Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Spring News

High Peak Junction

High Peak junctionHigh Peak Junction is going sketching mad! Kicking off the season with a sketch competition starting on 1st April. There are adult and junior categories, both with the theme of Heritage and Wildlife of the High Peak Trail and Cromford Canal. Entries close 30th June, then they’ll all be displayed in the Visitor Centre for a public vote, from 8-25th July. So, if you love sketching and you’re visiting the area, don’t forget to bring your sketch book and pencil!

New for this year, and starting at Easter, don’t miss the special Thursday family activities during the school holidays. At Picture Thursday on 14th April, you can pick up a free sketch book, with hints and tips to help you sketch the heritage and wildlife in the area.  On 21st April you can still pick up the free sketch book, but you can also book to have a go at canal dipping on Wild Thursday.

At the High Peak Junction Open Day on 16th April, you can find out more about these fascinating historic railway workshops with free entry and free use of the Audio Tours. Have a go at being a blacksmith on the forge and make a poker to take home and keep (£10) – you’ll need to book this on 01629 533298.


Derby Museums

The Art that Made Us FestivalThe three museums at Derby (Museum and Art Gallery, Pickfords’ House and the Museum of Making at the Silk Mill) have a packed events programme, including some special events as part of the BBC Art that Made Us Festival. Exhibitions, family activities, and workshops – something for everyone! See our events calendar for more information:


Peace Doves at Derby Cathedral

Peace Doves at Derby CathedralYou won’t want to miss this incredibly moving art installation and soundscape at Derby Cathedral 23rd April to 12th June 2022.

Peace Doves was created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. It features around 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbon above the nave of the Cathedral, accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.

Schools in Derby and Derbyshire, community groups, wellbeing groups and the general public, were invited to decorate the doves that form the artwork with messages of peace, love and hope, creating a unique piece that reflects the thoughts and feelings of Derby citizens, from all faiths, ages and backgrounds.

Visitors will be welcomed to appreciate its scale and beauty and experience a sense of serenity and peace.

Entry is free with a suggested entry donation of £3 per person.  Booking is encouraged and is available through Derby Cathedral’s Eventbrite page.  Donations will go towards the care and work of the city’s Cathedral, helping to keep its doors open for all.

Leawood Pumphouse

Leawood PumphouseExperience the power of this great steam engine – the heat of the boilers, the smell of grease and coal and the power of the wave as tons of water are pumped from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal. The Pumphouse will be operating on 17th/18th April and 1st/2nd May (12 noon to 4.30pm). It’s free to have a look around, but donations are welcome.

Leawood Pumphouse will also be open to look around (although not operating) on Thursday 14th and 21st April, if you are visiting for the Thursday family activities.

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