Wirksworth is a vibrant market town which delightfully mixes a rich, well connected & vital industrial past with an exciting, forward-looking innovative and artistic future. We are well connected geographically, yet surrounded by beautiful & ecologically diverse countryside.

We are just outside the Peak District – further information here – and in the heart of the historic Industrial Revolution country, next to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Easily Reached

In close proximity to Ashbourne, Buxton, Belper & Matlock, & not far from larger towns of Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester & Derby. Each of these towns has direct public transport links to Wirksworth.

Tradition, Industry & Culture

The rich farming, industrial & cultural local history give us the beautiful historic buildings and landscape, married with amazing nature and many heritage sites.

Festivals & Carnivals

The annual Well Dressing & Carnival is celebrated together with Maypole Dancing and the annual Wheelbarrow Race at the end of May over the Whitsun/ Late Spring Bank Holiday. This sees many of the things you might expect from a Peak District town, such as Well Dressing,but many more that you won’t!

An annual Arts’ Festival, Wirksworth Festival  in September draws artists of world wide renown, and the former industrial town has now developed into an artistic hub, aided by the newly opened Haarlem Artspace, an artistic community buzzing with creativity.

Heritage Railways

With a wealth of activities, outdoors and indoors, events, live music, heritage railways at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and Steeple Grange Light Railway, great pubs, cafes and independent shops, Wirksworth’s size belies the weight it pulls culturally. Wirksworth has hosted many well-known artists and writers from the past and present. We also have a great number of experts in the new technologies, with experts in the fields as diverse as water technology, generators to Grown Furniture.

Great Outdoors & Sports

If cycling, climbing, caving or waterspouts are your thing, you are richly served with the beautiful natural hills, trails High Peak Trail & Tissington Trail, Carsington Water,   As you might expect from this internationally known sportspeople visit & train here.

Live Music, Cinema & loads of events!

As you’d expect from such a bustling town, there’s always something going on. Whether it’s joining a Community Group, finding something in the Event Calendar, or finding out when your favourite local band is playing, there’s always something going on. Our boutique Northern Light Cinema brings both arthouse and blockbuster films to a unique setting.

Visit our wonderful outdoor celestial map, The Star Disc in the impressive Stoney Wood. Both of these amazing locations frequently host all manner of amazing events, with star gazing, live music, nature activities and outdoor performance, there’s always a new thing to be enjoyed.

Great Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes and Shops, plus loads more to do in the great outdoors!

Come along and find out what wonderful, quirky Wirksworth has to offer you!


From the Gilkin

A view of St. Mary’s Church Wirksworth from The Gilkin