Green Community Fair


The Green Community Fairs started in 2011 as the first ever solar powered family-festival event in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset – organised for FREE for the Community. With the help of an army of volunteers and in conjunction with the Transition BH Hub, we’re gratefully supported by dozens of like-minded businesses, organisations, charities and other eco/social-justice groups.

Supporting people living in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding areas currently running or starting other ‘Transition Towns’ type initiatives (for the people and the planet!) our ethics and environmental events bring together established national and regional charities, campaigners and activists and as a group we work to raise awareness of important issues and have fun at the same time; our good friend  calls it ‘eco-tainment’!! Another example of a Transition initiative which is still going strong is the The Slades Farm Community Garden (  .




Activities include conscious comment made through art expos, live music and speeches, workshops, costumed parades and crafts and MORE – Pictured: making masks and puppet making from Recycled Materials thanks to funding from Green Goals; The award-winning project was a unique partnership linking football, education and business which aims to improve the local environment, raise environmental awareness and deliver benefits for the community as a whole)


The Green Community Fair is part of our Community Event Network project ( helping to develop the skills and opportunities for volunteers who are predominantly long term unemployed or disabled.



For more information about volunteering, mentoring, stalls and exhibition space at the Green Community Fairs or to find out how we can support your event please contact Sam the Paperwork Fairy on 01202 386348 or email


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The Slades Farm Festival

Bournemouth Family Festival

Bosc-CommUNITY Earth Day & Well Being Festival 18th-22th April


Hi all – the green fair is back!


Please see information below about the Bos-CommUNITY Festival. If you have any questions or if you would like to book a stall please email directly or call 01202 386348.

We’ve got FREE STALLS available at The WELL BEING & EARTH DAY festival will take place from Weds 18th April up to and on Earth Day which is always the 22nd April – see our video on Facebook here

On Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th in the Well Being area there’s free workshops, training and affordable/donation based healing, treatments and pampering for you, and your volunteers and other unpaid/low wage workers. The Earth Day Festival starts on Friday 20th for the weekend and if you haven’t seen Green Community Fair in the Sovereign Centre imagine brining an outdoor green field community event indoors with stalls, family activities, music and other performances.

To take advantage of a FREE STALL please indicate you’re even slightly interested asap by emailing or calling 01202 386348 as soon as possible as we have passed an initial deadline from the venue on Friday 6th but we still want to show off your fanatasic environmentalism – so please do let us know even if you’re not sure about the availability of your crew as we can help host unmanned tables – get your name on ‘the list’ asap so you don’t miss out.


You can set up your table/display and Community Event Network will look after it for you too – so there’s no need to worry about organising people to man your stall for the whole 5 days. Also included in your booking of a table/stall/space is an invitation to you and your team to come along for any time that suits to benefit from our the volunteer forum and ‘Well Being’ event on Weds 18th & Thurs 19th.  You and other community champions/volunteers/unpaid workers will have exclusive access to free/donation based Well Being Workshops, bite sized self-care discussions/ideas/practices with massage and pamper treatments too! And, as usual, remember to bring snack and lunch money as there will be CEN allergy free and cruelty free goodies and lunched available for free or donation too!

If you’re quick,  you’ll also enjoy the bonus promotion of being one first to confirm your attendance get featured in our imminent exciting first press releases as well as other event launch PR & other marketing, etc.



Earth Day always falls on 22nd April and was first celebrated in 1970. Today there are Earth Day events in more than 193 countries coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. This year the Earth Day Network is working to secure a future free of plastic pollution.

Local community groups, charities etc and their volunteers are invited By CEN to occupy the Sovereign Centres’ walkways with their stalls at the ‘BoscommUNITY’s’ WELL BEING & EARTH DAY Festival to promote their cause, raise awareness, recruit more volunteers, fundraise etc.  Also in the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th April and as a ‘thank you’ to local heroes, CEN are arranging donation based ‘Well Being’ workshops, taster healing treatments and pampering sessions exclusively available Volunteers and other unpaid workers. CEN’s work in community investment includes organising events and opportunities for volunteers and offering training and other management/administrative support for better organisation. CEN offerings presented at the Earth Day festival will also include an Occupational Health & Well-being innovation by “The Paperwork Fairy” to help Managers retain, support and mentor volunteers/employees.


Boscommunity Earth Day Festival will be in full swing by Friday 20th April and for the weekend the Sovereign Centre will be transformed into an outdoor festival held indoors by Green Community Fair. The Well-being area, which was previously exclusively open for Volunteers and unpaid workers will be accessible to the public with alternative healing, eco-friendly beautify products and treatments and readings too. There will also be recycled craft workshops and an art exhibition to peruse with eco-friendly stalls and demos from traditional/local crafts people and producers nestled alongside charities and community groups stalls.

