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Summer at Cromford Mills

Summer at Cromford Mills

Well – Summer is finally here, and we have a mill yard full of sunshine and visitors. Tickets are selling fast for the Outdoor Theatre Weekend and we have more celebrations planned to mark our 250th and 50th anniversaries.

We do hope that we will see you here!


June Events include

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  • Bazaar: 6th June
  • Cottage Garden Society Plant sale: 12th June
  • Artisan Market: 20th June
  • Georgian Weekend: 26th and 27th June

Plus – don’t miss our Outdoor Theatre Events.

  • Three-inch Fools – ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’: June 19th
  • Chatsworth Players – ‘Heroes’: July 23rd
  • Handlebards – ‘Macbeth’: July 25th
  • Three-inch fools / Robin Hood: July 27th

Details on our website.


Discover the beautiful valley that changed the world

Summer at Cromford Mills

One year later than planned (due to COVID-19), we have finally been able to launch Derwent Valley Tours, a new visitor service offering tours of the beautiful and unique Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The tours will enable small groups to enjoy a full day’s tour by minibus from either Derby or Matlock, led by experienced volunteer guides. They will visit the key historical locations of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, as well as many lesser-known ones, giving a unique and intimate perspective on a valley that changed the world.

Operated by the Arkwright Society and the Belper North Mill Trust, this new venture has been made possible by a grant received from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

The tours include a comfortable and COVID-safe minibus, a friendly, knowledgeable guide, and meal options provided by quality local caterers.

Full details and booking are on their webpage:


Ministerial visit for National Volunteers Week

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Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Civil Society) visited us on 3rd June, as part of her National Volunteers Week tour of the East Midlands. She showed a real interest in the work that our volunteers do for us here at Cromford Mills, as well as an understanding in how crucial their role is. Our volunteers not only allow us to function as a successful Heritage attraction, but also enables us to continue the work started 50 years ago with the formation of the Arkwright Society.

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