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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.

sponsors18   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.

Major Sponsors

Crane and Walton Solicitors 01332 863810 or 01530 414111 William’s Yard, Derby Road, Melbourne, DE73 8JR
DG Light Haulage  01332 865399 Cross House Yard, Main Street, Kings Newton, Nr Melbourne DE73 8BS
Hopkins & Dainty Estate Agents 0330113 2271 White Hollows Farm, Staunton Lane, Ticknall DE73 7GZ
Village Voice 07584 025 852 Local Newspaper serving Melbourne & surrounding village


Broadstone Associates  01332 865483 Structural Engineers – Broadstone Lane, Ticknall, DE73 7LD
Des Gosling Mobility  01332 863742 Motability Vehicle Conversion Specialist –  Station Yard, Station Road, Melbourne, DE73 8HJ
East Midlands Airport  01332 818414 Community Relations – Building 34, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington , Derby, DE74 2SA
GRT Architecture Ltd  01629 825491 Architects – 1 Greenhill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4EN
The Hardinge Arms 01332 863808 Country pub, restaurant & rooms – Main Street, Kings Newton, DE73 8BX
Harman Smith Wealth Management 07502 224835 Financial Services, Investments & Pensions – Lion Court, Staunton Harold Hall, Nr Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1RT
G. W. Heath & Sons Ltd 01332 865605 Craftsmen Builders & Joiners – Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB
Harpurs of Melbourne (Bespoke Inns)  01332 862134 Bar, Restaurant and Rooms Derby Road, Melbourne, DE73 8FE
Lemon and Lime Interiors  07967 636718 Home design, de-cluttering, dressing for sale – 30A Market Place, Melbourne, Derby, DE73 8DS
Lomas Opticians
Melbourne Garage  01332 862373 Car Mechanics, Servicing, Repairs – Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB
Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms  01332 864224 Homemade breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas Church Square, Melbourne, DE73 8EN
The National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd 01332 862699 Naturally pure Spring Water sourced & bottled in Melbourne – Highfields, Melbourne, DE73 8DG
Quill International Group  01332 864664 Industrial Cleaning – Castle Lane Industrial Estate, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8JB
SSP Technology Limited 01332 865232 UK Distributors of Precision Grinding, Honing & Cutting Machinery. Unit 5&6 Station Yard, Station Road, Melbourne DE738HU
Throughmic 07595 331823 Sound, lighting & recording for music or theatre – The Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1RT
Wagtail Storage 01530 22179 Local Personal Storage Serving Donington, Melbourne and Loughborough – The Walnut Yard, Gelscoe, Nr Diseworth, Leicestershire, DE74 2QQ
Wayne Spiers Family Butchers   01332 862249 Local butchers, hog roasts, outside catering – 28 Market Place, Melbourne, DE73 8DS

Corporate Friends`

Amalfi White Bar and Restaurant 01332 694890 Restaurant and Prosecco Bar – Derby Road, Melbourne, DE73 8FE
Breedon Priory Health Club 01332 864028 Health and Fitness Club – Green Lane, Wilson, Nr Melbourne, DE73 8LG
Forteys  07973500033 Traditional Sweetshop & Cafe – 2 Market Place, DE73 8DS
Helen’s Homeopathy 01332 865649 Homeopathic Practice – Station House, Station Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8BQ
The Ingleby Gallery 01332 865995 – Art Gallery – Ingleby Lane, Ingleby, Nr Melbourne, DE73 8DS
Melbourne Dental Practice 01332 862942 NHS & Private Dentists – Castle Street, Melbourne, DE73 8EH
Melbourne United Reformed Church 01332 862175 – High Street, Melbourne, DE73 8GF
Onesystem Limited 01530 414728 Design & Manufacture of Bespoke Exhibition Equipment. Ivanhoe Business Park, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 2UY
Origin Design 01332 864736 Graphic Design and Print – Hope Street, Melbourne, DE73 8LX
Positive ID Labelling Systems 01332 864895 Individualised pricing, data coding and labelling guns and sandwich labelling systems  – Castle Lane, Industrial Estate, Melbourne, DE73 8JB
Solutions Simply For You 07540 969465  Website Development, Design, hosting, Maintenance and Support