Exciting Arts for all Passions

Join us for our annual 10 day Festival of Arts set within the historic market town of Wirksworth in Derbyshire.

6 to 16 SEPTEMBER 2024

Arts and Architecture Weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 10.00am to 5.00pm

Come and enjoy a great family weekend, £10.00 adult wristband entry with free Trail Guide. Plenty edge of Town parking with free shuttle buses running continually both days. Around 70 Venues around the Town, Food Stalls, Street Music and Performance.

The Festival

6 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2024

Wirksworth invites you to join us for a 10 day celebration of the arts with a mix of music, performance and visual arts.

The Art Trail 2024

The town transforms into a huge gallery for the weekend of the 7th & 8th Sept 2024

Homes, gardens & public spaces across the town are thrown open for over a hundred artists to exhibit their work.


Events for all the family

A programme of live music, drama and film presented in venues across the town.

Artist In Residence

Wirksworth offers an artist time and space to think and create

A cottage and workspace in Wirksworth are provided for an artist to create a new body of work to exhibit at the Festival..

Join In

Ways that you can take part in the festival.

Host An Artist

Open your home to an artist

The Art Trail is always looking for new hosts so if you have a room or a garden you could offer as a venue we’d love to hear from you…

Exhibit Your Art

Show your work on The Art Trail

The Festival welcomes applications from local, regional and national contemporary artists and makers. Work is selected on quality and suitability for our non-gallery spaces…


We rely on our army of local volunteers

The Festival couldn’t exist without our fabulous band of volunteers. We’re always looking for new recruits and you don’t have to work every day – just do what you can…


This Year’s Art Trail Exhibitors Confirmed

Architecture... Automata... Ceramics... Dance... Furniture... Glass... Installation... Jewellery... Mixed Media,,, Painting & Drawing... Paper... Printing & Collage... Photography... Sculpture... Textiles... ...will all be there for you explore on this...

Wirksworth 23/24 Artist in Residence Appointed

We are thrilled to announce our 2023/24 Artist in Residence has been appointed. Over 100 applicants applied for this 3 month residency based in a cottage on the outskirts of Wirksworth. The successful candidate was Fiona MacDonald, working as ‘Feral Practice’....