Walking festival seeks entries for 2020 line-up

Published on 17/02/2020

The month-long Bristol Walk Fest returns with a 8th annual edition aimed at encouraging more people of all ages, interests and fitness levels to explore the city and its surrounds on foot.

Bristol Walk Fest is urging organisations with ideas for walking events to get in touch by Monday 24 February if they want a listing in the timetable for the festival’s next edition, taking place from May 1 to 31.

Festival director Karen Lloyd of Active Ageing Bristol says:

“Interest in Bristol Walk Fest surged last year with 7,800+ people taking advantage of a choice of more than 250 adventures on foot and covering a combined total estimate of 12,600 miles around the city.

We already know that scores of last year’s event organisers are already fine-tuning their plans for Bristol Walk Fest 2020 but more submissions to our free guide are most welcome – if we hear in time.”

There is no charge for adding a listing to the festival’s line-up and while the organisers are keen to make sure that most walks and walking sports are free to join, some organisers are allowed to sell tickets.

To find the events submissions form, visit https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/get-involved/submit-an-event/.

A hallmark of the festival – one of the biggest of its kind in the UK – is the variety of events it offers.

Karen Lloyd added:

“We genuinely do offer something for everyone.

There will be events for all fitness levels, including those with serious health challenges or disabilities;  a good range of dates and start times and a very rich choice of interests – among them local history, street art, food and foraging, walking sports, celebrity links, nature and wildlife.”

Once the programme is complete, it will be shared via the Bristol Walk Fest website – www.bristolwalkfest.com – and via printed brochures, flyers and posters. News will also be available from the Bristol Walk Fest page on Facebook and via @briswalkfest20 on Twitter.

Bristol Walk Fest 2020 is being co-ordinated by Active Ageing Bristol in collaboration with The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, working in partnership with Age UK Bristol. Principal funders are Active Ageing Bristol and Bristol City Council’s Access Fund.

The festival coincides with Living Streets’ National Walking Month – a nationwide initiative encouraging people to take more trips on foot.