Thursday, September 28, 2023

Planning For Belper Goes Green 2019 Now In Full Swing!

by Cherry Anderson

The festival, which will be held on the weekend of 31st May and 1st, 2nd June at the Belper Rugby Club, has grown every year since its launch in 2013.
Now in its seventh year the event is becoming an essential part of Derbyshire’s summer festival line-up and this year looks to be just as popular, with stall bookings already well over the amount they had last year.

At the heart of BGG2019, as ever, is Transition Belper’s aim of sharing ways to reduce our impact on the planet in a relaxed, safe and uplifting environment. But the festival has a lot more on offer: it aims to give a platform to local independent businesses who share the BGG ethos, and is run in tandem with a CAMRA beer and cider festival, this year with 50 varieties on offer.

And if that isn’t enough, there will be live music on Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday daytime on solar-powered stages, as well as literary talks and spoken word throughout the weekend.

In line with its ethos, BGG is proud to be bringing a wider range of vegan and vegetarian food stalls to its fantastic food offering this year, and polystyrene food and drinks containers are now completely banned. For further insight into BGG’s policies, please visit

Can you help support your local festival?

Run by the community for the community

Organised and run by a small core team of volunteers from Transition Belper and the local community, the festival is always on the look out for extra help. During April and May, publicity leaflets and posters are distributed around town and over the event weekend, tasks such as stewarding, setting up, packing down, manning info stalls and merchandising all need to be shared. Please register here if you’re interested – a couple of hours will be a huge help!

Supported by local businesses 

Although the organisers of Belper Goes Green try their hardest to keep costs to a minimum and the Rugby Club offers their site free of charge, there are some essential costs which must be met, such as marquee hire, toilets, recycling and waste disposal, security and first aiders. Sponsorship is therefore key in helping to cover these costs. Sponsors are showcased on banners on site and/or a mention in the event programme. If you are a local business owner and would like to sponsor the event this year, please contact us at:

Stall bookings and workshops

If you’re a local business, organisation, charity, community group or creator and would like a stall or you’d like to offer a workshop or demo, please get in touch here: Bookings will be subject to a £15 additional charge after 31st March so get booking soon!

We look forward to another hugely successful event and a chance to celebrate life in Belper and the DE56 area.

For further info about the festival, please visit: or email:

Full music line up to follow soon.

Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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