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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Camden Green Fair

The Camden Green Fair (and Bikefest) is held on the first Sunday in June from 12noon - 7pm, at Regent's Park in London, England. It usually coincides with World Environment Day and London Sustainability Weeks. The Fair aims to inspire Londoners to help make their capital a world-class Green City, letting visitors find out about the huge and growing number of sustainable companies, products, campaigns, and lifestyle choices that are available to us all, every day.


The Camden Green Fair began as a Camden focused event in 1991 by a group of local environmental activists, with the aim of raising awareness within their community of various environmental issues. The Fair was originally held in St. James Gardens. Once Camden Council become involved, the fair began to grow in size year on year, culminating in 2005 with its debut in Regent's Park. The organisers now claim that it is one of the UK’s largest free green events.


The Camden Green Fair is a registered charity (number 1123370) and is run by a board of trustees. The event has a small staff team who organise and co-ordinate site production, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer management, health and safety and booking stalls and features for each fair. The vast majority of work is undertaken by unpaid volunteers. More than 60 local and national organisations appear at the Fair.

The entire event is powered using specially-designed solar, wind and hydrogen fuel cell power. Waste is collected for composting and as much waste is recycled by eliminating items that cannot be recycled from the site altogether.

Regular attractions


In 2001 the Bikefest was introduced to the Camden Green Fair and has become a key feature. Held on Chester Road it allows visitors to try a variety of bikes including ones for carrying children, as well as explaining bike security and safety. The Bikefest also features the popular "Dr Bike" area you can take your bike for a quick check-up and light repairs. The Bikefest is organised each year by the Camden Cycling Campaign Director Stefano Casalotti.

Green Roadshow

Since 2005, the Fair has hosted the Green Roadshow, an environmental circus show featuring exhibits and a continuous programme of environmentally-themed entertainment circus shows. All of the displays in the Roadshow are attended by people with many years of practical experience in their various fields. The Croissant Neuf Circus Big Top features seating, carpets, staging, lighting (solar powered) and a studio quality, 10Kw, 16 channel, solar/wind powered P.A. The Green Roadshow hosts a special schools day on the Monday after the main Camden Green Fair.

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