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Love Parks Week 2021
Creative activities for everyone
Thursday 29 July and Sunday 1 August 2-4pm
out on the community garden
Summertime Sculpture 2021
Come and help grow a summery scene in the Orangery in Derby Arboretum every Monday afternoon 1-3pm during the summer holidays.
26 July, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug & 30 Aug.
Loudon Lodge Launch event
Saturday 7 August, 2-4pm, opening of the newly decorated Loudon Lodge Friends of Derby Arboretum Community Hub.
Activities, games, music and refreshments.
Free, all welcome

Next Park festival
Lark in the Park - Sunday 19 September 2021
We will be planning for this festival in line with covid restrictions, please check the Friends of Derby Arboretum facebook page to see the latest news.


Next Friends Meeting
Thursday 12 August, 6.30pm
friendsderbyarbo@gmail.com 

Friends Gardening Session
Every Tuesday 2021, 5.45pm-7pm

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Old news 
Our next free zoom sessions for adults are
Mental Health Awareness Week
Saturday 15 May, 11am and 3pm
Well Being Mobiles 
Sunday 16 May, 11am and 3pm
Rewilding the Arboretum Postcards

Please email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk to book a place

Free Drop-In for families
Derby Book Festival
Monday 31 May, 11-3pm
Lost Words Collage in the Orangery, Derby Arboretum

Well Dressing Launch
Community Garden, Saturday 19 June, 2021, 11am by invite only, well dressings will be on shown in the Orangery until end of June.

May Fest Sunday 9 May 2021, this festival will be mostly online, we will have artwork around the park buildings and on the community garden on this date. Please look at the Friends of Derby Arboretum facebook page to see the latest updates

Wednesday 21 April at 10.30am, 
Suncatchers
Wednesday 28 April at 1.30pm,
Maypole Dancer Drawing

Luminate Online Festival
Sat 7 November, 5-7pm
Join us on YouTube Friends of Derby Arboretum page to see live streaming of stories and slideshows of past luminates and poems

Lark Online Festival
12 -20 September 2020, on Youtube
Live streaming from 10am - 11am
Interviews, videos, music, performances and gallery of artwork sent in.
search from 'friends of derby arboretum' on youtube


Spiral Arts free drop-in workshops

Wed 31 July - Puppets
Thur 1 Aug - Mobiles
Wed 7 Aug - Rockets
Wed 14 Aug - Dream Catchers
Wed 28 Aug - Peg Insects
10am-12pm , 1pm-3pm at Grove Lodge
All ages welcome

Well dressing drop-in workshops 
Wednesday 26 June - 10.30-3.30pm
at Derby Cathedral
Thursday 27 June - 10.30am-5pm
Friday 28 June - 10.30am-3.30pm
at Derby Quad, Participation Space
May Fest - Sunday 12 May 2019
1-5pm, stalls, entertainment, food, activities.

Next Friends Meeting
Thursday 14 Feb 6.30pm-8pm

Gardening Group are meeting in March and April 2019, come along.

Derby Arboretum Family Community Gardening Group
Please visit the facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FDACGG/
to find out the dates or look on the park noticeboards.

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We have been successful in receiving a 2nd grant from the People's Health Trust for an Active Communities Project to celebrate the Derby Arboretum Park.
This project is funded by People's Health Trust using money raised by Healthcalm through The Health Lottery


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Lark in the Park - Family Festival
Sunday 16 September 2018, 12-4pm
Stalls, music, activities

Our next meetings on the park:

Friends of Derby Arboretum Meeting 
Thursday 15 November 2018
6.30-8pm Grove Lodge 
New members and supporters welcome

Community Garden Meetings
Garden Group meet at the community garden, all tools will be provided, we will be weeding, digging, chatting, drinking tea.
We are a small group who meet to do some gardening. For further details contact 
friendsderbyarbo@gmail.com 
Sundays (2.00-4.00pm)
July 1st
July 15th
July 29th
August 12th
August 26th
September 9th
September 23rd
Thursdays (5.30-7.30pm)
July 5th
July 19th
August 2nd
August 16th
August 30th
September 13th
September 27thMay Fest - Sunday 6 May 2018, TBC
Traditional crafts, games and stalls.
More details to follow.Lark in the Park - Sat 2 Sept 2017

