Fakenham Active Week set to return with free activities

1:39 PM August 17, 2022

From writing to rugby, a week full of activities is about to return to Fakenham – almost all completely free.

Active Fakenham Week will once again be held in the borough from Saturday August 20 to Sunday August 28.

Various people from across the city will offer their expertise over the nine-day period.

Two of the events we usually charge for, a Photo Walk with Keith Osborn and Creative Writing with Heather De Lyon, have both been made free to help those battling the cost of living crisis.

Chairman of Active Fakenham, Richard Crook.
– Credit: Keith Osborn

Richard Crook, Chairman of Active Fakenham, said: “We are delighted to get this ‘Active Week’ back on the road.

“There’s a lot going on including a free gym membership for the week, an introduction to bridge, free bike safety checks and more.

“I hope people take advantage of these opportunities and try their luck.”

During the week there will also be a photo exhibition celebrating 10 years of Active Fakenham.

Ride North Norfolk will take place for the first time since 2019 this weekend.

Ride North Norfolk has been canceled this year
– Credit: Fakenham Active

Unfortunately, the usual final, Ride North Norfolk, was canceled for the first time in its history.

Mr Crook said there had been ‘very low enrolment’ for the non-competitive social cycle.

He added: “While we often have registrations in the last two weeks and on the same day, it is too risky for us as a small voluntary organization to risk the money and resources needed to organize the event.

“This is the first time we have had to cancel the Ride North Norfolk and we expect this to be an exceptional incident.

Fakenham's active chairman, Richard Crook, organizes events across Fakenham.  He organized the Easter Cup

Richard Crook, active chairman of Fakenham
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“I am very sorry that we had to take this step.

“There have been particular difficulties this year as well as obvious difficulties around the coronavirus. The team members had health issues at the beginning of the year, which meant that we started organizing and publicizing later than usual.

“We plan to make a special effort with next year’s race which will take place on Sunday August 27, 2023.”

Mr Crook promised refunds for anyone who had already registered.

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Center on Trapp Lane hosted the first Pickleball session.  Picture: Each

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Center on Trapp Lane will hold events throughout the week
– Credit: Archant

Active Fakenham Week starts on August 20. The full program of events is available at www.activefakenham.org.uk.

To visit the photo exhibition celebrating 10 years of Active Fakenham on August 25, email [email protected]

Sara H. Byrd