About Belper

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Belper is a thriving market town in the centre of Derbyshire.

Community and heritage are at the heart of Belper and there is a strong network of volunteer organisations, of which Transition Belper is a part of, who work tirelessly to make the town such an attractive place for both locals and visitors alike.

Looking backwards

Historically, it was a centre for the nail-making industry since Medieval times. During the early Industrial Revolution Belper expanded to become one of the first mill towns with the establishment of several textile mills; as such, it forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Pushing forwards

Over the last 25 years the town has changed radically, embracing its status as World Heritage site and attracting tourism with its high street full of independent shops, bars and restaurants.

Huge strides have been made to improve accessibility, inclusiveness and sustainability with year-round events being a big draw to the town. As a result, Belper is the only town to win the Highstreet of the Year award twice (2014,2020) and has been praised for its success in transforming into a go-to destination for both locals and visitors.

Did you know?


  • Population: 20k
  • Annual Arts Festival
  • Beautiful local Nature Reserve
  • Historical River Gardens
  • Summer & Winter Food Festivals
  • Our very own giant Mr Potato Head!