On Saturday 18th May 2019, Newquay Community Orchard welcomed the whole town and beyond to our annual Spring Fayre. The Orchard Spring Fayre, now in its 2nd year, aims to bring the community together and promote sustainable living by showcasing a diversity of Cornish produce, delicious local food and free family friendly entertainment.
This year saw over 30 vendors; including artists, creators, foodies and groups coming together to share their passions and produce. The Market housed everyone from florists and bakers to jewelry and cider makers and saw hundreds of people pass through to celebrate all things local.
Newquay Orchard’s Lyn Trewella, who lead organization, said: “This year’s event was by far the biggest and the best yet. It was humbling to see the passion and the smiles from visitors just loving their Saturday in the sun.”
Entertainment on the day was provided by Newquay’s very own Vinyl Collective and male voice group Oll an Gwella and there were a whole host of tasty things available for lunch from cakes and coffee to Latin American eats and vegan treats.
Children and families were treated to art workshops with Blystra Atrs and Treehouse Newquay, Foraging with Emma Gunn and a hugely popular Bushcraft workshop with Forest School leader Matt Tolson in the Den. There was also face painting, storytelling and treasure hunts.
At midday, Performance Parkour artists Urban Playground stunned a huge crowd of children and adults with an inaugural performance of Zoo Humans in the Orchard’s Amphitheatre space.
The half-hour performance was inspired by the future harmony of nature and humanity and was narrated by the one and only David Attenborough. Fusing art and free-running, the show was met by rapturous applause and a huge crowd and was followed by a workshop in which families could give parkour a go themselves.
Jenny Hindson, Operations Manager at Newquay Orchard, said: “It was incredibly exciting to have Urban Playground for our very first performance. The Amphitheatre, due to be built over the next year, is going to play a huge part in the art community across Cornwall and what a way to kick it off.”
The Fayre was also an opportunity for the Orchard team to launch our new Community Volunteering Project, Sustainable Lives. The project charts the journey of volunteers through their time at the Orchard, offering everything from hands on horticultural experience and environmental education, to help with work skills and CV development; and free yoga sessions for the betterment of mental and physical health.
Jen Andrews, the Orchard’s Head of Social Programmes said; “Sustainable Lives has been a long time coming so we were so excited to share it with the community at the Fayre. The project is all about creating sustainably resilient and self-sufficient communities and perfectly fits the ethos of the day and the Orchard as a whole; a fairer chance for all.”
Lyn concluded: “Saturday was another huge success for our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard and continue to inspire us. On behalf of everyone at the Orchard we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this year’s event what it was.”
“This event was about our community – it was about families, about living well and working together, being kind and being happy. And in all that, it was a huge success. See you at the Harvest Fayre (date to be confirmed)!”
Newquay Community Orchard is nearing its 5th birthday and is growing in every way every day. Anyone is welcome at the Orchard at any time, for a walk, an explore in nature or just a bit of peace and quiet, however if you’d like to discuss volunteering opportunities please get in touch via the website www.newquayorchard.co.uk/sign-up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01637 877182.