Our next meetings on the park

Friends of Derby Arboretum Meeting AGM
Thursday 24 Aug 2017
6.30-8pm Heart of the Park room 
New members and supporters welcome

Community Garden Meetings
Garden Group meet at the community garden, all tools will be provided, we will be weeding, digging, chatting, drinking tea.
We are a small group who meet to do some gardening.
for further details contact 
friendsderbyarbo@gmail.com or click below to see next sessions
https://www.facebook.com/196674057019693/photos/a.524859857534443.119927.196674057019693/1579792625374489/?type=3&theater

Derby Arboretum Family Community Gardening Group
click on the link to see the next sessions
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FDACGG/permalink/865955070229442/

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Next Park festival
Spring Fest - March 2017


Our next meetings on the park

Friends of Derby Arboretum Meeting
Thursday 12 Jan 2017
6.30-8pm Heart of the Park room 
New members and supporters welcome

Community Garden Meetings
Saturday 22 October 2pm-4pm
Sunday 6 November 2pm-4pm
Saturday 19 November 2pm-4pm
meet at the community garden, all tools will be provided, we will be weeding, digging, chatting, drinking tea.
We are a small group who meet to do some gardening.
for further details contact Brendan
creativepathwaysb@gmail.com

LUMINATE Lantern Festival
Sat 5 Nov 6pm, 
The Orangery, Derby Arboretum
More details on the link
http://spiral-art.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/luminate-lantern-light-festival-2016.html

Lantern Making Workshops 
Tuesday 25 October and Thursday 27 October, 1pm-3pm at Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum 
All welcome

alter~KNIT~ive 
Free knitting workshops 
Tues 20 Sept 1-3pm, Thu 22 Sept 10-12pm
in Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum

Mon 26 Sept, Tues 27 Sept 5-7pm 
in Derby QUAD cafe.

See Park workshops for more details.

Friends of Derby Arboretum Meeting
Thursday 22 Sept 2016
6.30-8pm

Community Garden Meetings
Saturday 24 September 3.30pm-5.30pm

Summer Celebration 
Planning Meeting 
Monday 8 Aug 4pm
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Saturday 25 June 11am at the Orangery in the Arboretum Park. The trail will be on display until 3 July.
 

Derby Well Dressing Trail 2016
Drop-in sessions at QUAD
Monday 20 June 2-4pm
Wednesday 22 June 2-4pm
Friday 24 June  1-4pm


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Friends of Derby Arboretum Park meeting
Thursday 7 July 2016
6.30-8pm Heart of the Park room

Planning Meeting
Friday 15 July 3pm

Planning Meeting
Wed 15 June 3pm

Planning Meeting 
Friday 27 May 10am

Planning Meeting Thurs 28 April 
10am-12pm

Friends Group Meeting
Thursday 14 April 2016, 6.30pm-8pm

Arboretum Spring Fest
Sunday 20 March 2016

The next planning meeting for the event is 
Thursday 3 March 2016, 10am-12pm
at Heart of the Park room (next to the cafe)
Derby Arboretum Park. All welcome.

'Community Garden Tidy Up'
Saturday 12 March 2016, 2-4pm
meet on the community garden(old bowling green) tea and biscuits afterwards.

The next planning meeting for the event is 
Thursday 4 February 2016, 10am-12pm
at Heart of the Park room (next to the cafe)

Derby Arboretum Park. All welcome.

The next planning meeting for the event is 
Wednesday 6 January 2016, 10am-12pm
at Heart of the Park room (next to the cafe)
Derby Arboretum Park. All welcome.

The next Friends of Derby Arboretum Park is 
Wednesday 13 January 2016, 1pm-3pm
at the Heart of the Park room(next to the cafe)

Derby Arboretum Park. New members welcome.

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Free participatory workshops for all ages to create sculptures for the celebration on 5 Sept
Tues 11 Aug, Wednesday 12 Aug, Thursday 13 Aug
Tuesday 18 Aug, Wednesday 19 Aug, Friday 21 Aug


Tuesday 25 Aug, Wednesday 26 Aug, Thursday 27 Aug
12-5pm at the Heart of the Park (near the cafe)

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Look out for details of free participatory workshops running in the summer holidays for all ages to help create large scale sculptures for a procession through the park at the celebration on 5 Sept.

