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Repair cafés

Repair cafés are a worldwide network on a mission to cut waste and build up repair skills. There are 5 in Derbyshire - Belper, Buxton, Chesterfield, Long Eaton and New Mills.

Colin Shaw and Angela Garbett at Eyam Repair Cafe

The repair cafes are currently suspended or operating a very limited service during the pandemic. Please check with the individual café for the latest situation. We'll update this page once they are all operational again. In the meantime please do hold onto your broken items ready for when the cafes resume.

If you have something that needs fixing your local repair café may be able to help you mend it. This helps prevent items being thrown out needlessly and saves the cost of buying a replacement. It's better for the environment too with less materials and energy needed to make new goods.

Volunteer repairers can tackle small electrical items such as toasters, hairdryers, lamps, radios and headphones. Clothing, garden tools, bikes, computers, hand tools and small items of furniture can also be considered for repair.

Goods that are beyond repair can be taken to our household waste recycling centres.

The repair service is free but donations are very welcome. An important aspect of the work of the cafés is about empowering people to be able to do their own repairs in the future. Where possible you'll sit with the repairer and learn from them. This may be something like replacing a fuse, mending a ripped jacket or cleaning an item to keep it working properly. People cannot leave items and then pick them up later.

The cafés are very sociable events – often with free or low cost refreshments and a sense of community.

All the cafés welcome enquiries from potential volunteers with relevant skills and qualifications. Please contact them direct.

For more information about the movement generally visit Repair Cafés worldwide and The Restart Network.

Derbyshire repair cafés


Belper Beau Repair Cafe organised by Transition Belper.

Meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm at:

The Market Place
DE56 1FZ

Contact Layla Marshall email: or tel: 07970 277358.


Buxton Repair Café organised by Transition Buxton.

Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm at:

Buxton Methodist Church
Market Place
SK17 6HX

Fairtrade refreshments available to purchase.

Contact Jean Ball tel: 07770 416649 or email:

Transition Buxton on Facebook.

Transition Buxton on Twitter.


Chesterfield Repair Caféorganised by Transition Chesterfield.

Usually meets on the third Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm at:

Baptist Church
15 Cross Street
S40 4ST

Contact Margaret Hersee, email:

Transition Chesterfield on Facebook.

Long Eaton

Long Eaton repair café and swap shop. Meets at:

Infusion Coffee House
Derby Road
Long Eaton
NG10 4LB

The events alternate between the repair café and swap shop and run every other month on a Saturday afternoon.

Contact Isobel Holloway, email: or tel: 07594 962703.

Aitone Collective on Facebook.

New Mills

New Mills Repair Café organised by Transition New Mills.

Meets on the last Saturday of the month from 9:30am to midday at:

New Mills Volunteer Centre
33-35 Union Road
New Mills
SK22 3EL

Contact Jane Doyle, email: or tel: 07900 893358.

New Mills repair café on Facebook.