Active Travel Festival Chester

The Event will return in 2024!


Sunday 16th June 2024

Townhall Square Chester City Centre



Welcome to the Active Travel Festival Website.

If you would like to get a taste of what we did last year why not take a look at this short video.

What is Active Travel?

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

Aimed at all ages and abilities the ACTIVE TRAVEL FESTIVAL or ATfest will be fun and informative, with the purpose to promote active travel as the natural choice for those short journeys: to school, work or the shops.

So, if you’re a driver who’s interested in reducing your car use then ATfest is for you…

What are the Benefits?

Health & Wellbeing

as physical activity for just 30 minutes a day has huge physical, mental and social health benefits

Environment & Community

by reducing the environmental impacts of congestion, reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality


people travelling into the city using active travel spend 30% more time and money than drivers, which benefits the local economy



Chester Green Weekend is a new event to Chester which will be part of the national Great Big Green Week. It has come from a collaboration of Chester Great and Small Ambassadors who are responsible for various sustainable activities, including the Active Travel Festival, Green Expo, Sustainable Cheshire Fair (Eco Communities) and the oH design Foundation. With the fantastic help of We love Good Times and Reasonably Good. 

Lots of fun activities will be taking place around Chester City Centre and in Grosvenor Park over the weekend 15th and 16th June with an underlying aim of raising awareness of what we can all do to improve our health and wellbeing and tackle the climate and nature emergency.

Activities, workshops, walks, stalls, food and entertainment will be available, all within the walkable City of Chester. We will be distributing 10,000 copies of a special Chester Green Weekend Map where organisations and businesses can promote what they are doing.

Dr Bike Check

FREE health check for your bike. Our friendly on-site mechanics from The Bike Factory will assess your bike with a 20 point check ranging from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressures to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. You’ll then be given a jargon-free written report – a bit like an MOT – which will highlight any identified safety or maintenance issues. Any minor adjustments or repairs will be made there and then if possible. The clinic is taking place in Townhall Square and is open to both children’s and adult bikes with a standard triage time of 15 minutes..

Freestyle Mountain Bike Stunts

FREE to attend.  The Bike Factory has teamed up with Extreme Mountain Bike Stunts to present a thrilling stunt display. Headed up by multiple British and European trials bike champion, Danny Butler, the stunt show will amaze and entertain, with riders flying through the air performing breath taking tricks and stunts. This is an extreme sport that requires a lot of discipline and skill to perform at the highest level.


Officers from our local Police force will be offering free security marking of bikes, providing advice on cycle safety and explaining recent changes in the Highway Code that relate to the safety of walkers and cyclists; including the need for motor vehicles to give sufficient overtaking space when passing a cyclist on a road.

Films and Talks

During the Big Green Week leading up to the Chester Green Weekend, you will be able to enjoy films of interest at StoryHouse and PictureHouse, including the Wilding; the story of a young couple that bets on nature for the future of their failing, four-hundred-year-old estate. Their grand rewilding experiment reveals an untapped power of nature to rebound, and offers hope for conserving biodiversity the world over.


On Sunday 16th June Professor Peter Cox will be giving a talk in Storyhouse Garrett Theatre, hosted by Oliver Hill, Storyhouse Director of Operations and a very keen cyclist. Peter Cox is the retired professor of sociology at the University of Chester, where he taught sociology and politics. His research has focused on cycling and he is particularly interested in the experiential dimensions of cycling and walking and how these affect and inform decision-making from personal choices to policy levels.

Team Talk

No one knows Chester better than its residents, which is why your involvement in this event is so important to us!

With the ambition of Government via Active Travel England for 50% of trips in England’s towns and cities to be walked, cycled or wheeled by 2030 we want Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) to put active travel at the very heart of its transport strategy. Measures to support active travel can come in a range of forms so we want to make sure that what is built in the future makes sense and forms a network that can serve the whole city, and for that we need your input.

Come along to the Festival and share with us your ideas and feedback for the future

As the organisers of ATfest our goals are to:

Promote active travel in Chester

Engage with the local community

Ensure ATfest is accessible to all

Build and develop relationships with local businesses