Finding out more: Tel: 01433 639565, Email: email@example.com www.nationaltrust.org.uk/eyam
This year visitors will discover more of Calke’s hidden stories, which will be revealed throughout the year. Inside the house, hear tales of an eccentric family and take a closer look at the vast collection of hidden treasures that are often overlooked. Visit the family apartments which are open to visitors for the first time and don’t miss the silk state bed, erected in 1985 after lying undiscovered since the eighteenth century. Step outside to find the beautiful yet faded walled gardens and orangery. Enjoy a variety of
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Eyam Hall © national Trust Images/ Laura Kenny
Sudbury Hall © national Trust Images
There’s so much to see and do at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Vernon family, offers a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring intricate plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals.
Be amazed by the gravity defying Great Staircase, the sheer size of the Long Gallery. Be captivated by the story the house tells, brought to life by our knowledgeable volunteers and guides, or get a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’ in the kitchen and newly opened basement.
The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone. Watch your children discovering something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by. You can be a chimney sweep, a scullion or even join a lesson in the Victorian Schoolroom. You don’t have to be young, only young at heart to enjoy the adventure. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, contact Sudbury Hall on 01283 585337 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-halland-museum-of-childhood
The Hardwick estate is full of lives, loves and adventures. It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick, who built the hall in the sixteenth century. Her name is all over the building – the architecture and stitched upon intricate embroideries that adorn the walls. Seek out stories about the characters of Hardwick’s past in hidden corners; visit the Great Barn Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Enjoy the gardens and park daily, throughout the seasons, and discover the woodland play trail and activities over the school holidays.
Hardwick Hall © national Trust Images/ John Millar
Stainsby Mill is a working water mill at the foot of the Hardwick estate. Lucky visitors can see everything in action, getting an insight into the workplace of a nineteenth-century miller.
For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, contact Hardwick Hall on 01246 850430 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick
Kedleston Hall, designed by the famous architect Robert Adam, was built for Sir Nathaniel Curzon in 1765 as a house to rival Chatsworth.
Intended as showpiece and a location for grand entertainment, the main house was never meant to be a family home; instead it was merely a canvas on which to showcase the fine collection of art and lavish furniture belonging to the Curzon family.
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Events highlights for 2017 Calke Abbey
Sun 19 Mar, 11am-4pm: Fine Food Fair Fri 26 May, 8.30pm-10.30pm: Bat night Fri 14 Apr – Sun 16 April, 11am-3.30pm: Cadbury Egg Hunt Sat 8 Jul – Sun 3 Sep: Garden of Imagination
The Hall’s fabulous state apartment has been painstakingly restored over the past 30 years, giving a true reflection of how Adam designed it. Retaining its original collections of paintings, sculpture and furnishings you are transported back into true 18th century luxury.
Kedleston is also home to Lord Curzon’s eclectic Eastern Museum, created in the early 20th century. Remnants of the past glory of the Raj, it displays objects collected during his travels in Asia as Viceroy of India. Outside, the naturalistic parkland and pleasure grounds blends seamlessly into the surrounding countryside.
There a number of walks within the 332 hectare (820 acre) grounds. Explore the wilderness on the far side of the lake and discover some of the county’s most ancient tree or simply stop for a picnic and take in the stunning views.
You can also enjoy tasty homemade meals in the Great Kitchen restaurant, or pick a gift from the National Trust shop. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, contact Kedleston Hall on 01332 842191 or visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston
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Sat 15 Apr – Mon 17 Feb, 11am-3pm: Cadbury Egg Hunts regular varied days and times: Guided Village Walks Fri 27 Mar, 10.30am-3.30pm: Eyam to Longshaw Walks (additional dates throughout the year
Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb, 12noon-3.30pm: Womble Craft and Trail Sat 11 Mar, 9am-5pm: Explore Your Camera Photography Workshop Fri 14 Apr – Mon 17 Apr, Planet Sudbury’s Cadbury Egg Hunt Wed 31 May, 12.30pm-3pm: Soap Carving Workshop
Sat 11 Feb – Sun 19 Feb, 11am-5pm: Halfterm at Hardwick Fri 14 Apr – Mon 17 Apr, 11am-4pm: Cadbury Egg Hunts Fri 18 Aug – Sat 19 Aug, from dusk: Summer nights Film Festival Fri 21st July – Sun 3 Sep, 11am-5pm: Summer Holidays at Hardwick
Sat 11 Feb & Tue 14 Feb, 7pm-10pm: A romantic Affair Sat 4 Mar, 10am-4pm: Spoon Carving Workshop Fri 14 Apr – Mon 17 Apr, 11am-3pm: Fleecy Easter Crafts and Trail Mon 22 May & Mon 29 May, 9.15am11am: Breakfast and Garden Tour with Head Gardener
national Trust in Staffordshire National Trust places in Staffordshire take you right back to the Battle of Worcester in the 1650s and on a trip around the world; this truly is a county worth exploring. You can feel at home in Staffordshire, connect with history and nature, stretch your legs on Downs Banks or stretch over the border to Wightwick Manor where industry meets art.
For even more great value days out, ask the reception teams about annual National Trust membership which gives free entry and parking at more than 300 historic houses and gardens.
Biddulph Grange Garden
This Victorian garden was the product of one man’s vision to present his collection of plants from around the world.
Created by renowned plant hunter James Bateman, the garden is designed as a series of rooms each with its own micro climate and
separated from the others by tunnels, and mazelike hedges and steps. Visitors can enjoy the cool dampness of the Himalayan glen, the sun trap of the Italian garden or the dark delicate atmosphere of the stumpery and discover the curious sculpted creatures like the stone ape of Thoth or mysterious frog.
The garden features rhododendron collections, summer bedding displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and Britain’s oldest surviving golden larch, brought from China in the 1850s by the great plant hunter Robert Fortune.
Biddulph is also home to Bateman’s Geological Gallery, which is currently being restored. This Gallery, the only one of its kind in the country, was Bateman’s attempt to reconcile geology and theology.
For admission prices, opening times and more information, please call 01782 517999 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grangegarden
Biddulph Grange, © national Trust Images / Helen Wilshaw
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Downs Banks is a wilderness of woods and heathlands, tucked away in the heart of the Midlands.
With its babbling brook that’s home to a wide range of wildlife including kingfishers, and farreaching views from the highest point Downs Banks is a great place to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
From spring to autumn much of Downs Bank is grazed by a small herd of friendly cattle. They're helping us to restore the heath and recreate the traditional ways of farming that have shaped this landscape over hundreds of years. For more information, please call 01889 882825 or visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downs-banks
Moseley old Hall, near Wolverhampton
Built in 1600, Moseley Old Hall is home to an amazing tale; that of a future king fleeing for his life.
Moseley old Hall Events highlights for 2017 Egg Hunt Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April, 11am4pm, £2.50 per person, normal admission applies
17th Century Weekend Saturday 5 August & Sunday 6 August, 11am4pm. See the house come alive as the 1635 Household move in! Free with normal admission Sealed Knot Living History Encampment Saturday 9 September & Sunday 10 September, 11am-4pm, free with normal admission 17th Century Christmas Weekends Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December, Saturday 16 December & Sunday 17 December, 11am-4pm, free with normal admission.
Downs Banks, near Stone
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Moseley old Hall, © national Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra
Wightwicvk Manor, © national Trust Images / David Levenson
In September 1651, following defeat at the Battle of Worcester, the future King Charles II hid from Cromwell’s troops in an oak tree on the estate, before he was brought to hide in Moseley Old Hall. Visitors can still see the bed the King slept in, and the priest hole where he hid, as well as hearing fascinating stories about what life was like in the 17th century.
Why not visit the stunning Knot Garden, or relax in the orchard and enjoy a light lunch or cream tea. Follow the Kings Wood Walk to discover the new tree hide, where young soldiers can climb and play hide and seek, just like King Charles II did with Cromwell’s troops.
Treat yourself in the popular tea-room, with homemade cakes, light lunches, browse the second hand book shop and plant sales, or pick up a gift in the shop.
For admission prices, opening times and more information, please call 01902 782808 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/moseley-old-hall
Wightwick Manor & Gardens, Wolverhampton. The haven of a romantic industrialist, Wightwick’s timber beams and barley twist chimneys, rich William Morris furnishings and Pre-Raphaelite paintings make it an idyllic time capsule of Victorian nostalgia for medieval England. Originally furnished by his father, Wightwick was inherited by Geoffrey Mander, a local liberal MP and paint manufacturer who fought social injustice and European fascism and felt the need to share this unique property with the nation.
