Journey back to Georgian times at Cromford Mills

Meet Arkwright's mill manager at the Georgian weekend at Cromford Mills
Meet Arkwright's mill manager at the Georgian weekend at Cromford Mills
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Sample life back in Georgian times with pony and trap rides, meet the 18th Century mill workers and follow the Georgian Inventions Trail to win a prize.

There will also be opportunities to dress up in Georgian costume and join in with Georgian games, including skittles, quoits and chess.

And there is the chance to decorate a pot before sowing a cotton seed to take home and watch grow.

Discover more through guided tours including a tour of the mill and village led by William Clack, Richard Arkwright’s mill manager.

Learn about what happened if you broke the law and just how strict working in the mills was.

Then meet Richard Arkwright himself in the Arkwright Experience in the brand new Gateway at Cromford Mills.

If all this makes you feel hungry, head to Arkwright’s Café where there will be a selection of Georgian dishes on the menu, as well as picnics to purchase.

Visitors can also meet Barratt and Esmerelda the barn owls, Bilbo the white faced scops owl, Gandalf the great grey owl, and all their fluffy friends.

Find out about these fascinating owls and their roles in history with talks during the day.

For those seeking adventure, have a go ascending the climbing wall, browse the craft market selling a variety of handmade gifts, enjoy viewing a flotilla of model boats on the canal, have your face painted, or enjoy storytelling sessions throughout the afternoon.

Events are running throughout the weekend on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10am to 5pm each day.

Entry is free, although there will be a small charge for some of the activities.

Pre-booking is also recommended for some events, see the website for more information.

For further details please visit or call 01629 823256.