A local ‘conscious performers will be playing enchanting and magical music and over the weekend we want your talented crew & volunteers to take the stage and shine here too.


Our Epic Winter Programme!

Please find below details of our next volunteer meeting on Thursday 19th Nov for (new and existing) volunteers for Boscombe Carnival, info on the upcoming Volunteers Forum on Weds 25th Nov; open to ALL volunteers across all organisations and also for our Community Fair Event in the Sovereign Centre on Weds 25th & Thurs 26th Nov.

On Thursday 19th Nov we will be running though the Boscombe Carnival event plan and briefing, some training on Road Closures, Effective Communication and Managing Conflict and finishing up with a Home-made Soup Supper.

On Weds 25th & Thurs 26th Nov we are holding a Community Fair in the Sovereign Centre with a Community Forum (see below) in our ‘Community Hub’ (sponsored by Boscombe Revive CIC) also under 5’s activities by Outside-In Eco Arts and Netanya Nature Pre-School, live music on stage (thanks to Oxfam’s Oxjam) and community and charity groups will have stalls throughout the walkways. There are some limited spaces for stalls still available and anyone interested in having a table top stall/display should get in contact asap.

There is a Volunteering Matters Forum on Wednesday 25th Nov. Volunteers have the option to meet at 10am at Bournemouth Acu Detox Centre in Roumelia Lane, Boscombe, for a community clinic taster session of an auricular acupuncture treatment for a donation in a group setting while we practice some simple internal Qi Gong (Energy Work) or simply sit in peace. Then at 11am the morning forum to discuss volunteering matters will begin in the Sovereign Centre with free refreshments, crèche, and a community lunch (donations welcomed). After lunch there will be training on Dealing with difficult situations in the workplace and Making good impressions. Booking is essential for the forum so we have an idea of numbers for the crèche and for lunch.

Please share with volunteer groups and potential carnival volunteers and any other volunteers that you are in touch with?!


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Get Set Greens!!

green_fair_may_poole_park_posterheaderFor more call Sam the paperwork fairy on 01202 386348. Please scroll down and browse our website to see details of our past events.

Highlights Last year;

‘Slim Slam Boogie Stage’ with returning favourites The New Orleans Raconteur Doctor Jazz Compère & DJ Westdown Towers (The Bing Bong Rooms)

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‘Tip of The Pops’ by DJ Dynamo. Tip of the Pops is musical comedy activism made by reclaimed waste and enjoyed by all ages providing entertainment & workshops. and many more friends; past, present and future TBC!!

HeadLiners – Sat 30th Aug all the way from LONDON; festival circuits rockiest guitar duo with their concious and awakening songs we are delighted to welcome back the fantastic UNITY:DIVISION

HeadLiners – Sun 31st Aug we welcome back the amazing fantastic stupendous Mother Ukers – coming back by popular demand – they played the first ever green fair in Shelley Park in 2011!!


 PIRATES OF POOLE, SoundSolution Dorsett, RSPB Love Nature, Jay’s photography, Dorset Portraits/Debbie Pike Dorset Portraits, Friends of South East Dorset Green Party, Diamond Faces Professional Face Painting, Kim Hamilton‘s Unreal glitter and temporary tattoos, Kinston Country Market, Forest Home Hospice, Lulabel’s Closet, Body shop at Home, Transition BH Hub and more TBC!!

Healing and holistic therapies area with Vivienne Clairvoyant Healer King with relaxing meditation garden thanks to Chestnut Nursery, dreamcatcher making workshops by Kindheart Crafts & Healing

Chai Chapel authentic Indian teas, yummy cakes. ‘special’ Chai’s & Coffees  & famous African Drum Workshops

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FREE RECYCLED COMMUNITY ARTS & CRAFT WORKSHOPS culminating in our amazing fantastic children’s parade led by Green Unityfairymask making and fashion rare butterfly carnival costumes & puppets made from ‘tents and tat’ left behind at Glastonbury festival!!

 Speakers forum by Cy Lee Farquar of Industrial Workers of the World -see  Turn Your back UK ( founder and formidable Jane Ormerod will talk about her inspirational work to tackle the serious issue of knife crime since April 2011 when her life was shattered beyond repair after the tragic stabbing of her dear son Nicholas in Boscombe.

Workshop, Exhibition, Trading pitches and healing/therapy opportunities are always available . Here’s what one of the stall holders said about a previous event. “Great day today! My stall had loads of visitors and good sales. The day had a lovely vibe about it. Well done to those involved.”

The Green Community Fair is made possible with the help and support of an army of hundreds of participants and volunteers and is committed to raising awareness of ethical and environmental issues whilst helping to develop the skills and opportunities of their volunteers who are predominantly long term unemployed or disabled. FREE EVENT TRAINING ‘Introduction to NVQ2 In Spectator Safety’ will take place prior to the events as part of The Green Community Fair’s current community learning project ‘Community Event Network Training Programme’. For more details call Sam on 01202 386348.