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FREE Art Activities 2015
Grove Lodge in Derby Arboretum Park


Rainbow Fish – Wed 29 July 1-3pm
Picture the Park – Wed 5 Aug 2-4pm
Junk Jewellery – Wed 12 Aug 1-3pm
Celebration Flags – Wed 19 Aug 1-3pm
Flower Cups – Wed 26 Aug 1-3pm
Celebration Banners – Wed 2 Sep 1-3pm

Animal Puppets – Wed 28 Oct 1-3pm
Animal Habitats – Fri 30 Oct 10-12pm

All-age workshops.
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Bird Kites – Thur 28 May 1-3pm
Victorian Cameo – Fri 29 May 10-12pm

Arboretum Squirrels 
Wed 1 April 1-3pm with Kate Smith




Victorian Peg Dolls – Fri 10 April 10-12pm

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**Look out for a list of our free workshops for 2015 happening on the Arboretum Park. It will be posted in March**


We will be at International Women's Day
Saturday 7 March 2015 
Derby Market Place
Bunting Making
Come along, make some bunting and see the work we have been doing with adults, young people and young parents over the last few months.
Also beautiful handmade Batik bags, printed t-shirts and cards on sale.

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Mickleover Christmas Fair
Sunday 30 Nov 2.30pm - 7.30pm
Come and buy some beautiful 
Batik Christmas Cards and 
Fabric Bags and
Screen printed t-shirts
all created with the young people from 
Madeley Youth Centre
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Free art activities at Grove Lodge in the Arboretum Park over October half term.


Witchy Pop-up Puppets
Wednesday 29 October 2014
1-3pm






Cat Shadow Puppets
Friday 31 October 2014
1-3pm




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Free Art activities at Grove Lodge in the Arboretum Park over the summer 1-3pm

Rainbow fish - 6 Aug Wed 
Buzz Bee Insects - 13 Aug Wed
Card Games - 19 Aug * Tuesday *
Animal Mobiles - 27 Aug Wed
Monkey Masks - 3 Sept Wed 

Hope to see you there
Grove Lodge, Arboretum Park
Free 2-hour on street parking on Grove Street



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Picnic in the Arboretum Park
Wednesday 30 July, 
12-3 pm
Our first free summer workshop will take place outside in the park.
Come and create 
Little Nature Books using recycled papers and ink stamps.
  
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FREE All-age drop-in workshops @
Grove Lodge

Windsocks
Sunday 1 June 1 - 3 pm

Cardboard Racing Cars
Sunday 15 June 1 - 3pm
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Derby Well Dressing Trail

Come along to a free drop-in session and have a go at creating the well dressings that will go on display at Derby Cathedral on Sat 28 June - Sun 6 July

Drop-in sessions are 
Derby Quad, Market Place, Derby
Monday 23 June, 1 - 4pm
Tuesday 24 June, 10am - 12 noon
Wednesday 25 June, 1 - 4pm

Launch of the trail at Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate, Derby 
Saturday 28 June at 11am

Free drop-in family workshop to create mini well dressings
Saturday 28 June, 1– 3pm

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Free Easter Workshops for families 2014
Easter Cards 
Saturday 12 April  1-3pm
Come and make Easter cards for your family and friends.


Dragon Puppets 
Wednesday 23 April 1-3pm
Come and make dragons to celebrate 
St Georges Day 

All-age, drop-in workshops in 
Grove Lodge, Arboretum Park
Come and be creative with Spiral Arts
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FREE Big Draw Workshops @Grove Lodge
Art in the Park - 
Halloween Puppets
Tuesday 29 Oct 2013 - 1-3pm
Come and make Halloween Puppets 
using recycled materials.
paper, card, cones
and sticky bits.
Come and play with the puppets in our own puppet theatre and make them sing and dance.
Art in the Park - 
Sugar Skull Digital StampDay of the Dead Masks
Friday 1 Nov 2013 - 1-3pm
Come and create 
a traditional folk mask
for this ancient celebration. 
Use colourful designs and patterns.

