Things to do in Belper
We are so lucky being residents or even visitors of Belper, as there is so much you can do and so many events taking place. We have listed our favourite things to do in Belper.
Belper River Gardens
Set next to the Belper North Mill, these beautiful landscaped gardens have been host to visiting families for over 100 years. In the middle of the beautiful flowerbeds is the bandstand where on the odd occasion throughout the summer you will hear local bands play to crowds of local Belper residents. Hire a rowing boat in the summer and head under the railway bridge to spot a Kingfisher diving for a feed or let the kids run wild on the childrens play area. Ignore the almost derelict tearooms, as a crowdfunded “Buy a Brick” campaign should see the place rebuilt and renovated ready to serve the residents and visitors of this beautiful town.
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Belper Farmers Market
Purchase quality produce, gifts and treats from this monthly farmers market on Belper Market place, just outside Number 28. You will find all kinds of stalls, some offering cookery demonstrations, samples of cheese or even hand crafted gifts. The Belper’s farmers market takes place on the second Saturday of each month (excluding January). Its definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget to pop into the Number 28 cafe for a piece of cake and a good old cuppa tea!
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Strutt’s North Mill
One of the oldest surviving water powered cotton mills and at one time employed almost 2,000 people at its peak. Today this small museum shows the workings of the mill and the history behind Jedediah Strutt and the famous Strutt family. Regular guided tours are available and included within the reasonable entrance price. Special events run throughout the year, so its best to check there website before turning up. If its close to the evening, don’t forget to drop into Tom Yum’s Thai Restaurant.
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Go back in time, just for a second when you go and watch one of the latest films at the beautiful Ritz Cinema in Belper. Upgrade your seat to a luxury chair or even go the whole hog with that first date by choosing a comfortable couch, grab a filter coffee and a slice of cake (don’t bother with the popcorn here) and relax to watch the digital projection screen. Book early to avoid disappointment, this place usually has a full house. They even offer a membership scheme which is well worth the money.
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