Extra events will lift food festival

A Huge range of events are being organised to tie-in with this year’s food festival, ensuring the carnival atmosphere extends right across the town.

The festival will feature more live music than ever this year. Local folk-rock band, JigeryFolkery will once again sponsor the stage in the Memorial Gardens while volunteers from Belper’s Drop-in centre will run the Market Place stage. Musicians will perform from 11am till 4pm.

Meanwhile, more than 50 people have been involved in organising this year’s well-dressings, with a procession set to arrive in the River Gardens at 2.30pm on Sunday, July 14.

Among the designs this year is an Edwardian depiction of the River Gardens, a representation of Belper Joe and Alton Manor Scout’s well of an ‘ideal summer’.People are welcome to view the petalling taking place at the Strutts Community Centre tonight (July 10) as well as July 11 and 12 from 7pm - 9pm.

Elsewhere, at North Mill, there is a day of Edwardian family funon Sunday. There will be indoor and outdoor Edwardian Games for children and storytelling.

And at No 28 on the Market Place Kingston University architecture students will be displaying their projects including proposals for how the Derwent Valley could be developed on Saturday and Sunday. Drawings, photographs and models include proposals for Peckwash Mills, Darley Abbey, Milford Mills, Belper and Cromford. Alongside the exhibition, Belper Civic Forum will be continuing the conversation about the prospective Neighbourhood Plan for Belper and Milford, aided by their model of the Meadows Edge and town centre.