Please also check Spiral Arts facebook page for the latest activity details.

The 2022 festivals on the Arboretum:
May Fest Sunday 8 May 2022
Queen's Jubilee Sunday 5 June 2022
Lark in the Park Sunday 18 Sept 2022
Luminate Lanterns Saturday 5 Nov 2022

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-8pm 

Friends Gardening Sessions 2021
Every Tuesday evening, 5.45pm-7pm

Old News
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 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.
Spiral Arts free drop-in workshops 2019
Peg Insects
Thur 29 Aug, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm at Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum

Tues 3 Sept, 10.30am-3pm at
Heart of the Park, Derby Arboretum
as part of the Radio Derby DIYSOS makeover in the Wildlife Area in the park.
Come and make some bunting to decorate the wildlife area for our Lark in the Park festival Sunday 22 Sept.
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

International Women's Day 9 March 2019
We will be delivering 2 drop-in workshops to make placards and pompoms to decorate the festival stage.
Workshops are 
Wednesday 20 Feb, 1-4pm Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum
Saturday 23 Feb,12-3pm Derby Women's Centre, Leopold St
All welcome.


Summer sessions 
Here is a link to the sessions we delivered over the summer.
Summer Workshops 2018
Free all-age drop-in workshops in the Orangery 

Free Easter Workshops 
Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum DE23 8EL
All ages welcome
Wed 28 March, 1pm-3pm, Easter Cards

Wed 4 April, 1pm-3pm, Paper People

Touchwood Project 
New Spiral Arts workshops for 2017
Pipe Cleaner Bugs 

We have finished our park workshops for 2016, we will start again in the new year, keep checking our blog to see what exciting workshops we are planning for 2017.
Past Workshops

Luminate Lantern Workshops
in the half term holidays

Tues 25 Oct 1pm-3pm
Thurs 27 Oct 1pm-3pm
FREE – all welcome at 
Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum
Come and create a lantern to celebrate
the Luminate Lantern and Light Festival Sat 5th Nov 5pm
at The Orangery, Derby Arboretum Park.
The lanterns will be on display in the Orangery until Friday 11th November
For further details please contact


Free Knitting Workshops
We are running 4 free drop-in workshops to produce knitted and crocheted pieces for a yarn-bombing installation at QUAD which will be on display during the showing of the film 'YARN'.

All abilities welcome, knitting needles, yarn and fabric provided, if you have your own, please bring them along.

Tuesday 20 Sept - 1-3pm
Thursday 22 Sept - 10am-12pm

Monday 26 Sept - 5-7pm
Tuesday 27 Sept - 5-7pm
For further queries please contact Spiral Arts

Film showing times
Sunday 9 October 2pm & Wednesday 12 October 6.30pm
book your film tickets at QUAD box office.

Please share this project with anyone who loves knitting!!
Free Creative Workshops for 2016  
Come and be creative - all sessions are in Grove Lodge in the Arboretum Park, led by resident artists, Spiral Arts.

Butterfly Masks  

Thur 31 Mar 1-3pm  

Insect Mobiles 

Thur 7 April 1-3pm

Sock Puppets 

Tues 31 May 

Rocket ships 
Thur 2 June 1-3pm

Mini Well Dressings – Sat 25 June 1-3pm
(in the Orangery)

Summer Sculpture workshops
 Tues 2 Aug, Tues 9 Aug & Tues 16 Aug 2-4pm (in the Orangery)

Wooden Houses 

Tues 23 Aug 1-3pm

Picture of the Park

Tues 30 Aug 1-3pm

Lantern Making Workshops
Tues 25 Oct & Thur 27 Oct 1-3pm


Free lantern making workshops in 

Oct Half term
Come along and make lanterns to carry in the Luminate Lantern & Light Festival 
Workshops are running 
Wed 28 Oct 10-3pm
Thurs 29 Oct 10-12pm
Fri 30 Oct 10am - 12pm
in the Heart of the Park room (near the cafe)
FREE Art Activities 2015
Heart of the Park room (near the cafe)
in Derby Arboretum Park 12-5pm
Celebrating 175th Anniversary of the Arboretum Park
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

to create large paper mache sculptures for the procession

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
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 with 
Jenny and Maureen 

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