Sunday, 14 October 2012

Special Evenings at Le Mistral in Wirksworth

Steak Night
Wednesday 17th October

A selection of Derbyshire steaks from ‘A Pig’s Tale’, Alderwasley hand cut by Ken, and all served with pommes frites, garlic butter mushrooms, rocket and parmesan.

Choose either:
7oz Sirloin
12oz Rump
5oz Fillet
10oz Pork cutlet
Provencal salmon kebab with pesto and balsamic glaze


Choose either:

French onion soup           Crème brulee
Soupe du jour (v)     Tarte au citron
Mistral garlic bread (v)   Chocolate pot
         Grilled sardine fillets           Ice cream / Sorbet
Salmon fishcake         Cheesecake

£15 per person

Halloween Special
Wednesday 31st October (5-9pm)

Kids 2 Course Menu (KIDS EAT FREE!*)

Main Course

Tomato and Basil Pasta
With (Meaty) Eye Balls, Mozzarella and Black Olives
Scary Pizza
      Cheese, Tomato, Red Pepper and onion.


Spooky Skewers
Marshmallow, Banana and Chocolate Sauce
Creepy Crawly Dessert
Jelly & Custard

*2 children under the age of 12 eat FREE with 1 full-paying adult ordering from the A la Carte Menu or Specials Board.
Prize for best fancy dress!

Fish Night
Wednesday 7th November

Soupe de Poisson
Rich fish soup of marinated fish in a tomato saffron broth with aioli, Swiss cheese and French bread

Trio of Smoked Fish
Peppered smoked mackerel, smoked salmon and smoked haddock mousse with potato, red onion,
soft herb and caper salsa

Grilled Sardine Fillets
Crispy fillets in lemon & herb butter with a marinated cherry tomato garlic crouton and fresh rocket

Cod Cheeks wrapped in Bacon
Pan roasted onto herb buttered mash with roast carrots, black peppered spinach and beurre blanc

Gratin of red mullet, haddock and salmon layered with potatoes, caramelised onions, garlic, crème fraiche
and Swiss cheese served with a mixed salad and crusty baguette

Moules au Roquefort
Freshly steamed mussels with finely diced onions, cream and Roquefort with pommes frites and crusty baguette

Grilled Mackerel Fillets with Chorizo
Crispy mackerel fillets with spicy chorizo, buttered leeks, capers and parsley

Smoked Haddock and Leek Fishcakes
Pan fried in garlic butter and served with marinated red peppers, fine beans, black olives and a sauce vierge

2 courses - £13.95

Vegetarian Evening
Wednesday 14th November

Minestrone Soup
with Basil Oil
Spinach Risotto
with Toasted Pine Nuts
Melon Bellini Sorbet
French Onion Tart
with Roquefort Cream
Winter Green Salad
with Sliced Apple
Truffle Torte
with Amaretto Anglaise

6 courses - £19.95 per person


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Opening Weekend and the Art and Architecture Trail are almost here!  Tickets are on sale and plenty of chances to get involved.  Click for Wirksworth Festival website ......

A leading rural arts festival where everyone can enjoy great art in a unique and inspiring setting.

WIRKSWORTH FESTIVAL    7-23 September 2012
This weekend, Wirksworth throws open its doors and invites you to its famous Art and Architecture Trail, opening a packed seventeen days of festivity!

Seven commissioned artworks emphasise the interactive nature of art and the importance of play.  Over 170 artists exhibit their work along the Trail, in historic buildings and unusual houses in the town - inviting you to take a sneaky peak in delicious interiors! Graduate artists are showcased in the main exhibition at the Parish Room and the work of talented Designer Makers is on show in shop windows and two designer maker markets. Whether you're looking for art to stimulate the imagination, provoke debate or that unique affordable piece to buy - there's so much to see this weekend, don't miss out!
The Art and Architecture Trail 
Sat 8 and Sun 9 September, 10am to 5pm
Tickets £6 for all weekend - pick up a Trails Badge and Guide on the day only.  Under 18s go free.
Free Highlights include
Vinyl at the Moot Hall
Do you have a record with a special memory?  When you play it can you say what it means to you? What you were doing when you got it, who you were going out with, what was going on in the world? I For Wirksworth Festival, artist and vinyl junky Bill Aitchison is making a special event. He is inviting you to come along with your record, to play a track and share your memories. He will be constructing a collective memory out of all the diverse music that come up during the weekend and possibly throwing in a few of his own. It will be a fun and interesting chance to hear other people’s music and what it means to them. Bring records or memories and join in!

