A brand new zone has been included at this year’s Get Active Festival to encourage people to get on their bikes.
And, if you take part, you will even get your own Wiggins-style sideburns.
Whether you’ve never been on a bike before, are looking to dust off your bike and get back on, or want to become the next Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton, there will be something for everyone, according to Chichester District Council.
The Get Active Festival is being held on the same day as the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony, Sunday 9 September, from 12pm – 4pm in Oaklands Park, Chichester. It offers a range of activities for both adults and children – regardless of age or ability.
In the cycling zone, there will be a ‘try-a-bike’ arena, guided cycle rides from Oaklands Park, head-to-head racing events, and local cycling clubs.
Councillor Eileen Lintill said: “There has been an increased interest in cycling across the district following the success of the British cycling team at the Olympics. We want to continue this and hopefully inspire even more people, of all ages and abilities, to get out on their bikes.
“We will even have Bradley Wiggins-style sideburns for everyone who takes part in any of the activities in the cycling zone.
“A number of local clubs will be there offering activities for everyone to take part in.
“The ‘try-a-bike’ arena is ideal for people who wish to ride a bike in a safe environment, supported by qualified bike instructors.
“There will be a variety of bikes available to appeal to everyone. We will also have a dedicated bike park where you can secure your bikes – so why not cycle to the event and leave the car at home?”
There will be a range of bikes available in the ‘try-a-bike’ arena including:
mountain bikes; junior bikes; a mini penny farthing; a junior tandem; and electric bikes.
As part of the cycling zone, there will also be: a ‘roller-racing’ activity, where you can go head-to-head on static bikes and see who can go the fastest; guided cycle rides with a qualified leader from Oaklands Park, along the Centurion Way and back again; a Bike Doctor, who can give your bike a health check and help assess any problems; details of a new cycling programme designed for those new or returning to cycling; a dedicated bike park to secure your bike; and,
local cycling clubs – Biking Belles (female only cycling club), Solent Pirates (youth cycling club), and Chicycle.
A cycle smoothie roadshow will also be part of the Wellbeing zone.
This year’s festival also includes the popular play zone, an expanded green zone, free mini health checks, and a disability sports zone. The disability sports zone will give both disabled and able bodied visitors the chance to try Paralympic sports. There will also be an emergency services zone, fun inflatables and a mobile climbing wall.
There will even be the opportunity to meet the Paralympic Mascot Mandeville and an Olympic Torchbearer.
Local arts groups will be involved in the day to help celebrate the Cultural Olympiad. There will also be over 20 different sports clubs from the local community offering free taster sessions. Activities include: rugby; football; rifle shooting; martial arts; cricket;
boxing; fencing; archery; golf; hockey; zumba; orienteering; tennis and more.
Chichester Festival Theatre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will also be offering visitors a chance to Access (Almost) All Areas on the day from 11am – 4pm.
From front of house trails to backstage tours, and dressing rooms to waiting in the wings, Access (Almost) All Areas is part of Heritage Open Days. The Festival Theatre will open its doors to provide activities for anyone with curiosity for theatre. Suitable for all ages (over 5 years); there is no need to book in advance.
Oaklands Park will also be one of the many outdoor performance spaces across the UK hosting a Bandstand Marathon event on 9 September between 1pm and 5pm.
This is a nationwide music day, which aims to encourage communities across the country to come together and celebrate the final day of the Games through a range of free live entertainment.
The Get Active Festival is run by Chichester District Council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Team.