The Cotton Shed

The Cotton Shed is part of the magnificent World Heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills dating back to the early 1800’s. The Cotton Shed has been lovingly restored and converted into a beautiful event space creating a magnificent setting for any type of event.

Originally built as a cotton spinning mill, the building played an important part in history and the industrial revolution. The stunning space has been renovated from the bare bones upwards while retaining all the original industrial architecture of the 1800’s. Think magnificent vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls and striking cast iron columns and beams.

Opening for business in November 2019, The Cotton Shed can accommodate up to 150 guests and offers an architecturally impressive space of 2500ft². The venue can deliver a variety of configurations, from theatre through to conference, cabaret and banquet. It’s an ideal space for award ceremonies, private parties or simply an excuse for a good old knees up in a unique event space.

With exposed brickwork and large vaulted roof windows, The Cotton Shed is a versatile and contemporary space boasting all the mod cons with huge amounts of potential for whatever type of event you wish.

Sensational Tastes

At The Cotton Shed you are free to pick and choose elements from suggested menus or work with our incredible Award Winning Caterers to design your very own bespoke menu.

Your food is prepared and cooked in our on site kitchens by our caterers who are fully committed to delivering outstanding locally sourced food and fantastic service.

How to find us

Our main entrance on in the middle of the East Mill site is marked by our welcome signs and site plans. You are welcome to leave your cars here during your visit. The car park gates are secured over night following the end an event.

Our main entrance is situated in the middle of the East Mill site and is marked by our welcome signs and site plans. You are welcome to leave your cars here during your visit.

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Weddings at The Mills

Whilst The Cotton Shed is uniquely dedicated to hosting private parties and corporate events, we’re currently unable to accommodate Weddings or Wedding Receptions.

That’s where our sister venue “The West Mill Wedding Venue” comes in… a beautiful dedicated exclusive-use wedding venue right here in The Mills!

If you would like to view the West Mill Wedding Venue please do not hesitate to contact The West Mill Team on 01332 229029 or via email on