Charnwood Sustainability Fair

Charnwood Sustainability Fair

Date: Sun, 17th Sep 2023, 10:00 - 15:00

Venue: Queen's Park, Loughborough

Welcome to the first Charnwood Sustainability Fair! Come and join us on Loughborough's Queen's Park on Sunday 17th September 2023 from 10am to 3pm. Free Entry to this family event. Food, activities, stalls, crafts and environmental information in the beautiful Queens Park in the centre of Loughborough.

We are Charnwood Eco Hub, a new Community Interest Company set up by friends Sarah Goode and Emma Ward. We are both passionate about the planet, and have both been involved in environmental projects locally for some time. We identified a need to bring together local environmental organisations and initiatives and to raise awareness of them amongst local residents, in order to help them to reduce their own carbon footprint and live more sustainably.

If you are interested in participating in this year's event, please email for an application form. Payment of stall fees will be asked for once your place has been confirmed. £20 for a 3mx3m pitch Priority will be given to local eco-friendly stalls.

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