Kids can stay active this summer by discovering York attractions – and have the chance to win a bike, thanks to a project by cycling charity Sustrans.
The Green Explorer initiative, which is funded by City of York Council’s i-Travel York project and supported by Visit York, aims to keep kids moving during the school holidays and to encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
Children can become a Green Explorer by visiting one of the 16 participating venues by bike, scooter, on foot or public transport and collecting a stamp. Once four stamps have been collected children will be awarded a special enamel pin badge and can enter the prize draw to win a new bike.
“Walking and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health, the environment and it’s fun too,” said Sustrans’ Yorkshire director David Hall. “Joining Sustrans Green Explorers is a great way to spend time with family in the school holidays while keeping fit and healthy.”
Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “With this new campaign we hope to encourage even more children to explore new ways of travelling to their favourite places during the summer holidays.”
Visit York is also pleased to be supporting “a fantastic way for inquisitive youngsters to explore some of the city’s top tourist attractions whist staying fit and healthy,” said its chief executive Gillian Cruddas.
“York is a vibrant and exciting city and one that is oozing in culture and history – from the largest gothic cathedral north of the Alps to the largest railway museum in the world. This new initiative also offers a new reason for visitors to explore York with their children this summer.”
To find out more, go to the Green Explorer page on Visit York’s website.
Venues in and around York taking part
Jorvik Viking Centre
Brunswick Organic Nursery
Naburn Station Tea Garden
St Nicks Fields
Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
The Designer Outlet
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
National Railway Museum
Castle Museum; and
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