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Shelley Park & Theatre on Fri 30th & Sat 31st Aug 2013


Shelley’s Celebrations at Solar Powered Show

Mary Shelley’s 216th birthday was celebrated in style in the sun at the eight Green Community Fair in Shelley Park and Theatre on Friday 30th August. Local enthusiasts and poets in period costume paraded around historic sites in Boscombe before returning to the show to perform alongside workshops and productions from local charities, writers and companies in the Theatre. The free event ran over two days and crowds of people took a break from the air show and came to the park to enjoy craft workshops, stalls and demonstrations all with an ethical and sustainable theme.

IMG_0310Local musical talent featured on the solar powered Stage with Chaplin’s Bar and notably comedy, cabaret and music all came together for an unusual commemoration of the life and works of Mary Shelley in an ‘New Orleans’ jazz style incarnation. Two piece guitar duo Unity & Division from Greenwich rocked out conscious songs in keeping with the environmental theme.

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The free event was made possible with sponsorship from Navitus Bay Wind Park, LED-ZIP, NGPS renewable technology, energy efficient Onyx Lift Services, Chaplin’s Bar, Shelley Theatre Trust and grants from The Co-opertaive Membership and Bournemouth Council’s Green Goals Scheme.

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Alongside the free entertainment and activities The Green Community Fair also provided a platform for local, regional and national charities to raise awareness and hundreds of pounds for the good causes they support helping local disabled children and children and families internationally suffering due to poverty, conflict or disaster.


Organiser Sam Monks says

“Local artists and visiting performers where utterly inspired by the works of both Shelley’s embracing the themes presented by Percy and Mary which are still as relevant in today’s society as they were in their time like the concept of nature, the natural world and what it means to us – humanity as a species, and humans as individuals. Mary Shelley invites us to reflect on Frankenstein’s failure to take care of his own creation in the right way. We need to take care of the climate, biodiversity and other environmental concerns and rather than banishing the economy or imagining we can go back into the workshop and build a new world, we have to acknowledge our own creation, teach it our best human values and take practical positive steps to help reduced the negative impact modern day living has on our environment.”


This year the Green Community Fair is proud to behave hosted a range of other charities and workshops to help raise awareness and funds for causes beyond the boundaries of the local boroughs.


The Chai Chapel café provided an experience of Africa with daily drumming workshops for all ages and a place to relax . They sell traditional chai tea which in turn pays the wages for their team so that the donations made from the drum and instrument workshops can be returned to Africa which helps support schools to promote learning and education.

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As the world looks on in horror as graphic images emerge showing the aftermath of a dawn poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus that wiped out 1,300 people as they lay sleeping in their beds, The Green Community Fair is also works with the British Red Cross as the 30th of August is the International Day of the Disappeared. The day presents a stark reminder that hundreds of thousands of families across the world are still unaware of the fate of family members, missing through conflict or disaster. The Red Cross “Empty Chair Project” will placed decorated chairs in coffee shops around Boscombe over the weekend to raise awareness of the work of Red Cross Movement.

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A community art workshop to decorate a chair took place at the fair raising funds for The British Red Cross which also supports local people with refugee status. An empty chair is an evocative symbol of the absence felt when a member of the family goes missing, and their chair at the table is left empty.

The Green Fair family focused attractions also included professional face painting by Diamond Faces, bouncy castles, live music throughout the day and free performance, workshops and plays in the historic Shelley Theatre into the night.

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Exhibitors/Traders can download an application form for future events here;

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Volunteers are always welcome too – please call Sam the paperwork fairy on 01202 386348 for more details.


The Green Community Fairs are organised for the Community with the help of volunteers and in conjunction with the Transition BH Hub who are groups of people living in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding areas starting ‘Transition Towns’ initiatives for the environment. Another example of a Transition initiative is The Slades Farm Community Garden. People can find out how to get involved with these projects  at Green Community Fairs.


The Green Community Fair is now in its third successful year having organised the first ever solar powered events in Bournemouth in 2011 and in Poole and East Dorset last year. 


Activities will include making masks from Recycled Materials and Giant Bee Puppet making workshops thanks to funding from Green Goals. The award-winning Green Goals project is a unique partnership linking football, education and business which aims to improve the local environment, raise environmental awareness and deliver benefits for the community as a whole.


The Green Community Fair is made possible with the help and support of an army of hundreds of participants and volunteers and is committed to raising awareness of ethical and environmental issues whilst helping to develop the skills and opportunities of their volunteers who are predominantly long term unemployed or disabled.


For more information about volunteering, mentoring, stalls and exhibition space at the Green Community Fairs please contact Sam the Paperwork Fairy on 01202 386348.


Green Fair Facebook Page

Transition BH Hub

The Slades Farm Festival

Bournemouth Family Festival