Wightwick remains an enchanting and enthralling place to visit, with works by renowned Pre-Raphaelites including Rossetti, Burne-Jones and their followers.
In spring this year the new Malthouse gallery will be opened with an exhibition in partnership with
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Outside, visitors can take a stroll around the formal gardens, created by Thomas Mawson, one of the foremost Arts & Crafts garden designers, or wander through the informal gardens with their two pools.
So, take a step back in time and visit an everchanging family home, browse the specialist shop selling William Morris inspired gifts, or enjoy freshly prepared cakes and light lunches in the Mander’s tea-room.
For admission prices, opening times and more information, please call 01902 761400 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor
Shugborough Estate Recently returned to the care of the National Trust, the 900 acre Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire will be open year-round from 21 March 2017.
Home to the Anson family since 1624, it was once described as a perfect paradise. You can explore sweeping parkland, ancient woodland and a Grade 1 historic landscape peppered with monuments, and Park Farm, created at the cutting edge of agricultural reform. In the Georgian mansion you can unearth unusual treasures, experience life below stairs in the Servants’ Quarters or enter a world of glamour and royalty in the apartments of Lord Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and renowned fashion photographer.
Join us as we begin a journey to bring this complete working estate back into the care of the National Trust. For admission prices, opening times and more information, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shugborough
The De Morgan Foundation on the potter William and painter Evelyn De Morgan. Discover how this creative couple worked to create a better and more beautiful world.
© national Trust Images/Andrew Baker
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Chillington Hall is a hidden gem on the Staffordshire/Shropshire borders between the villages of Brewood and Codsall. The enchanting 18th century Georgian house, is a product of two differing Georgian styles. The South side built in 1724 by Francis Smith of Warwick, has rooms of an intimate size contrasted with those built on a far grander scale by Sir John Soane some sixty years later. The Saloon, typical of Soane design, features a soaring ceiling topped by a great lantern with beautiful plasterwork incorporating the family coat of arms and motto. The parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown, incorporates the magnificent lake and its architectural follies. It is accessed from a drive which runs alongside a manmade canal designed to give the impression of walking along a river bank.
A short walk from the Hall, through the arboretum, you will find the Chillington Model Farm. Its octagonal dovecote forms the centrepiece of an 18th century service courtyard including stables, barns, pig sties and acorn roasting house.
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Chillington Hall offers guided tours of this magnificent house and our knowledgeable guides will give you an in-depth history of this family home, its ancestors and contents.
2016 was the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown and there were some unique tours dedicated to the man himself and his work at
Chillington in the 1760â€™s. To mark the occasion a bust of Capability was erected overlooking his creation.
For 2017 more public events are being introduced at Chillington, building on the success of the 2016 events. New events will include: The Spring Food and Craft fair after the success of the Christmas Fair in 2016, guided Bluebell, Rhododendron & Azalea Walks.
Events for 2017 12th March 2nd April
The Hall is also available for private hire and has been used for birthday celebrations, civil ceremonies, charity events and more recently as a filming location. Although Chillington Hall is a grand house it retains an intimate charm which makes it an ideal setting for entertaining. Telephone 01902 850236 www.chillingtonhall.co.uk WV8 1rE
Wedding Open Day
Spring Food & Craft Fair
16th - 19th April : 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
Easter House & Grounds Open Days
Guided Bluebell Walk
30th April - 4th May, 28th May - 31st May 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
May House & Grounds open days
Guided Rhododendron & Azalea Walk
31st July - 3rd August, 7th August - 10th August & 14th - 17th August: 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
August House & Grounds open days
Guided Autumn Walk
5th June - 7th June: 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
June House & grounds open days
Wedding Open Day
Christmas Craft & Food Fair
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This need for continual attention was brought home when during August 2015 hidden wet rot was discovered in major structural components of the mill. The sails had to stop turning in the wind so we lost our ability to Mill. But the ‘Dream Team’, as we now call them, rallied round and raised thousands of pounds and put in hundreds of hours of work such that, in 10 months, she was working again! An incredible performance indeed!
As Alan Gifford, a founder trustee explains ‘Full training is given so you don’t need to know anything about windmills – but when you do join you will learn so much more- and it’s fascinating’
Keeping a 220 year old Grade 2* listed windmill in full working order, especially when it’s the only working windmill in Derbyshire, demands a lot of effort, particularly as it has become a major tourist attraction, highly rated by ‘Trip Advisor’.
Heage windmill is run by a charitable Trust and operated by a team of volunteers. The mill opens to the public every Saturday and Sunday, from 11-00 until 4-00pm, when guided tours explain the mill’s workings and her history. However over the 14 years since the mill was restored to working order in 2002, time has taken its toll on the original team and there is a continual need to find new volunteers. These include guides, shop workers, and with time and training, millers. Even when the mill is closed to the public there is work to be done to keep the ‘old lady’ as we call her, and the beautiful surrounds, in tip top condition.
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If you are interested in becoming involved in working on the mill, in any role, as a volunteer – and it's open to people of all ages - contact Lynn Allen on 01773 715 177 or via email: email@example.com
Or just come and visit us one weekend – everyone enjoys what she offers! Alan Eccleston and Brian naylor -Millers
HADDON HALL WEDDINGS
Have your happily ever after at Haddon Hall, Hold your Civil Ceremony in the long gallery or in the tudor panneled parlour, followed by english tea and champagne reception in the picturesque walled gardens
For more information: Wedding brochure online at www.haddonhall.co.uk/weddings, or contact Julie@haddonhall.co.uk / 01629 812855
Opening Times 2017 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
30th April - 4th May, 28th May - 31st May 5th June - 7th June 31st July - 3rd August, 7th August - 10th August & 14th - 17th August 6th May - Guided Bluebell Walk 4th June - Guided Rhododendron & Azalea Walk
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Home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners, Haddon Hall resides in the Peak National Park, in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Haddon Hall is a magnificent example of a fortified manor house, enjoying fine Tudor and Elizabethan architecture with award winning walled gardens.
Royal visitors to Haddon include Prince Arthur, brother of King Henry VIII, who lived at the Hall in his youth under the protective eye of Sir Henry Vernon; and despite the house being unoccupied during the 19th century, Prince Edward (who later became King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra dined in the Great Hall. Queen Mary visited twice; once in 1913 and again, 20 years later with her husband, King George V.
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The Hall and gardens contain an abundance of outstanding features which include rare 15th century frescos in the Chapel, curious and ancient gargoyles from the 16th century looking down from the hall gates, Venetian Bombee glass with etchings that were carved with diamond rings, a magnificent collection of English, Flemish and French tapestries including the Mortlake ‘Five Senses’ commissioned by Charles I, amongst the many delights.
Mention should also be made of the many historical documentaries and blockbuster period dramas filmed in location at Haddon Hall, with guest stars including Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Kiera Knightley.
The gardens are renown for their beauty, they reached their core physical form in the Elizabethan period when Robert Smythson adapted them to sit comfortably with his architectural masterpiece, the Long Gallery. Arranged in a series of terraces, retained by enormous buttressed stonewalls that cascade down to the River Wye.
During the restoration of the hall in the 1930s, the 9th Duchess of Rutland planted a plethora of wonderful roses, which still shroud the limestone walls in a sonnet of pale pinks and white.
Recently, Arne Maynard, the Chelsea Gold award winning gardener, was commissioned to update the garden and he has created a paradise of wild flower meadow borders punctuated with Hawthorn and Beech topiary, a knot garden that frames jewel plants, and broadened and updated the boarders on the Bowling Green and Fountain Terraces. Telephone 01629 810912 www.haddonhall.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org DE45 1LA
Events at Haddon Hall
Throughout the open season April – September we will be hosting free guided tours of the Hall and Gardens as well as musical performances and Archery lessons (extra fee). Please see website for more details. Other events include: 2nd April
4th-6th April, 20th 22nd June
‘Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall’ - Live promenade plays.
27th and 28th May
Sir John Savile’s Household
8th April – 1st May
Thursday, 8th June, from 5.45pm 8th and 9th July 1st August – 30th September 27th and 28th Aug. 17th - 19th Nov. 1st - 20th Dec.
Exploring Easter at Haddon Hall, (incl. Dr Harding’s talk on the origins of Easter on the 15th April)
A talk by Arnie Maynard ‘Evoking the spirit of place in the Gardens of Haddon’ Summer Artisan Market
Shadows and Whispers – Interactive exhibition by artist Nik Ramage Family Fete
Christmas Artisan Market Christmas at Haddon
Renishaw Hall has been in the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years and generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate which comprise Renishaw and so much of what you see on your visit.
