The town of Belper is located in the Amber Valley region of Derbyshire, on the banks of the River Derwent. It is seven miles north of the city of Derby, and a short drive from the Peak District National Park. There is plenty to do on self-catering holidays in Belper, such as watching a film at the town’s beautiful 1930s Ritz Cinema, on King Street. On the second Saturday of every month, an excellent farmers’ market is held, with stalls selling the best fresh produce from neigbouring farms. For a stroll or a picnic, head to Belper River Gardens. On the riverbank, you can hire a rowing boat and while away an afternoon on the Derwent. Belper Parks Local Nature Reserve is another peaceful space, where you can explore the Coppice Brook, which was once the town’s water source, and wildflower meadows.
Every May, Belper Arts Festival draws thousand of visitors to the town with an exciting mix of theatre, live music, dance and more. The Amber Valley Beer Festival is another popular event, in September at Strutt’s Community Centre. As you explore the town centre from your holiday cottage in Belper, you will notice several striking landmarks, perhaps the most unusual of which is a massive fibreglass sculpture known as Mr Potato Head – a gift from Pawtucket in the U.S. Nearby, Strutt’s Mill is an impressive building which played an important role in the industrial revolution and now houses an outstanding museum packed with exhibits on Belper’s history as a mill town and producer of nails.
On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Belper, the town centre is home to a variety of independent businesses, including some great places to eat and drink. Arthur’s is one of the town’s best-rated restaurants, and the Book Café is a popular spot for coffee.