It is Green Man Day time once more as the popular Pilton Festival returns on Saturday, July 21.

THE Green Man bounces back into Barnstaple on Saturday (July 21) with the return of yet another packed Pilton Festival.

The colourful spectacle will see the main street in Pilton overflowing with costumed characters, live music, stalls and plenty to see and do.

It all begins at 11am with a procession from the Square in Barnstaple to Pilton, featuring the irrepressible Green Man plus a host of people in fantastic costumes and musicians, all urging spectators to ‘follow us to Pilton’.

They will make their way to the grounds of Pilton House where at 12 noon the annual Pageant is played out.

This is one of the highlights of the day as with music, dance and splashes of colour a large cast plays out the drama of how the Green Man – the ancient pagan symbol of nature – meets the ‘Prior of Pilton’.

The idea of how the church incorporated ancient beliefs into Christianity has always been at the heart of the festival.

But all visitors really need to know is it is a day of fun and entertainment for all ages, with three live music stages providing a huge choice, as local and visiting performers offer practically every genre.

Pilton Street itself plus the Rotary Gardens will be bursting with a range of stalls, from local charities and businesses to games, competitions, crafts and refreshments.

Street entertainers will stroll through the crowds and there is the opportunity to join a variety of dance workshops, visit the Pilton Art Group exhibition at the Old School.

Why not call in at the church hall to discover the Pilton Story, a vast archive of memories, documents and photographs dating back a thousand years?

“The festival is very much a local, non-profit making event,” said Martin Haddrill, one of the organisers.

“The aim is to provide a day of family fun and entertainment, celebrating the community, helping local charities and businesses. If anyone would like to help in any way, please call the Festival Office in Pilton Stores on 01271 372418.”