nothing grim about this show!

Babbling Vagabonds in their production of The Brothers Grimm
Babbling Vagabonds in their production of The Brothers Grimm

Local theatre group the Babbling Vagabonds will be paying a visit to the historic Cromford Mills to give a series of performances there on Saturday, August 24.

The theatrical storytellers will be performing their enchanting fairytale theatre production, The Brothers Grimm.

The play tells the story of two brothers who get lost while on a quest to collect words to make a dictionary.

Taking shelter, they start sharing some of the stories they have heard on their journey, and these are the tales that would eventually make them famous.

“Cromford Mill is a fantastic venue, full of unusual nooks and crannies,” said Phil Coggins, who plays Wil Grimm in the show.

“We have some great tales to tell from the Grimm collection and we could not have chosen a more atmospheric place to perform them.”

The Brothers Grimm is being performed at 2.30pm, 5:30pm and 7.15pm around the Cromford Mills site.

Advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Special lunchtime picnics and pre-theatre dinners are also available although these must be booked in advance.

Tickets cost £10 (children £5). Picnics cost an additional £5.50 (£5) and two-course pre-theatre dinner £10.

For further details and ticket bookings contact the Arkwright Society on 01629 825995, visit or call in to reception at the Shop in the Yard at Cromford Mills.

n Buxton Model Boat Club will be exhibiting a selection of radio controlled model boats on Monday, August 26, thanks to the kind permission of Natural England and the Friends of Cromford Canal. 

The exhibition will take place between 10am- 4pm, with both a stand and live sailing demonstrations, at Cromford Meadows Canal wharf and winding hole.

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The club’s president, Keith Holmes, said: “We love to show off our boats, and events like this help us to encourage both the young and old into the rewarding hobby of model boat making and sailing.

“We have a growing membership, and sail throughout the year every Sunday morning in the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

“We are very grateful for this opportunity to sail in Cromford and promote the club”.

The event aims to demonstrate the wide variety of model boats available, from large tug boats to luxury yachts, and club members will be on hand to offer friendly advice about designing, building and sailing them.