Incredible large-scale projections are set to illuminate two Derbyshire landmarks this autumn in a new nighttime attraction that celebrates the county’s rich heritage.

Derbyshire Live reports that visitors to the country will be able to see Derbyshire’s heritage and history of innovation brought to life in ‘Shine A Light’, an extravagant display of light and sound that will be taking place on four dates in October against the backdrops of Chatsworth House and Cromford Mills.

Shine A Light, developed and delivered by Derbyshire-born video projection artists Illuminos, will include awe-inspiring illuminations and projections, inspired by Voices From The Peak, a celebration of Derbyshire in audio, created by local poet Mark Gwynne Jones to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.

The one-of-a-kind experiences have been commissioned by Derbyshire County Council to celebrate Derbyshire’s rich history and heritage while boosting the visitor economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each event is a fusion of visuals, music and sound culminating in a large-scale moving animation projected onto the building every 20 minutes throughout each evening at:

  • Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, on Friday 22 October and Saturday 23 October from 6.30 pm.
  • Cromford Mills, home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, in the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, on Thursday 28 October and Friday 29 October from 6.30 pm.

Visitors to the Chatsworth experience will be greeted by atmospheric lighting which will illuminate the route to the South Lawn, passing some of the most impressive features in the Chatsworth Garden.

At Cromford Mills, visitors will have the unique opportunity to see the historic buildings, watercourse and mill yard beautifully illuminated by night.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 per child (aged 4-16 inclusive, free for 3 and under). For more details and to book tickets, please visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com/shine-a-light.

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