Were you at Belper Goes Green Festival?

Belper Goes Green.
Jessica White and Clair Michna enjoy the festival and music from Experimental Sonic Machine, aka Peter K Rollings, who brought along  a collection of hand made instruments.
Belper Goes Green. Jessica White and Clair Michna enjoy the festival and music from Experimental Sonic Machine, aka Peter K Rollings, who brought along a collection of hand made instruments.

A low-carbon life does not mean a low-fun life as festival attracts more than 6,000 visitors who enjoyed the sunshine at the weekend.

Belper Goes Green returned to the Rubgy Club and there was fun to be had for all ages.

Belper Goes Green.
Lucy Adamson, 4, shows off  her design skills to willow sculptor, Carole Beavis at the Eco Festival on Saturday.

Belper Goes Green. Lucy Adamson, 4, shows off her design skills to willow sculptor, Carole Beavis at the Eco Festival on Saturday.

Festival organiser David George said: “We had an amazing 6,000 people come along and go green with us, which is fantastic as last year we only had 4,500.”

Belper Goes Green is Transition Belper’s eco Festival that aims to share simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly ways of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way.

David said: “It was great to so many people walking around, enjoying themselves and smiling in he sun.”

On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday 5 there was acoustic entertainment, a CAMRA Beer Festival with 30 real ales, hot and cold food including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as crafts and community art projects to get stuck in to and a health and wellbeing area to relax and find peace, energy and low carbon travel advice.

Belper Goes Green.
Laura Eades with her delicious assortment of raw cakes and treats served from her This Means Raw stall.

Belper Goes Green. Laura Eades with her delicious assortment of raw cakes and treats served from her This Means Raw stall.

Now in it fourth year David hopes the festival will change the disposable attitudes to society, but in a fun way.

“It is really important to be thinking about the future and how we can protect it for the next generation but we want to show people that recycling and making smarter choices is easy and can be build into you everyday life.

“If people only take away one or two message of living green and act on them over the years and every one comes to the festival does the same it will make big changes to the way we live our lives.”

Belper Goes Green.
Zack Lowndes, 4, and Rachel Kenning from the 2nd Belper Guides work on a ribbon tapestry of Strutts East Mill.

Belper Goes Green. Zack Lowndes, 4, and Rachel Kenning from the 2nd Belper Guides work on a ribbon tapestry of Strutts East Mill.

Belper Goes Green.
Belper Town Mayor, Gary Spendlove, meets up with Rosanna Dobson of Rural Action Derbyshire, during his walk around the sights and attractions of Transition Belper's Eco festival.

Belper Goes Green. Belper Town Mayor, Gary Spendlove, meets up with Rosanna Dobson of Rural Action Derbyshire, during his walk around the sights and attractions of Transition Belper's Eco festival.

Belper Goes Green.
Peter K Rollings on stage with his Experimental Sonic Machines.

Belper Goes Green. Peter K Rollings on stage with his Experimental Sonic Machines.