Eco-festival to return at the weekend

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The Belper Goes Green Festival is to return this weekend - with organisers predicting it will be nearly double in size.

Last year around 3,500 people came to the town’s rugby club to see the attractions at the town’s first ever eco-festival.

This year’s event features a CAMRA Beer Festival with 30 real ales, food includes Fresh Basil’s paella pan, Leafbone Pizza’s wood fired pizza oven and Veggies big van.

The beer starts to flow on Friday, May 30 from 6pm and continues until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday – or whenever the beer runs out.

There will be entertainment on the Friday evening which will continue through to Sunday evening.

Organiser, David George, said: “You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to come on down and enjoy what is on offer – but if we put a smile on your face and some of our ethos rubs off we’ll have achieved a lot.”

There will be entertainment on the Friday evening which will continue through to Sunday evening. Highlights include Folk Friendzy, Fathom , Amy and Lily, Jack Poynton, Dave and Chris, Kai Swarvett, Feet First Appalachian Clog dancers, Rough Truffles, Annette Oakes, Mark Atherton, Sophie Revell, Leo Swarvett and Fingers and Thumbs. More acts are being added.

Other attractions include Help make the Belper Station mosaic, make a scarecrow , build a castle from junk, bash the trash, Belper Community Art, bring your bike spares and maintenance advice, Juicy Bikes, Wildworks forest skills sessions for kids, giant draughts and tree identification –

In the DerwentWISE tent there will be make a Cased Caddisfly Larvae, well- dressing - come and take part in this local Derbyshire tradition but with a twist, The Understorey story (drawing and colouring), pond dipping, willow artist Carole Beavis, Rita Kappia art workshop and Abi Sawyer’s mosaic coasters workshop.

The organisers of the Northern Green Gathering will also be organising several workshops and activities and there will be a plant sale, energy advice, and a chance to join the car-free challenge .

A total of around 60 stalls and activities will be set-up for the festival.

Mr George added: “There should be something for everyone from natural health products (and massage) to crafts and upcycling plus a whole range of ‘green’ minded campaigning organisations and local charities.

“Now we just need the weather.”

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