Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019

An exciting new event is headed to the new-look Pump Room Gardens on Sunday 5 May 2019.

yoga in pump roomsEcoFest will celebrate everything eco with a range of taster sessions and activities, a delicious choice of vegan & vegetarian food and a variety of music on the refurbished bandstand.

The event is designed to help individuals and families learn how to make more environmentally friendly and healthy choices whilst exploring their local green spaces and getting more active. ‘Have a go’ activities will be available to help people decrease their carbon footprint and take small steps towards a more environmentally friendly future, while free ‘taster’ sessions will allow you to try your hand at something new to support wellbeing and fitness – Thai Chi perhaps, or ‘Laughter Yoga’.

Warwick District Council has been working closely with local environmental charity Action 21 to organise the event, as part of the £1.4m National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund restoration of the Pump Room Gardens and bandstand. Work has been underway to improve Leamington’s village green for the community, which has included the detailed restoration of the iconic Victorian Walter McFarlane and Co. bandstand along with landscaping enhancements, lighting and path improvements, new bins, benches and tree planting.

Councillor Andrew Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Health & Community Protection, said: “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 you and good for the planet, so come along and take part in the diverse range of activities, enjoy some tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and see how we can all use less plastic, travel more sustainably and decrease our carbon footprint, while also getting fit and active in our district’s parks.”

John Armstrong from Action 21 added: “EcoFest is a huge step forward from last year’s Eco Fun Day and will be an enormous help in furthering our aims of reducing the environmental impact of our local community and raising awareness of the importance of this.”

For more information or to get involved, visit the EcoFest page. To read more about the £1.4m Pump Room Gardens restoration project, visit the project page.

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