Three Greens Festival programme announced

May 25 2022

ORGANISERS of this year’s Three Greens Festival have released details of the events planned for the day.

The festival, celebrating Emersons Green, Lyde Green and the environment, will take place on Saturday, June 18, centring once again on Emersons Green Park.

Following a successful debut last September, when up to 300 people attended, the festival is returning with some new performers and events to add to those which were popular last year.

Organisers the Friends of Emersons Green Park have set out a provisional timetable for the day, which is due to start with a parade from the Langley Arms Car Park, forming up at 9.30am and heading through Green Lane to the main festival site.

Organisers are making flowers and headdresses available for people taking part, to add to the occasion. 

Once the parade arrives at the park the Brigstowe Village Band will perform songs in the festival’s main tent evoking in the rural England depicted by Thomas Hardy, wearing 19th century costume and with dancing from a traditional hobby horse.

Later in the day the tent will be the venue for two performances from Bristol European Jazz Ensemble, playing a selection of original music at 1pm and 2.30pm.

Nature-themed drop-in workshops will be held from 10.30am, with visitors shown how to create their own free-form pieces of woven art from foraged natural materials in the park, and how to make ‘natural sculpture’ in Green Lane.

Local naturalist Ed Drewitt will guide a series of 30-minute events, including a bird walk listening and learning about local bird life at 10.30am, bug hunts on the nearby common using sweep nets at 11.30am and 1.30pm, and a wildlife signs walk at 2.30pm.

Lead organiser Chris Sunderland said: “Anyone who has experienced Ed’s work knows the sheer wonder he evokes as he reveals the natural world to us.”

Performances combining aerial acrobatics, spoken word, dance and a music will be staged in Green Lane at 11am and 2pm by the Whispering Woodfolk.

One hour circus skills workshops will be held at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

The festival finishes with a performance at Emersons Green Village Hall by Cantaré! Duo Correa Andrews from 7.30pm.

Locally-based flautist and singer Emily Andrews and guitarist Francisco Correa will perform a selection of folk songs and instrumental dances from Latin America and Europe.

Tickets are available online via www.franciscocorreaguitar.com.

Chris said: “Those who experienced this event last year were bowled over by it.

“There is so much to enjoy on this years’ programme.

“It will of course be complemented by a variety of food and drink, various stalls highlighting local organisations and locally-produced goods, as well as silly games to play.

“Many thanks also to Kate Liverton who is organising a litter pick around the festival site and wider community.” 

Before the event there is a competition inviting people to create vegetable and fruit creatures, miniature gardens, paint a picture or make a collage.

Entries will be displayed in the Library.

The festival programme could be subject to late changes, so people who are planning to come are being advised to check the Friends of Emersons Green Park Facebook Group or website at friendsofemersonsgreenpark.wordpress.com before the day.