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The Meadows Big Day Out – A full day of fun activities for all

Back for a second year the Meadows Big Day Out returns to three stunning venues on Saturday 3rd September.

The programme will bring together an amazing show of art, dance children’s activities, workshops and delicious food.

The fun will begin at Queens Walk Recreation Ground with the Green Meadows Picnic from 11am-3pm. Green Meadows is a climate action project in the Meadows run by the charity Nottingham Energy Partnership.

The activities on the day will reflect the value of the community working together for positive change around the theme of reducing energy use for a better future.

The Recreation Ground will be filled with a packed programme of entertainment, experiences, and prizes to be won.

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Heather Hodkinson, a Community Engagement Officer and Event Manager at Green Meadows said:

“It is great to see so much enthusiasm and excitement from communities and organisations, all coming together to support the Green Meadows Picnic 2022”.

“We are pleased to welcome the attendance of our resident artist Cath Sutherland who will work with children to create an art installation for the Meadows.

“Notts County Foundation the official charity of Notts County Football Club will make the most of the open green space with team sports and local Cycle Saviours to fix up your bike, who are offering a prize of a Free bike.

Highlights include a magical display of dance and music by the Can Samba Howlers troupe of vibrant fictional creatures, made from off cuts and waste materials.

Heather added excitement is starting to build across the Meadows with residents and school children beginning to get on board and play a role in addressing ways to cut energy use to cut carbon.

The picnic will host fun activities to build awareness of climate change including making a solar oven, climate conversation café, sustainable fashion show and second hand photobooth.

The cost of living is a hot topic, so the Green Meadows team will be on hand to provide information about Future-fit Homes, along with the support of the local Climate Champions who are already leading the race to cut carbon emissions by turning waste food into rich compost for the community.

Sally Longford Labour Councillor for Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Ward, Portfolio Holder for Energy & Environment said:

“Our annual Meadows Big Day Out event showcases the talented local charities that we are proud to have in the area and gives event-goers a chance to ensure the conversation around climate change is for everyone and all ages.”

Just a short walk to the Meadows Bridgeway Shopping Centre will be the Bridges Summer Event from 12-4pm hosted by Bridges Community Trust.

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This year, they will be celebrating the diversity of the Meadows with international food stalls, plenty of craft activities for kids and stalls run by local organisations and providing a great opportunity to find out more about what’s happening in the area.

Just down the road, in the heart of the Meadows the Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens September Event from 12-4pm, on Kirkby Gardens, will be buzzing with have live music and a puppet show which you can enjoy with tea, cakes or food from their BBQ.
The gardens are a green oasis in the centre of the Meadows, a perfect place to relax after a busy day out, and even buy some fresh vegetables to take home.

We encourage you to think green and leave your car at home and join us by bike or public transport. All the Meadows Big Day Out events are accessible by bus or tram with unlimited travel for the whole family or group of friends for £6 to £8.

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