The Avalon Marshes Festival is a celebration of the rich diversity of wildlife and the 10,000 years of cultural heritage of the Avalon Marshes in Somerset. Following a very successful first year in 2013 the festival returned bigger and better in July 2014. Almost all of the walks and tours fully sold out and most of the talks were packed almost to capacity.
The 2014 festival comprised a wide range of activities and events which reflected the wonderful and varied wildlife, history, archaeology, produce and landscape of this area. The festival provided a brilliant taster for the area, which has a huge amount to offer people of all ages. Being largely flat, it is a fantastic area to explore on foot or by bike and there are lots of attractions and places to eat and drink where you will receive a warm welcome.
The festival kicked off with the Avalon Marshes Day on Saturday 12 July. This was a day of activities, tours, talks, exhibitions and more based at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury. Chris Sperring (MBE, BBC Radio presenter, and Hawk & Owl Trust Conservation Officer) led walks throughout the day. Also in attendance were Natural England, RSPB, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Somerset County Council’s Heritage Service, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Friends of St Bride’s Mound, Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust, local heritage groups and more.
Following this there were over a week of events in the wider Avalon Marshes; this provided a great chance to explore, have fun and find out more. The Festival was rounded off with a Wildlife Extravaganza and Family Picnic at Westhay Moor.