Arts Trail back with a bang for Bank Holiday weekend

Trail debutant Sarah Miles will be exhibiting at Milward Estate Agents.
Trail debutant Sarah Miles will be exhibiting at Milward Estate Agents.

The Belper Arts Trail is back again for the Bank Holiday weekend, promising a feast of entertainment, creativity and fun for all the family.

The town crier will open the event on Sunday at 10.15am in the Market Place while more than 140 creatives will be ready and waiting in 55 venues across the town centre.

Among them will be painter Suzanne Parnell, who has also helped put the programme together.

She said: “There is a huge variety on show this year catering for all manner of tastes. You will be able to find out exactly who, what they do and where they are by buying a trail badge and brochure.

“This is the fourth trail and many artists are here for the fourth time. Equally we have many newcomers so we hope you make them all welcome.”

As usual, the trail will be soundtracked from a main stage in the Memorial Gardens and Busk Stop on the railway bridge down King Street.

There will be a lot of activity in the streets with the Derby Djembe Drummers banging their way around town and impromptu theatrical performances popping up in cafés and unexpected corners.

There will also be temporary poetry and word exhibits as part of Writing on the Wall, and heritage expert Adrian Farmer will lead free cultural tours exploring Belper’s past.

To keep your energy levels up through all the excitement, the Memorial Gardens will also welcome food and drink stalls, eateries will be laying on special offers, and Reminiscence Vintage will be hosting a vintage café on Monday.

Under-16s can enjoy all events free, and there will be lots to delight them including pirate Captain Dan who will be hunting for treasure with the mysterious Miss Maggie Markham at Ritz Bingo Hall.

The event will also be fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support with a raffle in memory of Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter, a longtime supporter of the local arts scene.

Suzanne said: “A big thank you goes to everyone involved in the Great British High Street campaign for funding support, and Morrison’s have been wonderful again in providing raffle prizes.”

To enter trail venues, pick up a badge and brochure for £3 from Market Place, the Memorial Gardens, the Baptist Church on Bridge Street or Belper North Mill.

For more details, visit www.belperarts.org.