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Midland Railway, Butterley

(Derbyshire Attractions)

         
Ripley Derbyshire England
Description : 

As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.

 


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Melbourne Hall Gardens

(Derbyshire Historic Buildings)

      
Melbourne Derbyshire England
Description : 

Melbourne Hall Gardens are open from Apr - Sept on Weds, Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1.30-5.30 and every afternoon in August from 2pm - 5pm when the Hall is open (except for the first three Mondays in August).

Melbourne Hall Gardens with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas is one of the best known formal gardens in the country and is the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of le Notre.

It was laid out by Rt. Hon Thomas Coke, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne, with help from the garden landscape designers George London and Henry Wise in the formal style. It is noted for its long tunnel of Yew, its wrought iron pagoda created by Robert Bakewell and its statuary by Jan van Nost, notably the Four seasons monument, a gift from Queen Anne.

Lord Ralph Kerr took over running the Melbourne estate in 1987. His wife Lady Ralph Kerr is a painter of both portraits and landscapes. Since taking on the garden she has embarked on an extensive programme of restoration and planting within the original layout, and garnered praise from right across the British gardening community. Her eye for colour and detail means that the Melbourne garden is a haven of delightful and unusual specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.

Melbourne Hall itself has a well-documented history and has been the home to two Prime Ministers, Lord Melbourne (Queen Victoria's friend and confidant) and Lord Palmerston.

As William Lamb, Lord Melbourne's wife the celebrated Lady Caroline Lamb spent time at the hall.

Melbourne Hall remains a lived-in family home, accounting for its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 

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Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery

(Derbyshire Gardens )

      
Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire England
Description : 

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One of the finest collections of unusual trees and shrubs in Derbyshire, planting in our beautiful woodland garden was started in 1992 and the gardens now cover an area of nine acres.

We are a RHS partner garden and although most of the large trees are still young with the majority at under 22 years of age, many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty of form and habit and the arboretum has become a beautiful woodland walk with rare plant treasures on display to entice the real enthusiast!

There are many educational signs on display giving detailed information about the unusual plants in the gardens.

Most of the plants in the gardens are available for sale from our adjoining nursery as young specimens and expert staff are on hand to give information and advice'

Admission Charge:
Adults - £5.00 each
Concessions - £4.00 each (over 60's, students & disabled)
(Children & teenagers under 18 free)

We are a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden, RHS members are admitted to the gardens free of charge (on presentation of a valid membership card)

Opening Times:
Garden Opening Times
March to October: Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm
(Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.30am to 4.30pm)

November to February - Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
(Closed on Sundays)
The nursery and gardens are closed from December 24th to January 2nd and on Easter Sunday

Further info:
Large car park on site with space for a coach. Toilet available on site.

With the exception of guide dogs, animals must be left in the owner's car, water bowls will be provided on request.

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Paying visitors are welcome to bring picnics but we are not a park and so there are no tables or bins. All rubbish must be taken with you.

IMPORTANT - Please be aware that despite our name, we are not a bluebell wood! We are called Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery as when the nursery started in 1979, we were in a different location right next to a pub called the Bluebell in the local village of Blackfordby. We do have a huge collection of unusual trees and shrubs on display in the gardens but alas, few bluebells so far.

If you can't find a particular plant or require further information, please e-mail us at sales@bluebellnursery.com or telephone our nursery office on (01530) 413700.

www.bluebellnursery.com

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Chesterfield Market

(Derbyshire Shopping)

      
Chesterfield Derbyshire England
Description : 


chesterfeild spireChesterfield is a historic market town most famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. There are various stories about why the Spire is twisted. Some blame the Devil, some talk of lightning, one 'expert' even blamed bell ringing! The most popular story about the Spire is that it was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round to try and see this wonder for itself. It's said that, should the same thing ever happen again, the Spire will straighten up! The truth probably has something to do with the 32 tons of lead tiles that cover the wooden Spire but you can find out more inside the Church, at the Museum or at the Visitor Information Centre.

Chesterfield market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has been trading for more than 800 years. General markets are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday and a popular flea market every Thursday.

Treat yourself to some fresh local produce at the Farmers' Market held on the Second Thursday of every month or visit the Artisan Market on the last Sunday of the month for artisan crafts and culinary delights.

The Victorian Market Hall was originally built in 1857 'for the shelter and safeguard of market people' and now houses a variety of traders offering food, clothes, haberdashery, mobile phones, gifts and cosmetics.

There is a lively programme of events throughout the year including the Medieval Fun Day in July, Well Dressing in September and 1940's Market and Christmas Lights Switch On in November.

For a full list of events visit: www.visitchesterfield.info/events
Investigate the town's past at the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery which is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Trace the town's history from the day the Romans marched up Ryknield Street and built a fort, through the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the railways (which brought George Stephenson to Chesterfield) right up to the present day. The Museum runs a varied events programme throughout the year.

Chesterfield boasts the country's oldest civic theatre, a concert and exhibition centre and a 10 screen cinema, as well as a new leisure centre with 2 swimming pools, squash courts and gym. Queen's Park is situated right in the heart of the Town Centre and has a children's play area, sand pit, cafe, miniature train and one of the loveliest cricket grounds in the country.

Tel: 01246 345777
Email: tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk
Website: www.visitchesterfield.info

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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

(Derbyshire Attractions)

      
Cromford Derbyshire England
Description : 

Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first water powered cotton spinning mill, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What happened here at Cromford in the 1770's changed the world we live in today!

Join us for an unmissable journey to discover 250 years of history and get the real story of the industrial revolution, warts and all! Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself in the stunning "Arkwright Experience" as our immersive show brings the great man to life. Hear him tell of his inventions, money and espionage as you enter his first mill, a must for any visitor to the area.
Follow one of our guided or audio tours as they reveal the stories behind the walls and discover just why this place is so important in our history of the industrial revolution. Be enthralled by the past as the buildings are brought to life, and learn more with our wonderful guides.
The site hosts a variety of visitor activities for your enjoyment including, gallery, shops, cafes, and exhibitions. Don't miss the chance to grab that unique gift or memento of your visit in one of the many shops found around the Mill:

The Mill Shop
Hartington Cheese Company
Quiltessential
Arkwright's Attic
Heritage Antiques
John Hermansen Pottery,
The Gallery
Cromford Antiques
Upcycled Creative

Our wonderful kitchens serve up delicious homemade food with a smile at both Arkwright's Cafe in the mill yard and the picturesque canal side Wheatcrofts Wharf restaurant. We offer mouth-watering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and our team (including the resident ducks!) will always endeavor to make your visit special.

We have a fantastic events programme throughout 2018 including family fun weekends, lectures and off-site visits - be sure to check our Website to see what's on!

We're open every day of the year except Christmas Day and don't forget... KIDS GO FREE!!!

The Arkwright Society owns and manages Cromford Mills. It is an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford. www.cromfordmills.org.uk @CromfordMills 01629 823256
The Arkwright Society is a registered charity no. 515526
Cromford Mills are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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Featured Attraction



erewash museum

Erewash Museum is our very own local and social history museum located on High Street, Ilkeston; with exhibitions and displays reflecting the history of the Erewash Borough.

Home for the Museum is a late Georgian house with Victorian extensions. It was both a family home and school accommodation before becoming a museum in the 1980's.

Many original features remain and visitors can enjoy the garden with unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley.

We are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm). During school holidays, with the exception of Christmas and bank holiday Mondays, we are open Monday Saturday 10am 4pm.

New tea room open 11am to 3pm

Admission to the museum is free.