A POPULAR festival, which focuses on the environment and eco-friendly products, is set to return for its third year. 

Colchester’s Eco Festival is back for a third time and will again take place in Lower Castle Park on Saturday, September 2, from 11am until 6pm.

It is a free community event organised and run entirely by volunteers.

After the success of previous festivals, the organisers are set to create an even bigger and better event.

With over 90 stalls from environment groups and projects and stallholders selling a wide range of repurposed, upcycled or eco-friendly products there will certainly be plenty for people to see.

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Andrew Wilkinson, representing an environment charity En-form, which is organising the event, said: "Last year’s festival was even more popular than the first one. We had over 4,500 visitors.

"If they all made just one change to their lifestyle after the festival that is 4,500 actions to improve the environment.

"Hopefully, they will pick up a few more tips on the day, making their impact even bigger."

This year’s festival once again includes the popular children’s tent with a range of free activities and performances throughout the day, a range of electric vehicles to help people find out about them, the e-bike and e-scooter try-out area, the health and wellbeing area and the popular baby zone for everything to do with babies and toddlers.

Malcolm Laquis-Alden, project manager for the festival said: "We are living in an environmental emergency, a fact we are all now well aware of.

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"It’s a big ask, but we all need to change.

"The way we eat, the way we shop, what we buy, how we use water, how we use energy and how we travel. 

"Everyday changes in how we consume products and services can have a positive social impact on our community and the planet.

"Come along and see what’s on offer. You can even try out some e-bikes and e-scooters."

For more information and to claim your free tickets go to eco-festival.org/claim-your-free-tickets, or visit the entry stall on the day.