Experience a charming blend of breathtaking natural scenery, fascinating industrial heritage and pure spectacle in the Derwent Valley - there's so much to see and enjoy during the Discovery Days Festival, from 27th October to 4th November 2018. With more than 130 events over the festival throughout the World Heritage Site (and beyond), we're sure you will find something to enjoy.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills have been described as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It was here in the Derwent Valley that the essential ingredients of factory production were combined. Water power was applied and successfully used for the first time on a relatively large scale. Not only was textile production revolutionised with dramatic consequences for the British economy, but the Arkwright model informed and inspired other industries. Each mill has its own story to tell; stories of pioneering engineers and entrepreneurs who put Britain on the map and set off a chain of events that changed how we live and work forever. The mills and the industrial settlements around them, the churches, millponds, weirs and watercourses provide the perfect backdrop for a week full of discovery.
For more information, details of each event, booking, prices, dates and times, please see Derwent Valley Mills website.
Mostly free but please check website
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