6th – 10th October – Exmoor
9th – 10th October – Dartmoor
Family fun days, a food festival, an eco-fashion event, a variety of guided walks and tours plus a series of free community events are on offer at this year’s Low Carbon Festival on Exmoor and Dartmoor.
The Festival follows on from the success of the inaugural Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival in 2009. A series of free events and guided tours across both National Parks will highlight what measures are being taken to reduce carbon emissions and how we can adapt to the ever growing pressures on our resources.
Exmoor National Park gets the Low Carbon Festival underway on Wednesday 6 October with a Wood Event at the Cutcombe Livestock Market,near Wheddon Cross, where a particular focus will be the chance for farmers to explore opportunities as both suppliers and users of wood fuel with free and impartial advice from National Park Authority staff on wood fuel heating and funding.
Tim Stokes, Sustainability and Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park Authority said: “More and more people these days are interested in how they can reducetheir energy bills and carbon footprint and these events offer an opportunity to meet the experts and get some ideas on how to get started.”
On Thursday 7 October there’s a guided tour of renewable energy installations on Exmoor looking at each major type of technology and getting the lowdown on how each works. The cost of the day is £20 and a minibus will be provided, but people should bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing for a day which will be spent mostly outside. Booking is essential, please call Ben Eardley on 01398 323665.
The Dartmoor Food and Drink Festival will be held at Finlake Holiday Park over the weekend of 9 and 10 October. There will be the opportunity to watch local chefs showing how to make the most of local supplies, cookery classes for children and each day will finish with an audience participation ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ class.
Richard Drysdale, Sustainable Tourism Officer for Dartmoor National Park Authority commented: ‘Last year the food festival saw over 2,000 people enjoy all that is special about growing, cooking and eating local food, and this year, with 40 local suppliers coming together, this free event promises to be even better!’
The date of the festival is also deliberately timed to coincide with the international day of carbon reduction on Sunday 10 October. 10:10 is a nationwide campaign to get individuals, businesses and organisations to commit to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010, and working together to make it happen.
Further details on the range of events on Dartmoor and how to book tours visit
For details of the range of events on Exmoor and how to book tours visit
www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/lowcarbonfestival (external link, opens new window)