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Eco-centre to host spring fair

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Eco-centre to host spring fair

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AN eco-centre is opening its doors to the public with a big spring fair this weekend.

It's the third year Derbyshire County Council has hosted the fair at its centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth to showcase what it has to offer with demonstrations, workshops, music and entertainment.

The new DerwentWISE project – which aims to improve the Lower Derwent Valley – will be launched there on Saturday at 11.30am.

The project, which has been awarded £1.7 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is being led by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, working with partners including the county council.

There will be an evening of live solar-powered music on Saturday headlined by local band Left Hand Drive, with a bar and food. Tickets cost £4.

There will be more solar-powered music on Sunday with local folk duo Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson playing in the afternoon.

Other activities will include a solar-powered cinema showing films about the Derwent Valley, locally-sourced food and drink, a market street of stalls and craft demonstrations and workshops linked to the theme of woods and water.

The fair is free to attend and will take place from 11am until 4pm each day.

Information about the year-round programme of courses will also be available.

Derbyshire County Council opened the Eco Centre in September 2010.

It aims to protect Derbyshire's rural heritage by offering courses to help keep traditional skills alive and teaching people how to live a greener and more sustainable life.

Further information about the fair and the DerwentWISE project is available by calling 01629 533038.

Tickets for the Saturday evening entertainment are available on the same number or from ecocentre@derby shire.gov.uk.

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