Pilton Festival and Green Man Day

Joseph Bulmer

PILTON Festival and Green Man Day return to Barnstaple this weekend with organisers more determined than ever to stay true to the event’s community roots.

The colour and spectacle of the grand parade of costumed characters led by the Green Man will of course draw the eyes when it sets off from Barnstaple Square at 11am and makes its way to Pilton, arriving in the main street at around 11.45am.

This is followed by a dramatic and brilliantly costumed pageant, as the Green Man encounters the Prior of Pilton in the grounds of Pilton House at 12 noon. The pageant is repeated again at 3pm.

The Festival takes in the whole weekend, with numerous events celebrating all that Pilton and its community has to offer.

On the Saturday the village street itself will be packed with craft stalls, a street market, food outlets, sideshows and entertainment, with three music stages featuring live music from a multitude of local bands throughout the day.

It covers a large area in the centre of Pilton and there is a great deal to see and do, with more stalls and children’s activities in Rotary gardens, plus street entertainers, as well as a poetry tent and an open mic session at the Green Man Inn refreshment tent, also in Rotary Gardens.

It is believed a fair has been held at Pilton since the 1300s, but the Pilton Festival of today was revived in 1982 and as then, today’s organisers are keen to keep the community spirit of the event alive.

Villagers are invited to once again enter the Decorate Your Door Competition, whose theme this year is the North Devon Countryside and there is still

time left, with closing date for applications tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm. Entry forms available via the festival website below.

On Friday evening, experience hilarious play-within-a-play The Farndale Macbeth, by Pilton’s Lord Basil’s Reformers in the grounds of Pilton House or in the Church Hall if wet.

Pilton Church will host flower displays and refreshments throughout the weekend, plus a Hunt the Snoopy treasure hunt for children on Saturday at 5pm.

On Sunday there is a Walking Treasure Hunt around the village from 1-3pm (meet at the church,) followed by a cream tea from 3-4pm, plus at 7.30pm a concert of words and music entitled Man and the Animal World at the church, with some of North Devon’s best young musicians and local readers.

For much more on the Pilton Festival, including full music and events listings, go to www.piltonfestival.co.uk.

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