Tuesday, 1 December 2020


We created activities for the art boxes that Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site gave out to groups and families in Derbyshire. We were very pleased to be part of this project. The feedback is great too, so lovely to see people enjoying our creative ideas.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

'Make a bottle lantern' video

Watch this video to create your own bottle lantern using an empty milk carton, some cellophane, tape and a tealight. Celebrate the Luminate Festival with us on Saturday 7 November, 5-7pm. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

How to create a paper mache hot air balloon


Check out our Balloon Making Workshop created for the Lark Online Festival in September here 

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Lark Online Festival

We had a busy week in mid September, celebrating 180th anniversary of Derby Arboretum opening to the public. The Friends of Derby Arboretum hosted a fantastic live-streamed show on YouTube each day for one hour, with chat, interviews and activities to get involved in. This was followed by videos of workshops, great performances and the Friends Group creating interesting films about the park.

The YouTube channel is available to watch any time, the videos and live shows will remain uploaded. Click the link below:


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Derby Well - Dressing @ Derby Feste

We have created a well dressing as part of the Derby Feste. It is exhibited on St James Street in Derby in an empty estate agent shop. A fusion of different cultures. The Well dressing is made using the traditional Derbyshire process: clay base in a wooden frame and a design using natural materials. We usually make these Well dressings with the help of the community as drop-in workshops. It is always a very sociable and enjoyable process made by the hands of many overseen by ourselves. This year was different as we involved the community in the design process only due to the social distancing rules. The design has influences of Rangoli, Islamic design and Eastern European folk art. Also using positive words and symbols to promote community and wellbeing.

Monday, 11 May 2020

How to make a Mini Well Dressing

While we are in isolation and are not able to make any of our lovely well dressings, we have created a resource sheet on how to make your own mini well dressing for your garden. 
See below: