Walk Cycle Festival 2018

It’s back! Sunday 27 May to Sunday 3 June 2018



Welcome to the main Festival page 

Walk, cycle, enjoy York’s cultural life!

The Walk Cycle Festival will take place in Summer half term from Sunday 27 May to 3 June 2018.

Walks and rides will inspire, entertain and guide you around beautiful green spaces, transform routes and streets, and plunge you into York’s amazing cultural world of sculpture, music, painting, Shakespeare, food and drink … and more!

Promenade with the Bard, ride to paint a mural on the Foss Islands Path, explore parks and indulge in a champagne picnic,  sleepily enjoy a dawn chorus ride, cycle and socialise over food with friendly folk, transform a parking space into a parklet … Everyone welcome!

Leading up to the Festival …

Get Poetic We will have a poetry competition with the theme of walking and cycling and connecting with nature. Top 5 poems will be read out during one of our Festival walks.
Explore Tree Routes Walk and cycle around York and creatively connect with its trees. Worksheet and activities for all the family coming soon.
Have your say… Share your views on how you would like our city to look for walking and cycling in the future, how we get there and how you can tactically help the process. Survey to follow shortly.
Through the Festival week, you will be able to also enjoy a complimentary bike safety check at Cycle Heaven and hot drink from Angel on the Green if you cycle there. And everyone who signs up to an activity will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 free tickets to a Shakespeare play at the new pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre by Clifford’s Tower!!
Keep up with the latest on Facebook and twitter at #walkcyclefestival2018. Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or message us on Facebook if you’ve any questions.

The full Walk Cycle Festival programme with details of all activities and how you can book will be released on 8 May 2018.

Launch Party in Rowntree Park

Sunday 27 May 2018, 11am – 4pm

Join us for a community party in the lovely setting of Rowntree Park on Sunday 28 May. You can have your bike fixed for free by Dr Bike from Get Cycling, enjoy music from the Arts Barge Project’s community Bargestra orchestra and Gypsy Jazz Jam, get your young ones ‘cycle skilled’ and confident with fun activities from Go Get Riding, have your bike security marked by the community police, try out a community loan bike from Cycle Heaven, meet i-Travel York and other friendly local walking and cycling groups.

Festival walks and rides – Sunday 27 May to Sunday 3 June 2018

The Festival week has an exciting schedule of sociable walks and rides led by us and community partners and incorporating the creativity of local artists – there is hopefully something of interest for everyone!

Monday 28 May

11am: Promenade with the Bard – walk and enjoy your favourite scenes from Shakespeare, performed along green spaces and riverside paths to York’s new Shakespeare villagefrom local actors, Thomas Frere, Richard Kay and Victoria Brazier.
2pm: Promenade with the Bard (repeat)

Tuesday 29 May

6:30pm: Tales of car-lite living evening, over cheese and wine, at Angel on the Green in partnership with One Planet York

Wednesday 30 May

10.30am: Tree Routes – walk and sculpture workshop delivered by local artist, Julia Davis-Nosko, in partnership with York Explore Library at Acomb

Thursday 31 May

6pm: Social Ride to Naburn Station with BBQ and music in partnership with Cycle Heaven, Angel on the Green and York Greenways

Friday 1 June

6.00am Dawn Chorus Walk along Foss Island’s Path guided by local bird expert, Andy Chapman, from Sustrans

6pm: Parklife Walk ending in a champagne picnic under trees in honour of Dame Judi Dench and her inspiring BBC programme “My passion for trees“, with Treemendous York

Saturday 2 June

6.00am: Dawn Chorus Ride to Knavesmire Woods guided by local bird expert, Andy Chapman, from Sustrans
11am: Ride to Paint a Mural on Foss Islands Path facilitated by local artist Liz Collier in partnership with Sustrans

Sunday 3 June

11am: Reimagining Your City for walking and cycling workshop at the Red Tower
2 – 4pm: Micklegate pop-up parklet with various community groups

From 4pm: York Cycling Community Ride to celebrate World Bicycle Day!


Booking: Please check the walk or ride page for further information. We prefer that you let us know you are going via the Facebook event link on that page so we have some idea of numbers. Thank you!
Walks/ rides: Please arrive 10 mins before start time as we will leave promptly. Check forecast and bring waterproofs or water and sun cream if necessary. Bring any personal medication. For rides, bring roadworthy bike and, ideally, spare inner tube. For walks, wear walk and mud-friendly shoes.
Accessibility: The walks and rides aim to be accessible for most ages and abilities – less than an hour each way and taken at a steady pace with breaks. If you are unsure if an activity is right for you, get in touch at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com and we will do what we can to support you.
Bike Hire: There are a limited number of bikes for hire for the festival week for all ages thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cycle Heaven.
New to cycling? Join our new #cakeconfidence sessions with free advice, bike loans and training at Cycle Heaven cafe and the riverside. Next session 26 May so you can start cycling for the Festival!
Photos: We’ll be taking fun photos of cycling and walking moments during the Festival (with your permission).
Everybody welcome! We ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.
BIG thank you! To funding from i-Travel York and support from all our partners
Latest news – search on Facebook or twitter under hashtag #walkcyclefestival2018