Melbourne is a small town in South Derbyshire, England, which has a village atmosphere, about 5000 residents, a fine Norman church and the historic Melbourne Hall & Gardens. It is situated 8 miles south of the city of Derby, 2 miles north of Ticknall, which is home to Calke Abbey, and 2 miles south of the ancient causeway that runs from the bridge over the River Trent at Swarkestone to Stanton by Bridge. Over the Leicestershire border, but within 5 miles, are located: East Midlands Airport, Donington Park Racetrack and Staunton Harold. The National Forest boundary and Kings Newton lie within the parish of Melbourne.
Melbourne Parish Council's main meetings take place at 7.30pm in the Lounge Room of Melbourne Assembly Rooms (previously called the Bill Shone Leisure Centre), High Street, DE73 8GJ, normally on the first Tuesday of each month, except August. Members of the public are encouraged to attend meetings and 15 minutes is set aside at the start of each meeting for their participation. However, members of the public are only allowed to speak during the rest of the meeting if the Council agree to suspend Standing Orders.