First Belper eco-festival set for weekend

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Belper’s first ever “eco-festival” is to be held this weekend, but organisers say you don’t have to be green activist to enjoy the pioneering event.

Organised by Transition Belper, the Belper Goes Green festival will see Belper Rugby Club’s playing fields host to a wide variety of village fete-style attractions.

Eco-friendly exhibits, such as recyling and low energy technology displays will be joined by Derbyshire food and home-grown entertainment, along with dozens of stalls and a beer festival in the clubhouse.

Organiser David George said: “It will be a celebration of the talent and resourcefulness of local people and will have something for everyone. There’s no requirement to be an eco-warrior to come along and enjoy local beers.

“And you don’t need to be an avid recycler to admire some of the incredible arts and crafts – created by recycling unwanted materials - that will be on display, and you don’t need to have a great talent to get stuck in, take part and have some fun.”

People can bring unwanted clothes or plants and swap them for others or have a go at being a catwalk model in the fun fashion show.

Entertainment will include Rough Truffles Choir, an acoustic set from Belper rockers, Riptide and Beeker, the Temperance Society Blues band and the Belper youth talent showcase.

In the “Home Energy Zone” Glow-worm, City Electrical Factors, Severn Trent and Transition Belper will have displays.

The Food Zone will 
feature local businesses 
including Fresh Basil, Cooper Cakes, Green Health, Sound Bites as well as cooking 
demonstrations .

A Derbyshire County Council Recycling Roadshow, a clothes swap, wine bottle crafts, Christine Gray’s mosaics, Karen Willam’s sculptures, Emma Parkin’s Junky Monkey puppet making workshop, Ali Clark’s Stripey Line Stitchery and Carole Beavis’ willow sculpture work feature in the arts, crafts and recycling zone.

Meanwhile, allergy testing, nappy advice, Indian head massage, Dorn treatments and reiki are in the Health and Wellbeing zone.

And cyclists can also bring their bike and have a go on the bike skills test circuit in Belper Girl Guides Bike Zone:

Other exhibitors include Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Oxfam, the British Red Cross shop and The Green Party .

The beer festival in the
 cluhouse will feature 25 real ales, and runs from 6pm to 11pm on Friday and 12pm-11pm on 
Saturday and Sunday.

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