Dust off your spell books, wiggle your wands and shake out your robes. On 20 October Wirksworth welcomes wizards and witches for the day. Join your House, follow the Map and earn points for the House Cup by enjoying the many activities throughout the town. Do dress for the occasion – there’s prizes for best Fancy Dress.
Wirksworth Wizarding Day is a non-profit event created by fans of Harry Potter to celebrate the spirit and theme of wizarding and promote our local community and its arts. Warner Bros. Entertainment and JK Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the day in any way.
Expect potions and wandmaking, herbology, charms. Visit the Memorial Hall for Harry Potter themed craft stalls and arts activities, or to hold an owl, snake or iguana. Take a trip through town on a London Double-decker bus, the inspiration for the depiction of the Knight Bus in the films, or ride the Wizards’ Special from Duffield. St Mary’s Church hosts the house dormitories for the Horcrux Hunt, led by the Wirksworth Carnival and sponsored by Technolog. Wirksworth Scouts are creating a shop window treasure hunt and the Glee Club will ask you to take your Ordinary Wizarding Levels (a family quiz that is). You can meet our own giant and guess the weight of his dragon egg at the Royal Oak or take part in craft activities at the Heritage Centre and Two Wolves Gifts. Mount Cook will be running broomstick making and racing in Stoney Wood, and you can take in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Northern Light Cinema.
The day features the launch of Wirksworth’s very own pop-up shop stocking officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise.
Take a break for magically themed refreshments from Wirksworth’s cafes and street vendors, including.
Entry to the event is free, and there will be a small charge for most of the individual activities. Most activities are on a drop-in basis. A small number of activities will require booking on the day while the screening of Fantastic Beasts and entry to the Horcrux Hunt require purchase of tickets in advance online. Please see individual activities for details.
Each activity is organised by a specific organisation and we will publish full details about any bookings or tickets on the relevant activity page once we have them from the organiser.
If you’re coming from out of town we have limited edge-of-town Park & Ride carparks at Haarlem Mill and Ravenstor Industrial Estate. Details of how to book a parking place are in the tickets section. Each parking space gives unlimited rides on our very own Knight Bus, a similar London red double-decker bus that was adapted for the film of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Parking is limited in Wirksworth so please consider using public transport.
Read up on all the activities.
We are raising funds for Aquabox, Barnados, the 10th Matlock (1st Wirksworth) Scouts, Stoney Wood, Wirksworth Colts junior football team, Wirksworth Carnival and Woodie’s Wings Parrot and Owl Rescue Centre.
The day is brought to you by Wirksworth Traders Association, Wirksworth Colts, 10th Matlock (1st Wirksworth) Scouts, Wirksworth Carnival Committee, Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth Library, Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Mercia, Feather Star, Hope & Anchor, Royal Oak, Sour Cow, Two Wolves Gifts, Traid Links and inHeritage.
The Wirksworth Wizarding Day is a fan-created non-profit event to celebrate the spirit and theme of Harry Potter and promote our local community and its arts. Warner Bros. Entertainment and JK Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the day in any way.