North and East Mills, Belper. (c) Derbyshire County Council.
If you’re stuck for something in the Christmas period here are a few ideas to get you off the sofa and explore some of the events that are taking place in and around Leicester.
For a unique day out you couldn’t do better than make tracks to The Great Central Railway, which between December 26 and January 1 is giving away complementary mince pies on board its steam trains.
In true Willie Wonka style ten of these mince pies’ wrappers contain special tokens enabling the finder to enjoy two first class four-course meals on board the Central Saturday service.
Steam enthusiasts may also like to know that they’ll be warming up the Lancashire Boilers at Papplewick Pumping Station on December 30 and 31. The magnificent engines will be in steam throughout the day with lots of festive merriment to the accompaniment of the Bestwood ‘Black Diamonds’ Brass Band.
Belper North Mill Museum is getting in on the Boxing Day walk tradition by inviting the public to head out from Strutt's North Mill at 2pm for a gentle stroll round parts of historic Belper.
The walk includes the historic Strutt buildings and ends with a warm drink at the mill. It costs £2 per adult with no booking necessary.