The current owner of Renishaw is Alexandra Sitwell, daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell. The Sitwells have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts and the history of the family is filled with writers, innovators and eccentrics. Learn more about the Sitwells on a hall tour, with new specialist tours available throughout the season.
Renishaw is rightly celebrated for its fabulous Italianate gardens, with monthly highlights including Magnolias, Bluebell Wood and Delphiniums. In 2017, Alexandra will be redesigning border areas of the garden with a new colour scheme featuring pinks, pale blues, whites, purples and deep reds.
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The gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 4.30pm during the season. open 22nd March - 1st october 2017 Plant fairs on May 8th and August the 7th. Telephone: 01246 432310 Email: email@example.com Web: www.renishaw-hall.co.uk
Events for 2017
16th May 7th June
National Garden Scheme Opening
Classic Car Show
National Garden Scheme Opening.
Food and Craft Fair
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We strongly recommend a visit to one of the best kept secrets of the applied arts…
MoorCroFT HErITAGE VISITor CEnTrE
Moorcroft uses the proprietary glazes and distinctive slip-trailing methods, known by those in the know as ‘tubelining,’ pioneered by William Moorcroft at the end of the 19th century. Liquid clay is applied by hand to create a raise ceramic design outline before the work is infilled with striking metallic glazes. This incredibly laborintensive process produces colourful designs of intricacy, brilliance, and clarity with colours shimmering like precious jewels following a second firing with a vitreous glaze.
At the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre and Museum you will enter a potbank steeped in history, as you meet its artists, craftspeople and view some of their renowned world-class pottery.
Burslem pottery, Moorcroft, is one of the last remaining independent art potteries still thriving in the world today and still operates out of the original brick factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England, making each piece of art entirely by hand under the awesome shadow of the Grade II listed bottleoven.
Moorcroft designer Kerry Goodwin with her prestige, Town of Fl owe rs.
Moorcroft Pottery was originally founded as a studio in 1897, within the James Macintyre & Co. an industrial ceramic company, through the ground breaking work of ceramicist extraordinaire, William Moorcroft, who at the tender age of 24 years-old, was soon selling his work to retailers, including the prestigious Liberty of London, under his own signature.
Talwin by nicola Slaney
Emma Bossons & one of her watercolours
U n s u r p r i s i n g l y, Moorcroft’s name and reputation outgrew Macintyres, and in 1912 Macintyres closed the Moorcroft art ware department and the inevitable split occurred. William built a factory, pioneering in its modernity -like an artist’s studio it is all on one floor - and over a hundred years of Moorcroft Pottery began.
With the company in dire financial straits, Hugh, a London lawyer and Moorcroft collector, acquired the Moorcroft shareholding in 1986 with fellow shareholders, Richard and Sally Dennis. In 1992, Sally & Richard withdrew from the company, and Maureen and Hugh Edwards have held sole ownership of Moorcroft since that time. Their ethos has always been that Moorcroft will continue to hold its revered name if design does not stand still. The way Moorcroft is made has not changed – surface design and a prolific flurry of new and exciting shapes have been given a large, resounding cheer in the world of the Applied Arts.
Over the past two decades, Moorcroft’s international profile has grown enormously, both in quality and in perceived value. Auctioneers Christies and Bonhams hold a dedicated Moorcroft sale each year. Indeed, the Victoria & Albert museum has joined many other national museums in holding significant
pieces of Moorcroft pottery in their permanent collections. Fortunately for visitors to the Staffordshire pottery, it is still alive and kicking, with designs that intrigue and all created by a friendly and talented workforce.
A maximum of 10 people can be taken on a factory tour at one time. However, large group bookings can be arranged for up to 20 people. Address: Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-onTrent, Staffordshire, England, ST6 2DQ
Duration: Factory tours last approx 1 hour. Prebooking is essential, factory tours can be booked on-line at www.moorcroft.com, or please call in advance to book 01782 820515. There is a vending machine available onsite for hot drinks.
Monday - Thursday 11am and 2pm Friday 11am only Opening times may vary on Bank Holidays, please ring to confirm times.
Prices : Adults £7.50, Children (age 11-16) £5.00, OAP £6.50, and a Group booking £6.50 pp. Please make your booking at least 2 weeks in advance. Tours are subject to maximum numbers so you will need to contact the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. www.moorcroft.com
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BArroW HILL rounDHouSE World famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman to lead relaunch celebrations in September
Barrow Hill Roundhouse is delighted to confirm the initial details of its grand re-opening which will celebrate the completion of the £1.2 million Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded restoration project that is currently taking place at the Grade II listed Roundhouse complex.
The highlight of a four day celebration will be the visit of three icons of steam – A3 60103 Flying Scotsman, A1 60163 Tornado and Rocket. The Roundhouse is very grateful to the National Railway Museum at York and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for allowing their locomotives to be seen during this fabulous weekend. This will be the first visit to the Roundhouse by Flying Scotsman since a BR Open Day in 1974 and we also welcome back Rocket 12 years after it took part in the celebration of George Stephenson’s connections with Chesterfield in 2005. Although Flying Scotsman has been seen in Derbyshire since the completion of its overhaul in 2016, this will be the first opportunity for many in the region to get up close to the locomotive alongside her sister East Coast racehorse Tornado, seen against the unique and authentic backdrop of the Roundhouse.
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The four day celebration is taking place from Thursday 21st September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017. Thursday 21st September will see the premiere of a specially commissioned play, “D own the Line” celebrating the incredible survival story of the Roundhouse with live steam adding an exciting backdrop. The play will continue on the evenings of Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September. Then during the day on Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September the Roundhouse will open its doors to the general public for a truly special steam gala with visitors able to see for the first time the comprehensive but sympathetic HLF-funded restoration.
Mervyn Allcock, General Manager of Barrow Hill Roundhouse said “This promises to be a fabulous celebration of all the hard work that is going on at the Roundhouse at the moment and will mark the start of the next exciting chapter in the story of this amazing architectural survivor in the most appropriate way.” More details of the September event will be announced over the coming months. So keep an eye on the Roundhouse's website www.barrowhill.org
Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill S43 2Pr
The last time Flying Scotsman visited the roundhouse in 1974.
Lea Gardens Where rainbows Grow !
Come and be transported back in time with our authentic village street. Experience the gentle rumble of trams passing by while you soak up the atmosphere. Whatever the weather, enjoy a fabulous day out packed with excitement, adventure, unlimited electric tram rides and a little learning along the way.
UNLIMITED ENTRY FOR 12 MONTHS with full priced admission tickets
Unlimited Electric Tram Rides
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Nostalgic Village Setting
it’s a fabulous day out!
Exhibitions, woodland park, sculpture trail, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, family activities, cafe, refreshments and shops. Special events programme - see website for details
Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854 321 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The nursery specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmias.
Tea Garden Café Matlock DE4 5GH
Tel 01629 534380 www.leagarden.co.uk
Midland Railway – Butterley
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SITUATED NEAR MATLOCK AND ONLY 8 MILES FROM M1 JUNCTION 28
A Great Day out for the Family
Special Events throughout the year Railway Museum West Shed Experience Victorian Railwayman’s Church Demonstration Signal Box Narrow Gauge Golden Valley Light Railway Country Park
* Model and Miniature Railways * Buffets * Shop
More Details from: Midland Railway – Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ
Near junction 28 – M1, Signposted from A38
Tel 01773 570140 Email email@example.com www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk
HALFPEnnY GrEEn VInEYArDS
It was the vision of farmer Martin Vickers 30 years ago to plant a vineyard that would one day match continental sites.
Today, 30 acres of vines are managed by Martin and produce award-winning wines crafted by his son Clive. A family business, the acclaimed shop, restaurant, deli and tea room are run by Clive's wife Lisa, and offer a great day out for visitors.
"It was my vision to create a vineyard on a par with continental sites. I am really proud of the quality of vines we grow today." Martin Vickers, founder and Vineyard Manager.
The first ½ acre was planted in 1983 by Martin who still runs the vineyard today with his family.
By 1991 a further 22 acres were added and today the vineyard totals almost 30 acres, making it one of the largest in the UK.
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Halfpenny Green Vineyards are situated 250ft above sea level in well-sheltered south facing slopes, with light, sandy free-draining soil. 01384 221122 www.halfpenny-green-vineyards.co.uk
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In the summer, the Farm is home to a huge 10 acre maize maze. So take on the challenge of 3 miles of pathways, bridges and viewing towers.
Enjoy eating out or picnicking at one of our landscaped areas on sunny days, or in our airy 120-seat restaurant.
A day of adventure awaits at the National Forest Adventure Farm, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area.
