Category Archives: Arts

Go fund our bunting – 7.5 miles to go


Ashbourne’s bunting is a spectacular sight and something which has drawn the national press’s attention. In answer to the obvious “so what” question the benefits are in tourism and footfall in town from daytrippers. Every single shop, cafe, restaurant and … Continue reading

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Beyond Limits: Sculptures at Chatsworth


Every year Chatsworth hosts a sculpture exhibition. It is part of a clever marketing strategy to make a tourist destination right the way through to Christmas. After the summer holidays there is the sculptures, then Lumiere evenings where the house … Continue reading

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Ashbourne’s Natural Theatre


Ashbourne’s Arts Festival is upon us and all is well with the world. In an age when it seems that we know the price of everything and the value of nothing it’s nice to be able to step out of … Continue reading

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In praise of local art exhibitions – A review of the Ashbourne Festival Summer Art Exhibition


As a child I was dragged round stately homes, ruins and churches. I assume that they thought they would be an enriching experience for a schoolboy. Unfortunately they were hopelessly out of context. All I saw was a ruin, a … Continue reading

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Enriching communities and making them happy – Ashbourne Arts


The Government’s latest spending round has seen the Department of Culture “get off lightly” with only an 8% cut in budget. Local Government has had a further 10% cut for next year. Some would argue that Arts should be one … Continue reading

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Ruth Gray’s latest Ashbourne painting


                        Here’s Ruth’s latest in a series of paintings of the town. Have a look at my Gallery of work by Ashbourne artists and craftspeople and Ashbourne subjects to … Continue reading

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The Deutsches Museum in Munich. Probably the finest museum in the world


Museums can be dull, exhausting and poorly presented. They need to entertain and inform both young and old. I have visited the British Museum many times. It’s beautiful but I find it often overcrowded and it’s hard to get the … Continue reading

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Classics? Not in my book.


I have a guilty secret. I have never read a “classic” novel. We have many of them and my wife and daughter will happily read Jane Austen, the Brontes, and even Bram Stoker. My definition is probably that a classic … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #2 The Arts


One of the most important indicators of a civilised society is the creation and appreciation of beauty expressed through the Arts. We are lucky in Ashbourne to live in a beautiful town – the buildings themselves, Georgian and Victorian, create … Continue reading

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Extreme Reading: Ashbourne


Originally posted on A Rat in the Book Pile:
(Sitting on a traffic island…) It’s a bit late to worry about it now, but what do you read when you are awaiting the arrival of the Olympic Torch? The only…

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