Field Day has a dedicated village green area again for 2009. The heart of East London will be transformed into a Village Fete; Village Mentality's Village Green area will supply the masses with their fix of homemade cake and haybales, as well as lots of countrified fun and games away from sound systems and stages.
Inspired by summer sports days and country fetes, this year's selection of activities serves to remind festival-goers of life's simpler pleasures, while also giving a knowing nod to the workings of fate and fortune in all of life's endeavours - no matter how big or small. Whether you set out to try your luck on the Tombola, or go for gold in the Sack Race, have fun, eat cake and enjoy your moment of glory but take heed and remember- as the country sayings go - "he that buys land also buys stones" and "he who sows on the highway loses his corn".....
Lots more to be announced. If you have a suggestion for an activity for the Village Green area please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Make do and Mend in the Craft Tent
With everyone feeling the pinch in the current climate, Mrs Bear's events are themed around the World War II "make do and mend" ethos. The thrifty sisters are setting up shop for the day in Village Mentality to help you swap, stitch and mend your way to a new wardrobe.
Fashion mad but short of cash? Why not bring your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories down to Field Day? The swap costs just £2 and you can bring up to 5 items so get ready to raid the rails! To find out more about how it works and let us know you're coming go to http://www.mrsbears.co.uk/events
Also in the craft tent…
Dressmaker Bear's live alterations (Free)
"Dressmaker Bear" will be showing her mending and altering techniques to all you thrifty sisters out there! Her demonstrations will be projected onto a big screen behind her. You'll be customising your swaps in no time..
Re-think rubbish Rosette making with Fabrications (Free)
Join craft queen Barley, from Broadway Market's own haberdashery shop Fabrications to create your own unique rosette design using recycled fabrics and a clever little tool called a flower loom.
Knit one, pearl one (Free)
Join the Knitty Gritty Girls to learn the basics of knitting and add a colourful square to the Summer's largest festival blanket.
Once you have finished swapping, making, mending and mingling, you can store your new additions in "Mrs B's Lost property" to collect at the end of the festival!
Take the plunge and get past the sawdust to discover something special - no one loses in this basket.
Hone your hand/eye co-ordination skills on some dodgy china - this destructive country pastime keeps you coming back for more.
Traditional fairground activity.Take aim, throw the wooden ball and knock a coconut off the post and you win a prized tropical palmfruit (a coconut)
Scrabble Sunday (on Saturday!)
Everybody knows the best board game in the world is Scrabble. Scrabble Sunday provide heaps of old boards, new boards, swivelly and inflatable boards: so have a game against friends or make new friends. They provide referees, dictionaries, comfy blankets, and prizes for extra special words. All you have to do is bring your brain. Be there and be square! Be there AND be square, get it!
Onion Peeling Contest
Onion Peeling Contest - Vie against fellow competitors and fight back the tears to see if you've got what it takes to strike vegetable gold. Fastest peeler wins a star prize - watch this space.
Tug of War
Bring some friends and test your collective strength! Over the afternoon will be a series of " Tugs " hosted by the Tug of War Association (so read up on the rules now!) expect to change loyalties as Girls are pitted against Boys, Cat-lovers try to take out Dog lovers and Vegetarians take on Carnivores....
Human Fruit Machine
Try your luck at the Human Fruit Machine. Forget the dusty pub classic, this version features a real life dimension. This and other ideas for jamboree days of fun are featured in the book Organised Fun by Josie Curran.
Young Offenders' Ping Pong
The Young Offenders Institute has been combining beer, music and ping pong in East London since 2007. They supply the bats & balls and also have a few tricks up their sleeve to make sure everyone has a fair
chance, so even if you haven't played since your youth club days - or since you last served time on remand - join them for a game of round-the-table. See www.theyoi.co.uk for more info.
Tombola – Spin the wooden tombola, take out a ticket and see if you've won any of the strangely alluring, probably useful or pretty odd prizes on display. It's addictive - one spin is never enough.
Giant Pick and Mix
Pop over to the Lady Luck Rules OK Pick'n'Mix stand for some sugar filled fun! Throw giant stuffed toy sweets to knock out giant teeth to win a dolly mixture of bon bon jewellery. Knock out the ghetto gold tooth to bag a bumper prize! Check out www.ladyluckrulesok.com for more info!
Sourced Market, champion of locally-sourced, fresh produce bring a farmers' market atmosphere to Victoria Park. With traders carefully sourced from markets across London there will be no half-cooked burgers in sight.
Look out for Broadway Market favourites 'Spore Boys' with their mushroom burgers, and everything else from the world of mushroom and real Spanish paella from one of the chefs from 'Brindisa' at Borough Market. Also present will be bread, pasties and London's best brownies from the ' Flour Power City Bakery' and rustic French cuisine from Queens Park Farmer's Market institution 'Madame Gautier'. Field Day and Sourced work hard to support local traders so tea and cake will be served by Victoria Park's own Pavilion Cafe.
For more about the food at Field Day this year see http://www.fielddayfestivals.com/bars