On Sunday there was a Green Fair in the South Park so Billy and I decided to go and see what was there. We would have gone on our bikes but we knew there wouldn’t be anywhere to secure them so we walked instead. There are only about half a dozen bike racks and with it being a green fair we expected lots of people would go on their bikes. As it turned out there were quite a few bikes chained to trees and posts when we got there so it was maybe just as well we walked.
There were stalls like this on two sides of the field and about half way up the third side:
We went to all of the stalls and picked up lots of interesting leaflets about butterflies, birds, wildlife and places of interest in and around Darlington.
I haven’t read them all yet but have already found some useful information in the ones that I have read. I found that there are some Community Woodland areas that I didn’t know about which I will probably cycle to some time soon.
I picked up a little booklet with some local countryside walks in it. Most of them require you to drive to a place, leave your car in the car park then go off on your walk. I would prefer to get there on the bike but there’s no guarantee that there would be anywhere to secure the bike in the car parks and I don’t know if the routes would be suitable to cycle on. There is at least one walk that starts close enough to home for us to walk to so we may try that one.
One of the stalls was giving away bicycle lights and torch keyrings so we both snagged a set. We could have had loads of pens but didn’t bother, we must have enough pens in our house to last the rest of our lives.
There was a stall about honey bees, with different parts of a hive on display. There was part of a hive with a glass front and the lady at the stall told me to put my hand on the glass to feel the heat from the bees.
There were also pots of honey for us to sample but I didn’t try any.
There were some big birds:
There was going to be a flying display from these birds but it wasn’t going to be until quarter to one in the afternoon. As it was only half past eleven we decided to go for a burger while we waited but quickly changed our minds when we saw the price of them – £3.50 each. We were going to hang about for an hour or so and wait for the flying display but it started raining so we just walked home instead.
It wasn’t a bad morning out and I came home with lots of reading material but what was disappointing was the lack of provision for bicycle parking. Considering it was all about being green, wouldn’t you have thought they would have expected people to cycle there and not have to chain their bikes to trees and posts?