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Bristol Walk Fest features a plethora of free events throughout May to get you up and about and enjoying the sun

Bristol Walk Fest is back this May for a month of fun events and activities that the whole family can get involved with! The festival is one of the UK’s biggest and best celebrations of walking, and this year cements it as a calendar highlight, with a plethora of things to explore for all ages and abilities — many of which are free!

The festival launches on 27 April with a challenge to the citizens of Bristol: can you walk a mile a day? To help kick-start the initiative, people from all over the city and children from local schools are invited to circle College Green just five times — the equivalent of walking a mile. Pretty easy to get the ball rolling, isn’t it?

Bristol Walk Fest 2017 coincides with the city’s status as the European City Of Sport, with the council offering even more events than usual so that everyone can get stuck in and get active. There are treasure hunts, you can enjoy yoga on the move, find creepy crawly explorations, and take part in walking football, pram fitness sessions, and even ping-pong sessions — and yes, that last one is also while walking!

Becky Pollard, Director of Public Health, says of this year’s festivities: “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 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 you 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.”

Bristol Walk Fest is coordinated by the city council with support from local groups and Bristol University. Check out the online calendar for full details of what’s on during the festival: www.bristolwalkfest.com/events.

When: 27 April—31 May

Where: Bristol 

Website: www.bristolwalkfest.com 

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