Green festival lines up celebrities, e-bike racing, arts and fun for all
PARK Street will be turned into a playground as part of Bristol's Big Green Week, this Sunday.
One of the city's busiest roads will see children make bunting, create street chalk drawings and test-ride electric bikes between noon and 4pm.
The Park Street Playground is just one of a number of family-friendly events as part of a nine-day international festival of environmental ideas, arts and culture, starting on Saturday.
As well as world-class speakers, the week will see a wealth of fun, hands-on activities for all ages including a giant street market, the Festival of Nature, Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride and the world's first electric bike world championship.
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The weekend's events kick off on Saturday when the Bristol Mermaid comes ashore on the Cascade Steps of Bristol's Harbourside. Children will be able to try for the best-dressed mermaid or merman contest.
On Sunday on Park Street the Raleigh Stunt Team will try to break world records while Red Dwarf star and presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn, will compere the first-ever Electric Bike World Championships.
Mr Llewellyn said: "Big Green Week is a great opportunity for the family to enjoy Bristol at its best. Whether it's dancing down Park Street, test-riding electric bikes or taking a wildlife tour of the harbour, there's a whole load of free, fun activities for all ages."
Big Green Week runs until Sunday, June 17.
Venues include Colston Hall, the Watershed, Arnolfini, M shed, and the mysterious Nowhere Island Embassy.
Speakers have been confirmed to include fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Dragon's Den's Deborah Meaden, designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud and Green MP Caroline Lucas.
Between June 11 and 15, there will be a series of daily planned events.
On the final weekend, June 16 and 17, there will be the annual Festival of Nature – Europe's biggest free nature festival held in a tented village across the Harbourside.
On the Sunday there will also be Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride – the annual city council-organised event which starts and finishes at the Festival of Nature.
Also look out for fringe events and the team working on the festival transforming streets and spaces between all the venues taking part.
They have warned us to expect turfed-over roads, public art installations, pop-up shop exhibitions, street art, even a herd of sheep in Queen Square.
Big Green Week's main sponsors are Bristol City Council, Good Energy, Wessex Water, and Triodos, with many more businesses, including the Post, also on board.
You can find more information by searching 'Big Green Week' on Facebook or Twitter. The full programme and tickets are available online at www.biggreenweek.com.