Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, it has established itself as the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar. Each September for over a decade, Melbourne Festival has brought a celebration of the Creative and Performing Arts to this gem of a village in South Derbyshire just half an hour from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester! The highlight of the Festival is the Art & Architecture Trail, which this year took place on 16th & 17th September 2017, a showcase for Art and much more open from 10am to 5pm both days.

The Trail includes Art, music, food, crowds of people and the sun always shines! The boards, bunting and banners are stored away ready for the next Art & Architecture Trail and the Team of organisers are already coming up with ideas for the next Melbourne Festival. We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress and don’t forget to tell your friends and remember to “friend” Melbourne Festival on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our plans as we get closer to the Festival dates in September!

The Art Trail always brings a late summer splash of colour and energy as Melbourne comes alive as a hub for the creative and performing arts each September. Each year over 70 local homes, businesses, halls and churches will be opening their doors to over 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!

In 2017, the Trail included “For the Love of Lettuce”, a series of creative installations throughout the trail that are a celebration of Melbourne’s Market Gardeners and the beauty of the vegetables they produce. A collaboration between the Festival and arts organisations People Express and Talking Birds along with Photographer Chris Mear, Artist Emma Pegg and our three local market gardeners F Jackson and Son Market Gardeners, William Sharp & Sons and Heaths of Melbourne.