Wake Up The Whistlestop

by Jack Roper in Matlock Bath, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st May 2018 we successfully raised £4,211 with 151 supporters in 35 days

Wakey Wakey! It's time for The Whistlestop to rise from its slumber and become the vibrant, exciting Discovery Centre it should be.

by Jack Roper in Matlock Bath, England, United Kingdom

Wakey Wakey! 

The alarm is ringing and it's time for the The Whistlestop to rise from its slumber and become the vibrant, exciting Discovery Centre it should be. 

We're committed to revitalising this Grade II listed building; providing a much-needed gateway for visitors to Matlock Bath in the heart of the Derwent Valley. It will become a space of discovery, a centre to learn new skills and an arena for celebrating local wildlife and local heritage. If that's not enough, you'll also be able to grab a top notch cuppa and slice of cake with all profits supporting Derbyshire wildlife!

Built in the chalet style, as Matlock Bath was nicknamed ‘little Switzerland’ in Victorian times, the Whistlestop first opened in 1849 and closed due to the Beeching cuts in 1967. The building has survived remarkably intact and whilst many of the original features remain  the leaky ceiling, damp walls and broken windows leave us with merely a sleeping beauty.

The power nap is over, be part of something amazing and help us          

Wake Up The Whistlestop.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more


You are a star - thank you!

£5 or more


You're amazing! A big thank you for supporting our work and a gold star for helping others!

£10 or more


You’re awesome – a big thank you for believing in our project and a warm fuzzy feeling for you!

£20 or more


A chance to explore a DWT Nature Reserve with a wildlife expert - Your name will be put into a prize draw to win 5 places on a trip through a wildlife haven; seeing and learning amazing things!

£30 or more


Amaze your friends and family with your knowledge - we will send you a fascinating Whistlestop and Derbyshire wildlife fact!

£50 or more


Your name in the Whistlestop! Give us your name as you like it written and we will celebrate your awesomeness by making you part of this historical building. How cool is that! Provide us with your twitter handle and we'll share it with you before it goes up!

£500 or more


A public thank you for you/your company! Your donation will Wake Up The Whistlestop; helping everybody to discover and celebrate local wildlife. Allowing us build a better future for Derbyshire's wild spaces and wild places.

£1,000 or more

PLEDGE £1000

Be a VIP for the day and watch the Whistlestop wake from it's slumber! A special invite to the official launch party for you and three friends!

£5,000 or more

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PLEDGE £5000

Be the one who wakes up the Whistlestop! We want you to cut the ribbon and open the doors to this space of wildlife discovery. The moment will be etched in your mind and in metal forever, seriously, we'll put a plaque on the wall and everything. How cool is that?

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