Don’t miss MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 16th & 17th September 2017 10am – 5pm! Melbourne, DE73 8EJ
It doesn’t seem long since the boards were stored away, the balloons and bunting taken down as 2016’s Melbourne Festival was over, the good news is time has flown and plans for the, lucky, THIRTEENTH Melbourne Festival are well underway and surprisingly soon it will be time for the next Trail! We are now looking forward to this years Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail on 16th & 17th September 2017!
During the last Art & Architecture Trail visiting professional artists were hosted in rooms made available in private houses, which are not usually open to the public. Entry is with a £5 Trail Guide features lists of venues with the name and speciality of the artists and their contact details.
All of the work on the Trail is original, for sale and the artists and makers all accompany their work and many demonstrate their skills. There will be paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture and jewellery – in fact something for every taste and pocket. Each year we feature a mix of new artists and lots of old favourites. Each year more and more artists apply to exhibit. This year we have had a huge number of entries from some amazingly talented artists which made it a very hard job to select who can be fitted in and who can’t.
Most of the houses on the Trail are of historic significance and architectural information is contained in the Trail Guide. Hopefully having visited the Trail visitors will be tempted to return to take another look at some of these heritage sites.
The Art and Architecture Trail consists of easy-walking loops around the central streets of Melbourne. The Trail can be started at any point, but each adult will need a Trail Badge and a Trail Guide to enter the buildings which will cost £5. The Trail Guide consists of a map of Melbourne with Festival sites marked. The Trail Badge is a pass to get into all the houses and halls free of charge. The public streets are all wheelchair-friendly, but some of the buildings, particularly the smaller private homes are not for wheelchair users or less agile visitors. A special Easy Access Trail is marked on the Trail Guide for visitors with restricted mobility so that visitors can decide which venues they are physically able to access. One of the charms of the Trail is that many of the artists are in private homes, visitors follow the Trail at their own risk and we cannot accept liability for accidents or loss of property.
At the 2016 Melbourne Festival we celebrated the beautiful woodlands of the National Forest with WILD WOOD and exhibition featuring images of trees, woodlands and woodland creatures at Melbourne Assembly Rooms featuring 12 Derbyshire Artists including Tom Genders, Michael Cook, Paul Johnstone, Des Ong, Jane Bevan, Lynn Hazel Smith and others. Many of the artists will be demonstrating and all will be sharing the secrets of their techniques with visitors.
Families are specially catered for with a special, safe area for young children with plenty to amuse them and Art Exhibitions showing work from the local schools and playgroups. Inspired by the traditional tale of The Wind in the Willows look out for Toad, Ratty, Badger and friends.
The Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Exhibition was very popular. The Emerging Talent Award for artists under 25 was launched at the 2014 Festival. The shortlisted artists exhibited on the Trail and the £500 Emerging Talent Award was presented on Saturday 17th September to Robbie Short.
Back by popular demand on the Trail this year are the Food Festival and Food Court. Food is also available at the Art Cafe, which is located with the Made in Derbyshire Exhibition at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, along with Melbourne’s great cafes, restaurants and pubs and the popup church and charity tea shops!
The Busk Stops are now so popular we have THREE Music Marquees outside the Senior Citizen Centre, Food Festival and Assembly Rooms there is live music from 12-5 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday – it’s great to see so many families and young people enjoying themselves.
Finally the classic cars drew lots of jealous looks last year and the car procession was very popular. This year you will find the Classic Cars in the idyllic setting of the Carriage Circle at Melbourne Hall with thousands of people coming to see the Cars, admire the view and visit the artists in Melbourne Hall Billiard Room.
Parking is available at Melbourne School at a small charge in aid of the PTA and parking is free on Castle Lane Industrial Estate and in Melbourne village centre. It is very busy in the centre and we suggest parking a little way out of the centre – nowhere is more than 10 minutes from the Trail!
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS… join us and meet Mr Toad!
A date for your diaries… Melbourne Festival’s popular Art & Architecture Trail will see the doors open on 70 houses in the heart of the village to host 130 Artists on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September this year. Families are always extremely welcome at Melbourne and in recent years have had their own Trail within the Trail. Last year we had a special Fairy Tale Trail for the young, and the young at heart, based on much loved traditional Fairy Tales. This year our theme is based on Kenneth Grahame classic tale THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and lots of activities for families are included in the £5 Art Trail Guide for the Art & Architecture Trail.
This year we have “STORY STOPS” where young visitors can have 5 minutes rest and read all about Toad of Toad Hall’s antics in Melbourne Hall Visitor Centre, Melbourne Hall Carriage Circle, The Vicarage Garden and Chantry House Garden.
Highlights include Toads Garden at Melbourne Vicarage and see if you can find Toad’s stolen barge, challenge badger to a game of giant chess or enjoy a perfect picnic and much more. Join the Gypsy Storyteller in her beautiful caravan for tales of Toads’ antics at Chantry House and meet Mr Toad & Arthur his BEAUTIFUL motor car at Melbourne Hall each afternoon. Look out for Ratty and his willow rowing boat, made by Peter Woods & Melbourne Infant School children, in Melbourne Hall Visitor Centre.
Finally at 3.30pm each afternoon join us for a story on the Vicarage Lawn and meet Mr Toad and his chums Badger, Rat and Mole.
For hungry young visitors the next stop is the Athenaeum for family-friendly refreshments and admire the work made by children from Melbourne Infant and Junior Schools.