Bristol Walk Fest is urging walking event organisers to step lively if they want a listing in the timetable for the festival’s next edition, taking place this year from May 1 to 31.

The team behind the city’s 7th annual celebration of walking plans to unveil its 2019 programme in early April and is hoping to improve on last year’s take-up when around 4,400 people participated in a choice of more than 160 events.

But festival director Karen Lloyd of Active Ageing Bristol explains: “The festival relies on the city’s many walking groups, walk leaders and walking sports enthusiasts to submit their ideas, and the deadline for securing an entry in the official programme is early March. We know that scores are already fine-tuning their plans but we want to remind newcomers that more ideas are always welcome – if they step lively and contact us in time.”

There is no charge for adding a listing to the festival’s line-up. To find the submissions form, just visit our ‘Submit an Event‘ page on the Bristol Walk Fest website.

A hallmark of the festival – one of the biggest of its kind in the UK – is the variety of events it offers – from pushchair-friendly park strolls and gentle urban ambles to uphill challenges and countryside hikes of 10 miles or more; the wide choice of interests covered, including heritage, history, street art, food and foraging, walking sports, nature and wildlife, and that different abilities, fitness levels and time commitments are taken into account.

Karen Lloyd added: “One change we’re hoping to introduce this year is more events for people with disabilities, especially sensory experiences for those with impaired vision, and more stress-busting lunchtime walks for city centre workers.”

Once the programme is complete, it will be shared via the Bristol Walk Fest website and via printed brochures, flyers and posters. News will also be available from the Bristol Walk Fest page on Facebook and via @briswalkfest19 on Twitter.

Bristol Walk Fest 2019 is being co-ordinated by Active Ageing Bristol in collaboration with Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, working in partnership with Age UK Bristol. Principal funders are Active Ageing Bristol and the Travelwest Fund, with further sponsorship, in cash and/or in kind, from Bristol Ageing Better, Bristol Ramblers, Bristol Waste Company, Living Streets, Visit Bristol and the print distribution agency Pear Communications.

The festival coincides with Living Streets’ National Walking Month – a nationwide initiative encouraging people to take more trips on foot.