The Farm is open daily from 10am – 6pm, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Meet a host of farm animals including pigs, sheep, cows and goats. In the spring you can also bottle feed our lambs. You can stroke a rabbit or guinea pig and see our more unusual animals such as alpaca, reindeer and chipmunks. We also have daily animal activities including pony grooming, milking demonstrations and egg collecting.
The huge Funfield features a range of have a go activities including Go-Karts, assault course, mini golf, jumping pillows and the JCB Big Dig Zone with sit on JCBs, sand pit and traversing wall . Why not take a tractor and trailer ride around the farm and look out for the scarecrows? The 3000m² indoor playbarn features a huge soft play area with demon drop slides. There’s an under 5’s area with a ball pit and giant Lego construction zone.
Burton on Trent DE13 9SJ 01283 533 933 www.adventurefarm.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
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HEAnor AnTIquES & CoLLECTor CEnTrE
one of the most visited Collector's Centres in the Country The Heanor Antiques Centre is the largest antiques centre in the county. The centre has been a family run business since the building was acquired and renovated in 1998. It started with just 35 dealers present, displaying their collections over approximately 8000 square feet, and has now grown to cover about 250 dealers and 15 000 square feet of display space, 180 cabinets of collectable and dated pieces, with over 3000 square feet of glass display shelving.
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The Centre is fully let and you will find an Aladdin’s Cave spread over four floors, with a great range of goods on offer in the display cases, (from books at 50p, toys, postcards, stamps, fine China, silverware, glass and memorabilia, to Grandfather Clocks at £4,000). The range of antiques and collectibles on display reflects the origins of the dealers - they come from all over the UK, Ireland and even as far
afield as Japan. Heanor is always attracting new dealers with new stock, special open nights and events - including the unique Ghost Tour.
Heanor Antiques Centre was featured on the BBC’s ‘B ar gai n Hun t’ back in September 2014, when the presenter Tim Wonnacott and the rest of the crew spent the day filming an episode of the popular TV show.
oPEnInG TIMES: 10:30am to 4:30pm every day of the week and year (except Christmas day and Boxing day)
There is also a Craft Centre catering for around fifteen dealers offering local handmade crafts.
The Craft Centre and Art Gallery benefit from a newly extended Stylish Cafe. The Cafe at Heanor Antiques and Craft centre started as a small garage conversion next to the car park: It is now a 80 seat Modernistic designed cafe on the third floor with outside seating and views across D. H. Lawrence’s birth place. Open daily, with a large selection of food.
Do check the youtube video on the antiques centre by Scarlet Richards:
Telephone. 01773 531181 DE75 7AG www.heanorantiquescentre.co.uk
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BLuE JoHn STonE
Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton is famous throughout the world for its unique and large deposits of Blue John stone, and houses some of the most beautiful cave formations found in the UK.
Enter an Ancient underground World in the Heart of the Peak district national Park
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Your guide will explain how miners in the 1750's constructed a tunnel using only hand tools to reach the Blue John Stone deposits inside the hill.
Mining is still carried on today. Your guide will point out recent discoveries including The Lost Vein as featured on BBC Countryfile, and the Ridley Vein, the first new variant of Blue John to be discovered in over 150 years.
You will see veins of Blue John Stone deposits inside the hill. You will also see veins of Blue John Stone across the cave roof, and "The Pillar" the largest piece ever found.
You enter the mysterious Witch's Cave where even richer deposits of Blue John Stone are revealed. The guided tour descends even deeper into the hill where you will experience the wonder of underground limestone cave formations. Multi-coloured flowstone adorns the walls of Aladdin's Cave. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork" standing on one leg! During your tour the guide will explain where Blue John Stone came from, how rushing water made the caverns and how stalactites are formed.
Back on the surface, you can enjoy tea and coffee made from water collected inside the cavern, or browse in our new shop where there is a selection of jewellery and ornaments made from Blue John Stone.
Treak Cliff Cavern is of international fame and geological importance. It has been a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for many years. Blue John Stone is still mined in Treak Cliff Cavern and crafted into fine jewellery, small bowls, ornaments and other decorative items.
T: 01433 620571 E: email@example.com W: www.bluejohnstone.com SATnAV: S33 8WP
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CrICH TrAMWAY VILLAGE
George Stephen Discovery Centre which looks at social history and the need to develop tramways in towns and cities across the UK.
Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past.
Don’t be fooled however by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as there’s a lot to see and do. Trams run to and fro all day long carrying visitors down the period street and out into the surrounding countryside to make the most of the breathtaking views across the Derwent Valley.
Visitors are welcome to ride the electric trams as often as they wish though it’s hard not to be distracted by all the other activities going on.
The Workshop Gallery gives you the opportunity to watch engineers close up as they go about servicing working vehicles and carrying out restoration work on needy trams. Visit the depots and you will be able to see over fifty vintage trams from all different eras, towns and countries, you may even spot one from your own home town!
Across the yard you will find the exhibition hall, which tells the story of the tram from its horse drawn origins to the near silent electric vehicles working today. In the heart of the Village is
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The buildings that make up the village have come from all parts of the country, many demolished brick by brick before being transported to Crich and lovingly rebuilt and restored. Here within the heart of the village you will find our gift shops and should you be in need of refreshment there are also the Village Tearooms and Red Lion Pub which welcomes all members of the family whatever their age.
Children can let off steam in the adventure playground, while younger ones can make the most of the new indoor ball pool and tram themed soft play area; to keep their brains in shape there is also a quiz trail to follow. Over the School Holidays we have an action packed calendar of craft activities and themed week – suitable for all ages!
Location & opening Times Crich Tramway Village is located in the heart of Derbyshire, 6 miles from Matlock and 8 miles from M1 junction 28, follow the brown signs for “Tramway Museum”. The Village is open daily from 18th March until the 5th November 2017. Please phone for details of winter opening. For further information about opening times, admission prices and details of special events: Tel:01773 854321 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tramway.co.uk
Events for 2017
Sunday 16th to Monday 17th April
Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st April Sat 29th April, Sun 30th April and Monday 1st May (BH) May Thursday 11th May
Easter WWII Home Front Event with re-enactors, music and vehicles from the 1940s. Family fun activities Make-do-and-mend
Beer and Bands at Crich Beer Festival with various bands of different genres playing.
Horse Tram Day – the popular Sheffield 15 horse tram will be running at a nominal additional charge.
Sat 27th May to Sunday 4th June
Beside the Seaside Family event bringing the seaside to Derbyshire.
Sunday 18th June
Horse Tram Day – the popular Sheffield 15 horse tram will be running at a nominal additional charge.
Sunday 11th June
Classic Transport Gathering Welcoming classic vehicles built prior to 1977.
Sunday 2nd July
Classic Motorcycle Day – in conjunction with the Vincent Owners Club.
Monday 31st July
Horse Tram Day – the popular Sheffield 15 horse tram will be running at a nominal additional charge.
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th July
Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th August Monday 14th to Friday 18th August Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th August Monday 21st to Sunday 27th August Sunday 27th – Monday 28th August
Edwardian Event ‘Edwardian’ theme plus WW1 anniversary elements.
WWII Home Front Event with re-enactors, music and vehicles from the 1940s.
Wonderful Woods Week – Eco and wildlife based activities for all the family. Models Weekend Model tram and railway exhibition in the Exhibition Hall.
Discovery Week History and Science based fun activities for all. Classic Transport Gathering Welcoming classic vehicles built prior to 1977.
For more events see www.tramway.co.uk
MIDLAnD rAILWAY – BuTTErLEY
As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.
Walking out on to the platform you can have a cup of tea in the buffet, look at the model railway or browse the shop whilst waiting for your train. It soon pulls in ready to take you through the Derbyshire countryside on its 40 minute trip to the museum complex at Swanwick Junction.
Here we suggest that you alight to explore this remarkable site. Created from a reclaimed colliery this is huge area that can be explored. The Station building was moved and re built from Syston near Liecester with a footbridge from Belle view near Manchester that used to carry visitors to the famous zoo.
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The Museum Complex includes the Golden Valley Light Railway, a narrow gauge line that takes visitors a trip through the Country Park, the Mathew Kirtley Building with its collection of historic locomotives and rolling stock, The West Shed Experience showing the collection of railway vehicles and artifacts in the care of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, The Victorian Railwayman’s Church, Demonstration Signal Box, Model Railway and on certain days the Stationary Power display, Fork Truck Heritage Collection and Road Transport buildings are also open.
