Pilton’s Green Man is back

The parade makes its way from Barnstaple square to Pilton.

The parade makes its way from Barnstaple square to Pilton. - Credit: Archant

Don’t miss the Pilton Festival this Saturday (July 20) for parades, pageantry, music and plenty of community fun.

Join the Green Man and friends at Pilton Festival onSaturday (July 20).

Join the Green Man and friends at Pilton Festival onSaturday (July 20). - Credit: Archant

GREEN is the colour as the Pilton Festival returns on Saturday with a packed programme of costumed pageantry, live music and plenty to see and do.

The main street at Pilton in Barnstaple will be bustling with stalls, music stages, wandering performers and indeed the whole community as they turn out for the popular Green Man Day.

There is a new look programme for this year after Year 10 graphic design students at Pilton Community College took part in a competition to design it, with Max Locker chosen as the winner.

It all begins with a procession from Barnstaple Square at 10.45am, as the unruly Green Man with a host of colourful costumed characters and musicians urge onlookers to follow them to Pilton.

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They make their way to the grounds of Pilton House where at noon the annual Pageant is played out, with music, dance and splashes of colour as a large cast plays out the drama of how the Green Man – the ancient pagan symbol of nature – met the ‘Prior of Pilton’. The display is repeated again at 3pm.

The main street hosts three music stages, featuring many local performers throughout the day, while Fields of Illusion – a fantasy role play group – will be roaming the festival arena all day.

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Rotary Gardens will once again be bustling with craft stalls, plus magic shows, a flea circus and juggling workshop.

Pilton will also be bustling with scarecrows during the festival – with residents invited to make one for their door or garden. Scarecrow cards by local schoolchildren will be on display at Pilton Church Hall.

On the Sunday evening, why not enjoy the Myths, Legends and Fables Concert at Pilton Church from 7.30pm. Musicians and storytellers will be weaving tales from Britain and around the world.

For more information and to download a festival programme, go to www.piltonfestival.co.uk. Programmes are available from Pilton Stores and other local outlets.

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