In Towns

With its narrow streets, winding alleyways, old buildings and interesting architecture, Wirksworth is a market town with a strong sense of creativity and its own identity. Located almost perfectly in the middle of Derbyshire, just two miles from the Peak District National Park, Wirksworth is a great place to explore, meet up with friends and enjoy a relaxed weekend getaway.

Wirksworth’s Hidden Gems- Things to do in Wirksworth:

Here’re just a few ideas of things to do and places to visit in Wirksworth…

The StarDisc – this sculpture is described as a ‘21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre’ – and it’s just as intriguing as it sounds. There’re twelve granite seats, surrounding a star chart which mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky- but mostly impressively, this magical space is lit up during the hours of darkness with atmospheric solar powered coloured lights! The StarDisc is used as a venue for events, such as the StarDisco as part of the Wirksworth Festival (for more information on this festival please see below), which includes live music and a disco from 5pm on Saturday 9th September 2017.

James Grant Photography 

Secret Orchard Nursery Garden - hiding only a few steps from the main high street, this Secret Garden is not only brilliantly secluded and full of beautiful plants to admire, but you can also take them home with you! This (well) hidden corner of Wirksworth is perfect for those people with green fingers (or those who aspire to make their fingers greener)- a beautiful walled garden that makes for a really a nice stroll and/or browse!

Wirkworth Farmer’s Market – held on the first Saturday of every month (except in January) in the Memorial Gardens. Here you can find good quality local produce and free entertainment too!

Northern Light Cinema – this unique and quirky cinema does things differently. There’s tapas, comfy sofas and they show everything from blockbusters to independent films- sounds like the perfect evening to us!

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway this is one for those who like their vintage or retro modes of transport. Operating the railway line between Wirksworth and Duffield, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway offer passengers a joy ride in heritage diesel railcar!

St. Mary’s Church- mostly built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this church would be a great place for history buffs to explore! Home to some fascinating historical items, such as fragments from an earlier Saxon church and a Norman font, it'll add some great local knowledge to your trip.

Where to Eat in Wirksworth

Mercia has great brunch, lunch and dinner menus. This cosy restaurant and wine bar serves high quality food from local providers- the perfect end to a day in Wirksworth! Please note Mercia is closed on Mondays.

Le Mistral serves French-inspired cuisine, the perfect place for a spot of evening indulgence!

Gino’s has been said to have the best pizza in Derbyshire (gulp) - and you can also bring your own booze! It’s a great place for having a good time with friends and family at an affordable price. Please note Gino’s is only open on selected days.

A Quirky Place to Drink in Wirksworth

Feather Star- Ale House downstairs, record shop upstairs! This new micro-brewery opened its doors late last year and is the perfect place for real ale lovers to visit. Open weekends as well as 12-3pm on weekdays.

Where to Stay in Wirksworth

Weathericks and Bradstone 

Hillside Cottage 

Wirksworth Festival

There’s never a bad time to explore Wirksworth, but September is a particularly time to plan a visit. This month sees the return of the Wirksworth Festival, which fills the town’s streets with an exciting buzz, with creative events are around every corner!

There are great creative workshops in the day, soul, jazz and reggae in the night, as well as the Art & Architecture Trial over the opening weekend! 

The Art & Architecture trail opens up amazing venues through the town and turns them into mini-exhibitions for local artist. This year there’re 150 artists’ work being shown in all sorts of venues around the town, including the artists’ own homes, historic buildings, gardens, courtyards and churches but to name a few!

This trail is open from the 9th – 10th September 2017, so why not pop along and get your fill of amazing local art.

The Gig on the Roof is the grand finale of the Art & Architecture Trail weekend, and showcases local bands who play a fun, open-air gig in the town’s Market Place. Happening of the 10th of September, this event has really fun atmosphere - and it’s free!

Wirksworth Festival in its entirety is happening from the 8th until the 24th of September 2017, so get yourselves down there and soak up some of the great culture on offer!




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