To support projects which encourage local people to be active, learn and play together.
The Soap Box Challenge will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend - Sunday 28th August. 50 teams from around the UK will compete, racing their homemade soapbox carts across the ancient cobbles. Starting from Micklegate Bar on the far south west corner of the walled city, the carts will shake and vibrate their way downwards towards the River Ouse and winners’ trophy.
Promising to be a fantastic, fun day out for the whole family including local residents and visitors, it is hoped the race will become a favourite ‘must do’ in the city’s events’ calendar. During the day spectators and competitors will be able to enjoy live music, street food, children’s events and shopping. The numerous pubs and bars will be geared up to welcome the crowds and the media attention.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is a wonderful, elegant street and, unlike any other in the city, it’s wide, cobbled and reaches down towards the river. It's scattered with wonderful independent shops that don't receive the footfall they deserve because of highstreet chain competitors.
It’s hoped the Micklegate Run will bring people back and let them see that this hidden gem is the perfect setting for street parties and events. The day will make everyone smile and feel part of a great celebration while investing in the street’s future.
Steps to get it done:
This event will be fun and a great opportunity for families, businesses and charities to raise money. It will remind people that Micklegate is a great family street as well as a lively place after dark. And as the carts hurtle downwards across the cobbles and into the big bend, it will put Micklegate back on the map!
Sunday 28th August 2016 – Let’s all head for Micklegate - York's finest street
The brilliant independent shops and businesses on Micklegate would love this event to be the huge success it deserves to be. With your help it will realise its goal.
Micklegate Needs You. Please Support the Run!
About the space
City of York Council