A site 330 million years in the making

The National Stone Centre

A site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological wonders, the Stone Centre tells the story of stone. Its importance to our everyday lives and the allied industries it supports.


What's on at the NSC

There is always a warm welcome at the NSC. Keep an eye out for upcoming events, activities and special promotions.

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Community Christmas Festival: 9th December 2023

The National Stone Centre's annual Christmas event returns this December. 

On Saturday 9th December from 10:30am - 3pm, visit Santa Claus in his Grotto and take part in a themed trail across the site!

Featuring a variety of market stalls, live music and festive activities, the event is suitable for all the family.

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Mark Lilley's Christmas Singalong: 20th December

About the event

Join Mark Lilley for an interactive Christmas Singalong for children, which incorporates percussion instruments, developing social skills and coordination with the universal language of music and movement.

During the event, a selection of festive craft activities will also be available for Children to participate in.

The event takes place on Wednesday 20th December with crafts from 11:00am - 2:00pm, and a sing-along at 12:30pm

To book tickets, please click here.

Schools, Groups and Services

Meetings and Events

Groups looking for a unique place to meet can hire space for meetings or other events. Onsite catering can be provided and experiences tailored to your needs. 

Stone Matching

From planning an extension in a conservation area through to restoring a scheduled ancient monument, we can identify and match the most appropriate stone.

School Visits

For schools looking for a structured outdoor learning experience, we can provide learning support in science subjects for key stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Craft Courses

For those looking to expand their interest in stone as a material, we offer regular courses in Dry Stone Walling and Stone Carving. Both are ideal for beginners.

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Visit Santa at the National Stone Centre’s Free Christmas Festival

Santa Claus is coming to the National Stone Centre as the Derbyshire visitor attraction welcomes families for a magical day out at its Christmas Festival on Saturday 9 December ...
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National Stone Centre

An immersive work experience for local geology students

Students from Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire recently saw the subject of geology brought to life through a week of work experience hosted by the National Stone Centre ...
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National Stone Centre

New team takes shape at the National Stone Centre

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National Stone Centre

Enjoy Traditional Treats for King’s Coronation at The National Stone Centre

Visitors to the National Stone Centre (NSC) in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, will be able to celebrate the King’s Coronation with a classically English afternoon tea, served all day on ...
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National Stone Centre

Upcoming talk about geologists and Derbyshire miners

Peak District Mining Museum will be hosting a guest lecture from a PhD student, Josh Hillman of Leeds Uni, on the 2nd May 2023.
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National Stone Centre

Major sponsorship to boost visitor learning experience at the NSC

Major Derbyshire Dales employer Longcliffe Quarries Ltd has joined forces with the National Stone Centre (NSC) in Wirksworth to highlight career opportunities in the quarrying ...
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National Stone Centre

The Stone Centre is a charity and dependent on a team of passionate volunteers and public donations.