Active Travel Festival (ATfest) due to take place this June

Active Travel Festival - walk, cycle or wheel for everyday life

A first for Chester, Active Travel Festival (ATfest) will take place on Sunday 18th June at ‘Festival Village’, Castle Square, Lower Car Park, CH1 2DN – opposite Abode Hotel – with FREE entry.

The concept was born in the winter of 2021 when a number of community groups emerged from the pandemic asking: “What can we do to make Chester a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work and play”? During lockdowns the city saw that vast numbers of people will walk, cycle or wheel if they’re given the right environment.

Walking, cycling and wheeling – what is collectively called ‘active travel’ – simply means making journeys in physically active ways.

Aimed at all ages and abilities, ATfest will be fun and informative with the purpose to promote active travel as the natural choice for these short journeys of between 1 and 5 miles, whether to school, work or the shops.

By encouraging more people in the Chester area to walk, cycle or wheel it’s a win-win, benefiting not just individuals but the community as a whole by:

  • Tackling climate change by reducing congestion, CO2 emissions and improving air quality
  • Living healthier lives as physical activity for just 30 minutes a day has huge physical, mental and social benefits
  • Making communities thrive as people travelling into the city using active travel spend over 30% more time and money than car-drivers, which benefits the local economy

Stephen Perry, secretary of Chester Cycling Campaign and ATfest said: “Discover how you can change your world by changing your journey – even small changes can make a big difference.”

ATfest is on Father’s Day, so why not celebrate at this family-friendly festival? Well behaved dogs are welcome too!

Visit: to find out more about the event and register. There is also a chance to win a £1,000 bike voucher or a £250 Chester gift-card by completing the short survey on the website.

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