Belper Games organisers promise biggest event yet

A record 32-teams have signed up to compete in the Belper Games over the weekend of July 14-16.
A record 32-teams have signed up to compete in the Belper Games over the weekend of July 14-16.

Belper’s biggest community and charity event returns this July, and organisers promise it will be bigger and better than ever before.

The sixth annual Belper Games will be held at Belper Rugby Club over the weekend of July 14-16, and the organising team say they have pulled out all the stops to try and top last year’s success.

In 2016, the event attracted more than 10,000 visitors who helped raise more than £31,000 for four chosen charities, taking the all-time total past £80,000.

Nick Wheeler, one of the team behind the games, said: “We never could have predicted the way this event would grab the love and attention of the people of Belper, let’s keep it going.”

The action will kick off on the Friday with a free outdoor screening of two classic family films, The Jungle Book and The Goonies.

With a beer and cider festival running alongside, it will be an ideal setting for a summer picnic.

The main attraction begins on Saturday, as hundreds of competitors don costumes and go head-to-head in a series of comic challenges from wrestling to running.

Though some details are being kept under wraps, the organisers promise a host of new games this year and a record 32 teams.

Spectators will find plenty to laugh at, plus mouthwatering street food, dog shows, live music, children’s rides, market stalls and an aftershow party running late into the night.

On Sunday, the music festival returns with two stages featuring some incredible live acts including indie legends Chris Helme of The Seahorses and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones.

Adult tickets for the event cost £5, seniors £4, ages 6-13 £2.50.

For the latest programme updates and ways to buy tickets see www.facebook.com/thebelpergames.