Community launch of The Active Way to get people more active in Midsomer Norton

A bike stunt show and a pedal-powered duck race are among the free activities on offer at the launch of a scheme to improve people’s health and wellbeing in the Somer Valley.

The Active Way is a three-year project to promote increased levels of physical activity by providing free activities for residents in the Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Timsbury and Westfield area.

The community launch is on Saturday, 14 October at Unit 14 in Midsomer Norton from 1pm to 4pm and will also feature live music, bike-powered bubbles, ‘pedal your own smoothie’ and a photography exhibition by Snap and Stroll. A café stall and cakes will be available. People can also bring their bike along for a free safety check.

The Active Way is led by Bath & North East Somerset Council and funded through Active Travel England and the West of England Combined Authority. The free activities include led walking groups, led bike rides, cycling instruction, inclusive cycling sessions and a digital behavioural change activity monitor.

As part of the Active Way, people and groups of the Somer Valley are able to bid for money to enable Active Travel, Sport, Creativity or Green initiatives in our communities. Anyone who has an idea can apply for a Willson Grant, with grants available of up to £1000 or £7000. Applications can be made here until 12.00pm on October 16 and FAQs and budget forms are available by emailing [email protected]

Becoming more active can help increase your confidence, improve some health and wellbeing issues and meet new people. This free community day will get The Active Way project off to a good start and help people in the area learn more about what’s on offer for them. I hope lots of people will join us.

Councillor Sarah Warren, deputy Leader and cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel

Press release by Bath and North East Somerset