21st July 2018

Pilton Green Man Day in Barnstaple 2018

Pilton, a small community and parish in Barnstaple North Devon, was granted a charter to hold an annual market by Edward III between 1327 and 1377.

Since then, this market has become a community occasion and is a major feature of the Green Man Festival.

The introduction of the "green man" is more modern, starting after a recent revival of festivities that lapsed over several centuries. Originally, The Green Man was an ancient symbol of nature and fertility, depicted in carvings in old churches such as the ancient Parish Church in Pilton. In 1982, the revival of the festival started with a two-month programme of activities when the Green Man character was introduced along with more stalls, a flower festival and lots of family activities. 

These days the Pilton Green Man festival takes place on one day a year but encompasses it's past with a range of activities. 

The main street in Pilton is decorated with bunting, and the market comes alive with a party spirit thanks to stalls selling food and drink, music, activities, a parade and pageants too. 

The parade travels through Barnstaple, ending at Pilton. Fancy dress and handmade props tell a story as both schools and local groups take a walk down the main high street of town. 

This event is a great way to mingle with the locals. Follow the parade down the high street, then it's a short stroll through a local park to reach Pilton, the stalls and the rest of the festivities.