Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2022

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2022

DERBYSHIRE in the Georgian Era was a place of wonder, of surprises and innovations – a place which attracted the attention of the rich and provided better homes for workers.

To celebrate this fascinating era, the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership are working together to provide three days of public events and activities to raise the profile of Derbyshire’s contribution to world history at that time.

The first Georgian Derbyshire Festival runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September. Over 40 activities are planned for the World Heritage Site and Buxton, from walking tours and expert talks, to crafting and play sessions for all ages; from traditional skills demonstrations to costumed encounters; and from exhibitions and showcases to a Regency Ball in the stunning Assembly Rooms ballroom at Buxton. It’s a great mix of celebratory activities to suit a whole range of ages and interests. 

Each of the three days will have a different theme related to Derbyshire in Georgian times – for 2022 these themes are water, architecture, and society.  

After some deliberation, it has been agreed that the Georgian Derbyshire Festival 2022 will be going ahead on 16, 17 and 18 September. However, at this time of national mourning for our late Queen,  it has been agreed that whilst activities will go ahead, there will be none of the planned celebratory bunting and external information boards outside the venues. It reduces our visibility but we wish to be mindful of those people in the surrounding communities and the impact of HM The Queen’s death, and feel it is appropriately respectful at this sad time.

Buxton

Within an hours drive of Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham, Buxton, the home of Buxton Water, is a thermal spa town right in the centre of the UK’s oldest National Park, the Peak District. Come and appreciate the stunning architecture in the Buxton Crescent, the Devonshire Dome and the Buxton Opera House as well as the natural beauty of the Pavilion Gardens and Pooles Cavern.

Friday 16th September

Fully Booked

‘Pitter Patter’ Experience for U5’s.

16th September 9.30am - 11.30am

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Assembly Rooms Open Access

Friday 16th September 1pm - 4pm

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’Taking the Waters’ in Buxton Spa with Melanie King

16th September 2pm – 3.30pm

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Drop in

Meet Martha the Well Woman

16th September 2.30pm-4pm

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Talks

Contrasting Uses for Water in Georgian Times

16th September 5pm - 6.30pm

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Saturday 18th September

Exhibit

Georgian Style in Buxton

Open from the 16th to the 18th September

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Family Activity

Playful Puppets

17th September 10am - 11.30am

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Take a Constitutional – with Netta Christie

17th September 3pm - 4.15pm

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Meet the apothecary

17th September 4pm - 5pm

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Talks

Georgian Society Talks

17th September 5pm - 6.30pm

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Event

Regency Masked Ball

17th September 7pm - 11pm

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Sunday 18th September

Family Activity

Crafting the Crescent - Paper

18th September 10am - 11.30am

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Family Activity

Crafting the Crescent - lego

18th September 12pm - 1.30pm

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Talks

Georgian Architecture Talks

18th September 5pm - 6.30pm,

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Buxton in the 18th and 19th centuries: a changing spa town - Richard Tuffrey.

18th September 3pm - 4pm

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Derby

At the southern end of the World Heritage Site, Derby is a city known for centuries of innovation, celebrated in the new Museum of Making. Nearby, Darley Abbey is a well-preserved early mill complex and industrial community.

Friday 16th September

Tour

Tour of St Mary’s Church

16th Sept 9.30am to 10.30am

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Activity

Draw Derby at Pickford’s House.

16th September 11am to 1pm

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Tour

Tour of Derby Cathedral

16th Sept 11am to midday

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Walking Tour

Darley Abbey Village Tour

16th September 11am to 12/12.30pm

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Family Activity

Model Make a Mill – Build your own Silk Mill Museum of Making

16th September 4.30pm - 6.30pm

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Walking Tour

A Derby Philosophers Walk

16th September 4.30pm

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Talks

Contrasts in Georgian Architecture

16th September 5pm - 6.30pm

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Belper

The Strutt family turned Belper into the world’s first cotton mill town. It now has an award-winning high street, an outstanding mill-workers community and beautiful riverside gardens with boating near the old mills.

Saturday 17th September

Fully Booked

Georgian Belper Walk

17th September 10am to Midday

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Exhibition

Belper Unitarian Chapel opening

17th September 1pm – 4pm

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Exhibition

Hydro Opening

17th September 1pm-2pm

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Family Activity

The Story of Strutt’s North Mill

17th September 1.30pm to 4pm (Drop In)

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Walk

World of the Workers.

17th September 2pm

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Cinema

Barry Lyndon (1975)

17th September 4pm - 7.30pm

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Talks

Contrasting Uses for Water in Georgian Times

17th September 5pm - 6.30pm

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Music

Georgian Life Through Songs and Stories

17th September 7.30pm – 8.30pm

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Exhibition

The Georgian Flow

17th September 9.30am – 4pm

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Cromford

Cromford is home to the first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill established by Richard Arkwright in 1771. The mills, and the mill community Arkwright created to support it, are a picturesque destination on the southern edge of the Peak District.

Sunday 18th September

Artisan Market

Artisan Market at Cromford Mill

18th September 10am - 4pm

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Demonstration

Arkwright Spinsters at Cromford Wharf

18th September 10am - 4pm

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Tour

Georgian costumed tours at Cromford Mill

18th September 11am

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Exhibition

World Heritage Site Showcase

18th September 10am - 4pm

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Open Building

St Mary’s Church Open

18th September 11am - 4pm

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Tour

Time Traveller’s Tour

18th September 12.30pm - 1.15pm

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Tour

Georgian costumed tours at Cromford Mill

18th September 3pm - 4.30pm

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Tour

Time Traveller’s Tour

18th September 3pm - 3.45pm

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Talks

Georgian Society Talks

18th September 5pm - 6.30pm,

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