South Downs Green Fair

Rozie Apps
Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Come along on Sunday May 12th, and join in with fun crafts, eat and drink local and organic produce, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire and meet the Permaculture team.

Filled with music, food, drinks, workshops, children's activities and woodcrafts, the bicycle powered South Downs Green Fair is a perfect family day out.

The event will be held at The Sustainability Centre home to Permaculture magazine and the centre, who host a variety of woodland crafts and courses for adults and children. Set within 55 acres amongst woodland, yurts, an education centre and natural burial site, South Downs Green Fair offers an entertaining day in the beautiful countryside.

Children's activities include campcraft wilderness skills, making their own fancy dress for the parade, juggling jake circus skills and meeting the sheep of the South Downs. 

There will be live music from local bands who have been regulars at bigger festivals. With festival favourites Bemis, folk band Red Shoes and solo artists David Jones and Louis Powers, there is a taste for everyone.

There will be a huge choice of stalls from our own ethical books, tools and products outlet, Green Shopping, to yurts and tipis, natural building, renewable technologies and ethically sourced goods. Come and meet the team at Permaculture magazine and get discounts on subscriptions and our own books.

Adults can enjoy some local cider and ales from Bowman, along with delicious, healthy and hearty food from stalls and The Beech Cafe on site.

There will also be an 'Ask the Experts' Question Time style panel of experts who will answer questions and help give tips on how to make little changes to save yourself money and live a greener lifestyle. Speakers include our editor, Maddy Harland, Amazon activist and film makerr, Nicola Peel, and the Transition Chichester group.

As part of Climate Change Week in March, the Sustainability Centre is continuing their 'Lettuce Grow' project, inspiring people to grow their own, in any space they have. To continue this there will be a Seed Swap stall, so bring along any spare plants and seeds and go home with something you may never have grown before.

The Sustainability Centre is set in the South Downs, off from the A3 at Clanfield.

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There will be a free shuttle bus throughout the day, connecting public transport from Clanfield and Petersfield.

The event opens at 11am until 5pm. Entry is £6 for adults and £3 for children.

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Want to help us?

The Green Fair is also in need of volunteer helpers. You will receive free entry and a free drink. Helpers and stewards are needed throughout the day on a two hour rota. If you are interested contact: rachael [at]

Volunteers to help with the children's activities are also needed: making willow items and small flags (again, 2 hour rotas). Lots of cutting, pasting, stapling and willow weaving! You don't necessarily need to be creative; someone will be there to demonstrate before you begin. Contact: janet [at]

All money goes to Earthworks Trust Charity, who own and manage the centre. 

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