Tue 13 Sep 2016
A highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar
The Melbourne Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield. Each September for the past twelve years the festival has brought a celebration of the Creative and Performing Arts to this wonderful South Derbyshire village.
This year over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches will be opening their doors to nearly 100 artists in the heart of Melbourne featuring a variety of mediums and styles of work all of which will be for sale from £5 to £5000.
Peter Whitehead from John German on Market Street in Ashby De La Zouch comments…
“We are delighted to sponsor such a well-established, vibrant and popular local event which really brings the village together with a real sense of community spirit. It is great to see the many artists that are displaying their works for such a worthy cause.”
Concert & performances
Along with the Art Trail, another highlight of the Melbourne Festival includes Boleyn – The Death & Life of a Queen. This will be performed at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms on the evening of 24th September.
Fun for all the family
Possibly the most entertaining parts of last year’s Festival were the family activities taking Melbourne on a Fairy Tale Trail!
In 2016 the theme for the Family Festival will be The Wind in the Willows, where you are invited to meet Mr Toad and his friends Badger, Rat and Mole. The vicarage garden will be transformed into a barge, bullrushes with giant flowers and huge story books. The gypsy story-teller will be in her gypsy caravan at Chantry House and each afternoon children in with Toad’s Parade.
The Art Trail is over the weekend of 17th & 18th September. Trail Guides £5 per person for sale on the Trail.
Afternoon Tea and Poetry – £10 – Saturday 24th September 2.30pm
Boleyn – The Death & Life of a Queen – £10 – Saturday 24th September 7.30pm
OCHO – Acapella – £7.50 – Sunday 25th September 7.30pm
Take a look at these lovely properties for sale in the village and surrounding area:
"Sharon, just a little note to say a BIG THANK YOU for being so easy to talk to and for supporting us through our move. We got there in the end! You are worth your weight in gold and John German should be grateful of your efforts. "