All-age, drop-in workshops in Grove Lodge, Arboretum Park

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@Grove Lodge - Batik and Felt workshops

Friday 20 September - Batik
Get creative with hot wax and fabric inks to create fabulous pieces you can use for further projects such as cushions and bags.

Friday 27 September Felting

Learn the basics of felt making using water and wool tops to make wonderful gifts to take home.


Grove Lodge, Grove St, Arboretum Park.
£10 per person.
All materials provided, 2 friendly artists and tea and biscuits.
email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk to book 
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@Grove Lodge - Mixed Media Workshop
Decorate a lampshade with recycled fabrics, beads and buttons.
Friday 6 Sept 10-12pm
Grove Lodge, Grove St, Arboretum Park.
£10 per person.
All materials provided, 2 friendly artists and tea and biscuits.
email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk to book 
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@Grove Lodge - Workshops for Adults
Stencilled T-shirts
Thursday 22 August 10am-12pm
Grove Lodge, Grove St, Arboretum Park.
£10 per person.
All materials provided, 2 friendly artists and tea and biscuits.
email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk to book 
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Japanese Shibori 
Friday 9 August 10am-12pm
Grove Lodge, Grove St, Arboretum Park.
£10 per person.
All materials provided, 2 friendly artists and tea and biscuits.
email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk to book 
 


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Summer 2013 Arboretum Workshops
Spiralling Butterflies
Tuesday 6 August 1-3pm

Holiday Postcards
Tuesday 13 August 1-3pm

In Grove Lodge, Grove St, Arboretum Park 
All welcome - FREE
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Summer 2013 Arboretum Workshops
Flowers in Vases
Thursday 25 July 1-3pm

Arboretum Birds

Friday 26 July 1-3pm

In the Orangery Building, Arboretum Park 
All welcome - FREE 
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Arboretum Arts Workshops

* Window Sun Catchers *
Tuesday 28 May 1-3pm 

* Colourful Kaleidoscopes*
Thursday 30 May 1-3pm

In the Orangery Building, Arboretum Park 
All welcome - FREE 
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Arboretum Park workshops
We will be running Free family workshops alongside the Arboretum Arts Residencies in the Orangery. 
The first one is on 
Thursday 11 April 1-3pm - Glass Jar Art
All welcome
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Empty Shop Project - Ilkeston
We have a month-long residency in the old 'Burton' empty shop in Ilkeston throughout March.
We will be having open workshops for participants to create a woven installation in the shop.
Details will be confirmed soon.
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February Half Term Activities 2013
in the Heart of the Park, Arboretum Park
Tuesday 19 Feb 12-3pm 
Fairtrade Sculpture workshop (Adults & children)

Wednesday 20 Feb 1-3pm
Windmill Making (Families)

Friday 22 Feb 1.30-3.30 pm
Mask Making (Families)

All welcome

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Chinese New Year 2013
Saturday 9 Feb 10-3pm 
Lantern making and Dragon Puppets
Erewash Museum, Ilkeston
All welcome
followed by 
Chinese New Year Celebrations 4.30-7 pm
in Ilkeston Market Place
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Christmas Decorations and Craft Making
Sunday 2 December
1-3pm, Free
The Orangery, Arboretum Park
All welcome
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Lantern Making Workshop 
using Willow and Tissue
Saturday 10 Nov
1pm-3pm
Orangery, 
Arboretum Park, Derby

FREE - All welcome

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Carer Break Workshops - FREE


Sculpture Figures 
using wire, paper and tissue
Thursday 8 November 12-3pm
Heart of the Park, Arboretum Park, Derby

Christmas Crafts
Tuesday 13 November 9.30-1pm
Chaddesden Fire Station Community Road, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, Derby

All Carers welcome
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Do What You Want

on Wednesday 31 Oct 10-4pm
Derby College, Roundhouse, Pride Park

Find out what activities are available for disabled people, older people, carers, professionals, relatives and friends.

We will have a stand at the event, making something creative, come along and see what you can make!


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Carers Break - Lantern Making
on Thursday 11 October 12-3pm
at the Heart of the Park Building,
Arboretum Park

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World Mental Health Day
on Wednesday 10 October 10-4pm
at the Derby University.
Come along and create some batik at our stand.
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Celebrate Co-operation
on Friday 21 September 9.30-2pm
to celebrate partnerships, locally, nationally and globally.

