Enjoy some Culture

Enjoy cinema, theatre and music, take in an exhibition or discover public sculptures. The annual Festival launches with the Art and Architecture weekend in September, while the largest Peak District well-dressings brighten Wirksworth in May.

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Music & Performance

You will find live theatre, bands and DJs in various Wirksworth venues. Town Hall Events have a lively programme throughout the year, while St Mary’s Church, the Maltings, Red Lion’s Assembly Rooms and even EVR’s trains host occasional choir and musical concerts. Wirksworth Music Centre’s perform youth concerts. There are also a host of local theatre groups and irregular DJ nights.

Art

Wirksworth is home to Haarlem Mill Artspace, a rural contemporary art community in an historic mill and the annual Wirksworth Festival. There is an art gallery in town, along with pop-up exhibitions in the Telephone Box, Wirksworth Library and elsewhere. You can explore public sculptures in Stoney Wood and the National Stone Centre.

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Cinema

Wirksworth’s own stylish independent cinema shows the latest films, revivals and livestreamed theatre, opera and ballet. You can pop into the bar for a drink, book an event, or go for full luxury by booking a sofa or the Blackpop Box. They also hold outdoor screenings in some of the town’s breath-taking locations.

Traditions

Visit in spring and autumn and you might experience one of Wirksworth’s local traditions. As home to the largest Peak District well dressing, the beautifully made natural mosaics are blessed during a procession on the late May Bank Holiday Saturday. St Mary’s is one of the few churches to still hold a ‘clypping.’ People join hands around the church on the Sunday closest to the Nativity of St Mary on the 8th September. Wirksworth Festival coincides with this event.

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Inspiring Wirksworth

Follow in the footsteps of the authors who have been inspired by Wirksworth and nearby villages. George Eliot’s 1859 novel Adam Bede is based on a story told by her aunt and evokes the people and places of Wirksworth, including Haarlem Mill, the Silk Mill and Chapel Lane. DH Lawrence wrote 'Wintery Peacock' while he lived in Middleton at the end of the First World War. You can identify many Wirksworth locations in crime writer Stephen Booth’s novel 'Already Dead.'