Monday, September 25, 2023

All Set For 4th Belper Goes Green Festival

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 that puts a smile on the face of Belper.

We have 2 stages of, mostly, acoustic entertainment, a CAMRA Beer Festival with 30 real ales, hot and cold food including plenty of delicious veggie options, toys and activities to keep the little ones happy, crafts and community art projects to get stuck in to, a health and wellbeing area to relax and find peace, energy and low carbon travel advice, craft and recycling stalls galore, a whole range of community groups, charities and campaigns, a tent just for interesting talks and thought-provoking films.

So come on down and enjoy the fun, just relax and enjoy the music or get stuck in by getting on a bike to help power up the second stage, make a Bloomin’ Junk flower, get yourself a massage or just browse the dozens of stalls.

Venue: Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper

Friday 3rd June – 6.00 – 10.00pm with live music, beer festival and some food stalls

Saturday 4th June – 11.00 am – 10.00 pm with stalls and activities until 5.00 pm, live music and beer festival until 10.00 pm

Sunday 5th June – 11.00 am – 7.00 pm with stalls and activities until 5.00pm


What can visitors get stuck into?

Bloomin’ Plastic, Bloomin’ Junk – Emma will be leading workshops to make flowers from junk to add to the hundreds already made at school and other workshops taking place in the run up to Belper Goes Green. Why don’t you make a flower or two and bring them along? The flowers will be added to a spiral pattern creating a walkway to the centre circle

Have a go at stone balancing with Carole Beavis in the Health and Wellbeing area – how high can you go?

Recycled collage – we’ll have a net hung up over a painting created by a Belper School Year 12 student. The idea is to weave bits of scrap into the net to match the colours of the painting to create our scrap collage.

Repair workshop – Richard Bett will be helping you repair your broken items using Milliput. This stuff will stick anything together and can be sanded, sawn or painted. If you’ve broken something bring it along and we’ll see if we can make a repair.

Circus skills – the Creative Intentions café guys and gals will be leading circus skills fun and games in the kid’s zone

DerwentWISE and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be offering taster session in pole lathe turning and dry stone walling

Peak and Dukeries Greenwood Workers are setting up their Bodgers Camp for greenwood crafts, pole lathe turning, rural crafts Besom making, rake making etc as well as a light display at night in a tepee

Creative Art Development – Rita Kappia will be delivering her unique artist lead Happy Doll making workshops a creative recycling activity for adults and children, make your own unique Happy Doll using recycled materials (no sewing involved) just lots of fun.

Weaveknitit – Weaveknitit’s Woolly Roadshow: Come along and learn how to spin, weave and crochet in a fun way. Use basic crochet and spinning skills to disguise yourself with a beard, dreads, wig or make yourself a moustache! Use basic spinning, crochet and weaving skills to have fun.

Once you’ve had a go at something you can relax with a pint from the CAMRA Beer Festival, enjoy the very best of our local musical talent, sit in on a talk or film  and sample some of the wonderfully varied food on sale:

Crepesel – Ilkeston outdoor caterers offering crepes including gluten-free pancakes

Numinums Organic Veggie Cafe – Numinums is an ethical, organic, veggie and vegan mobile café. They use organic, fair-trade, and locally sourced ingredients where possible, and use recyclable and compostable packaging. They make tasty Falafels, with home-made houmous, locally grown salad, and fresh Spelt flour flatbreads

Mrs Whitedog’s Cafe – Mrs. Whitedog’s Café is a small mobile tea-room, providing hot and cold drinks, and the very finest home-made cakes and vegetarian food to the festival going community, along with a relaxed ambience, and genial hospitality, at affordable prices.

Bespoke Brownies – Decadent Bespoke Brownies, Cakes and Tray-bakes

Sound Bites – Sound Bites is an independent ethical wholefood shop and not-for-profit workers co-op, specialising in a wide range of vegetarian, vegan foods and free from foods – many of which are Fairtrade and/or organic

The Nice Lolly Company – Handmade and 100% plant based ice lollies using only whole fruits and natural ingredients

Veggies Catering Campaign – Veggies Catering Campaign is a not-for-profit social enterprise, supporting campaigns for animals, people, planet and peace since 1984. We are volunteer led and 100% vegan, selling a range of hot and cold snacks, including our multi award-winning Veggies Burgers! We are campaign caterers, encouraging people to help make a more compassionate world through their dietary choices.

Matlock Meadows Ice Cream – real dairy ice cream hand made on our family farm using milk from our own dairy cows

This Means RAW – Delicious RAW food cuisine. Handmade Organic bespoke cakes, treats, savoury snacks and salads! All gluten and cane sugar free!

Pie-eyed Kitchen – We are a small business producing handmade Vegan and Vegetarian Pies we call them ‘Vork Pies’ you can eat them cold with a dollop of chutney or warm with mash and a boat of onion gravy. We also have a range of scotch egg type snacks

The Fruit & Herb Company – “This company knows its chutney’s. Based just down the road in West Hallam it’s hard to find a better chutney, pickle and jam man this this one.” Nailed.Belper

Creative Intentions – Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Wraps, Homemade soup and scrumptious salads. Chill out space and free Circus skills workshops

Rugby Club BBQ – great burgers and hot dogs from the Rugby Club lads

Spice it up BBQ – Caribbean bbq cooking Caribbean food on large charcoal bbq,s menu items: jerk chicken, stuffed sea bass, stuffed cous cous peppers, curry mutton , rice & peas, corn on cob, salad, coleslaw, baked sweet potato , plantain

Speedough Pizza- Churrromania – hand made pizza from the wood-fired oven

Smith Hall Organics – Organic pulled pork cobs plus home made pork pies and organic sausages

Fresh Basil – the famous paella pan returns

And the rest…

There is so, so much more in our health and wellbeing, energy and travel, crafts and recycling and kid’s zones as well as a whole host of charities, community groups and campaigns to pique your interest.

Full details are available at:

By David George

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