Heritage in Motion
We're pretty spoilt in Wirksworth in lots of ways but when a rural Derbyshire town can boast of not one, but three heritage railways and vintage train lines, then you know you're in for a treat.
Take a steam train along the unspoilt Ecclesbourne Valley and find yourself gliding between Duffield and Wirksworth in one of EVR's steam trains and classic coaches.
EVR also operate a service up to Ravenstor Station, just north of Wirksworth where you can walk to The National Stone Centre, the Eco-Centre and the High Peak Trail.
Or take a 25 minute round trip to Middleton, through dramatic quarries and cuttings with the Steeple Grange Light Railway.
The StarDisc & Stoney Woods
The StarDisc is a 21st century stone circle, a 12 metre diameter star chart etched into black granite. Sitting high above the Ecclesbourne Valley with Wirksworth below, the StarDisc is the perfect location for stunning views day or night.
Set atop Stoney Wood, a transformed former quarry, the site is the result of one man's grit and determination, local artist Aidan Shingler. His singular vision created this community space, not just for cosmic contemplation, but for yoga, dance and live music events - as well as earth celebrations.
The Northern Light Cinema
Wirksworth’s own stylish independent cinema shows the latest films, revivals and live-streamed theatre, opera and ballet and does so with style.
With a range of classic seats, armchairs and sofas, you can relax and enjoy a film whilst enjoying a drink or two and some delicious snacks from the gorgeous bar; complete with sumptuous cocktail booths to give it a classic British retro feel with a dash of Manhattan cool.
Wirksworth Heritage Centre
Visit the Heritage Centre to discover the people and stories that have made Wirksworth.
Set in a building hundreds of years old, you will discover how the town's mills produced the famous governmental 'red tape', how Wirksworth once printed its own banknotes, and you can see Ellen MacArthur’s sailing suit and a Georgian hydrotherapy bath.
There are regular events and activities for young and old and you can always join a guided walk or follow the self-guided heritage trail through town to bring its history to life.
Wirksworth Leisure Centre
The town's Leisure Centre offers an inreedibly wide range of activities - from hitting the gym to hitting the climbing wall, from badminton to basketball, from table tennis to tennis courts, from 5-a-side to full size pitches, there really is something for everyone.
Run by Freedom leisure in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council there's even a handy App you can download to book your sessions.
Wirksworth Community Skatepark & Fanny Shaws Playground
There are several playgrounds in Wirksworth - on The Dale, at Gorsey Bank, Wash Green and Recreation Road, with the main park, called Fanny Shaw's after the Victorian lady who bequeathed the land to the town.
On it you'll find swings, slides and roundabouts as well as climbing frames and a zip wire - but you'll also see where the town's wooden skatepark stood before its enforced closure in 2019, having run the course of its longevity. But soon it will return thanks to the dedication of the townsfolk and the generous donations of like-minded residents and visitors alike!
Pledge your support to help rebuild the skatepark by hitting the link to the Crowdfunder campaign page below.
Derbyshire Eco Centre
The Eco Centre in Derbyshire is the ideal destination for people to gain knowledge on living sustainably and reducing their carbon footprint. It is the first of its kind in the country and offers a wide range of activities, courses, and events for beginners and those with experience. The centre also has an interactive exhibition and a cafe serving locally sourced food and drinks. It is the perfect place for individuals, families, schools, and businesses to come together and join forces in the fight against climate change.