A special family activity day is set to take place at Keighley’s Cliffe Castle, celebrating the efforts of community groups and organisations working towards climate action. The event, called the Family Fun Eco Day, will be hosted by Bradford Council on Saturday, 1 July, from 11 am to 3:15 pm.

A total of 29 local organisations will participate in the event, including the Mind the Gap Theatre Company, which will perform ‘Birdie,’ a story emphasising the importance of collective action in addressing the climate crisis. Numerous other groups are also taking part, such as Airedale Beekeepers, Cliffe Castle Support Group, and Plastic Free Riddlesden, among others.

Attendees can look forward to engaging in activities offered by each organisation, aiming to entertain and educate families on the importance of connecting with nature and taking steps to protect the planet. Grow to School will provide an interactive session encouraging children to explore the grounds and discover the wonders of nature, while Woodville Activity Centre volunteers will sell vegetable plants. Northern Fortress Films will showcase movies created by local young filmmakers, and Theatre in the Mill will bring cargo bikes offering a virtual reality experience along with a DJ.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, the Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, expressed her enthusiasm for the event, stating, “This looks like a fantastic event, and the scale of it shows that we have a wealth of local organisations working to make positive changes for climate action, support nature, reduce waste, and raise awareness. I am impressed that the organisers have been able to get so many people on board for the day and hope it receives an enthusiastic response.”

If the Family Fun Eco Day proves successful, the organisers are hopeful of making it an annual event, potentially expanding it even further in the future. This celebration of community-driven climate action and environmental stewardship promises to be an exciting day out for families in Keighley and beyond.