Those who miss the outdoors won't want to miss this free family day in Derry
It's almost spring and this fun-packed event will serve as a timely reminder of the benefits of fresh air and getting active on our greenways
With so much home media and Smart Entertainment to keep us occupied these days, it can be easy to lose sight of the endless joy that the world outside has to offer. Every now and again it's good to be reminded of what we're missing out on when glued to our screens.
Thankfully, for families in Derry~Londonderry, there will soon be the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with the outdoors after what's seemed like one of the longest winters in living memory.
Love My Greenway takes place on Saturday, April 7 from 11am-3pm and will be full of free and fun activities aimed at promoting the district's greenways and how they can be used to help improve health and well-being and lead an active life outdoors.
Held at the Cityside entrance to the Peace Bridge, the event will feature circus skills and drumming workshops, animated performers on unicycles and rickshaws and an interactive pop-up graffiti wall. There'll also be free bicycle checks and tips from experts on how to keep your bike in good condition, and even the chance make your own smoothie using a bike powered smoothie-maker.
For those wondering where they might grab a bite to refuel after all this activity, food traders will be on hand with local produce while Derry-based 'eco-adventure' company Far and Wild will be offering a free Cycle and Food Tour at 11am and 2pm on the day for those who want to be guided to the area's best greenways. Spaces are limited however so advanced booking is required by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 077 7591 1198.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Maolíosa McHugh says the event is a fantastic way of showcasing the greenway space that we have available across the Council area. 'The Council has invested significantly on the provision of greenway space across the City and District and its one of the core objectives set out in our Strategic Growth Plan to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens. This is a really fun way of promoting walking and cycling and an active lifestyle with something for every member of the family to get involved in and enjoy.'
Meanwhile, the monthly Walled City Market will be running concurrently in Derry's Guildhall Square from 11am-4pm, itself with a vast array of local craft and food producers showcasing their produce. Little ones can enjoy balloon modelling and face painting entertainment, and anyone travelling by bike will be entitled to a money off voucher from Sustrans Stall that can be redeemed at any of the market stalls on the day.
Finally, some fantastic prizes will be up for grabs from organisers Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Sustrans, with the chance to win simply tweeting a greenway selfie with the hashtag #LoveMyGreenway on the day. More information can be found at www.derrystrabane.com/greenway.