Whaley Bridge’s mysterious transhipment warehouse will be open to the public for the first time in six years this weekend.
The west side section of the canalside building (nearest the main road) will be accessible from 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Whaley Water Weekend.
The transhipment warehouse, a Grade II listed building dating back to the early 19th century, was originally used for loading quarry material either on to boats or railway wagons for export from the canal basin to other parts of the North West or to Cromford via the Cromford and High Peak railway.
A decade ago, major plans were developed to use the building for community purposes and a £50,000 feasibility study was undertaken but nothing came of the plans as public funding dried up.
The 15th annual Whaley Bridge Water Weekend gets off to a musical start tomorrow (Friday) evening with the Audiosphere Project at the Canal Basin, which will see young Whaley Bridge-based DJs hosting an evening of electronic music from 6pm to 10pm.
The traditional acoustic evening is also taking place at the Mechanics Institute from 7pm. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, there will be free boat trips, fairground rides, music, craft stalls and fast food.
All-day attractions include Punch and Judy, a climbing wall, petting zoo and steam engine, with other events including the Powderkegs border morris dancers and a birds of prey exhibition.