On summer Sundays you can also ride on the Butterley Park Miniature Railway from its miniature station complete with tiny signal box. The Johnsons Buffet is available for that essential refreshment after exploring this remarkable complex before heading back to the station for a trip back to Butterley. There is a comprehensive list of special events that can be seen in the timetable leaflet and, of course on the website at â€“ www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk Tel 01773 747674
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HEIGHTS oF ABrAHAM
Since first opening to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has remained one of the Peak District’s most appealing destinations where stunning natural beauty is matched by human achievement and where the historic blends seamlessly with the futuristic. Today the Heights is rightly famous for its landmark cable car which provides a spectacular journey across the Derwent Valley with stunning views.
At the summit people can experience a unique blend of attractions.
There are guided tours down the Great Masson Cavern where, from the glow of a single candle to the whole chamber being flooded with light, its million year history is revealed before exiting further up the hillside to enjoy the magnificent
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panorama from the Tinker’s Shaft viewing point. For hundreds of years this part of our estate on the Masson Hill was a hive of industrial activity and lead mining. This created a unique landscape and habitat which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit ‘The Long View’, see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favorite place to visit for many generations.
On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. There is also a film presentation showing how the Heights’ own show caverns were formed, and the chance to get up close to the fossilized remains of our giant Ichthyosaur, which was over 3 metres long and alive at the same time as the Dinosaurs... not be missed!
There are also shops, play areas and numerous picnic spots to discover, and if you feel hungry the Vista Bar and Restaurant is a great place to eat, drink and enjoy stunning views in acres of beautiful woodland. DE4 3nT Enquiries: 01629 582365 www.heightsofabraham.com
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STAFForDSHIrE rEGIMEnT MuSEuM
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of the Staffordshire Regiment and all its antecedents from its formation in Lichfield in 1705. The Museum is situated alongside Whittington Barracks near Lichfield, the historical home of the Regiment, and houses a collection of around 11,000 items. The collection now includes items from the new Mercian Regiment. no frills but plenty of guts
An apt description of the bravery, tenacity and heroism of the men who have served with the Staffordshire Regiment over the last 300 years. The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of this famous county Regiment and all of its antecedents.
FOLLOW the story of the Regiment from its raising in Lichfield in 1705 and its early service in the Caribbean through practically every war and campaign fought by Britain up to the present day.
MEMORIES of Staffordshire’s soldiers through the ages are recalled, at home as well as far away: the near death sentence of service in the West Indies in the 18th Century, battles against Napoleon in Flanders and Spain, police duties in England and Ireland, Victoria’s Wars across the Globe, all the major battles of the two World Wars, keeping the peace and fighting the wars of the 21st Century. Throughout is the story of the man himself.
Friday April 7th Hanson’s Valuation event. Ever wondered if ‘great auntie’s vase’ is a long lost and valuable antique? Why not pop down to the museum and get the expert’s opinion. Between 10a.m. – 2p.m., a member of Charles Hanson’s (of numerous BBC antiques shows fame), team, will be on site to advise you. Charitable donation of £1.00 per item please. All proceeds to running costs of the museum. Normal admission prices apply for visitors to the museum, trench and grounds.
Monday April 17th & May 1st (Bank Holiday). Discovery Days Come along on one of the museum’s special days, when we will have some of our hidden treasures on display. You’ll be able to handle weapons, as featured in movies such as ‘Zulu’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’ and ‘A Bridge too Far’ and try on uniforms too. Experience something of the horror of the Western Front by touring our full-scale reconstruction of a First World War trench.
Sunday June 18th Father’s Day event. (Dads come free) Why not treat your Dad with a free visit to the museum? On this special day, dads accompanied by children, will have free entry to the museum. This is also the projected opening date for the museum’s newest attraction, ‘Project Blitz 1940’.
Please check the museum website, www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com and social media for announcements on additional attractions/exhibitors on individual event days.
Telephone 01543 43 43 94 ww.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com WS14 9PY
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Set in 50 acres of the beautiful Peak District National Park Beautiful Nature Trail Historic Deer Park Tearoom & Gift Shop
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Derbyshire Museum of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2016
Visit our beautiful Georgian house and gardens and our local history displays. Discover the fascinating history of Dalby House and its residents, or enjoy a bite to eat in our Tea room.
www.erewashmuseum.co.uk facebook.com/ErewashMuseum Telephone - 0115 907 1141 Entry free- no charge to visit the museum
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The perfect mix of heritage and enjoyment!
On the edge of the Peak District, but at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Belper is the world’s first Cotton Mill town. From historic streets and buildings to beautiful gardens, and quirky town centre shopping to some of Derbyshire’s biggest festivals, the town has something to offer everyone.
Before you explore, the best place to start is the visitor centre and museum in Strutt’s North Mill, at the north end of town by the River Gardens. Trained guides are available to explain the
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construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
From March to October, Strutt’s North Mill is open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 4pm (group bookings at other times by arrangement – email email@example.com). November and February, openings are on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Closed December and January. Admission is adults £5, under 16s free. It’s well worth a visit. After Strutt’s North Mill, take a look in the River Gardens and enjoy stunning views across the
River Derwent. During the summer you can hire a rowing boat and take a short trip up the river. From the mill, you have just a short walk to see the factory community created by the Strutts for their workers from the 1780s. A longer stroll will take you into Belper town centre to discover independent shops, unusual products, friendly service and a range of eateries offering a true high street experience.
Belper was selected both as the Winner of the Market Town Category and the ‘Winner of Winners’ in the first Great British High Street Awards in 2014. The judges were particularly impressed with the scale of involvement and collaboration from the community and local businesses in Belper, best demonstrated through the Belper Ambassador Scheme – training
retailers in the town so they know their town better, and provide a top quality service to visitors when they come to Belper.
The ambassadors are easy to spot, with ‘Come Inside, We’re Visitor Friendly’ vinyls in shop windows and badges on those who’ve had the training. Over 100 people have now been trained up to be ambassadors for the town. Seek them out to make the most of your time in the town. For more details on having a great day out in Belper and the Derwent Valley ring the mill on 01773 880474 or 0845 5214347.
Alternatively visit www.belpernorthmill.org.uk www.derwentvalleymills.org
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2017 sees an exciting programme of exhibitions, events and activities at the award winning Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. This comes on the back of the previous year with visitor numbers exceeding 30,000 for the first year in the museums history.
2016 saw the opening of an all-new learning and community venue redeveloped with £503,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project to transform the museum’s former coach house, stables and hayloft into the new facility.
Volunteer staff in the Tea room
A brand new tea room opened, run by volunteers which has flourished and is now a key feature of the visitor experience. The new centre has opened up a range of new opportunities to showcase local history and provides an extra platform to expand the museum’s extensive educational work with schools.
A summer ‘Beach’ was installed in the museum gardens attracting over 13,000 people in 6 weeks, the beach will return again in 2017!
Heritage Lottery Fund project
Key highlights of 2017 include an exhibition from May to July exploring the history of Toton Sidings, once Europeâ€™s largest marshalling yard, and a redevelopment of our Stanton Ironworks gallery due to open later in the year. We also welcome the Midlands Textile Forum in March and April for an exciting new exhibition.
18th - 21st April 11am to 3pm FrEE Lego Play Week - take part in lego themed fun and games.
13th May 12am to 4pm FrEE Motorcycle Day - A display of motorcycles both old and new in the garden.
25th April to 19th May Ilkeston Arts and Camera Club - Paintings will be exhibited first with a changeover to photography on the 6th May.
25th April to 19th May Toton Sidings Remembered 1856 - 1984 Explore the history of Toton Sidings, a vital link between collieries north of Long Eaton and customers further south. At one time the largest marshalling yards in Europe.
20th July to 2nd September Creative Coverage - An exhibition of landscapes from a group of professional artists.
www.erewashmuseum.co.uk facebook.com/ErewashMuseum Telephone - 0115 907 1141 Entry free- no charge to visit the museum
12th September to 13th october Ilkeston Photo 2000 - Annual Photo exhibition.
19th october to 25th november Socket - An artist led visual arts collective based int he East Midlands. The diverse practise of the group is reflected through a variety of mediums.
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SAMuEL JoHnSon BIrTHPLACE MuSEuM, LICHFIELD
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum stands on the Market Square in the heart of the historical Cathedral city of Lichfield. A Grade I listed townhouse built in 1707, the beautiful building offers an insight into the life of an 18th century bookseller and his very famous son. Best known as the author of A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, Samuel Johnson was also a playwright, poet, journalist and editor, and is highly regarded as one of the 18th century’s most important men of letters. Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the house.
Explore five floors of displays including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. In 2017 the Birthplace joins partners across the city to celebrate the 300th Birthday of David Garrick, Johnson’s life-long friend and pupil from Lichfield who went on to become the superstar of the Georgian Stage. Admission is free of charge, but donations are welcome.
