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ATfest - Active Travel Festival Chester

Funded on Spacehive 20 March 2023 Delivered 17 June 2023

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ATfest - Active Travel Festival Chester

ATfest - Active Travel Festival Chester

Stephen Perry By Stephen Perry

This pilot event will take place on Sunday 18 June 2023 in Chester city-centre to promote everyday cycling and walking and wheeling for everyone in Cheshire - the natural choice for short journeys.

Chester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 20 Mar 2023!

ATfest is intended as a fun and informative event with the aim to promote active travel in all its forms to multi-generational participants. Local residents will be encouraged to walk, cycle or wheel, into Chester from home. For those arriving from the wider Cheshire West area the options are to arrive by bus or train, or drive to (and park for free at) one of Chester's Park & Ride sites. On arrival into the city-centre participants will be able to choose from a 'menu' of live events taking place across a variety of green spaces and venues, such as: Kids activity areas with Bikeability learn-to-ride sessions; eBike Experience Zone for 16+; BMX skills training. In particular we intend to encourage those for whom the default is to drive to Chester so they realise that there are other alternative and practical sustainable active travel options to consider and hopefully embrace.

What we'll deliver:

  • Hiring of event management team
  • Hiring of communications team
  • Project management, safeguarding, H&S
  • Monitoring, evaluation and Learning Team
  • Group to encourage community group participation

Why it's a great idea:

During lockdown we saw that vast numbers of people will walk, cycle and wheel if given the right environment. The hosting of ATfest - a pilot festival event to promote active travel - will not only strengthen the passion for walking, cycling and wheeling* amongst the local population on the day of the event, but afterwards will encourage and inspire participants to take them up as everyday activities - the benefits of which include: social inclusion, reduced air-pollution, improved public health (physical and mental); the events for children provide a fun gateway into physical activity and research from businesses shows the positive impact of walking, cycling and wheeling on our high streets and city-centres. (*wheeling is intended to include push-scooting, electric scooting, mobility scooters, skate boards, wheelchairs and other wheeled mobility aids).

Steps to get it done:

  • Appoint event manager
  • Raise Initial Funding
  • Create Website/Social Media and Data Collection
  • Achieve Corporate Sponsorship
  • Create Community Group Participation
  • Deliver the event
  • Measure, Evaluate and Learn

Location Chester

About the space

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Cheshire West and Chester

How will the money be spent?Total £24,811

Marketing - £8,000 (32%)
Consultancy/event management - £6,000 (24%)
Health & Safety - £4,520 (18%)
Entertainment - £3,150 (13%)
Gazebo - £830 (3%)
Insurance - £750 (3%)
Other - £1,561 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Consultancy/event management
Health & Safety
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £24,811

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