Archive – our past outdoor festivals

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Did you come to one of our past walking festivals? We hope you enjoyed our walks and we are looking forward to seeing you for our next events. They are always on the first May Bank Holiday. In the meantime, look at the pictures we took, you might recognise yourself!

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T&A placard - Bingley set for outdoor festival

Bingley set for outdoor festival

Fantastic sponsors for our third outdoor festival!

Our third walking festival happened on Monday Bank Holiday 6th May 2019. Again, this year we had five different walks and we still had a great turn out – about 130 people across all the walks.

We might not have been as lucky as the two previous years when it came to the weather, however we had a fantastic sponsor to help us out this year. Having heard of our third walking festival, Specsavers from Keighley came forward and asked us if there was anything they could do to help with the event. We suggested that they distribute refillable water bottles and they did!

We also had help to lead one of our walks from the Aire Rivers Trust. Nick Milsom did a great job at leading the family walk for us and we thank him dearly for that.

Bingley Walking Festival Leaflet 2019 - Page 1

Take a look at the 2019 leaflet - PDF download

Pictures - 2019 Walking Festival

Bingley Circular Walk

Large crowd for the Bingley Circular walk!

The Family Walk

Getting ready before the family walk along the River Aire

Bingley St Ives Walk

A bit wet for the St Ives walk.

Ilkley Moor Walk

Let's all sing On Ilkla Moor Baht' At!

On Ilkla Moor Baht' At

Made it to the summit of Ilkley Moor!

Eldwick Walk History Walk

A nice group for the Eldwick history walk!

Specsavers sponsors bottles

Our sponsor Specsavers distributing refillable water bottles

Dog in Rucksack

This dog in a rucksack was our little mascot during the long walk

Press articles - 2019 Walking Festival

Step out for third bingley walks festival
Telegraph & Argus - 2019-03-19 - Step out for third bingley walks festival

Telegraph & Argus - 2019-03-19

Town get boost from walk scheme
Telegraph & Argus - 2019-04-10 - Town get boost from walk scheme

Telegraph & Argus - 2019-04-10

Join the May Day Walking Festival
Bingley Directory - 2019-05-01 - Join the May Day Walking Festival

Bingley Directory - 2019-05-01

A sweltering hot second outdoor festival!

Did you noticed the weather that year? I mean, was it just me or it’s been quite an exceptional year! English weather doesn’t usually prepare you for so much sunshine. It’s a funny thing in a way because Summer officially starts on the Summer Solstice which was 21st June 2018 that year. However, we had a fantastic Spring and Bingley Walkers are Welcome were able to make the most of it.

Most of all, we had our second walking festival on Monday Bank Holiday 7th May and we were blessed with a wonderful weather. This year we had five different walks, one more than the previous year and we still had a great turn out – about 150 people across all the walks. One of the most popular was the long walk which took a group of about 50 people across the Harden Valley and Goit stock Waterfall. Below are some pictures taken at the beginning of each walks on Market Square:

Bingley Walking Festival Leaflet 2018 - Page 1

Take a look at the 2018 leaflet - PDF download

Pictures - 2018 Walking Festival

The Bingley to Saltaire Walk

A "flat walk", from Bingley to Saltaire and back

The Family Fun Walk

Start of the family fun walk

Harden Valley long walk

Before the long walk

Leaving for the Harden Valley long walk

Ready to go on the long walk!

The Micklethwaite walk via Three and Five Rise Locks

Lining up before leaving for the Micklethwaite Walk

The Mistery History Walk

Getting ready before the "mysterious" walk to St Ives Estate

Press articles - 2018 Walking Festival

Walking festival returns to town
Telegraph & Argus - 2018-04-30 - Walking festival returns to town

Telegraph & Argus - 2018-04-30

Walkers are welcome to join festival
Telegraph & Argus - 2018-04-30 - Walkers are welcome to join festival

Telegraph & Argus - 2018-04-30

What a success for our first outdoor festival!

Today we can be very proud of ourselves. Our first ever outdoor festival is now finished and what a day we had! More than 150 people turned out on four different walks during our Bingley Walking Festival on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st. A week before, on 25th April, we held our second AGM and we successfully recruited four new committee members. Back in March, we also recruited six more walk leaders after they went on a special training course. Another course this month will see two more walk leaders fully trained. This will mean we have 11 fully trained walk leaders in our group. All of this is proof that people in Bingley have a passion for walking and the great outdoors. This is so encouraging and we are all looking forward to organising our second walking festival in 2018!

Bingley Walking Festival Leaflet 2017 - Page 1

Take a look at the 2017 leaflet - PDF download

Pictures - 2017 Walking Festival

Group of people attending Sir Fred Hoyle Walk

Sir Fred Hoyle Walk

Group of people attending Beckfoot & Cottingley Walk

Beckfoot & Cottingley Walk

Group of people attending Canal History Walk

Canal History Walk

Group of people attending Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk

Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk

Great publicity and support

The outdoor festival was a great occasion for every participant to discover or rediscover various parts of Bingley. Local businesses also benefited from the extra customs the festival brought in town for the day. However, none of this could have happened without the help and support of various people and organisations.

First of all, Bingley Town Council gave us a grant of £500 which was used to design and print our leaflets and posters for the festival. This was a necessary step to get noticed by the local community. We soon realised it could be a success when we had to re-print a new batch because all the flyers were gone! A special thank you goes to Emma Gregg at Fullstop Studio who designed the attractive leaflets and posters.

Note: the grant was also awarded on condition that we would produce a special leaflet dedicated to walks about Sir Fred Hoyle early life in Bingley and surrounding areas.

Bingley Town Council logo

Then of course our walk leaders and backmarkers who gave their time to prepare and lead the walks during the festival. Safety on all walks is very important to us and having both walk leaders and backmarkers gave reassurance to all walkers that we would take care of them no matter what.

Walkers are Welcome Logo

Canal & River Trust also supported us and sent us some “Quack Snacks" pouches which we filled with porridge oats for the Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk. This was a great occasion to make children and grown-ups aware about what food should be given to ducks. Each year, tonnes of bread are thrown away in our canals and unfortunately it’s a real misery for both animals and habitats. The Trust is trying to change this and launched a great campaign about it. Have you seen their video yet?

Canal & River Trust Logo
Quack Snacks - Canal & River Trust

Quack Snacks pouches by Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust video

Press articles - 2017 Walking Festival

Finally a great thank you to the local press and websites who publicised the festival in their columns and pages. We had a wealth of publicity and thanks to them our outreach went beyond the boundaries of Bingley. Below are some of the best we collected:

Walkers invited to town festival
Telegraph & Argus - 2017-04-22 - Walkers invited to town festival

Telegraph & Argus - 2017-04-22

Picks of the month - Bingley walking festival 2017
The Bingley Review - 2017-04-24 - Picks of the month Bingley walking festival 2017

The Bingley Review - 2017-04-24

Walking festival to be held in town
Telegraph & Argus - 2017-04-27 - Walking Festival to Be Held in Town

Telegraph & Argus - 2017-04-27

Ramblers take steps into history at festival
Telegraph & Argus - 2017-05-02 - Ramblers Take Steps Into History at Festival

Telegraph & Argus - 2017-05-02

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