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David Garrick as richard III
Events highlights for 2017 1st May: Garrick 300 Community Party Celebrating local talent, art and performance in a special Staffordshire Day event at the Museum, the Market Square and across the city Johnson & Garrick: a Friendship in Constant repair Saturday 17th June – Sunday 24th September 10.30am – 4.30pm Daily Exhibition following the lives, friendship, successes and failures of Sam & Davy, as they rose to the height of celebrity.
open Daily April – September 10.30am -4.30pm October – March 11.00am – 3.30pm
Visit: Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LG Click: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk Call: 01543 264 972 Write: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SamuelJohnsonBM
Dancers at a Birthplace event
Family activities are held throughout the year
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SHEFFIELD InDuSTrIAL MuSuEMS 3 Inspiring Places, 1 Steel Story
Sheffield Industrial Museums are the showcase of Sheffield’s industrial story from early industrialisation to modern times where ‘Made In Sheffield’ remains a mark of craftsmanship and quality known worldwide. Enjoy a great family day out full of nostalgia and innovation! Kelham Island Museum Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Our interactive galleries tell the story of light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era and two world wars to discover how steel making forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world!
Don’t miss ‘The Millowners Arms’, the exhibition complete with traditional bar, which celebrates Sheffield’s brewing heritage. Be sure to catch the mighty River Don Engine in steam – the most powerful working steam engine remaining in Europe, as well as the reconstructed ‘Little Mesters’ street with resident workshops.
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Kelham Island Museum - Bessemer Converter
In 2016 Kelham Island Museum became Power Island as part of our new Heritage Lottery project - Sheffield 1916: Steel, Steam & Power. Inspired by the River Don Engine, a mighty steam engine built to roll armour plate for the Dreadnought warships that fought at the largest naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland, the project’s new displays and exhibitions explain the major role Sheffield played in shipbuilding and tells the fascinating story of steam power.
Major events during 2017 include the 1940s Wartime Weekend & Vintage Fayre – 8th/9th July, Down by the Riverside – 24th September and the 25th Victorian Christmas Market – 2nd/ 3rd December.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Catch a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and II* listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. See workers houses, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK!
The Heritage Lottery Fund project to revitalise the Hamlet is now complete and visitors can enjoy the new ‘All About Abbeydale’ gallery, craft workshops, cafe, shop and learning centre. Heritage Buildings have been brought back to life with displays and interactives and machinery and waterwheels restored. One of the restored waterwheels can be seen in action every Wednesday. A new Abbeydale Explorer App is available, which can be either downloaded on your own mobile device or used on one of our tablets.
Abbeydale Living History
Major events at the Hamlet in 2017 include the ‘Festival Forge In’ in association with the British Artist Blacksmith Association and National Mills Weekend – 13th / 14th May.
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Shepherd Wheel Workshop Set in the picturesque valley of the Porter Brook, Shepherd Wheel is a unique working example of Sheffield’s knife grinding industry.
This water-powered workshop dates back to the 1500s and displays the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding. See the restored waterwheel and machinery in action and hear stories about the grinders who worked there over the centuries at this Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Kelham Island Museum - river Don Engine
Major events at Shepherd Wheel in 2017 include National Mills Weekend - 13th / 14th May and Heritage Open Days - 9th / 10th September. Telephone 0114 272 2106 email@example.com www.simt.co.uk
3 Inspiring Places, 1 Steel Story
Kelham Island Museum
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Hot Cross Bunnies Easter Hunt 1940s Wartime Weekend | Vintage Fayre Down by the Riverside Festival 25th Victorian Christmas Market
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
16 Apr 13 -14 May 23 July 22 october
Easter Sunday Handcrafted Egg Hunt Festival Forge In uK Homefront Get Creative with our Artist Makers
13 - 14 May 9 - 10 September
national Mills Weekend Heritage open Days
SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE EVENTS
Find out more at www.simt.co.uk T: 0114 272 2106 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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nATIonAL BrEWErY CEnTrE
Daily Guided Tours of The national Brewery Centre Museum
The National Brewery Centre Museum incorporates large elements of the original Bass Collection. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. The museum also celebrates the social history of the development of brewing - the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world-renowned brewing reputation.
Tours start with a holographic-style presentation of the history of brewing, then our experienced guides take visitors through each step of the brewing process and explain the fascinating roles that the steam engines and vintage vehicles on show played in the development of the industry. The William Worthington microbrewery brings the tour up to the present day - with the chance to sample some great local ales brewed on site!
Vintage Brewing Industry Vehicles
Transport played an important part in the evolution of the brewing industry. From horsedrawn drays through to more modern-day vehicles. The Brewing Experience houses a fine collection of vehicles, that includes delivery wagons, fire trucks, a double-decker bus and special promotional vehicles, such as a 1920s
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Daimler bottle car that was built to deliver beer to pubs for promotional purposes.
This unique collection provides an intriguing and fascinating element to your visit to The Brewing Experience. The vehicles are looked after by a team of dedicated volunteers. They welcome new recruits to their team - so give us a call if you would like to help.
Shire Horses & Dray rides
The two magnificent horses will be on site, virtually every day from April 1st to October 6th.
Occasionally the Shires will not be on site due to off-site booking commitments â€“ please see the text box below for currently known dates when they will not be on site.
The museum also has an array of traditional drays (carts) that were used to deliver beer in days gone by. Our guides will explain the important roles that Shires played in the development of the brewing industry when they were the mainstay of daily local delivery services. www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk Telephone 01283 532 880
STAFForDSHIrE rEGIMEnT MuSEuM
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of the Staffordshire Regiment and all its antecedents from its formation in Lichfield in 1705. Telephone 01543 43 43 94 ww.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com Whittington Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9PY Signpost - page 47
All Things Victorian for the new Season at Bakewell Museum
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Inspired by the TV production of “Victoria” Bakewell Old House Museum will be thinking ‘Victoriana’ as we plan our displays and events for the 2017 season.
The new costume display will focus on some of our collection of wonderful Victorian costumes. You will have noticed that, nowadays, a dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge or items worn by her children are immediately copied and rushed into the shops where they fly off the shelves. This is nothing new. The young Queen Victoria started a major fashion trend by having a white wedding dress. Years later, after the death of her beloved Albert, she wore mourning black for the rest of her life and fashionable ladies copied her, filling their wardrobes with black garments and accessories. These fashions will form part of the display as well as a tableau representing the christening of one of Victoria’s nine children. Enjoy our textile teams favourite costume in a changing display of costumes and accessories which have been hidden away in our stores.
In the summer we shall be holding Victorian tea-parties. Sit down to an abundance of
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delicious home-made cakes, tables with embroidered cloths and the best china tea services with tea strainers and sugar tongs, while you are waited on by costumed maids. You will be greeted by ladies in Victorian costume – and may even glimpse the butler in charge of proceedings.
During the season our guided walks team will be leading a costumed Victorian- themed walks around Bakewell, focussing on Victorian buildings, stories and Victorian people who lived in or visited Bakewell. If you haven’t experienced one of these walks do give it a try; the experienced guides are knowledgeable and interesting and will entertain you with humorous tales as well as historical facts.
When you visit the museum you will find that our small shop will be offering Victorian-style items for sale.
Victorian decoupage screen
This exciting new season opens on 25th March 2017. In addition to the above a special exhibition space “The Memory House”, will feature changing contemporary art, photographic and mixed media displays from leading local artists focusing on family memories.
For further information call 01629 813642 www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk
Bolsover Food and Drink Festival on July 22nd and 23rd
Bolsover, home of the fairytale Bolsover Castle, will once again burst with flavour on the 22nd and 23rd July in a weekend food and drink extravaganza.
The town will be filled with market stalls and marquees brimming with tasty fare from all over the region, with only a few stalls still available for interested stall holders. The event will also showcase many award winning food producers, and feature children’s activities, tours, music, food workshops and demonstrations.
Entry to Bolsover Food and Drink Festival is free.
Jason of Jaquest with Great Taste Awards
Also, don’t miss the Bolsover Christmas Fair - Saturday 25th november From Castle Walls to Market Stalls, Bolsover is bursting with festive traders, family entertainment and food and drink !
• Discover festive stalls selling gifts, crafts, food and drinks, plus family entertainment • Enjoy ‘Beer and Brass’ with local breweries selling real ales and festive tipples, plus traditional brass bands, choirs and carol singing • Experience the Bolsover Lantern Parade, with hundreds of lanterns lighting up Bolsover in the early evening Stiltwalker Miss England Intercontinental at Bolsover Food & Drink Festival
Interested in booking a stall? Email email@example.com
For more information about the event and about Bolsover, visit www.discoverbolsover.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, follow on Twitter @alloverbolsover or like the Discover Bolsover facebook page.
