Green Build weekend at Felbrigg Hall helps people towards more eco-friendly lifestyle

Thousands of people seeking help to lead a 'greener' lifestyle are expected to flock to an increasingly popular event in north Norfolk at the weekend seven years

The Green Build sustainable living weekend has been staged at the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall for seven years and last autumn had more than 7,000 visitors.

Among the 66 exhibitors taking part will be green technologies such as solar panels and electric bikes, and experts in local and traditional products such as cob building and thatching.

Talks and advice will cover everything from how to grow-your-own produce to grants for generating renewable energy, and home insulation.

There are 14 farmers markets stalls and a food court to showcase local homemade and organic produce.

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The weekend is organised by North Norfolk District Council , whose building control, waste and recycling, conservation and design, planning, housing and environmental health teams will also be ready to chat with visitors and answer questions.

But there is also a strong element of fun at the weekend, with at least eight children's entertainers, theatre and puppet shows, craft workshops and even a 'creepy-crawly roadshow'.

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Council cabinet member for environmental services John Lee said: 'Green Build has grown year on year to become the number one event in Norfolk and the East of England for anyone who is interested in green and sustainable lifestyles.

'More and more people are becoming enthusiastic about living in a greener way and last year we had over 7,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, no doubt thanks to the wide-ranging appeal of the event.

'There is something for everyone, from families looking to cut their gas bills to zero-carbon gurus. Every year we are pleasantly surprised at how informed our visitors are about all things green, but we also get a lot of people who are just looking for a fun day out with plenty of great food, entertainment, and hopefully sunshine!'

Visitors to the event on the Saturday afternoon will also be able to see who has won the 2011 North Norfolk Environment Awards when they are announced in marquee 2 at 1pm.

The event is sponsored by Kier, who took over the delivery of key council services including waste and recycling collections, street cleansing, and grounds maintenance from the beginning of April. The company is bringing along Dumpy, a recycled dustcart that runs on bio-fuel and provides a range of fun and lively activities and games all about recycling and sustainability.

Green Build is free, and open from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday September 10-11, with parking also free.

More information including a list of exhibitors, timetable of events and directions to Green Build 2011 at

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