For one day only a 'village green' will form on Goonhilly Downs this weekend for a day of events for families.

The free event on the nature reserve and site of the old BT visitor centre at Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station this Saturday will include specially commissioned artworks alongside a programme of talks, films, workshops, performances and guided walks, with activities to drop into throughout the day.

There will also foraged food to try at the event known as The Gathering, plus the chance to have a go at landscape painting, create an alien alphabet or ceramic rock, view microbes grown especially by the Eden Project and hear the bells of artist Liminal’s ‘Transient Parish’ chime.

An old World War Two radar shelter known as ‘The Happidrome’ will host talks and film screenings, on subjects from serpentine turning, brass bands and fruit production to futuristic imaginings.

Further along the downs at Dry Tree Menhir standing stone will be new works created by local artists, including a giant camera obscura that people can enter to experience views of the downs and its satellites, warped through primal photography techniques.

It all stems from an idea by artists Sara Bowler and Elizabeth Masterton, who have worked with Natural England and GES Ltd to make it a reality.

Access to the event is via Goonhilly Earth Station’s car park, with activities beginning at 11am and running until 4pm, with a special welcoming ceremony on the village green at ‘solar noon’, just before 1pm.

The event has been funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, local funding body FEAST and The Elmgrant & Ernest Cook Trusts.