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New Mills Festival 2023 – What’s On Part Three 🙂

Hello New Mills!

This is the Get Out and Find Out about things edition.

A reminder of where to find our events calendar where you can see everything that’s going on as part of New Mills Festival from 8 to 30 Sept


Walkers are Welcome are exploring New Mills on foot again, combining finding interesting walks with finding out about interesting things. This year is a Places of Worship Walk. The walk is 12 Sept 10am to 12:30, and Mike Daniels offers a stroll around all the locations of the chapels and churches in New Mills. Expect to walk approximately 3 miles, and as usual there will be hills to climb and weather appropriate clothing will be needed! The meeting point is the Rock Mill Centre SK22 3BN (behind the bus turning area). Free to attend, no booking needed.

History and Heritage

As part of the UK wide Heritage Open Days, Torr Vale Mill is opening the Cotton Room to the public on Friday 15 Sept 12pm – 4pm and Saturday 16 Sept 12pm – 4pm There is a display of historic photographs and video footage of the mill’s working history. The bar will be open for tea and coffee and there will be activities for the children. You will be able to enjoy views which the public have not been able to do before. Please note this is only accessible by stairs and is 3 flights up from the Cotton Room. While you’re there also check out local handweavers and textile artists, Wiseheart and Wild with their working looms for a hands on experience and The Cheese Wheel, who will be sharing selections of heritage cheese.


Not yet on the website, not yet on facebook events, but I’m too excited to keep this to myself! Back by popular demand (it’s not often you get to use that phrase and mean it) is The New Mills Local History Society Festival Lecture! The Lecture is on Friday 8 Sept at 7:30pm in the New Mills Town Hall. This year’is presenter is Mike Higginbottom; be prepared to be fascinated by the history surrounding the local railways and waterways you know and love. As previously, this event is free, and be warned it’ll be popular! Link in next newsletter.

Fancy trying a new sport? We have a couple of interesting options for you to have a go at:


New Mills Tennis club is offering those with rusty rackets to come on over and remember how you used to serve the ball. Beginners welcome, families welcome, those with restricted mobility welcome. You can find out more about walking tennis, or the little uns can take part in a free taster session with lower nets. Rackets and balls can be loaned out, just wear your trainers and drop in to the Tennis Club on Church Road. Rusty Rackets is happening on 17 and 24 September between 10am and 3pm.

Hula Hooping

There’s a Behoopy beginners hula hoop workshop coming to New Mills for both adults and children on 30 Sept. The early session for the kids (age 6 to 11) is 10:00 to 10:50, then the grown ups (over 16s) are up at 11am to 12pm. The workshops are at Providence Church, Mellor Road and are free but you will have to book. It sounds like the perfect amount of exercise accidentally done while you thought you were just having fun. To book for a wiggle and a giggle, ring Sian on 07714 420 668.

Finally, while you’re getting out and finding out. The U3A (University of the Third Age) have a free coffee morning and displays showing the impressive range of activities they take part in through the year. This is at New Mills Town Hall on 19 Sept from 10am to 12pm. U3A is a nationwide organisation set up for retired and semi retired people to learn new things together for the sheer joy of discovery.


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