Magic of Strictly at North Mill

Belper’s North Mill is adding some ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ magic to its festivities this year with a toe tapping, foot flicking dance session on Sunday, December 8.

Professional dancers Mark Eyles and Sharon Lister will be showing off their fancy footwork with a swing and jive dance session between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

It’s all part of the historic mill’s 1940s “Make do and Mend” Christmas celebrations that are running over the next few months.

Museum manager Sarah Skinner said: “From making your own Christmas presents to trying your hand at swing and jive dancing there’s lots going on at the mill this festive season.

“Although the professionals are there to show us how it’s done, we’re hoping that everyone will be bitten by the dancing bug and want to join in.”

Organisers say there is something for everyone so if you’re not a keen dancer then you can try an indulgent home-made mince pie, take part in children’s craft activities and even take a tour of the mill itself.

To get into the spirit of the 1940s, the mill is starting its celebrations early with ‘make do and mend’ family workshops on Saturday, November 30, and Saturday, December 7.

The recycled craft sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and visitors can make practical presents for loved ones as well as decorative festive paper to wrap them up in.

Usual mill entrance fees apply but there is no extra charge for the dance session or make do and mend workshops.