Walk Cycle Festival, 28 May – 3 June 2018

York Bike Belles are hosting the city’s second, week-long Walk Cycle Festival from Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June 2018.ilya-ilyukhin-122332-unsplash

The festival launches with a community party in Rowntree Park on Sunday 27 May from 11 am – 4 pm.  The schedule of events for the rest of the week include several guided cycle rides – for example, to hear the dawn chorus, to paint a mural, or to a social with a BBQ and live music.  Or if you’d prefer to walk rather than cycle, why not try the Parklife Walk with champagne picnic, or a Promenade with the Bard.

If your bicycle could use a tune up, throughout the week you can get a free bike check at Cycle Heaven at the Angel on Bishopthorpe Road, and a free hot drink from Angel on the Green. Free bike fixes and security marking are available at the community party on Sunday 27 May.

If you’d like to give cycling a go, York Bike Belles are holding their next Cake Confidence event on Saturday 26 May – offering chats, bike loans, and cycle confidence training.

For more details, including a schedule, visit the York Bike Belles website.


What’s SUP?


Photo by Mark Harpur on Unsplash  Check out the Surf:  https://magicseaweed.com/Saltburn-Beach-Surf-Report/24/

No, not Stand Up Paddleboards, though Surfers Against Sewage do have a lot to say on this subject, but rather Single Use Plastics.

You are only going hear more and more about single use plastics in the coming months. It is already appearing all over the news, and rightly so, with lots of work being done by individual organisations, or whole countries.

But what can you do?

It’s really simple, just stop and think for a few seconds when you next pick something up to buy. Did you have an option? Is there an alternative to this product? Could I have better planned my day to avoid buying this particularly well wrapped item? Could I have brought my own bottle of water in a reusable container? Can I buy these apples weigh out in rather than in a plastic bag? Do I even like straws? Or plastic forks?

Rubbish already building up at UK recycling plants due to China import ban, Guardian 2 Jan 2018


Incidentally, Surfers Against Sewage are not all about surfing, or sewage, check them out and see some of the amazing work they do, and find out how you can help in your area.

York Festival of Ideas: The Story of Our Planet

York Festival of Ideas 2017 will take place from 6th – 18th June.  One of the festival themes this year is ‘The Story of Our Planet’.  A number of free events are on offer:

Flying High: A Birding Triple Bill – Saturday 10th June, 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Free admission to this family friendly event, including a poetry show and guided bird walk.  For more details and to book tickets, visit the Festival of Ideas website.

One Planet York: A Liveable City – Tuesday 13th June, Talk 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, and Expo, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TOne Planet Yorkypically in the UK we use the resources of three planets when we only have one. One Planet York is a growing network of organisations working to build a thriving local economy, strong communities and a sustainable way of life; a city where residents are healthy, happy and prosperous.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary year of York’s twinning with Münster in Germany, Mayor Markus Lewe tells his city’s story as one of the world’s most liveable cities. The talk takes place from 12 noon to 2 pm.  For further information and tickets, visit the Festival of Ideas website.

Following the talk, One Planet York will hold an Expo, with examples of practical action and leadership from local organisations and businesses.  No pre-booking required – for further details, visit the Festival of Ideas website.

WasteBuster’s Fest – Saturday 17 June, 12:00 pm – 4 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre are holding a WasteBusters’ Fest on Saturday 17 June.  Find out what happens to your rubbish and more about the benefits of recycling.  You can also bring your bike along to the event for a check over by Dr Bike from Eyup Cycling, enjoy a Yourcafe lunch, take part in a swap shop, browse the reclaimed book shop, and be part of St Nick’s first Fix It Cafe.

No pre-booking required.  For details, visit the Festival of Ideas and St Nicks webpages.

Beginnings of Life: Campus wildlife tour – Saturday 17 June, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Learn more about the wildlife on Campus East on this guided walk.  Booking is required through the Festival of Ideas website.

Where the Wild Things Were: How Cheap Meat Drives Extinction – Sunday 18th June 2017, 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm

Author Philip Lymberry, Chief Executive of international farm welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), and visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, will talk about the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat and the devastating effect this has on animals facing extinction.

Find out more and book a place at the Festival of Ideas website.