Welcome back! Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Our new guided tours launch on Friday 7th August and run daily - book your own guide and visit the Arkwright Experience. Go to 'Visit' for more information.

Fabric of the North: Non-ticketed events CANCELLED

Thursday, May 7, 2020 to Saturday, May 23, 2020

The free, drop-in workshops are for all visitors, and families will find them a lot of fun.

Wacky Wall

DIY tapestry for one and all!

​Free drop-in workshop, every day, 7 - 23 May, 10:00 - 16:00

Come and build a 'brick' in our wall! A great chance for children, families and other visitors to help make a tapestry. A big loom is provided, together with colourful yarns, glittery beads, and labels so each weaver can immortalise their name in the work. Volunteer stewards are on hand to offer advice and help. Spend a minute on the Wacky Wall, or an hour, or come back again and again! (The beautiful yarns in the Wacky Wall have been generously supplied by Airedale Yarns of Shipley, West Yorkshire.)


Ribbon Braiding

Ibukun Baldwin

​Free drop-in workshop, 16 May, 11:00 - 16:00

Ibukun Baldwin runs the ethical fashion and textile company Bucky Baldwin, based in Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. Children of all ages are invited to join her in the fun of making colourful braided ribbons. You can take the braids home or weave them into our 'Wacky Wall' Do-It-Yourself tapestry. All materials are provided.


Derwent Delights

Tan Draig

​Free drop-in workshop, 17 May, 11:00 - 16:00

Dr Tan Draig OBE has over 40 years experience of working with community groups. He was a Buddhist monk for 20 years, during which time he studied textile production and surface decoration  techniques in Europe, India  and Thailand. Drop in and help him make mini-tapestries which will become part of book covers in a project celebrating the uniqueness of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. This free workshop is enabled by Fleet Arts of Belper, and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. No ticket required.