The Glenorchy Centre is popular with small school groups because of the combination of local activities and the facilities on offer.

Wirksworth is located at the edge of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site and gives easy access to educational centres in Cromford and Derby. The town has a history of lead mining and limestone quarrying, which are both demonstrated at the Heritage Centre and National Stone Centre. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Steeple Grange Narrow-gauge railway and Crich Tramway Village (11 miles from the centre) are other local attractions.

Within the town the mixture of architecture and heritage also provide opportunities for study linked to curriculum topics such as geography and history. Nearby Carsington Water (5 miles) provides a range of fun and educational activities.

In the Glenorchy Centre itself, the self-catering facilities allow groups to cook their own food, whilst the table-tennis and snooker tables provide opportunities for evening relaxation. School groups can also make use of the large stage, for performances or concerts.

School Links

Derwent Valley Mills
World Heritage site, with opportunities for learning and fun.

Arkwright Mill, Cromford
Sir Richard Arkwright's Mill, running group visits.

Wirksworth Heritage Centre
Museum and exhibition space, including tours and workshops for schools.

National Stone Centre
Quarries, kilns and mines. Discovery Centre, mineral shop and cafe.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Heritage railway through the unspoilt Ecclesbourne Valley to Duffield.

Steeple Grange Light Railway
Narrow-gauge railway through dramatic limestone scenery.

Crich Tramway Village
Tramrides, workshops, exhibitions and a woodland walk.

Carsington Water
Information about the facilities available at Carsington Water.