We will have a stand at the event and we will have a batik activity for participants to try.

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Our next free Carers Break workshops are

Thursday 13 Sept 12-3pm 

in the Arboretum Park, Derby
Decorative Collage onto Mirror Frames.

Tuesday 25 Sept 5-8pm
at the Derby Carers Centre, 
Babington Lane, Derby
Circular coil weaving, using card discs, fabrics and textured materials.

All carers welcome.


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Micro Providers of people on personal budgets.
Look out for us on the Derby Choice website which is to be launched soon. We will be able to provide activities for people with their own budgets to spend.
We will keep you posted.
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Spiral Arts at International Women's Day 2012 
Saturday 10 March 2012  
Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Derby
10-4pm
Sponsored by Derby Midlands Co-operative


Activities to promote the 
'Walk In Her Shoes' Campaign.
Hope to see you there


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Derby Lantern Festival and
Wright of Derby Festival
Friday 18 November 6pm-8pm

Join us for the ever successful annual Derby Lantern Parade! Illuminating the way through Derby CIty Centre... with more lively drummers, illuminating lanterns and spectacular performances than ever before, it's a dazzling evening for the whole family. Join us for the whole journey:
We will be showing our lanterns made with local schools as part of the Wright of Derby Festival



6.00pm - @ The Spot Clock Tower Lanterns of all shapes and sizes will illuminate and the parade will being to the beat of the drums


6.45pm - @ Derby Market Square Wonderful world dance and music extravaganza welcomes the parade


7.30pm - @ Cathedral Green Parade arrives to a spectacular finale, featuring 'Light in the Shadows' by UK leading percussionist Sandeep Raval, fire performances, fire sculptures and river lights!


Wrap up warm and come along, this is a FREE event for ALL!! Not to be missed!

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Halloween at the Arboretum Cafe with Spiral Arts
Arboretum Park, Derby
Free craft workshops for children
Thursday 27 Oct 1-3pm Pumpkin Masks and Wizard Cloaks
Friday 28 Oct 2-4pm Bats, Spiders and Creepy crawly Window hangings
Sunday 30 Oct 12-4pm Witches and Black Cat Puppets
To book a place email arb-park@hotmail.com
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Season of Light 
Half Term Workshops with Spiral Arts
Tuesday 25 October  10-12pm

Lantern making workshop £5

Participation Space, QUAD Derby DE1 3AS
(Under 8 must be accompanied)
Your chance to create wonderful willow lanterns which will illuminate the autumn evenings. 
Show off your lantern in the Derby Lantern Parade

For a booking & info: 01332 294333 or 
Quad Box Office 01332 290606 


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Family Craft Activity 
create sea-themed masks and headgear
Quad Participation Space
Saturday 24 Sept 2011
11am til 4pm
Drop in to Quad's Participation Space to create sea-themed masks and headgear with Jenny and Maureen - Quad Artists to join in the Sarruga parade from 8pm.
The activity is free and under 12's must be accompanied by an adult.
Hope to see you there.


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Very Good News
We have now been given a working space at the
Silk Mill Museum on Cathedral Green, Derby.
Its a great space for meetings, workshop prep, messy prep, chatting, eating cake etc etc.
Look out for workshops Spiral will be running in the next few months.

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We will be working with 3 local Junior Schools in Derby in Sept/Oct for the 
Wright of Derby Festival
We will be making 100 globe shaped lanterns to be displayed in the Orangery in the 
Arboretum Park in November. We will then use these lanterns in the 
Derby Festival Of Lights Parade on 
Friday 18 November.
Hope to see you at the parade...

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 We are currently working in the Silk Mill Museum, Derby. We are putting together 17 large banners made by groups of students from secondary schools around Derby.
They will be displayed for the first time at...
'On Your Marks ... One Year To Go'
Cultural Olympiad Event in the Market Place, Derby 
Wednesday 27 July 2011 
10am-7pm
Come along and see the banners and what Spiral Arts are creating on their stall.
ps you might even be on television as the BBC are going to be there!!

This event is to celebrate 'one year to go' until the London 2012 Olympics.