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BuxTon InTErnATIonAL FESTIVAL
7th to 23rd July 2017
A cultural celebration of opera, music and literature - over 120 events taking place against the backdrop of the Peak District’s picturesque Spa town. The Festival is an exhilarating blend of world-class opera, the finest musicians in the classical music scene and popular authors and thinkers.
The Festival opens with a rare treat for operagoers; a staging of the original 1847 Firenze version of Verdi’s Macbeth directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Britten’s Albert Herring will be staged at the Festival for the first time along with Mozart’s Lucia Silla with The English Concert in the pit under Baroque expert Laurence Cummings. Buxton International Festival’s partnership Music Theatre Wales continues in 2017, when the company will bring a contemporary Welsh language opera, Y Tŵr (The Tower) by Guto Puw.
This year’s Music Series is presenting a rare array of pianists of unequivocal renown: Paul Lewis, Melvyn Tan, Christian Blackshaw and Imogen Cooper and has engaged a premier programme of singers including Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Alwyn Mellor and Sir John Tomlinson. Buxton International Festival has chamber
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music at its heart and this year features The Fitzwilliam Quartet, The Endellion Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet. In honour of the 20th anniversary of their association with the Buxton, resident orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, will perform three concerts. The latenight concerts in the Pavilion Café also showcase the best in jazz, folk and world music. The line-up of popular authors in the Books Series include historians, politicians, biographers and thinkers including Lucy Worsely, David Starkey, Nick Clegg, Martin Bell, Margaret Hodge, Paddy Ashdown, Jeremy Paxman, Alan Johnson, AN Wilson, Joanne Harris and Reverend Richard Coles.
Randall Shannon, the Festival’s Executive Director commented that ‘We look forward to welcoming our local, national and international audiences to one of the UK’s most enjoyable and stimulating arts festivals.’
The Festival also offers family and free events.
For further details www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or follow on Twitter and Facebook. Box Office 01298 72190.
richard Coles © Tim Anderson
Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski Paddy Ashdown
Christian Blackshaw © James Hill
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Monkey Forest is completely unique to the UK. It is the only place that you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful English Forest. Walking in the park transports you into a different world as you get an amazing insight into the lives of these fascinating monkeys.
There are no bars here between you and the monkeys - this fantastic setting allows the macaques to display natural behaviours as they would in the wild. The guides are always at hand to explain the monkeys antics as they occur before your very eyes and give feeding talks every hour. At Monkey Forest, the monkeys rule the forest; playing, climbing and clowning around. As you walk through the forest if you are really lucky they may cross the path in front of you - or pose in all their splendour for that memorable picture!
TrEnTHAM MonKEY ForEST
Monkey Forest is home to 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, living within the 60 acres forest. They live in 2 groups consisting of approximately 70 individuals in each.
It’s the perfect day out for all ages!
Please visit the website for more information and seasonal opening times.
Located 5 minutes drive from Junction 15 off the M6.
For more details please visit the website: www.monkey-forest.com
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TroPICAL BuTTErFLY HouSE
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Meet the mini beasts and meerkats, butterflies, birds and amazing wildlife from around the world...
Guests can also meet Lemurs, owls, snakes and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. You can explore the indoor rainforest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepycrawlies from around the world and meet and feed the friendly residents of the Farm Barn. Discover the charismatic primates of Lemur Heights, a state of the art walk-through enclosure; and meet the inquisitive residents of Otter Springs – there are photo opportunities at every turn so don’t forget your camera!
Facilities include a Picnic Room, outdoor picnic area, Jungle Gift Shop and a modern Butterfly Café, serving freshly prepared hot and cold food and homemade cakes. The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily, year round and is located just 5 minutes from the M1, junction 31.
The Tropical Butterfly House recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and, after humble beginnings as a Butterfly House with a few farm animals, has developed into an established Zoo attracting around 100,000 visitors a year.
The park offers a unique opportunity to meet animals from around the world up close, with opportunities to feed and hold many of them too, along with themed shows and encounters, and popular School Holiday events.
Visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk to plan your visit! Telephone 01909 569416
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Treat yourself to some fresh local produce at the Farmers’ Market held on the Second Thursday of every month or visit the Artisan Market on the last Sunday of the month for artisan crafts and culinary delights.
The Victorian Market Hall was originally built in 1857 'for the shelter and safeguard of market people' and now houses a variety of traders offering food, clothes, haberdashery, mobile phones, gifts and cosmetics.
There is a lively programme of events throughout the year including the Medieval Fun Day in July, Well Dressing in September and Market Festival in October. Chesterfield Museum & the Crooked Spire Church, Chesterfield
Chesterfield is a historic market town most famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. There are various stories about why the Spire is twisted. Some blame the Devil, some talk of lightning, one 'expert' even blamed bell ringing! The most popular story about the Spire is that it was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round to try and see this wonder for itself. It's said that, should the same thing ever happen again, the Spire will straighten up! The truth probably has something to do with the 32 tons of lead tiles that cover the wooden Spire but you can find out more inside the Church, at the Museum or at the Visitor Information Centre.
Chesterfield market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has been trading for more than 800 years. General markets are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday and a popular flea market every Thursday.
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For a full list of events visit: www.visitchesterfield.info/events
Investigate the town's past at the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery which is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Trace the town's history from the day the Romans marched up Ryknield Street and built a fort, through the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the railways (which brought George Stephenson to Chesterfield) right up to the present day. The Museum runs a varied events programme throughout the year.
Chesterfield boasts the country’s oldest civic theatre, a concert and exhibition centre and a 10 screen cinema, as well as a new leisure centre with 2 swimming pools, squash courts and gym. Queen’s Park is situated right in the heart of the Town Centre and has a children’s play area, sand pit, café, miniature train and one of the loveliest cricket grounds in the country. Tel: 01246 345777/8 Email: email@example.com Website: www.visitchesterfield.info
Donâ€™t miss the monthly Artisan market which takes place on the last Sunday of the month and showcases the very best of the local area's culinary knowledge and artisan craftsmanship.
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Nestling in a south-west-facing slope, looking across to one of the 1,000-foot (305m) peaks ofthe Pennine chain. Lea Gardens is a woodland garden planted with a unique collection of highly acclaimed rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and other specimens collected from the far corners of the world.
The Gardens are sited on the remains of a medieval millstone quarry and cover an area of approximately 4 acres with a mile of pathways. The renowned speciality gardens include an excellent rock garden containing a huge variety of alpines with acers, dwarf conifers, heathersand spring bulbs.
Bird life has been encouraged in quiet woodland walks below the main gardens. This area, planted with ornamental trees and specie rhododendrons, contains many assorted birdboxes donated by friends of Lea Gardens.
Come along and enjoy the beautiful colours, scents and natural bird life of the site. Special events including the Lea Garden Music Day add to the ambiance and celebratory mood. Plant Sales- the specialist nursery has an extensive selection of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmias for sale
The Tea Gardens Café offers the perfect tranquil setting to enjoy fair-trade tea, speciality coffee and homemade cakes after your tour around the beautiful gardens. Lea Gardens uses locally sourced ingredients
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Telephone 01629 534380 www.leagarden.co.uk
BLuEBELL ArBorETuM & nurSErY WWW.BLuEBELLnurSErY.CoM
Admission Charge: Adults - £5.00 each Concessions - £4.00 each (over 60's, students & disabled) (Children & teenagers under 18 free) (Season ticket - £10 each)
One of the finest collections of unusual trees and shrubs in Derbyshire, planting in our beautiful woodland garden was started in 1992 and the gardens now cover an area of nine acres.
An RHS partner garden and although most of the large trees are still young with the majority at under 22 years of age, many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty of form and habit and the arboretum has become a beautiful woodland walk with many rare plant treasures on display! The garden showcase trees & shrubs with masses of Spring blossom, summer flowers and plants for cool shade, excellent autumn colour and many trees with eye-catching winter bark.
There are many educational signs on display giving detailed information about the unusual plants in the gardens. Most of the plants in the gardens are available for sale from our adjoining nursery as young specimens and expert staff are on hand to give information and advice.
Garden & nursery opening Times March to October: Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm (Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.30am to 4.30pm) November to February - Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm (Closed on Sundays) The nursery and gardens are closed from December 24th to January 2nd and on Easter Sunday Further info: Large car park on site with space for a coach. Toilet available on site. With the exception of guide dogs, animals must be left in the owner's car, water bowls will be provided on request. Tea and coffee is available from the nursery office on request (no cafe). Nearby pubs (<1 mile away) serve good food at lunchtime and in the evening.
