The Festival

Wirksworth Festival sees this beautiful Derbyshire market town transform into a gallery and performance venue every September.

Art & Architecture Trail Weekend

Running for over 25 years, Wirksworth Festival has become one of the most vibrant showcases for contemporary art that you’ll find in rural England. During our trailblazing Art & Architecture Trail Weekend, the entire town becomes a gallery with over 100 artists and designer makers exhibiting and selling their work in more than 70 venues – in homes ranging from charming stone cottages to impressive Georgian townhouses, historic and quirky buildings, gardens, courtyards, shop windows and churches. It is the perfect way to meet artists, buy affordable art and take a look inside some of Derbyshire’s most exquisite buildings.

The Festival

The Designer Makers Market is housed in two large venues bringing together some of the region’s best contemporary jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glassware and other crafts. We select and exhibit the work of established artists of national and international renown alongside emerging artists to present exhibitions that are both ambitious and accessible. This is your chance to see some amazing contemporary visual art in a friendly and unusual, non-gallery setting.

Discover street entertainment and live music, workshops and family activities. And the town is full of lovely old pubs and independent cafés, grocers, bakeries and delis. You’ll also find a great range of street food on offer.

Trail Weekend tickets cost just £8 (under 18s free) for the whole weekend, which includes entry to both markets, venues and exhibitions plus a free illustrated guide. The Trail Weekend is an unbeatable and fun way for everyone to enjoy contemporary art.

And the rest of the Festival…

For the remaining Festival there’s a heady mixture of performance and exhibitions – live music,  drama and film  from world-class performers to the very best homegrown talent.