The Bridgwater Way’s Summer Festival of fun and all things cycling took over Blake Gardens this weekend, with local residents enjoying the sunshine and wonderful range of free entertainment on offer.
The event on Saturday afternoon (19 July) saw people of all ages taking part in a variety of different activities including unicycle and circus workshops, a cycle obstacle course, crazy bikes, pedal-powered painting and disco bikes, pedal-powered smoothie making and a fastest tyre change contest.
Its aim was to encourage local residents to walk and cycle more and to think about different ways of travelling to, from and around the town. As well as information stalls and food outlets, the cream of local singers took to the Revolution Stage, while Dr. Bike was on hand to service bikes and prepare for the cycle procession finale.
The event finished with a Cycle procession where a colourful collection of decorated bikes and walkers took to the town centre, honking horns and ringing bells to the delight of local shoppers.
Local resident Tim Trunks said: “I just want to thank the organisers for a fantastic afternoon. My daughter loved the circus workshops and the art and bubble bikes. Well done to everyone involved for creating such a great local event.”
Councillor Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “I hope the afternoon has inspired people to get out and about more, to get active and to really enjoy the local area.”
The festival was the centrepiece of a series of events held over the past few months as part of The Bridgwater Way project (TBW) 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 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 Country Council and Sedgemoor District Council.
For more information visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk