New Mills Community Festival is a 2-week annual celebration of community and cultural spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions and an impressive lantern procession.
The overall aim is to enrich the community's experience of and participation in different creative activities.
New Mills is situated on the borders of North West Derbyshire and Cheshire, is part of the Derbyshire Peak District and traces its history back to the 13th century.
In the 18th century 5 new mills were built around the Torrs (known locally as the ‘Park under the Town’), a natural impressive sandstone gorge on the banks of two rivers, the Sett and the Goyt.
New Mills developed the UK’s first community owned hydropower scheme ‘Torrs Hydro’ torrshydro.org and is now a Fairtrade and a Transition Town.
The town is set in an area of spectacular natural beauty and is a popular destination for walkers of all abilities. There are guided walks as part of the festival and even a Fungi Foray!
It is easily accessible by train or bus and boasts two train stations. Services run direct from Sheffield or Manchester in less than an hour.
The town also offers a great variety of affordable accommodation, listed on this website under the menu item "visiting".