IMPORTANT - Please be aware that despite the name, this is not a bluebell wood! Address: Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery Annwell Lane, Smisby, nr. Ashby de la Zouch Derbyshire, LE65 2TA Office telephone: (01530) 413700 Website: www.bluebellnursery.com
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PAVILIon GArDEnS, BuxTon
Pavilion Gardens is a wonderful historic venue situated in the heart of Buxton. Nestled within 23 acres of beautiful gardens, we are a natural hub for the many tourists that visit the town. As a family friendly destination, we pride ourselves on offering every visitor a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Housed inside, you’ll find Buxton’s extremely helpful Tourist Information Centre. The friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you with your travel plans and share their wealth of knowledge of Buxton and the Peak District to ensure that you get the most out of your visit. Here you’ll also find The Gallery in the Gardens featuring the creative works of over 40 local artists. Works are available to purchase and include: paintings, ceramics, jewellery, photography, textiles, turned wood, glass, and embroidery to suit all pockets.
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From April to September the coffee bar is the perfect place to relax with a hot drink and light bite, provided by the fully trained baristas in the open foyer.
For dining, hot beverages or afternoon tea do visit the Pavilion Café which serves a menu offering a delicious range of dishes to suit any appetite. Our expert chefs prepare the dishes from fresh and locally sourced produce daily. Our Pavilion Café also contains a children’s area which comprises a baby station, microwave and soft play area for fun whilst you wait for your meal.
Above the Pavilion Café, you’ll find our mezzanine Art Café which boasts some of the best views of the gardens.
There are over a hundred events annually which range from farmers markets and bazaars, to dances and fetes. When you explore the beautiful gardens, you’ll find two parks full of fun possibilities, as well as a miniature train for children of all ages.
www.paviliongardens.co.uk Telephone 01298 23114
Every journey ends with a memory. A day on the Severn Valley Railway is a day to remember. Enjoy a day out on a heritage steam train and make some memories that will last forever. Severn Valley Railway Families BRIDGNORTH · BEWDLEY · KIDDERMINSTER
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oWL & WILDLIFE PArK
nature’s hidden gem
THE CHESTnuT CEnTrE
You can get up close to the sika and fallow deer grazing in their meadow, or wander alongside the pretty stream, where you’ll see impressive giant otters Manoki, Panambi and Meamu frolicking in their pond or the lively Asian short-clawed otters at play.
Don’t miss the centre’s 15 species of owls, from the popular barn owl and snowy owl to lesser known birds such as the southern white-faced scops owl, with its white face edged with black and its amber eyes, or the North American great horned owl, with long, ear-like tufts and a yellow-eyed stare. Giant otters
Enjoy a wonderful day out in the beautiful surroundings of the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park, located in a stunning valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Explore its tranquil meadows and natural woodland trails, home to an interesting collection of native, European and endangered species.
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Apricot Fallow Deer
Elsewhere you can spot pine martens and foxes, as well as Eurasian otters, North American river otters, polecats, harvest mice and the highly endangered Scottish wildcat. Follow the keepers on their daily feeding tours and talks to find out more about all these fascinating species, or join in with some of the many activities on offer for children and families, such as arts and crafts sessions, badge-making, story sessions and quizzes.
2017 will be an exciting year at the Chestnut Centre with the arrival of new enclosures and three Smooth Coated Otters, coming soon. Smooth Coated Otters are found in India, China and South East Asia and are considered a vulnerable species. The otters, a male named Song and two females named Alari and Kanali (flower and sun respectively) will join the park’s other wonderful animals and birds on view to visitors. These include Scottish wildcats, fallow and sika deer, Asian short-clawed otters, Eurasian otters, North American river otters, polecats, harvest mice and 15 species of owls. Located in the beautiful Peak District National Park, you’ll also see other animal characters at the Chestnut Centre, including rare giant otters Panambi, Manoki and Meamu, mischievous polecats Bolt, Esme, Salt and Pepper, popular pine marten Tay or rescued wild red fox Lichen.
A great day out for the family, visitors can learn about the centre’s vital conservation and rescue work from the friendly and knowledgeable keepers, or join in with fun activities such as Poo Trails, Quiz Walks and animal arts and crafts.
The setting is also breath-taking, with a deer meadow, lovely woodland walks and gushing mountain stream. With regular animal talks, wildlife encounters, feeding times and a welcoming café and gift shop, you’ll find plenty to keep the family enthralled.
For special occasions, become part of the wildlife team with one of our popular Keeper Experiences, designed for all ages. Animal adoptions are also available, as well as informative school and group visits.
See the website at www.chestnutcentre.org.uk for more information about the animals and special events and to find out how the Chestnut Centre is helping to conserve these important species for the future.
Castleton Road, Chapel-en-le Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 0QS 01298 814099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chestnutcentre.co.uk
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DErWEnT VALLEY MILLS WorLD HErITAGE SITE
There’s something new for visitors to the Derwent Valley – and it’s sure to help people understand why the area is one of the most historically important places in the world.
The Derwent Valley is the birthplace of the factory system, where new types of building were erected to house ground-breaking technology for water-powered manufacturing. The system developed here was copied across the globe which is why the Derwent Valley Mills were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.
It was at Cromford in the 18th century that Richard Arkwright devised the modern factory. At Cromford, the brand new Richard Arkwright Experience allows you to meet the man and hear his story through modern technology.
Now, Cromford Mill, at the north end of the site, has opened a World Heritage Site Gateway, to help people get a handle on this fascinating story, and learn what there is to see and do in this beautiful historic stretch of the valley.
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new Gateway at Cromford
Belper Mills from Chevin
Once you’ve sampled Cromford’s story, it’s time to explore. Nearby are Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills, built on the banks of the Derwent to reflect the grandeur of its river gorge setting. Masson Mills now house a working textile museum and shopping village. In Cromford village itself, North Street contains the first industrial housing in the world.
From Cromford, take the Birdswood boat run by the Friends of Cromford Canal, to High Peak Junction with its early railway workshops. Nearby is Leawood Pumphouse, which occasionally still pumps water from the Derwent into the canal. Further south is Belper, home to the North Mill, one of the world’s first fireproof buildings. William Strutt used cast iron instead of timber for the internal structure, a major step in building construction, which led to the modernday skyscraper. Strutt’s North Mill now houses a museum and visitor centre.
Well worth seeing in Belper is the Georgian horseshoe weir built to create a head of water to power the mills. The red-brick East Mill is prominent– a 1912 steel framed building. At its side are the River Gardens – an attractive setting for summer Sunday concerts and boating on the river.
In Belper, visit the community built for the Strutt workers. A walk up Long Row shows the best features.
The World Heritage Site has been training shop and business workers in Belper, so when visitors ask them a question about the town’s heritage, attractions and facilities they’re able to give the right answers. Visit the town centre and look for World Heritage Signs in shop windows to find out more about the town.
Heading south, Milford has many millworkers’ houses nestling on the valley sides. Further south, close to Derby, is Darley Abbey, which boasts the most complete 18th century mill complex in the world. Although the mills aren’t open to the public, they and the millworkers’ housing can still be seen. Nearby is Darley Park, offering an attractive walk into Derby city centre. After the park ends, you soon arrive at the Silk Mill. The mill was a model for the later textile mills built by Arkwright and partners 50 years later.
More details about the World Heritage Site can be found on www.derwentvalleymills.org
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MATLoCK FArM PArK
Matlock Farm Park is the ideal place for families to visit, to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside combined with fun, interactive animal experiences. From sheep, goats, donkeys and ducks, to meerkats, wallabies, alpaca and llama, there are lots of animals to see and feed as well as cuddly animals to pet. Enjoy daily events such as ferret and sheep racing, a wallaby encounter, reptile meet and greet and meerkat talk and enjoy quality food and drinks in our cafe. The bottle feeding of lambs in spring and summer is a delight for children and parents alike.
There are playgrounds and go-karts for little ones to enjoy and short pony rides are available at weekends and school holidays. There is also a horse-riding school for lessons and treks (pre – booking essential). Special events are held throughout the year. A variety of school, group and birthday party packages available too.
Here’s a chance to win a year’s season pass for a family of four to Matlock Farm Park, so you can visit your favourite animals as often as you like. Simply answer the following question:
Our much loved Wallabies at Matlock Farm Park were born in the UK, but where do they originate from? a)
email your answer to email@example.com - closing date is 31.5.17. Judge’s decision is final !!
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www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk or facebook.com/matlockfarmpark. Telephone 01246 590200
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Macbeth (1847) Giuseppe Verdi
Albert Herring Benjamin Britten
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Box Office: 01298 72190
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