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Welcome to Wirksworth Twinning Association

Wirksworth is twinned with Die in France and Frankenau in Germany. For the latest news and plans see below or go to News and Events. For information on past events, go to Past Events and News. We welcome members from Wirksworth and the surrounding area and villages. If you'd like to know more, please go to the membership page and if you're thinking about joining us, click here to find out how.

2022 - June visit to Die 

A small group of Wirksworth residents visited our wonderful twin town Die in June 2022. You can see some photos here:

View of Die

We remained active despite Covid 19 !


Although visits to twin towns were not possible, we remained active as an association and continued to arrange safe activities. We had a popular programme of Zoom meetings and we encouraged members to use technology to stay in touch with friends in our twin towns. 

Check out News and Events to get a flavour of our Twinning Cabaret and the SpringFest.

The friendship route

The friendship route - download in English
Il sentiero dell'amicizia - scarica in italiano
La route de l'amitié - télécharger en français
Der Freundschaftsweg - auf Deutsch herunterladen

Twinning Soup at Farmers Market
 Saturday 5th March

Inspired by the ‘Paniccia for all’ tradition in Varallo - come and say hallo and enjoy a taste of our own Wirksworth soup.

Download the recipe for Pannicia (in English, French, German and Italian).

A Christmas message from Varallo...

Bellissimo l'inverno a Wirksworth!!
Anch'io vi faccio i migliori auguri di Buon Natale e di Buon Anno!!

Thank you very much for your auguri. We hope to see you soon here in varallo and valle sesia.
Arivederci see you soon. Happy Holidays
Bye Mauro 

Feedback from the History of Stoney Wood presentation:

Grazie per questa bella iniziativa, è stata molto piacevole e interessante. 

Thank you very much for an extremely well-organised evening.
Marion Blenkinsop

Es war eine gut Idee und sehr gut organisiert. 

Gehard Bastet 

I wanted to send my thanks and praise to everyone who created and presented the event yesterday evening. It was not only a real triumph of technology to bring us all together so cleverly and so smoothly, but a hugely informative and entertaining session and I was really glad I’d been fortunate enough to take part.

Rusty Ahearne

A recording of part of the Stoney Wood presentation can be found on past events page

NLC / WTA Partnership Launch

Cllr. Andy Jordan, the Mayor of Wirksworth, joined us on 30 September for the first of our Foreign Film Evenings this season to celebrate our co-operation with Northern Light Cinema and marked our gratitude for their invaluable help in working with us towards our shared aim of bringing international films to Wirksworth.

NLC WTA Partnership LaunchNLC WTA Partnership Launch Jim

WTA artist, Susie Botting, receives a warm welcome in the Diois at the Arts et Vigne Festival, Chatillon-en-Diois

Susie was invited by the Diois Jumelages to exhibit her work and give workshops at the Arts et Vigne Festival at the beginning of August. She took work of other artists local to Wirksworth and was hosted for her one-week stay by two families in the Diois area.

WTA visit to Frankenau, 20 to 24 June 2019

In June Twinners from Die and Wirksworth travelled to Frankenau, our twin partner in the Hesse district of Germany, to help them celebrate the 777th anniversary of the founding of their town.

The programme of events included visits to the Dulfers Hof cheese factory, the Schreufa Weather Museum and Meditative dancing!  There was also plenty of "down-time" where guests could relax with their hosts and several "fuddles" had been arranged for one evening, where groups of guests and hosts got together for informal meals.

The official welcome meal was held at the DGH in Louisendorf on Saturday lunchtime and we were all able to sit outside and make the most of the warm sunny weather our hosts had arranged for us!

On Sunday, following the church service, there was a colourful display of quilts made by quilters in all three twin towns, including a beautiful joint friendship quilt.

We'd like to thank all our friends in Frankenau and the surrounding villages for their wonderful hospitality during the stay.


Over the last two years we have been developing ties with the Twinning group of Varallo, a town in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, which has been twinned for many years with our partner in France, Die.  The town became a special place of pilgrimage in medieval times. It has its own charm and many artistic treasures and the ski resort of Alagna, with its chairlift into the mountains, and the beautiful Lake Orta, are nearby.

A group of four from Varallo visited Wirksworth during our hosting visit in June last year and earlier this month a small group from WTA travelled to Varallo to join the carnival celebrations there.  (For a link to Phil Richards' photos of the recent trip please click here.)

The last visit gave us the opportunity to further develop friendships and we were delighted to find there are so many potential links between our towns including the carnival, the arts and football….and there may be more!

We are now considering formalising a twinning link with Varallo and are keen to involve our members in the process of making a decision. We are currently gathering feedback.  Watch this space for news!