As today was bank holiday Monday we decided to head out and do something different. I had heard of The Beetroot Tree through the Head of Art at the school where I work and, as John likes painting and I like arty quilts we thought we'd go and have a look. It was an unexpected surprise, in the quiet and pleasant village of Draycott, just six miles out of Derby.
The gallery is welcoming and attractive, the first floor and mezzanine completely given over to exhibits of contemporary art and craft (including a few bags and corsages!) There were rugs, paintings, mixed media, ceramics, glass and jewellery, some fabric crafts. The ground floor is a cafe which serves delicious coffees, cakes and cooked meals. Outside there's a stable building which houses workshops and today they were doing beading and jewellery making. The garden was pretty impressive too and very peaceful to walk around.
This was a bit of sculpture lurking in the shrubbery - I thought it was quite interesting...
A pretty archway with lights which looked like dandelion clocks.
The old stable where they do the workshops.
This is the cafe. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to photograph any of the exhibits upstairs.
A small section of the art shop housed next to the cafe - they had so much stuff but unfortunately we wouldn't have known what to do with most of it!
You've seen these little Kune Kune piglets before - we went back for another look to see how they'd grown.
Time for a little nap!
And on the way home we passed Pride Park Stadium, home of Derby County Football Club. A few days ago they erected this bronze statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor - football legends in this area. It's very impressive. I took the photo from the car as we drove past, you may get a better look if you click on it.