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Do the Local Motion at keep-fit festival in Darlington
YOUNGSTERS and their families can try out new ways of getting active at a summer festival next week.
The Local Motion Mega Summer Festival is being held in Darlington town centre from 11am and 4pm on Monday and Tuesday (August 12 and 13), and from 10.15am to 3pm in the Dolphin Centre.
Activities on offer over the two days include a Segway experience, mountain bike coaching and displays, skateboarding, trampolining, tri-golf, dancing sessions and badminton, as well as an eco driving simulator and face painting.
Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong – 80s-themed PE teachers – will be motivating visitors throughout Monday, while the shopping trolley dance display team, Granny Turismo, will be entertaining the crowds on Tuesday with their souped-up shopping trolleys.
The festival is part of Darlington Borough Council’s Mega Motion campaign to encourage children in the town to get active.
Councillor Andy Scott, the council’s cabinet member for health said: "With childhood obesity coming under increasing scrutiny it is essential that we begin to change habits from an early age.
“We all need to take responsibility for our own health and find some form of exercise that fits into our lifestyles.
“Encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school offers an ideal opportunity to take in some of their daily 60 active minutes, to set them on the path to a healthier lifestyle and to help change general travel choices to contribute to the environment."
Free bike lights and locks will also be given out at the event, as well as security marking for bikes and scooters.
More information on the festival can be found at dothelocalmotion.co.uk
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