05 Apr 2017

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Bristol Walk Fest 2017 is just around the corner

One of the country’s largest urban walking festivals is set to return this May as the Bristol Walk Fest gears up for another year of strolling, scrambling and hiking with something for all ages and abilities.

Throughout May (1-31), there is a packed program of walks planned in and around Bristol that will be available for local people to enjoy.  The majority are free and with different walks available nearly every day, there's something for everyone.  

Highlights this year include an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt, doing yoga whilst on the move, walking football, bug hunting, getting fit with your buggy and even playing ping pong whilst taking a stroll.

Becky Pollard, Director of Public Health, said: “For the last five years, Bristol Walk Fest has encouraged people of all ages to go out and get active at whatever level they can. With over 140 walks to choose from there really is something for everyone, whether it is exploring Bristol’s vibrant street art culture, trying out one of the buggy fit sessions or taking part in one of the longer rambles through our parks and green spaces.

“Walking is a great way to be active and by getting out just once a day for a stroll can make such a difference to your health and wellbeing.  I hope that we see more people than ever before getting out and taking part this year.”

The festival will launch on 27 April along with a challenge for Bristol: Can you get more active by walking a mile a day?

On the day, children from local schools and members of the public will be invited to walk around College Green five times which is the equivalent distance to walking a mile. This will kick off an online campaign that people can sign up to if they want to challenge themselves to completing the mile a day challenge.

Bristol Walk Fest 2017 is coordinated by Bristol City Council with support from Bristol Ramblers, Living Streets, Walk for Health Bristol and in association with Bristol University.

2017 is also Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.  The council plans to use the year as an opportunity to celebrate the best of what Bristol has to offer and promote sport and the benefits of getting active to local people.  This year’s walk fest has been designed to be accessible and to try and encourage more people to get out and get active this year.

The program is now available online via our new website: www.bristolwalkfest.com