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Thousands visit Bay Health Festivals in Lancaster and Kendal

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Thousands of people visited Bay Health Festivals events in Lancaster and Kendal last weekend, accessing free health checks and lots of inspiration for ways to live a healthier life.

Organised by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, the events showcase groups and organisations that help to support physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Dalton Square in Lancaster hosted events, stalls and live entertainment throughout the weekend, with everything from martial arts demonstrations, financial advice, pole dancing, food choices and live entertainment the events featured stalls from a wide variety of charities, groups and organisations, and a special day dedicated to inspiring people to take up cycling.

Alongside the main festival in Dalton Square, there were ‘open house’ events showcasing the work of local community organisations NeuroDropin in Torrisholme, