Family fun day focuses on green, sustainable living

The South Downs Green Fair is set to inform and entertain visitors of all ages at the Sustainability Centre this Sunday

The South Downs Green Fair is set to inform and entertain visitors of all ages at the Sustainability Centre this Sunday

Ellie Price with her boyfriend, Liam Geoghegan   Picture: Habibur Rahman

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If you’ve always wanted to know the best ways to be green, fancy learning from experts who specialise in the environment, or want to show the kids why it’s so important then the South Downs Green Fair is the place for you.

The event at the Sustainability Centre in East Meon on Sunday is now in its fourth year and was previously known as the Hampshire Green Fair.

It gives adults the chance to learn about an eco-friendly lifestyle, while kids get to have a fun day out and learn a thing or two as well.

There will be more than 120 stalls selling ethically-sourced goods, renewable technologies, natural building tools and crafts with demonstrations.

Permaculture Magazine is holding a Question Time from 2pm, when visitors will get the chance to speak to Maddy Harland, editor of the sustainable living publication based at the East Meon centre.

Other speakers on hand including authors Ben Law of Grand Designs fame, who teaches about woodland and eco-friendly building; and John-Paul Flintoff, who produces his own clothes.

Not only that but children will have the chance to learn about being green without being bored by what the grown-ups are doing.

A flower and bumble bee-themed fancy dress parade will be opened by Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, at 3.30pm. Here, children will get the chance to showcase crafts they have made throughout the day.

Experts from Campcraft Wilderness Skills will also be at the event, teaching kids about shelters, fires, tools and navigation.

There will also be a magic show from Juggling Jake, puppet theatre, story telling, and a baby and toddler group.

The fair will certainly be a fun-filled day for children, and there is plenty more on offer for parents.

There will be a licensed bar at the fair, sponsored by local brewery Bowman Ales. And hot food and drink will be on offer throughout the day from various cafes, stands and a hog roast.

Centre manager Mary Lewis, says: ‘We’ve got stalls, from green crafts to organic foods. And we have lots of activities for children.

‘I think it’s a way people can have a lot of fun, and learn about a green way of living because it’s not just about doom and gloom with the environment.

‘The Green Fair is all about the children really and how they can learn from it.’

The Sustainability Centre is open from 11am until 5pm on the day.

Admission costs £5 for adults, £2 for under 16s and under fives go free.

To buy tickets in advance call 01730 823166.

See southdownsgreenfair.org and sustainability-centre.org for further information about the event and the centre.

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