Goren Festival 2018 returning to Stockland

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:24 27 April 2018

Julian Pady and his daughter Lily, and Nipper the dog looking forward to the Goren family festival this summer at their farm in Stockland. Ref mhh 19-16AW 7018. Picture: Alex Walton

Julian Pady and his daughter Lily, and Nipper the dog looking forward to the Goren family festival this summer at their farm in Stockland. Ref mhh 19-16AW 7018. Picture: Alex Walton

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A popular nature festival is returning to Stockland this year.

The Goren Festival, which runs from June 29 to July 1, will be held in the ancient wildflower meadows of Goren Farm.

The event, set in 70 acres of picturesque pastureland, features live music and a host of arts and craft activities for children - all with a nature-based theme.

The Goren Festival is specifically aimed at families with younger children and promotes wildlife and sustainability in a safe, natural environment.

There will be a variety of food, drink and trade outlets to cater for all tastes, as well as educational stands and presentations run by the RSPB, Devon Mammal Group, Bumble Bee Conservation Trust and many other wildlife organisations.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Although it will remain limited in size, to maintain its integrity, the festival is generating a great deal of interest in the music industry and the local community.

“We have booked a fantastic line up of talented musicians for the two stages, but the artists are also committed to running workshops for families and cosy fireside jamming sessions in addition to their sets.

“The committee are upping their game in the wide variety of wonderful and diverse activities to entertain children of all ages and engage them with wildlife and environmental projects through educational play.

“There will be archery, science experiments, forest school, circus skills, hay jumping, moth-trapping, bat walks, bug hunts, pottery, storytelling and stargazing. Paths are mown through the meadows.”

The festival started in 2016, when Stockland Primary School’s parent, teacher and friends assocaation, decided to put on an end-of-year party.

One of the parents, Julian Pady, was interested in hosting a festival and offered to provide the venue if the school organised the entertainment, music and camping. Julian already ran National Garden Scheme Open Days at Goren Farm.

All the decorations and bookings were handled by the school and the first Goren Festival attracted an astonishing 1,200 visitors. Since then, the popular festival has gone from strength to strength. Festival tickets are only available online - visit www.goren.co.uk/festival.

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