Latest News | 12 May 2022

Illuminating displays set to return to Derbyshire landmarks

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Spectacular large-scale projections will light up Derbyshire landmarks, including Cromford Mills, with a unique fusion of music, visuals and sound when ‘Shine a Light’ returns later this year.

Visitors will be able to watch Derbyshire’s history unfold in magical night-time shows projected on to four heritage venues as part of the new Shine a Light programme, which will run from September 2022 to February 2023.

The large-scale projections will take place for the first time at Elvaston Castle, Barrow Hill Roundhouse and the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall, while Cromford Mills will return to host the unique outdoor events for a second year.

In addition, the towns of New Mills and Bolsover will be working with the Shine a Light team to build new additions for their annual community lantern processions.

The Shine a Light events bring together awe-inspiring illuminations and projections in a visually stunning display that is unique to each venue and centred around the themes of climate change and water.

Delivered by Derbyshire video projection artists Illuminos, Shine a Light is inspired by Voices From The Peak – a celebration of the county in sound created by local poet and performer Mark Gwynne Jones to celebrate the Peak District National Park’s 70th birthday last year.

The events have been commissioned by Derbyshire County Council following a successful pilot in 2021 when Shine a Light displays were held at Cromford Mills and Chatsworth, which is part of the Devonshire Group.

Councillor Barry Lewis, leader of the county council and cabinet member for strategic leadership, culture, tourism and climate change, said: “We’re tremendously proud of what we achieved with Shine a Light last year but that was just the beginning.

“We’re coming back bigger and better this year with more venues added, each with their own story to tell as part of this ‘anthology’.

“With the visitor economy still feeling the aftereffects of the pandemic, it’s vital that we support its recovery in Derbyshire and we’re proud to be able to help support these unique experiences which will provide excellent entertainment for tourists and residents alike.”

Jo Dilley, managing director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “Last year’s Shine a Light displays provided magical entertainment for visitors and residents alike, and we’re delighted that this year’s programme has expanded to include three great new heritage venues and two community-based celebrations.

“These events provide an excellent opportunity to see Derbyshire’s rich history brought to life while enjoying the area’s great visitor offer in the typically quieter months, supporting the recovery of local businesses in the process.”

Tickets and more information will be available soon – click here for more.

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