Saturday 2 September 2023 marks the return of the popular EcoFest to Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens.
Taking place from 10am to 5pm, EcoFest celebrates everything eco with a range of have-a-go sessions and activities covering everything from wellbeing, fitness and sustainability, a delicious choice of local & sustainable food and a variety of music from local artists on the bandstand.
Visitors will also be able to browse a range of stalls from local businesses offering healthy and sustainable alternatives, with charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) there to talk about the work they do in the community to combat climate change and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
The event has attracted over 4,000 visitors since it first began in 2019 and has now become a staple part of the town’s events calendar.
Councillor James Kennedy, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, said: “Since it first began, EcoFest has proven to be a great success, demonstrating that people consciously want to make a difference to their environment.
“With the declaration of a climate emergency and more recently an ecological emergency, there has never been a more important time for us all to look at making positive changes that will improve both our own and the planet’s health.
“Our Climate Emergency Action Plan is designed to improve our residents’ standard of living by addressing traffic congestion, improving air quality, enhancing biodiversity, and encouraging more energy efficient homes and public buildings.
“It’s an event designed for everyone, so I encourage as many as possible to attend and commit to at least one change they can make that will truly make a difference.”
And for the first time this year, local dance-circus company Motionhouse who are based at the Town Hall, will be performing WILD at EcoFest. WILD explores our relationship with the natural environment, creating an urban forest in the everyday of the city. Using the powerful physicality distinctive to Motionhouse, performers use dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering to move through a forest of tall poles, which forms the striking set for WILD. From the top of the pole, life in the canopy looks down onto the forest floor – a dangerous world of unknown meetings.
Steph Kerr, Executive Director at BID Leamington, said: “
Councillor Ella Billiald, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Economy, added: “EcoFest is a fantastic event for families and those that are looking to take the first steps towards an eco-friendly future. It’s an event that’s good for us all and good for the planet, so come along and take part in the diverse range of activities, enjoy the locally sourced and sustainable food including vegan and vegetarian options, and see how we can all get active in our district’s wonderful parks.”
To keep up to date with the event:
Visit the website – www.warwickdc.gov.uk/ecofest
Join the Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/193060523201151/