Green Festival ready to launch in city centre

Last year's Peterborough Green Festival

Last year's Peterborough Green Festival

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The Peterborough Green Festival returns on Saturday with a series events in the city centre.

The annual festival runs until May 31 with fringe events taking place across the city and surrounding areas.

The launch day events will be held in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square and Cowgate and there will be a wide range of activities to get involved in, including heritage craft, live music, dance performances, the Children’s Playbus, interactive or participatory stalls showcasing information on wildlife, local food and craft work.

King Street (off Cowgate) will be taken over by Skate Off Beatbox hosted by Skilly Skillz, with open mic jam performances, free beginner lessons and a Two Seasons goodie giveaway.

The Green Festival is run by Peterborough Environment City Trust and is a free event for all residents and visitors to the city.

This year’s festival will be based on the theme of sustainable transport.

The festival will include environmental-themed art works by local artists who have been specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways.

Fringe events will include a cycle-powered cinema event, an eco-Swish clothing swap evening, farm walks, rambles and cycle rides.

Event organiser April Sotomayor said: “We’re so excited for this year’s festival.

“There will be lots of opportunities for audience participation, including a pedal-powered sound system, photo booth plus games and activities.”

Events

Peterborough Wildlife Festival

Sat 23- Sat 30 May, various times, Ferry Meadows

Peterborough Wildlife Festival is your chance to explore the great outdoors and discover your local wildlife. You can join free bird walks, bat evenings, pond-dipping, bug hunts and fun craft activities. By Nene Park Trust, Froglife, the Wildlife Trust and Buglife, with financial support from the Big Lottery Fund. For more information visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk.

Sponsored Bike Ride

The Green Backyard
Ride one of two routes between Sat 23-Sun 31 May
Download a sponsor pack and ride one of two routes to raise money for The Green Backyard – The whole 45 miles of the Green Wheel or a 7-mile fun ride to Nene Park. If you would like some company, a group will be leaving The Green Backyard at 10.30am on Sunday 24 to ride the longer route. Download maps and sponsorship information at www.thegreenbackyard.com/resources.

Wildlife Week

Sat 23-Sun 31 May, 9.30am-5pm, Sacrewell Farm
Take a walk on the wild side at Sacrewell in May half-term. Join in with pond dipping, a mammal safari and really ‘wild’ events taking place throughout the week. Normal admission prices apply.

Peterborough Bus Walk

Sun 24 May, 11.30am or 12noon - 11.30am at Queensgate Bus Station Bay 2 or 12noon at Bretton Centre Bus Stop (No. 3 Bus from Queensgate)
Take part in a 5-mile circular walk, departing from and ending at Bretton car park. Please bring a picnic lunch and wear walking shoes. There will also be the chance to try out Nordic Walking. Free activity. By Peterborough Ramblers and Vivacity.

The Lego Movie

Sun 24 May, local band Rattleshack plays from 7.30pm and the film starts at 9pm, Allenvale Lake, nr Horseshoe Way, Hampton
Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream! So bring your friends and family along to watch the highest grossing film of last year in a great setting with the film powered by people cycling!  By Travelchoice (Peterborough City Council). Free event.

Open Evening at Everybody Salsa

Mon 25 May, 7.15pm-11pm, Fletton Ex Serviceman’s Club, 243 Fletton High St 
Come and experience the real Latin vibe! Join in the line-up and freestyle sessions, have a drink and relax while watching the classes. There will be the chance to discover how to improve your health through active salsa. Free event.

Green Festival Community Stewardship Litter Pick

Tues 26th May, 12noon-2pm, Fengate – from Perkins to Showcase Cinemas
Join the Green Festival lunchtime community litter pick, which will head along the riverside from Perkins in Fengate through to Showcase Cinemas, meeting at the North End of Sainsbury car park. This event is supported by IKEA and run in partnership by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, Amey and RiverCare. If you would like more information about getting involved, please email Tim Devonshire on mrtdevonshire@gmail.com.

Vegetarian and Vegan Food Share

Tues 26 May, 7pm-9.30pm, The Green House, 4-6 Cowgate
This group is for local vegetarian and vegans and other like-minded people to get together to share some good food, recipes and advice for healthy eating and local sustainably-sourced food. Bring your own food to share. By the Peterborough Vegan and Vegetarian Society. Free event.

Steam Past to a Brighter Future!

