Medieval event to take over Belper

Last year's Heritage Open Day at No. 28 in Belper.
Last year's Heritage Open Day at No. 28 in Belper.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Belper is staging a medieval-themed event next month.

No. 28 cafe, located on Market Place, will be the setting for the event.

It will take place on Saturday, September 12 between 9am and 5pm with a raft of sessions, workshops and walks planned.

A spokesperson said: “This year’s theme is Medieval Belper.

“Visitors can find out about the town long before the Strutts, a world of bowmen and archery, deer-hunting, knights on horseback and peasants tilling the soil.

“There will be a display of medieval pottery found in recent archaeological excavations in a nearby garden.

“Visitors can also find out more about the lost Manor House which stood in the area near the Market Place, but disappeared long ago.

“Local spinner and knitter, Sarah Bates, will demonstrate medieval techniques of wool spinning and children and adults can take part in creating a tapestry using fabric and felt.

“In the afternoon Adrian Farmer will lead two, free guided walks at 2pm and 4pm to take in the Coppice and St John’s Chapel.

“This is to celebrate 25 years as a Heritage Centre and Council Office.

“At 3pm Trevor Griffin will lead a walk in search for Belper’s Medieval Manor House.

“All walks are free of charge with no need to book.”

The event is free of charge and will run alongside the popular Farmers’ market in the town, with the No. 28 cafe open all day.

Visit heritageopendays.org.uk for more.