Preparations have begun for Darlington’s Eco Fair, which will take place around the town centre this weekend.

Darlington Borough Council have confirmed the fair, which will feature science workshops and demonstrations, will begin on Saturday (June 8) and last from 10am to 3pm.

The event will see people of all ages given the opportunity to take part in rainforest animal encounters, theatre and fashion shows, and sustainable arts and crafts.

A willow sculpture activity trail will lead the way to free activities throughout the town centre.

Libby McCollom, cabinet member for local services, said: “Whether you are already a convert to living more sustainably, or want to find out more about saving the planet whilst saving money there’s something for everyone at this year’s Eco Fair. 

“It will be a great fun family day out with lots to see, do and learn around the town centre. I hope lots of people come down to find out more and join our mission to reach net zero by 2040.“

Stalls providing information and products will be available in the Market Square.

The stalls will have award-winning Acorn Dairy, a range of gifts, cosmetics, glass, soap, candles and eco-friendly clothing products.

The last free seed swap drop-in session of the season will also take place at the library.

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Organisations including Pepperfield Farm (wildlife rehabilitation). Darlington Beekeeper’s Association, Durham Wildlife Trust, Sustrans and Tees Rivers Trust will all take part.

The Environment Agency is also putting on a free theatre show at Darlington Hippodrome.

A council spokesperson said: “Visitors can find out about saving energy, saving money and living more sustainably thanks to Teesside Cloth Nappy Library, National Energy Foundation, Darlington Credit Union and Darlington Association on Disability.”