Don’t look beyond the Fringe at eco fest
This year’s Green Festival takes over Peterborough city centre on Saturday with eco art, live music, cookery demos, games and crafts in Cathedral Square from 10am to 4pm.
In addition to the Peterborough Environment City Trust Festival’s LaunchDay, there will also be a weeklong series of Fringe Events that run from August 13 to 21. The aim of these Fringe events is to promote sustainable living and encourage people to take positive action for their local and global environment.
“We are delighted that so many fantastic organisations from across the city and surrounding areas have been involved with putting on Fringe events for this year’s Green Festival,” said Festival organiser Jennie Orrell. “It is great so many people and organisations are keen to get involved with environmental issues in a fun and educational way.” EXHIBITION: RESIDENT Who: Metal Peterborough. When: Until August 28, 10am-5pm. Where: City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate . Price: Free
What: Cities share a complex and evolving dialogue between the rural and urban, the i ndustrial and agricultural, the built environment and green spaces. Artists Marc Atkinson, Jessie Brennan and Matt Lewis have spent the last year ‘in residence’ in Peterborough. This exhibition shares their sound recordings, imagery and film. COFFEE TO VAN GOGH Who: Bewiched Peterborough . When: August 13-27 Where: Bewiched Coffee shop, Bridge Street. Price: Free to view (pieces will be available to purchase, with proceeds going to PECT)
What: A collection of work by local artists as part of the PECT Green Festival on the themes of coffee, sustainable transport and Van Gogh. SOUND RECORDING WORKSHOPS Who: Metal Peterborough When: August 14, 11am2pm Where: The Green Back-
yard, Price: OundleFree Road.
What: Contribute to The Green Backyard audio archive by makingabout whya sound-recordingthe place matters to you. Booking essential, call 01733 893077 or email email@example.com VEGETARIAN & VEGAN FOOD SHARE Who: Peterborough Vegetarian & Vegan Group When: August 14, from 12 noon Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road. Price: Free to attend, just bring a dish to share!
What: This group is for local vegetarian sand vegans and other like-minded people to get together to share some good food, recipes and advice for healthy eating and sustainably-sourced food. ALONG THE OUTSKIRTS PHOTO WALK Who: Metal Peterborough When: August14, 1.30pm-4pm Where: Outside the Key Theatre. Price: FREE
What: By slowing down and veering off the beaten track you will be led on a fascinating meander covering 3-4 miles to the edge of the city, thinking about the changing nature of the city’s development. Booking essential, visit www.metalculture.com NATURE KIDS Who: Nene Park Trust When: Week days from Monday 15th- Friday 26th August, 9.30am-3pm Where: Ferry Meadows.
Cost: What: £15 Funper child nature-basedper day activities for children over 7. Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and use natural materials in woodland crafts. Booking essential, call 01733 234193. FOODCYCLE DINNER PARTY Who: Food Cycle Peterborough powered by Cross Keys Homes When: August 15, 7pm Where: Westgate Church Hall, 70 Westgate. Cost: Pay what you feel it’s worth!
What: Join your community for a meal prepared by volunteers, helping to prevent food going to waste. NATURE DETECTIVES Who: Vivacity When: August 16,10.30 am - 12.30 pm Where: Flag F en Archaeology Park. Cost: £5 per child, accompanying adults free
What: Learn about the different plants and wildlife native to the Fenland area, hunt for clues and find out how different living things adapt to their surroundings. Booking essential, call 01733 864468. GUIDED WALK WITH HYPERLOCAL RAINFALL Who: PECT When: August 16,12.30 pm - 2.30 pm Where: Meet at the Guildhall in Cathedral Square. Price: Free
What: Join a short, leisurely walk from the city centre along a new Walk Peterborough route. On the way you will be able to find out how the Hyperlo-
cal Rainfall app works and give it ago, with the ability to download your own copy on your Android phone. BIG LOCAL BBQ Who: West Raven Big Local When: August 16, 1pm4pm Where: WestRaven community garden, Brigstock Court. Price: Free entry, food charges apply
What: Join a BBQcooked by the manager of the Big Local café, which is opening later this year. ‘DASH FOR DIESEL’ DEBATE Who: Travelchoice When: August 16, 6.30pm Where: CouncilChamber, Town Hall. Cost: Free event
What: Britain has experienced an extraordinary ‘dash for diesel’ over the past 15 years and today over half of the 2 million new cars bought each year are diesel. Travel choice is hosting a debate on the virtue soft he diesel car. PETERBOROUGH NAPPY LIBRARY EVENT Who: Peterborough Nappy Library When: August 17, 10am12noon Where: Asda, Rivergate. Price: Free
What: Find out more about cloth nappies as well as other products. WILD WEDNESDAY Who: Nene Park Trust When: August 17, drop-in session 10am-2pm Where: Ferry Meadows. Price: Free event, suggested donation £2 What: Join in some sea-
sonal and wild crafts. This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities. MEET THE ARTISTS Who: PECT When: August 17, 6-8pm Where: Allia Future Business Centre Seminar Room, Peterborough United Football Club. Price: Free
What: Join us for a ‘behind the scenes’ talk from the Green Festival commissioned artists, made possible by Arts Council England and Travelchoice. Find out what they did, why they did it and what’s next! Drinks and nibbles provided. POND DIPPING Who: Froglife When: August17,1pm-3pm Where: The Green Backyard. Price: Free
What: Give ponddipping a go at this local urbangreen space and see what you can find! Frog life will be on hand to help you identify species. MOOR FARM WALK Who: Moor Farm When: August 18, 11am12.30pm Where: Moor Farm, Newborough. Cost: Free
What: Discover what goes on at a real farm. Walk through the fields, join a tractor ride and see how your food is grown. PETERBOROUGH LITTER PICK Who: P EC T and Investors in the Environment When: August18,4pm-6pm Where: Meet outside the Key Theatre. Price: Free
What: Help make a difference to your local environment! Communities and local businesses are joining forces to tidy up the local area along the river and surrounding space. Equipment provided. GO GREEN SALSA PARTY Who: Everybodysalsa.com When: August 18, 7.30pm11pm Where: F en man public house, Whittlesey Rd, Stanground.
What: Join a salsa party plus a free taster class for everybody who would like to‘ have a go’ at this fantastic Latin dance. The dress code for the evening is ‘wear something green’ and first time dancers are welcome( including under 16s when accompanied by an adult). For more details call 01733 344934 or visit www. everybodysalsa.com. CELEBRATION OF YOUTH DAY Who: YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough When: Saturday 20th August, starting at 9am Where: Peterborough town centre, including Cathedral Square. Near bus and train stations Price: FREE
What: An event to celebrate the diverse, dynamic and exciting youth culture in our city featuring live music, sport, entertainment, arts, youth organisations, academia, business activities, employment opportunities and much more! PROJECT WILD THING FILM SCREENING Who: PECT When: August20, at 7.30pm Where: Wildwood (cinema room), Cathedral Square Price: Free( suggested donation £3)
What: What might happen if a generation becomes completely disconnected from the outdoors and the natural world? Find out in this documentary starring Chris Packham and George Monbiot. DISCUSSION: CONSUMERISM Who: Peterborough in Transition When: August 21, 1pm-3pm Where: The Green Backyard Price: Donations welcome
What: Peterborough in Transition aims to find ways of strengthening our local community and economy, encouraging local skills and food production. Head to the relaxed setting of The Green Backyard to discuss consumerism – what we buy and the alternatives.