The streets of Barnstaple will be splashed with Green on Saturday as the quirky Pilton Green Man Festival returns, and the organisers are hoping the heatwave continues.

Lots of colourful characters will make their way through Barnstaple and PIlton for the annual Green Man Day. Picture: Ewan SomervilleLots of colourful characters will make their way through Barnstaple and PIlton for the annual Green Man Day. Picture: Ewan Somerville

Hundreds will flock to Pilton Street for the annual family-friendly event, now in its third decade, featuring the traditional parade and pageant, sprinkled with live music, arts, crafts, a street market, food and drink, charity stalls, displays, flowers and street entertainers.

The parade will begin at 10.45am in Barnstaple Square, reaching the bottom of Pilton Street at 11.30am – all set for the Green Man Pageant, featuring dances and ancient rituals, which will take place at noon and 3pm.

Local acts new and old will also feature across the usual three music stages along the street, bringing to life the festival’s celebration of nature and fertility with roots dating back as far as the 14th century.

This year the classic Green Man t-shirts return with the old Green Man logo, costing £10, joining a new wristband and a re-usable plastic pint ‘glass’ which can be purchased on the day.

Pilton Street is always packed for the Green Man Festival. Picture: Ewan SomervillePilton Street is always packed for the Green Man Festival. Picture: Ewan Somerville

Pilton Arts Group will also be hosting its annual art exhibition at its studios next to the church at the top of the street from 10am-4pm.

For the full line-up, visit www.piltonfestival.co.uk.

Pilton Green Man Festival. Picture: Ewan SomervillePilton Green Man Festival. Picture: Ewan Somerville