Don’t miss MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 14th & 15th September 2019 10am – 5pm! Melbourne, DE73 8EJ
Another successful Art & Architecture Trail over and the boards were stored away, the balloons and bunting taken down as 2018’s Melbourne Festival is over, the good news is time flies and plans for the FIFTEENTH Melbourne Festival are already underway and surprisingly soon it will be time for the next Trail! We are now looking forward to the next Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail on 14th & 15th September 2019!
During the Art & Architecture Trail visiting professional artists are hosted in rooms made available in private houses, which are not usually open to the public. Entry is with a £5 wrist band and a 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 Wrist Band 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 Wrist Band 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.
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. This year families joined our Teddy Bears Picnic to sing and dance and come to story time and help The Tiger Who Came to Tea celebrate its 50th Birthday!
The Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Exhibition is 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 Rachel Alexandre in 2018.
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 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!
FESTIVAL FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
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 140 Artists on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019. Families are always extremely welcome at Melbourne and in recent years have had their own Trail within the Trail. Each year we have a special Family Trail for the young, and the young at heart, based on much loved traditional fairy tales or classic stories. The Family Trail and lots of activities for families are included in the £5 Art Trail Guide for the Art & Architecture Trail.
Each year we have “STORY STOPS” where young visitors can have 5 minutes rest and read a book in Melbourne Hall Visitor Centre, Melbourne Hall Carriage Circle, The Vicarage Garden and Chantry House Garden.
Highlights include our Childrens Garden at Melbourne Vicarage where you can play a game of giant chess or enjoy a perfect picnic and much more. In 2018 we invited to sing and dance at The Teddy Bears Picnic at 2.30 and finally at 3.30pm each afternoon join us for a story time on the Vicarage Lawn and help The Tiger Who Came to Tea celebrate its 50th Birthday”!
Artwork by Melbourne Children was on display at Pool Cottage and in Melbourne Fire Station. For hungry young visitors there are children’s lunch boxes and refreshments for sale in aid of Melbourne Schools at Pump House next to Food Court in Church Street.
POP UP POPPIES
Each year Melbourne Festival has a theme or special project for 2018 we painted the town red to commemorate the lives lost, or permanently changed during World War 1.
Throughout 2018 Melbourne Knitters have been knitting Poppies 4680 Poppies to be precise to commemorate the 4680 Grenadier Guards who lost their lives in WW1. The project was inspired by Frank Green, a resident at Pool Cottage Care Home in Melbourne who was in the Guards in WW2. Fittingly the Poppies were displayed alongside Melbourne Pool within site of Pool Cottage.
We have had Knit & Natter sessions, followed by Sit & Sew since the Spring and can’t wait to shoe you what we have done. We have also worked with Melbourne Schools, Rainbows, Brownies and Pilots. The children’s work was displayed at Pool Cottage and the Poppies Knitted at Melbourne Junior School were attached to the gates to Melbourne Pool.
After displaying the 4680 Poppies alongside the Pool for a week members of the Grenadier Guards joined us on Sunday 15th September to share a few words followed by the sounding of The Last Post. A very emotional event. The Poppies will be displayed on the side of Melbourne Parish Church in the week before the Armistice Day. After which they will be removed, laundered and sold in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.