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Colchester Cycling Campaign

For advice on what bike, local bike shops, routes beyond Colchester, Bike Drinks, local campaigning and much more.

Volunteer Led Rides

Regular, gentle rides to boost confidence and experience

Clean Air Heroes

A points-based activity for infant, junior and primary schools located within the Essex County Council Authority catchment

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Who went to Colchester Free Festival?

Find out who won the prize draw plus we share some anecdotes from some of the many interesting and inspiring conversations we had with people at the Colchester free festival.

Winners of Colchester free festival raffle draw

Family stall at Colchester free festival 2015

Dr Bike at Colchester free festival 2015

Info stall at Colchester free festival 2015

Chris Welham at Colchester free festival 2015

Every cyclist who parked in our Cycle Town area was entered into a free raffle, and our three lucky winners received their prizes last week. First prize – a Kask ladies helmet donated by Velo Cycling & Coffee – was won by Sue, who said she had thoroughly enjoyed the Festival, and really appreciated the cycle parking facility. Second was a £100 Halfords voucher, which went to Belinda – she hasn’t yet decided what gadgets she’ll buy with it. And in third place was 9 year old Kira, who won a £75 voucher from Re-Cycle, the bike charity. Congratulations to all of our lucky winners – and many thanks to Velo, Halfords and Re-Cycle for their generous prizes.

Over the weekend, we enjoyed chatting to our many visitors, and hearing about their cycling experiences. In particular, we were delighted to meet a Dutch couple who are on our mailing list and so had heard about the Colchester Free Festival, and planned their UK visit to coincide with it. Minne we hope to see you again next year!

We were also very impressed with Keith and his family – his in-laws, his wife and two young children – who had decided to cycle to the Festival from New Town on both days. The children hadn’t tackled a journey of this length before and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We’ll be profiling Keith and his family in a future newsletter.

We also had a lovely chat with Nicola and her two sons Nicholas and Daniel who have all recently started cycling as a family. Daniel, who missed Bikeability training at school because he couldn't ride a bike has learnt to cycle this summer holiday and is planning to cycle to his new secondary school; St Helena's this term. Good luck Daniel, we hope it is working out and Nicola please get in touch regarding Bikeability training!

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The Cake Escape

Cycle around Essex and collect stamps towards a free slice of cake!

Centurion Treasure Trail

Take the kids on a treasure trail around High Woods country park and find real treasure at the end!

Wivenhoe's Bike Kitchen

Friendly community bicycle workshop offering drop in sessions twice a week

Colchester Bike Kitchen

Friendly community bicycle workshop 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon each month