Our History

Our History

The Derwent Valley Autumn Festival was an idea conceived by two Derwent Valley Councillors who wanted to build greater social capital for the local community. With the community having gone through a depressed period for a number of years, they felt that a ‘vehicle’ was needed to give expression to the positive aspects of the Derwent Valley.

The Festival was thus conceived to allow people to enjoy the Valley in a way that would showcase the many advantages of the area and give the residents pride in local success stories. The inaugural event was held in 2000.