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Melbourne Festival would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors without whom it just wouldn’t happen! The support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated and a glance through their websites will show what a thriving business community there is in and around Melbourne.

The Festival relies on sponsorship from local businesses to supplement our main income. Melbourne Festival is a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation. Our income from Artists fees for the Art Trail and tickets for the Trail are in themselves insufficient to cover costs of an event the size of Melbourne Festival and the community events for local residents. This income raises approximately 80% of the cost of the Festival, to survive and remain fresh and vibrant Melbourne Festival needs support from local companies. your money is used for workshops with Schools, young people, the elderly and anyone in between who wants to engage with the Arts. In 2018 sponsorship helped fund Pop Up Poppies Melbourne a HUGE community project to commemorate the Grenadier Guards who lost their lives in WW1, without support from our Sponsors it would not have been possible. 

Since the launch of Melbourne Festival in 2005 we have had fantastic support from local commercial organisations. The logo’s for the sponsors of the 2018 Melbourne Festival are shown below links to their websites are on our links page.

Melbourne Festival 2019 Sponsors
  Support from our sponsors is greatly appreciated and a glance through their websites  listed on our links page will show what a thriving business community we have locally.  Sponsor websites are accessible by clicking on the company names.

If you would like to support the next Melbourne Festival we can tailor the Sponsorship package to best suit your requirements and maximise the benefits for your business. The Festival is a great value opportunity to raise awareness of your business through association with a popular family event. Sponsorship packages are available to suit your business needs and budget.

The chart posted below outlines what benefits you will receive from our standard sponsorship packages. We are able to offer sponsors a display on the Art and Architecture Trail, inclusion in publicity materials, or corporate curatorship – a gallery in your offices! – to name just a few possibilities.

How to become a Sponsor…

For further information or to arrange a meeting to discuss sponsoring. Please contact the Melbourne Festival Office using “contact us” page on this website or by calling Helen Saunders on 01332 865342 or 07765 819428 or by post to 49 Church Street, Melbourne, DE73 8EJ

What is Melbourne Festival…

Since its launch in 2005 Melbourne Festival is now established as a key event in the East Midlands cultural calendar.
The Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail features over 140 selected, professional artists exhibiting their work in 70 private homes, businesses, public spaces and churches. Each year approximately 5,000 people visit the Festival in just two days! Artists demonstrate their skills, buskers perform along the Trail and integral to the event are free activities for children and a programme for young adults. The special Family Festival which we have included over the past few years ensures plenty of attractions for a broad family audience.
The Festival transforms Melbourne creating a blur of colour and excitement with streets packed with people, showing visitors the town at its best.

Alongside the Trail we have Melbourne Festival Fringe – a programme of music, drama, dance and comedy featuring professional performers and local talent. The Festival team also arranges subsidised workshops for adults and free workshops for children and schools during the year.


Who comes to Melbourne Festival

After fifteen years Melbourne Festival is celebrating its ongoing growth and success. The significant numbers of people who come to the Festival are made up of local residents and visitors to the area who in turn can provide a considerable economic benefit to local businesses. In 2018 over £50,000 was taken from the Post Office cash machine by visitors to the Trail, a significant amount of this money was spent with artists and local businesses in addition to debit and credit card sales.
Evaluations of nearly 500 postcodes, collected at last years Festival, indicate that approximately 20% of visitors come from DE73, 70% within 25 miles of Melbourne and 10% more than 25 miles away – so not just Melbourne! The profile of Melbourne and its business community is boosted as a direct result of the favourable impression of Melbourne created by the Festival. The Festival provides a prime opportunity to promote your business to potential clients from the surrounding area who are already favourably disposed towards Melbourne. Supporting the Festival brings an association with a high quality, prestigious family event.
The exhibited artwork is original, of a high standard and feedback indicates that artists sell over £50k each year during the Festival. The Festival takes no sale commission but charges artists a modest fee to cover administration and publicity costs. Local restaurants, public houses and retailers are extremely busy, whilst local churches and charities raise over £10k each year.
We keep entry prices low to offer people of all incomes access to the Trail, concerts, and the workshops, the ticket price for the two day Trail is only £5, under 18’s are free.


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Hopkins and Dainty Estate Agents 0330 113227, White Hallows Farm, Staunton Lane, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7GZ

Village Voice, Monthly Newspaper serving Melbourne & local villages. 07584 025852


Broadstone Associates, Structural Engineers 01332 863742, Broadstone Holt, Bog Lane, Melbourne, DE73 7LD

Des Gosling Mobility, Mobility Vehicle Conversion Specialists 01332 863742, Unit 10, Station Yard, Station Road, Melbourne, DE73 8HJ

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Harpurs of Melbourne, Bar, Restaurant & Rooms. 01332 862134/01283 703071, 2 Derby Road, Melbourne, DE73 8FE

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Melbourne Garage Car Mechanics, Servicing & MOT testing & Repairs 01332 862373, Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB,

Melbourne Tea Rooms, Homemade Breakfasts, Lunches & Afternoon Teas 01332 864224, Church Square, Melbourne, DE73 8EN

Quill International Group, Industrial Cleaning 01332 864664 Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB

Throughmic Sound, Lighting and Recording for Music & Theatre 07595 331823 Melbourne, Derbyshire

Wayne Spiers Family Butchers, Local Butchers, Hog Roasts, Outside Catering. 01332 862249 38 Market Place, Melbourne, DE73 8HJ

Wagtail Self Storage, 01530 22179 The Walnut Yard, Gelscoe, Nr Diseworth, Lecestershire, DE74 2QQ

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Amalfi White Restaurant & Prosecco Bar, 01332 694890 50 Derby Rd Melbourne, Derby DE73 8FE.

Breedon Priory Health Club, Health & Fitness Club. 01332 864028 Green Lane, Wilson, Nr Melbourne, DE73 8LG,

Christian Rose Violins, 07986 593340 Unit 8 Melbourne Hall Visitor Centre, Church Square, Melbourne DE73 8EN

Forteys, Traditional Sweetshop & Café 07973 500033 Market Place, Melbourne DE73 8DS

Ingleby Gallery Art Gallery 01332 865995 Ingleby Lane, Ingleby, Nr. Melbourne, DE73 8HW

Lomas Opticians, Family Eyecare 01332 865021 1 Chapel Street, Melbourne, DE73 8EH

Melbourne Dental Practice, NHS & Private Dentists and Orthodontists 01332 862942 Castle Street, Melbourne, DE73 8DY

Melbourne United Reform Church 01332 862175 High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GF

Origin Design Graphic Design and Print 01332 864736 Hope Street, Melbourne DE73 8LX

PID Labelling, Individualised Pricing, Data Coding & Labelling Guns and Sandwich Labelling Systems. 01332 864895 Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB

Solutions Simply for You, Andrew Solecki – Website Design, Maintenance and Support 07540 99465 4 Huntingdon Court, Melbourne DE73 8LZ