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Archaeology Week

Between Monday 23rd July and Sunday 5th August

Trent Peak, a team of archaeologists will be undertaking a dig in front of the Roundhouse where the ‘Long Row’ workers’ houses once stood. Every day of the dig you can pop in and chat to the archaeologists at a special stand in our car park to find out more about our work.
On Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July and Wednesday 1st August, there will be special time slots for you to book on with your family and get involved with the dig. More details of booking with follow
On Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August there will be a special day full of family activities for you to pop in and get involved with.

Please note that there will be no entry to the Roundhouse during the weekdays of the dig, just access to the dig itself.


Science Day - Sunday 12th August 10am-4pm

On the 170th anniversary of George Stephenson’s death join us in a celebration of his life and all things science. Venture into the pop-up Explorer Dome to watch interactive science shows, join the Science Boffins and volunteers from the British Science Association as they undertake some fun-filled and fascinating science experiments. Learn how a steam locomotive works and watch a miniature steam railway in action.


Garden and Wildlife Friendly Day - Saturday 25th August 10am-4pm

Bring your family to the Roundhouse to learn about the wildlife around us and what we can do to protect it through displays and a range of fun activities from local wildlife charities including Bumblebee Conservation Trust, East Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Mid Derbyshire Badger Group and Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group. Then listen to an exciting talk on the secrets of wildlife filming from professional wildlife photographer Michael Leach at 2pm and take part in one of his fun and fascinating family friendly workshops about living and communicating with gorillas at 11am.


World War One Weekends

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 10am-4pm
Saturday 27th October 10am-4pm
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 10am-4pm

Join us to mark the centenary of the end of World War One by exploring a special pop-up exhibition in the Roundhouse on how the conflict affected people locally in Derbyshire. Listen to speakers give special talks on the subject and take part in creating a symbolic piece of community artwork to mark the occasion that will be displayed on Remembrance Weekend.
Details of speakers and talk timings will be published soon.


Halloween Fun - Sunday 28th October 10am-4pm

Things are getting a bit spooky at the Roundhouse. Don your Halloween costumes and join us for a family fun day filled with tricks and treats. Have a go at monster mask making in our learning room, listen to some chilling tales told by professional storyteller Sophie Snell and join us for a screening of a special spooky film made by students at Springwell Community College.


Christmas Family Fun - Saturday 8th December 10am-4pm

Join us for a day of Christmas crafting and festive musical accompaniments that will get you feeling all jolly. More details to be announced nearer the time.

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Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.