Gearing up for the Bridgwater Way Summer Festival

A packed programme of free, cycling-themed events and activities will ride into town next weekend with the Bridgwater Way Summer Festival.

Taking place in Blake Gardens on Saturday, 19 July from 1pm to 4pm, the festival aims to inspire people to walk and cycle more and to look at different ways of getting around the town.

It promises to be a colourful afternoon culminating in a mass cycle procession. Activities include stilt walkers, a cycle obstacle course (bring your own bike), pedal-powered painting and smoothie making, circus performers, crazy bikes, a disco bike and face painting for the youngsters.

You can also take part in unicycle and circus workshops and adding to the carnival atmosphere will be live music from some brilliant local bands on the Revolution Stage.

As well as food and information stalls, teams are also being recruited for the Bike Build-Off Challenge – searching for bike parts and constructing a bike capable of carrying your whole team in the Cycle procession taking place later in the day.

Dr Bike will also be on hand to service bikes free of charge, plus there will be a decoration workshop to decorate your bike ready for the Cycle procession at 3.45pm. The procession will culminate with a grand finale of music and bell ringing that everyone can take part in.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The Bridgwater Way Summer Festival is an unmissable event for all the family, so I do hope that people will come down and join us on the day.

“It promises to be a lot of fun and I hope the afternoon inspires people to get out and about more and explore the area on foot or by bike.”

The festival is one of many planned events by The Bridgwater Way project, funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative aims to transform travel in the town, making it easier and safer to walk or cycle. As well as developing miles of new and improved cycle paths, TBW will work with residents, businesses and schools to promote safer travel. The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

For more information visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk