Top 5 things to do in Belper

Credit: Rhys Adams

For those visiting Belper…

  1. Belper River Gardens — For over 100 years, these beautiful gardens have been a place to visit either by locals or those visiting. Even as a young boy we went on a regular basis. Whether it’s for rowing a boat or taking the kids to the park, it’s not a place you should dismiss. Also the new Swiss Tearooms building will start to be constructed soon, we can’t wait to try it out.
  2. Strutt’s North Mill — On the UNESCO World Heritage List, Strutt’s North Mill when built housed some ground-breaking technology, apparently stolen from abroad, but this mill signified the industrial revolution. At one point the North Mill and surrounding buildings employed in excess of 2,000 people. Today it sits next to Belper River Gardens and has a museum where you can learn about the mill and the Strutt family behind it.
  3. Heage Windmill — Whilst not technically in Belper itself, just a short bus ride, car ride or hike away is Heage Windmill. Built in 1797 and restored in 2002, this grade II listed building is worth a visit. They offer tours of the mill for a small admission price and you can even by some flour on the way out.
  4. Arts and Food Festivals — Belper over the last few years has really put itself on the map for its Belper Art’s Festival and the amazing Belper Food Festival, both annual events and attract hundreds of people from around the UK to visit this amazing little town. The Food festival is generally July and the Belper Arts Festival is May/June time. There is also the Belper Arts Trail to look out for.
  5. Shopping in Belper — I’ve mentioned a few shops above, but a wander around Belper’s eclectic array of shops is a full afternoon, visiting places like Belle la Vie for its high quality goods such as ladies wear and brands such as Second Female and Nookie Designs of London. Derwentside Mill will take a good amount of time, visiting many different businesses in one place from collectibles to antiques and those offering their own creations through crafts. The for those with a sweet tooth you’ve got Oh So Sweet, a traditional sweet shop where you choose from the glass jars and weigh your little treats. It really is a great town for this.

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I live in a beautiful town called Belper on the edge of the Peak District with my wife Rebecca. I enjoy writing, photography and gadgets.

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Rhys Adams

Rhys Adams

I live in a beautiful town called Belper on the edge of the Peak District with my wife Rebecca. I enjoy writing, photography and gadgets.

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