Family Days Out – 10 of the Best Things to See and Do in Wirksworth

Here is a short list of some of the best things to see and do to entertain the family in Wirksworth:

1 – St Mary’s Church 

St Mary’s Church is one of Derbyshire’s finest,
 standing in the centre 
of Wirksworth in a quiet
 churchyard. There has 
been a church here since
 C9th but the present imposing building dates
 from C13th and was 
restored extensively in 
C19th and early C20th. Its size reflects Wirksworth’s important history. Built into the inside walls are earlier stone fragments, notably a carved Saxon coffin lid, and the famous ‘towd man’ – an early medieval carving of a Derbyshire lead miner. St Mary’s is open every day.

2 – Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

The Ecclesbourne Valley is one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys, stretching from Wirksworth to the northern outskirts Derby at Duffield.

The railway operates passenger services between Wirksworth and Duffield mainly using heritage diesel railcars, and on selected days steam hauled services on the short branch between Wirksworth and Ravenstor. Special events run throughout the year, including a Classic Transport weekend, Classic Bus Rally, Teddy Bears weekend and an annual model railway exhibition. Great fun for all the family!

Tel: 01629 823076

3 – The Star Disc

The StarDisc is a spectacular 21st century stone circle created by renowned visual artist Aidan Shingler. From its setting high above the town, it commands stunning views over Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley. A star chart, carved into black granite and inscribed with the constellations, the Star Disc is surrounded by 12 silver granite seats representing the months of the year. After dark, the star chart, which spans 12m, is illuminated by low level lighting, powered by our own star the Sun.



For 20 years, Wirksworth Festival has become one of the most vibrant showcases for contemporary art in rural England. The Festival includes the trailblazing Art & Architecture Trail (10-11th Sept) when the entire town becomes a gallery with over 150 artists and designer makers exhibiting and selling in more than 70 venues. For the rest of the fortnight there’s a heady mixture of performance, music, dance, drama, film and family shows from world-class performers to the very best homegrown talent.
9-25th September 2017.


An 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth, built on the trackbed of a branch of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway, now the High Peak Trail. Enjoy a unique twenty minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery in an old National Coal Board manrider powered by small ex-industrial locomotives.

Tel: 01629 55123


Set within former limestone
quarries on the edge of
Wirksworth, the NSC is
a 50 acre site of Special
Geological Scienti c
Interest offering outdoor
and indoor activities for all
ages, including fossil trails,
geo walks, picnic areas,
traditional stone craft courses, and a visitor centre with shop, café and exhibition. A brilliant new children’s playground ensures entertainment for all the family!

Tel: 01629 824833


Stoney Wood is Wirksworth’s Millennium woodland, planted in the area recovered from Stonecroft Quarry on land donated by Tarmac Ltd. Planting by local people has been inspired by the Foret Giorno woodland near Wirksworth’s twin town of Die in France. An ideal spot for walking and picnics, and a regular location for large community events.

More details here via the Stoney Wood Facebook group  or Stoney Wood  details here.


Wirksworth inhabitants are proud of their heritage, and celebrate a number of ancient traditions including well dressing. Well Dressing is a unique Peak District custom where wells are decorated with natural materials to create intricate designs.

Every year Wirksworth comes alive for a weekend of carnival entertainment in support of the event.


A small heritage centre which runs temporary exhibitions on various themes, sells locally
made gifts & Wirksworth merchandise, and provides printed visitor information. Currently manned by volunteers on Fridays

and Saturdays, Bank Holidays and carnival/festival Sundays only. Watch out for new guided walks from summer 2016!



From the town’s central market place, the cottages and narrow alleyways of Greenhill and The Dale winning up the hillside of a traditional coastal fishing village. The maze of jitties and clusters of tiny courtyards between the cottages is known affectionately by locals as the Puzzle Gardens.