Lifeboat at Rectory Gardens
The Institute of Crazy Dancing Lifeboat is about slowness, kindness and taking care. It provokes questions with regard to ethics, trade, migration and sustainability. It is about getting your bearings whilst rocking gently and looking at the world from a slowly changing point of view. You are free to spend as long or as little time as you wish in a hammock –  then welcome to feedback into the provocations, either there and then or later ... The installation creates a contemplative and active space: a place of exchanges between strangers, a place for people to meet each other – to talk and think…
Plus St Johns Street Theatre's hilarious free show "I Don't Call That Art" and Street Music, provided by Outdoor Music in Wirksworth around the town

Wirksworth and the World, at Wirksworth Library
Delve into the unique Gell Family Archives and take part in group readings, while enjoying digital images of Wirksworth from the past in free 90 minute sessions run by the Derbyshire Record Office and Derbyshire Local Studies Library. Places must be booked in advance, click here for more info.

All this, PLUS open air film screenings, Shakespeare in a stunning garden setting and much more!

Quad's Summer Night Film Screenings at The Lime Kiln
Friday 7 September, from 7pm
The Woman in Black (12A) send shivers up your spine!
Saturday 8 September, from 7pm
Grease (PG) re-live the fabulous final flings of Rydell High!
Don't Wait to Book! 
  Tickets up to the day before are £10.50, on the day £12.  Click here to book now.

Jagged Fence return following last year's success
As You Like It at Symonds House Garden
Shakespeare's screwball romantic comedy set in a 1950s rock'n'roll America, with jivin jokers, ballad-singing beatniks and two cross-dressing cousins.  Performances every evening at 6.30pm (Fri to Tues), plus 3pm on Sunday 9th September
Click here to book online.
With much more to come!
A spectacular performance of Carmina Burana!
Well Dressed Wirksworth - the culmination of the festival!
Visit the Wirksworth Festival website to download a full copy of the brochure or browse the What's On section for all events.  

PLUS we welcome volunteers to help out throughout the Festival. If you're interested get in touch!
Make sure you have the dates in your diary and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival very soon.  To register for regular updates and newsletters from Wirksworth Festival sign up to the mailing list
tel:  01629 824003

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Outdoor Music in Wirksworth

Festival Street Music


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September
'The Big One!'
Arts Trail with 70-80 quirky venues - main music 12.00-18.00 with some later – nine outdoor music/performance venues (c5000 audience over two days)
For more details of other events:

Eating Out at the Mistral in September

Alongside the delicious and authentically-French A La Carte Menu, seasonal Prix Fixe Lunch Menu and regularly-changing Blackboard Specials, there is a variety of tempting offers (inc. 2 main meals and a bottle of House Wine for £26 between Sunday and Wednesday after 6pm)

Wirksworth Festival 8 - 23 Sept

Every September the historic market town of Wirksworth throws open its doors and warmly invites you to see some great art in a truly wonderful place. Inspirational work from both international and local artists fill the streets, houses and historic buildings of this fascinating town.

Art & Architecture Trail 8 - 9 Sept

The fantastic opening weekend when the whole town becomes a gallery with over 150 artists and makers show their work in every conceivable space.
For further details and to download the Festival programme:

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Farmers Market in Wirksworth

Will be held this coming Saturday 4th August
from 9am 'til 2.00pm
at the Memorial Hall and Gardens in Wirksworth. 

Not only will there be food, there will be live music from about 10.30 'til 12.30  
The cafe for the month will be brought to you by the RWANDA trust...

We actively try to make sure there is something for everyone. 
Not only are there rare breed and organic farmers and growers bringing steak duck, pork etc we also expect to have the most extensive range of exotic mushrooms from Derbyshire Mushroom farm, vegetarian pies from Granda Lews and authentic vegetarian Indian samosas, pakoras and curry sauce from a new Derby producer Apna Spice.... Derbyshire Oatcakes, Artisan bread, Cakes, Jams, Free range eggs, Tasty Cheese made in the Ecclesbourne Valley. and . and ... and ..... other stuff

Festivals in Derbyshire in August

10 - 12 August 2012
Bakewell Music Festival
The third year for this eclectic festival with over 40 artists plus good ales, good food, stalls and children's entertainment and FREE camping whilst soaking up the ambience and setting in the Heart of the Peak District. On Bakewell Showground 
15 August 2012
Brampton Potteries Festival

