Festival venues

The following buildings and outdoor spaces are the main venues for the Wirksworth Festival 2016 programme. Other venues will also be used for Fringe events happening throughout the Festival period. And of course during the Art & Architecture Trail venues can be found in over 70 buildings, courtyards and gardens all over the town.

The Town Hall

Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, De4 4EU

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Access: Assisted access needed to main door, door will be fully open on Trail Weekend, lift access to ground and first floor. Accessible toilet

Built by the Freemasons in 1871, the Town Hall was designed by the architect A B Bradby. In common with most Victorian buildings, styles were “borrowed” from previous periods in history. The Main Hall leans heavily towards the Jacobean period and has been decorated to emphasise the beamed ceiling.

The Town Hall is the largest venue in Wirksworth. During the Festival the venue is gifted by the Town Council for the Festival’s sole use. The Town Hall Events team organise the Festival’s performance programme. They also organise music and theatre events throughout the year. You can see their events programme outside of the Festival period here.

The Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall

39 St Johns Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS

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Access: Small one inch step in to main entrance, this may be ramped for the Trail Weekend, ground floor fully accessible, accessible toilet, step down into rear garden.

Built in the 1930s, the Memorial Hall has had a chequered career. Attached to the old cinema, it started life as a “country club”, went on to become a transport café and currently offers office space to several local organisations and Derbyshire County Council. The outside space is the location of Wirksworth’s Monthly Farmers’ Market.

St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church

Church Walk, Wirksworth, DE4 4DQ

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Access: Ramp from outside, main floor area accessible, steps to altar.

St Mary’s Church, the most impressive building in Wirksworth, dates back to the 13th century and is an amazing 152ft long. A footpath goes round the entire church which gives it the appearance of being a cathedral. A church is believed to have stood on this site since 633 AD. It creates a stunning venue for commissioned artists work throughout the Festival period.

Parish Rooms

The Parish Room

St Mary’s Gate, Wirksworth, DE4 4DQ

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Access: One inch step up to main entrance, and down to main ground floor, this may be ramped for the Trail Weekend, ground floor on one-level, stairs with handrail to first floor.

The Parish Room is located across from St Mary’s Church on Church Walk. It is used throughout the Festival period as an exhibition space for the Festival’s commissioned artists. It is also home to the Festival office.

Moot Hall

Moot Hall

Chapel Lane. Wirksworth, DE4 4FF

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Access: Restricted access, steep steps to main door with handrail.

Moot Hall was built in 1814 to house the Barmote Court, which was set up in 1288 to enforce lead mining laws. It is almost certainly the oldest industrial court in Britain, and possibly in the world; it still sits twice a year.

Eco Centre

Eco Centre

Porter Lane, Middleton by Wirksworth, DE4 4LS

01629 533038

www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

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A new flagship sustainability and learning centre set within a wonderful rural setting. The Eco Centre often hosts a number of practical workshops throughout and in partnership with the Festival. See the Workshops page on our website for more information.

Anthony Gell School

Anthony Gell School

Wood Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DX

www.anthonygell.co.uk

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Access: Fully accessible.

Wirksworth’s comprehensive’s secondary school for 11-18 year olds is located next to the Leisure Centre. Parking is available in the car park off Water Lane. Anthony Gell School hosts exhibitions of students’ work and live arts during the Trail Weekend.

Stoney Wood

Stoney Wood

Main entrance off Middleton Road, Wirksworth

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Access: Restricted. Steep slopes and paths, slippery surfaces, soft ground.

Stoney Wood is Wirksworth’s millennium community woodland, planted on the site of the recovered Stoney Croft Quarry. Stoney Wood was inspired during a visit by local people in 1994 to a similar woodland – The Foret  Giono near Wirksworth’s French twin town of ‘Die’, which was in turn inspired by the writer Jean Giono’s book – “The Man who Planted Trees”, a story about a solitary shepherd who planted mountainsides with thousands of trees and transformed his local environment. Stoney Wood often opens and closes the Festival with the now legendary outdoor film screening on the opening Friday night of the Festival and as the site for the Festival’s spectacular Community Celebration Finale.

Star Disc

StarDisc

Top of Stoney Wood

www.stardisc.org

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Access: Restricted. Vehicular access from top of Greenhill for people with restricted mobility.

A 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre inspires, entertains, engages and educates. It was created by Wirksworth’s own Aidan Shingler in 2011. The StarDisc is constructed from black and silver granite with carvings of a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky. It is a community asset, educational resource and performance space. The StarDisc is often the site for many open air performances and events during the Festival.