Visitors can go Live in the park

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The centre of Matlock will be brought to life with a marathon of free family friendly events.

Matlock Live will be presenting Matlockathon this Sunday in Hall Leys Park.

The group is made up of professional and community arts organisations and individuals from the Matlock area who are committed to extending and building an interest in the visual and performing arts.

Throughout the day there will be entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy.

The fun will kick off at noon with the Great Shakespearean Workout, brought to you by The 1623 Theatre Company.

The quirky event features aerobics, kung fu and tai chi in an interactive fitness session which gets everybody moving to the beat of Shakespeare’s poetry.

Anyone taking part is advised to wear loose clothes and bring a bottle of water.

Ben Spiller, 1623 artistic director and producer, said: “We’re looking forward to working out to the Shakespeare beat with the people of Matlock as well as visitors to this beautiful part of the country. Come and get involved.

“It might be a workout, but we’ll make sure that it’s lots of fun too.”

Also performing for the first time in Matlock is local contemporary dance company Adaire to Dance, which will be displaying two sports–inspired pieces – Deuce and Guyathlon.

The Matlockathon itself starts at 12.30pm,with the town’s first ever creative relay.

Phil Askham, director of Matlock Live, said: “We’ll be setting up a course which is 300 metres long and inviting people to run between 50 and 300 metres and to do whatever they like to get form A to B.

“For example, we have got three staff from the Cafe in the Park who will be doing pancake tossing, we have got some Frisbee throwers as well.”

There will be prizes for the most flamboyant and most innovative entries, as well as mystery prizes.

During the afternoon there will be free activities for all the family including storytelling, a speed painting competition and Groundwork’s art and nature workshops.

Further information is available by visiting www.matlocklive.co.uk, liking Matlock Live on social networking site Facebook or calling 07447 718366.