Celebrating the pottery history of Brampton, there are exhibitions of pottery, decorated gardens and a summer fayre.
17-18 August 2012
Bankswood 2012

A family friendly music festival in Bankswood Park, Hadfield near Glossop.
18 August 2012
Barlow Carnival

A family friendly day of entertainment with a variety of things to do. The parade starts at 2pm.
17 - 19 August 2012
Moira Furnace Folk Festival
A firm favourite on the family friendly folk lovers' circuit!
24-26 August 2012
MyChoone Festival
This year's theme is the booking of the country's best tribute bands from the 70s to the present day.
31 August - 2 September
Off the Tracks Summer
Now celebrating its 24th anniversary, Off the Tracks brings you two festivals each year from Castle Donington in the very heart of England.
With great live music, 60 different Real Ales and Ciders, great camping facilities and loads of other things besides, you'll see why Off the Tracks has been named as a top 'Small is beautiful' Festival by the Sunday times! 

Monday, 18 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

Astronomy at the Star Disc

An Invitation to Attend Our
Public Astronomy Events
at the
Star Disc, Wirksworth
Saturday 9th June (5pm till early evening)
Saturday 25th August (3pm till early evening)

The White Peak Astronomical Observing Group are supporting 3 events at the Star Disc in Wirksworth. Members of the public are invited to come along to ask questions and have a unique opportunity for a tour of the night sky by Group members using the star disc as a guide.

Information will be available on different types of telescopes and practical advice on observing

Star Disc Enterprise: home

(The Star Disc is located at the top of Greenhill)

Friday, 1 June 2012

Inside Rosemary Cottage: Self catering cottage in Wirksworth

Kitchen with belfast sink - leads to small utility room and downstairs W.C

Dining Room

Victorian style Bathroom with walk in shower and roll top bath

Corner of lounge

Rosemary Cottage Wirksworth

View our delightful holiday cottage at

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

For all news about Wirksworth

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All you wanted to know about Wirksworth!

Meet the Authors every Weds night in June

7.30 - 9.30 in the Function Room of the Red Lion

Tricia Durdy and Andy Miller  6th June
      Wirksworth authors talking about their writing
Christine Palmer  13th June

     Walking back to Happiness’
             A walk from the South of France to Spain with observations, musings and }
             recipes along the way!

Lynn Knight   20th June     
    Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue: the story of an Accidental Family’
            The extraordinary story of the three generations of adoption that took place
            within Lynn Knight's own family.

  Steven Dunne                          27th June     
 The Reaper ’ and  ‘The Disciple’
           Gripping crime novels set in Derby!  
This years special event : a Poetry Stroll  
          In Wirksworth Market Place 
          Friday 15th June, meeting at 7.00pm

Hidden Gardens and Courtyards 9& 10 June

Wirksworth Hidden Gardens and Courtyards

Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2012
12.00 noon to 5.00pm

This fascinating and ancient town has a wide variety of intriguing courtyards and gardens that are often hidden from view but which offer glimpses of delight as you wander around the streets and alleyways.

The weekend gives a unique opportunity for visitors to look behind the walls and enjoy our private spaces where every size and type of garden and courtyard is to be found.

Visitors follow a trail around 20 gardens in the town centre of Wirksworth, with home made cakes and teas en-route. Several of our open gardens will have live acoustic music.

All proceeds from the event are donated to charities especially linked to Wirksworth Town, Independance, Wirksworth Young Cricketers, the Swimming Pool, and other organisations linked to the youth of the town.

Plant sales:
Plant sales will be taking place at Greengates and Orchard House, gardens on the event trail.

£4.00 for adults which cover both days, concessions £3.00, under 16's free.

How to get event passports:
Tickets will be sold at the Community Gardens by the railway, Wirksworth Care Centre (town centre) and two garden venues, Orchard House and Greengates at the start and end of trail.

Further information:
Phone: 01629 822 539

Wirksworth is situated three miles from Matlock, 9 miles from Ashbourne and 15 miles from Derby

County: Derbyshire
Postcode for Sat Nav: DE4 4DS (please verify before use)
Find approximate location on GoogleMaps (new window

Special Events in June in Wirksworth

Meet the Authors
on Wednesdaya at 7.30 - 9.30 in the Red Lion £5.00 tickets available from Traidlinks in Wirksworth or on the door

Hidden Garden's and Courtyards This years Hidden Garden's and Courtyards will be taking place on June 9th and 10th, between 10.00 noon and 5.00pm.

For further details see What's on....