Sunday 29th & Bank Holiday Monday 30th August

Let's fill this town with art


We haven’t had an Arts Trail since May 2019 and we’ve missed it so much but now we are all systems go on the Belper Arts Trail 2021 which will take place over the August Bank Holiday, 29th and 30th.

We have deliberately limited the scale of things so that we can sensibly space artists out better despite the proposed relaxation of rules. We prefer to keep people as safe as possible, but we will still have around 100 fabulous artists and makers all eager to see you all again.

There will be food stalls, entertainment and live music on the Memorial Gardens and at our Busk Stops. We will have a “poetry area” and expect lots of pirate shenanigans for the little ones - and the not so little ones too.
Let’s welcome back artists and get Belper buzzing again.

We really look forward to welcoming everyone both new and returning visitors for a great Bank Holiday weekend full of arty goodness.

If you would like to ask us anything about the Arts Trail please contact us on info@belperarts.org

Ticket Information

Find all the information you need to buy Wristbands and Trail Guides. Where to get them from and parking.

See our Artists

We have over 100 Artists on the Arts Trail this year.
Take a look at them here.

Captain Dan & his crew

There will be lots of Pirate fun during the Trail. Join the Pirate stage takeover and enjoy a Pirate Picnic.

This year over 100 artists will take up residence in 44 venues around the centre of town displaying and selling an enormous variety of art and crafts.

We have many new artists joining us for the first time this year so please do look out for them and do also look out for workshops and demonstrations that will be in a good few places so people can see art in action.

There are many things in addition to the artists. A full programme of live music will also take place with the main stage being in The Memorial Gardens – which becomes a hub of activity with food and drink stalls, children’s entertainment. There will also be 4 other busk stops around the town.

Captain Dan and his pirates make a return, not to The Ritz Cinema this year, but they will be out in the streets – so please come in your best pirate outfits!

Sunday promises to be a really different day to normal trail days. For the first time there will be a street closure for King Street and adjoining roads. This will mean you will be welcome to roam freely without traffic and we have taken the opportunity to make this a very different experience.

We have kept the split trail from the last time – Upper Trail and Lower Trail – with both colour coded differently.

Just to add some mystique to the occasion we have a competition for you...all you need to do is find the MONA LISA! All the details are in the Trail guide which you can purchase for £5 during the Trail days.

The Market place will also be a buzz of activity with a live art performance on the Sunday and poetry readings and music on both days courtesy of Fleet Arts for the poetry and Ed Hulse for the music.

Follow the trail and find 5 happy friesian cows. These cows are cut out of wood from drawings by The Belper Moo fans. Fleet Arts then decorated them with the help of local groups and they will be installed around the Arts Trail.

Fleet Arts
Belper Moo

Cows cut out of wood from drawings by The Belper Moo fans.

Sophie Sparham

Derby poet Sophie Sparham will read the ‘Derwent Delights’ project poems. (Sunday Only)

Art Installation

Come and see the creative spectacle of local artist extraordinaire performing live art inside a large wooden frame

Lastly, of course, we need to mention Covid. Despite restrictions being relaxed we are mindful of being cautious. Our venues and artists feel the same as well. Venues may well have different approaches so we ask you to respect those but we trust that you come prepared with mask, hand sanitiser and social distancing in mind.

So please do enjoy yourself and we hope you have a wonderful two days.

About the trail

The Arts Trail began in 2014 when two artists wanted to help strengthen the local artistic community and to find interesting and creative solutions to the lack of dedicated space in Belper for artists to exhibit.


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