Greensand Country to host nine-day festival this summer

Greensand Country will host a wildlife themed festival happening this summer. Picture: Clophill Heri

Greensand Country will host a wildlife themed festival happening this summer. Picture: Clophill Heritage Trust - Credit: Archant

This summer Greensand Country, which stretches from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, will be the venue for all sorts of activities during a new festival.

The nine day festival will be the first of its kind. Picture: Supplied

The nine day festival will be the first of its kind. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

Taking place across the unique stretch of landscape, which comprises the 35-mile Greensand Ridge and the Flit Valley, the festival will include numerous events, activities, talks, exhibitions and competitions.

Guided walks, have-a-go wilderness crafts, family wildlife activities, open-air theatre performances and 4x4 adventure challenges are on the itinerary for the nine-day festival, which will run from May 26 to June 3.

Claire Poulton from the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership said: “The Greensand Country Festival is an exciting step forward in promoting the unique history, wildlife and culture of our highly attractive landscape.

“We hope it will encourage people to visit, enjoy and have a better understanding of Greensand Country.

The festival will involve wildlife activities and guided walks. Picture: Supplied

The festival will involve wildlife activities and guided walks. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

“Working in partnership with businesses and attractions across the landscape, the festival will engage local visitors, people from neighbouring towns and villages, and families who are new to the area, inspiring them to get out into the countryside and explore the many events and activities on offer.”

Clophill Heritage Trust – the voluntary community charity that runs the Clophill Eco Lodges and St Mary’s Old Church – is running a number of events and activities as part of the Greensand Country Festival.

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Founder Ali Bradbury explains: “We are delighted to be involved in the first festival, and look forward to welcoming new visitors to Clophill, who are keen to discover more of Greensand Country and its impressive landscape.”

The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Without the help of National Lottery players, the project – led by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity – would not be possible.

The heritage site last month secured £1.6 million in lottery funding to help fund its preservation.

To find out more about Greensand Country see greensandcountry.com, follow the handle @greensandsocial on Twitter, and look up Greensand Country on Facebook and Instagram.