DO and EVENT Cycle of Life
This year’s Tour of Britain sees some of the best cyclists in the world speeding through the stunning scenery of Wales and England. The race starts on September 2 in Newport, winds through Cranbrook, Bristol, Nuneaton, Barrow, Mansfield and London on September 9. As well as watching the riders swish by, expect hundreds of roadside events, live music, pedal-themed parties and chances to scope out the latest in cycle tech. Or why not enter the route-long Land Art competition? Take your gang along, and be inspired to get your two-wheelers out this summer.
RECIPE, MAKE, DO School Daze
Yay! Boo! It’s back to school time. We’ve got a checklist of things to make the transition a little sweeter, cheaper, and tastier.
*Be inspired by new vegan lunchbox ideas (the Buffalo Jackfruit Sandwiches with Hemp Crunch sound amazing)
*Brighten up your pencil box with home-made pencil toppers, cute rainbow unicorn notebooks, gorgeous pen roll-ups and a brilliant measuring tape pencil case.
*Find a new pair of shoes that care as much for the earth as your kids’ feet – the Vegan Society has an excellent guide to animal-friendly brands
*Scour kids clothes swap sites for tough-enough bargains. We like Loopster and Swish Little Kids!
*Print out – or be inspired to make your own versions of – these cute lunch box notes and jokes – slip one in your child’s cool bag or pencil case every day to bring a smile to their face.
EVENT Century of Stone
Happy birthday, Stonehenge! The most popular and recognisable ancient monument in the UK celebrates 100 years of being in the care of the nation – find out more about its recent history here. This weekend the Visitor Centre is set to be transformed into a Neolithic food festival, with a kitchen, hands-on shopping experience, live food demos, and a recreation of food celebrations that haven’t been seen for 4500 years. Free to English Heritage members, entry prices apply
EVENT Re-use, Recycle, Research
Why not use Zero Waste Week as a spur to double down on your commitment to the environment? Sign up for a daily email that includes new initiatives, hints and tips to reduce the size of your rubbish bin, cut down on single-use plastics, and help save the environment and planet’s resources. The Zero Waste Week community is also a great year-round resource for practical suggestions and fun! September 3-7
EVENT Hull Lotta Love
Hull’s year as City of Culture saw it soar artistically, and its annual Freedom Festival is a great time to visit the exciting city. This year’s event includes the return of ambitious community project, Freedom Feastival the tasty, family-friendly climax of months of hard growing work from the people of the city. The party also features spectacular outdoor arts shows, carnivals and interactive installations to explore – we’re excited about the Urban Safari, the Children’s University and Parliament talk about freedom, and the international community carnival. Make a weekend of it. Many events free, some ticketed. Full line-up here