And it's going to be a bit of a celebration as Belper becomes awash with talented creatives
Last year it was estimated that 3,000 people visited the Trail, making it one of the most popular Trails in the Midlands. The aim is to make a great family day out – or two if you can’t manage it all in one day!
This year we have over 100 artists in over 50 venues and we will be supporting this with a full program of music with the main stage in The Memorial Gardens and plenty going on throughout the town. Captain Dan is back, in a different format this year, but expect lots of pirate shinanigans.
The Trail, which takes place this year from 10.30am - 4.30pm on Sunday, May 6 and Bank Holiday Monday, May 7 covers the town centre and it’s surrounds but the focal point will be The Memorial Gardens where you'll find food stalls, children's entertainment and music plus a ‘Ticket Tent’.
We welcome the Strutts Centre to this year’s trail where we will be housing a large number of artists in the hall, to be accompanied by acoustic music plus Strutts will be operating their café with their legendary bacon sandwiches!
And, if plans come to fruition, there could well be craft demonstrations taking place in The Market Place. Additionally, Belper Historical Society are hosting a one day exhibition in The Masonic Hall on Campbell Street and Adrian Farmer will be doing an Arts and Heritage Walk on the Monday.
Arts Trail Guides will again contain a map identifying venues and artists as well as times of events during the two days of the trail. Entry to the Trail this year again will be by purchasing a trail badge and you will also receive a brochure. The badge and brochure will enable you to enter every venue and costs £3 per person again.
Belper Arts Trail was created to promote the growth of local artists, engage with the community and enhance Belper's reputation as a beautiful and inspiring place to visit. Now in it's fifth year, the Arts Trail is attracting artists from across the country whilst still keeping local artists at the forefront. Paintings, sculpture, photography, glass and jewellery – all will feature throughout the trail with prices to suit all pockets. You can chat to artists and see demonstrations. A brilliant way to spend the weekend.
Captain Dan returns… but this time the format is different.
We are grateful to Amanda at The Ritz Cinema for letting the Captain loose in there.
Yes… The Ritz will be the venue for a special Captain Dan variety show.
Music will again be focused on The Memorial Gardens with a main stage but this will form the major plank of an overall music trail to complement the Arts Trail.
There will be many venues throughout the town where live music can be taken in.
Currently in the planning is a demo marquee on the Market Place.
It will be a great place to get inspired and watch the experts demonstrate their skills.
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