Good Living Week: Celebrating sustainable city living in Bristol

PUBLISHED: 13:36 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013

Good Living Week: Celebrating sustainable city living in Bristol

Good Living Week: Celebrating sustainable city living in Bristol

A new festival to inspire people in cities to live and work more sustainably is being held in Bristol from 10 - 19 June

A new festival to inspire people in cities to live and work more sustainably is being held in Bristol.

Bristols Good Living Week will offer people practical ideas, demonstrations and cutting-edge thinking about how they can adopt greener practices in all aspects of city living - work, home, education, travel and leisure.

Running from 10-19 June at venues across the city, the festival is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to a lively programme of events and will showcase a range of sustainable community and business projects from across the city.

New public events include the Live Local Weekend a series of events showing people how to live efficiently and minimise their impact. Activities include a cycling and walking tour of the best in locally-produced food and drink the Get Growing Open Garden Day - and Bristol Green Doors, a trail around the city where people can visit houses with solar and other renewable energy. The Create Centre will be holding a community discovery event with grow your own workshops, food tastings, herbal walks and craft activities. Already well established in the city, Bristols Biggest Bike Ride is one of the UKs largest free non-competitive cycling events and offers a choice of five routes for all ages and abilities, starting from Bristols Millennium Square.

Bristols Good Living Week also features the popular Festival of Nature at Bristols Harbourside. The biggest event of its kind in the UK, the festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world all free of charge. This year, for the very first time outside London, the festival will host the Sustainable Living Zone, a major contemporary sustainable living exhibition offering great ideas and inspiration for a contemporary green and ethical lifestyle. The Festival of Nature will also host Schools Day, an opportunity for 1,200 local young people to think about a range of environmental issues and get some hands-on experience.

A special debate at the saved Arnos Vale Cemetery, chaired by Darren Hall of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, will pit ecologist Mike Dilger and archaeologist Mike Horton against each other as they argue the case for heritage versus wildlife.

Alistair Sawday, Bristol Green Capital chairperson, says: Bristols Good Living Week is not about preaching to the converted; rather, it provides an opportunity for anyone who has an interest but needs inspiration to find out how they can take steps to be more sustainable in all aspects of their lives. It is a chance to show the rest of the world the range and quality of activities and thinking in Bristol which makes it such a hotbed of green innovation and also a way for the city to learn from what others are doing elsewhere.

Bristols Good Living Week is being led by Bristol Green Capital Partnership and supported by a range of leading green organisations and businesses including Bristol Natural History Consortium, Forum for the Future, Bristol Food Network, Bristol Green Doors, the Create Centre, Climate Works, IMS Consulting, Co-Exist and the Design Forum.

To find out more about Bristols Good Living Week including full details of events, check out the website at or people can join the communities and share their thoughts on Facebook and Twitter (please note these will not be live until May).

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