Tues 26 & Weds 27 May, 11.30am/1pm/2.30pm
Railworld, Oundle Road
Enjoy a fully guided 90min entertaining tour of Railworld and the Wildlife Haven. There will be a nostalgic slide presentation on Peterborough in the 1950s/1960s, when steam trains ruled the railways! £1 per person, children free.

Inside the Box – a look inside Riverford

Wed 27 May, 4.30pm-7.30pm, Riverford at Sacrewell Farm, Sacrewell Lodge Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough 
The winner of the Green Awards 2015 for Best Sustainable Food Producer. Come and see how Riverford grow, harvest and pack the organic veg, with a tour of the farm and packhouse, followed by a small taster of their organic veg. Please wear suitable outdoor footwear. Due to the terrain of the walk, not recommended for young children, the elderly and wheelchairs. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. To book please call 01780 781 665. £5 per person.

Swaddywell Geology Walk

Wed 27 May, 7pm-9pm
Main car park between Marholm and Ufford via Stamford Stone entrance
A guided walk exploring the geology of Swaddywell Pit and its link to the local industry, culture, landscape and wildlife. Refreshments will be available. Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. By the Langdyke Countryside Trust and GeoPeterborough. £3 (school age children free).

SWISH

Weds 27 May, 6pm-8pm
Great Northern Hotel
Do you love fashion but hate trawling the shops? Is your wardrobe bulging with clothes you haven’t worn in years? We’ve got the guilt-free solution to a new wardrobe that won’t break the bank. Simply bring at least one clothing item to swap, and then take home up to the same amount of items you bring. Refreshments available. £3 entry fee. Visit www.pect.org.uk.

One Planet Living Film Showing

Thurs 28 May, doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start The Education Centre at Railworld
Join in the Environment Capital Film Night, with ‘Who killed the electric car?’a documentary that explores the electric car industry in the USA. £3 suggested donation (donations to be split equally between The Green Backyard and Railworld). Drinks and nibbles will be provided. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. By The Green Backyard, supported by PECT and Peterborough City Council. Sponsored by TravelChoice.

Moor Farm Walk

Fri 29 May, 10am & 2pm, Moor Farm, Decoy Rd, Newborough PE6 7QD
Discover what goes on at a real farm on the outskirts of Peterborough. Walk through the fields, feed the lambs, join a tractor and trailor ride and see how your food is grown. There will be a quiz for children and the option to purchase a homemade sausage sandwich afterwards. Free event.

Wildlife Festival Grand Finale

Sat 30 May, 11am-4pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park PE2 5UU
Come along for lots of free children’s activities, a chance to find out how you could get involved in caring for the local wildlife and win the opportunity of being ‘a ranger for the day’. There will be bugs to discover, birds to spot and opportunities to join in pond dipping and more. Free event. By Nene Park Trust, Froglife, the Wildlife Trust and Buglife, with financial support from the Big Lottery Fund. For more information visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk.

Live Art Saturday

Sat 30 May, 12noon-4pm, Art in the Heart, 47 Bridge Street PE1 1HA
Craft your own handmade gift! Have a go at making your own little felt item with national artisan felter Eve Marshall. She says that ‘It all begins with a bit of fluff’, we say ‘It all ends with a lovely memento.’ Suitable for all ages and abilities. £1 or £2.

Werrington Family Roller Skating

Sat 30 May, 5pm-8pm
Werrington Leisure Centre, Werrington Centre
The Fun Family Skate has all the latest with a resident DJ taking your special requests. A fun way to stay active! Skate hire is available in sizes jnr 8 – adult 12 (£1.50) or you can bring your own. Admission is £3.50, with a family ticket for four just £11 (children skating must be at least 3 years old). Visit www.vivacity-peterborough.org.uk.

Warmington to Oundle Walk

Sun 31 May, 12.04pm
Peterborough Bus Station, Bay 15 for X4 bus
Catch Bus X4 at 12.04. From there enjoy a light Warmington walk through the villages between here and Oundle alongside the River Nene, then into a coffee shop in Oundle. We aim to be back in Peterborough by 3.45pm. Free for bus pass holders, around £6.20 for non-pass holders. By the Peterborough Ramblers.

The Pitch in Picnic

Sun 31 May, 12noon-4pm, The Green Backyard
Come along to the ultimate bring-and-share community picnic. Bring a dish and add it to the feast! You can also enter the Soup-Off, a competition to find Peterborough’s best soup maker. Judging starts at 1pm. Entrance is free if you bring a dish or donations welcome if you don’t.