Green family fun as Ecofest comes to town

Pif-Paf's engaging theater show Seed

Families who are passionate about the earth and nature are in for a treat this Saturday as a new free festival comes to Middlesbrough town centre.

Ecofest will take place across the town centre, with activities, information and entertainment to be found in empty shop units, shopping centres, Central Library and the Linthorpe and Corporation Road crossroads.

The family-fun day includes an outdoor theater show on Center Square. Seed by Pif-Paf tells the story of one man’s struggle to plant the last acorn in a world over-run with giant slugs!

A highly visual production, families can gather round for an unforgettable theater show, with performances at 12.30pm and 3pm.

Visitors can take a short walk next door to Middlesbrough Central Library for even more green fun.

Activities include decorating a plant pot and a bird or bee house, sowing moss seeds, a sensory tent, a LEGO eco-challenge and a seed swap.

The Seed Library is a new scheme introduced this summer where gardeners are able to exchange seeds and plants for free.

The swap-shop continues with Middlesbrough Reads and the National Literacy Trust who will be hosting a book-swap for children’s books. A discovery corner will also be available for children and their families to enjoy their new reads.

More street theater walkabouts can be spotted from ‘Mother Nature’ as she plays recycling games with children and hands out small natural gifts including pebbles and seeds. Performances will take place in locations throughout the town center at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.15pm.

A host of workshops will be running throughout the day including woodland themed crafts, a printing press and the opportunity to participate in building a replica of Middlesbrough from recycled cardboard boxes.

There is also the opportunity to make musical instruments from recycled materials with MUSINC.

The eco-friendly market at Linthorpe and Corporation Road crossroads includes a variety of information and advice stalls and eco-inspired homewares, food and gifts that are kind to the earth and inspired by nature.

Fashion and clothing fans can also enjoy some #SecondhandSeptember shopping with a vintage clothing and costume rail.

Lazy Joe’s, based at 112 Borough Road, joins in with more vintage clothing, including 1990s USA brands, sportswear and their own brand of vintage-inspired designs.

Other shopping activity includes a pop-up Eco Shop in the Green Hub inside the bus station with Middlesbrough Environment City.

With the objective of fighting food waste and stopping surplus food going to landfill, shoppers can bring their own bag and fill it with 10 items for £2.

Climate Action Middlesbrough will also be available to talk about their project that aims to facilitate reductions in Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint and encourage a change towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Rooted in Nature project will also be present to provide general advice and care tips for nature-based wellbeing activities for physical and mental health. People will also be able to plant ‘seeds of hope’ to take home and grow.

Festival wishing to stay in keeping with the theme of the day are encouraged to explore the town’s vegan restaurants: Alkaline Kitchen on Albert Road and V-Edge on Linthorpe Road.

Ecofest is in Middlesbrough town center on Saturday, September 17 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. All activities and workshops are free. Dogs are welcome in outside spaces. Picnics are encouraged in outside spaces and deck chairs will be available for visitors. More information can be found on the We are Middlesbrough website.

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