Belper Arts Trail kicks of the festival season


There are only a few days left to wait until Derbyshire’s summer season of festivals kicks off with the Belper Arts Trail.

More than 120 artists will be exhibiting their work at almost 60 different venues spread across the town, and there will be plenty of other entertainment going on during the two-day event on May 5 and 6.

Among the artists taking part will be sculptors, Roger Davis, Lynn Hazel, Emma Carr and Stephen Baillie, ceramicists, Richard Pearson, Kathryn Borg, Diana Parker, Liz Tatam, Zoe Marsh and Lesley and Terry Nason; painters Peter Watson, Jenny Oldknow, Rebecca Morledge and James Preston, who will be demonstrating in Duffield Gallery, on Bridge Street.

Working with wood will be  pyrographers Richard Sampson and Lyndsay Latimer as well as Mathew Gardner from Why Not Wood.

You will also be able to see the work of photographers, printmakers, jewellery and textile designers, glass and paper artists and even a leatherworker.

The two days will include street theatre and a full programme of music, which will be taking place in the town’s Memorial Gardens and other busk stops throughout the town.   

Captain Dan and the Pirates will be entertaining children at  The Ritz Cinema and there will also be a Punch and Judy and special workshops for the youngsters.

At Fleet Arts, which is outside the main centre of town, there will be numerous activities including on-the-spot limericks, as well as exhibitions by at least five artists.

At No28 on the Market Place there will be an eclectic collection of work by Alison White and Ralph McGaul during the day and an alternative music gig on the Sunday evening. 

“We are offering a fabulous bank holiday weekend for all the family. Our brochures, with all the details, will be available in the town from early April as well as on the days of the trail,” said Suzanne Parnell, one of the trail organisers.

Go to to find out more about the trail and the artists involved.