Saturday, September 30, 2023

Plenty To Do At Belper Goes Green

There is a vast array of things to do, to get stuck into, learn, create and have fun at Belper Goes Green ECO Festival on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June at Belper Rugby Club. CAMRA’s beer festival and a cracking evening of live entertainment open the Festival on Friday 2nd June.

For the first time we are turning the big marquee into a Fun Palace – a place where art and science mix together to explode in an amalgam of creativity and ingenuity that should be fun for all. Apart from the Fun Palace you can get involved in making a willow beehive, balance stones (how high can you go?), explore a box labyrinth and help make a banner whilst the kids go off on a treasure hunt for woollen creatures, colour and make badges or get their faces painted.

A more genteel activity is listening and talking and we have a programme of talks in the RAW Talks Tent through the Saturday. The tent is given over to a spoons workshop and a ‘Poet Slam’ on the Sunday.

See below or for full details.

In the Fun Palace:

Saturday 3rd June 11.00 – 13.00

  • Katherine Wheatley (author of Carbon Monster) – Make a Carbon  Monster puppet. Katherine will also be running a competition to win a copy of her book.
  • Chris Baxter (Christ Baxter Baskets) Making willow bird feeders.
  • Suz Hennessey, Making pipe cleaner fairies and animals.
  • Frida Nzaba from WISE Campaign (encouraging women/girls to go into STEM careers) workshop called ‘People Like Me’.
  • Howard Clark from Amber First Responders teaching CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

Saturday 14.00-16.00

  • Kim Kerry, (Kim Kerry Textiles), Lolly Stick Weaving.
  • Lauren Kennersley  (Into the Wild Wood) Lauren will start by telling some stories followed by whittling willow wands.
  • Marilyn Deakin (Marilyn Deakin Creative Art) Belper collages.
  • Bob Allen will be making Whirlpools in a Bottle.
  • Howard Clark from Amber First Responders teaching CPR

Sunday June 4th 11.00-13.00

  • Tan Draig, Make a mini wind/water wheel.
  • Mark Bouskill, Make a hedgehog
  • Caroline Lavery, Science with Recycled Materials.
  • Howard Clark from Amber First Responders teaching CPR
  • Anne Clark, Making bottle cap fridge magnets.

Sunday 14.00-16.00

  • Julie Wozniczca, (Trent Rivers Trust) Fish and bugs in our local rivers and streams.
  • Nansy Ferret, (Nansy Ferret Campbell Artist) Make your own creature/monster.
  • Helen Jones, (Vision Fine Arts), Make something from paper with origami.
  • Howard Clark from Amber First Responders teaching CPR

RAW talks tent

Saturday 3rd June 1

2.15 – 1.00 T4S:
“An introduction to solar panels and battery storage systems”. Paul Chandler. T4 Sustainability undertake projects ranging from carbon accounting to the installation of renewable energy systems. Paul Chandler is the Development Director of T4s and his presentation promises to be an objective look at Solar Panels and Battery Storage Systems.

2.00 – 4.00 The Human Library:
Join us at the Human Library where the books are the people and reading is a conversation. Pop in to borrow a human “book” to learn about another life. Examples of books you might find in the Human Library include: Muslim Woman, Trans Man, Trans Mum, Wheelchair User, Eastern European Immigrant, Roma, Refugee, Goth, Ex-offender and many more. Just pop – in, no need to book ahead, but we recommend getting in quick as books are subject to availability.

4.00 – 4.45 The Derwent Valley Cycleway and the Belper Cycling Quality Tube Map – Ian Dent

In the Field

Willow Beehive

Help create a willow beehive with Emma Parkin then make some bees to buzz around it with DerwentWISE and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. (see stall 27).

Stone Balancing

Carole and Mike Beavis have once again brought their collection of stones just for you to attempt to balance one on top of another – how high can you go?


Come and explore Ola Wilson’s thoughtful labyrinth made from cardboard boxes donated by DS Smith. At the end of the festival all the card will go back to be recycled

Festival Banner

Help make a festival collage banner with Jo Kirk

Fiery fun

Be entertained by Al Farrson with tales of fire and carving

For the kids

Head on over to the Kid’s Zone for play activities, badge making, face painting and a Woollen Woods Treasure Hunt with Derbyshire Toy Library.

  1. 1st Somercotes Guides have upcycling for children – make fun things with stuff you usually throw away!
  2. Belper Early Years Fun will have activities for children, including arts and crafts, teddy tombola, treasure hunt and face painting.
  3. Peak and Dukeries Greenwood Workers are setting up their Bodgers Camp for community based crafts in wool and wood.

For more details see.

David George

Former Editor of Derby's CAMRA Magazine Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green Founder, Transition Belper

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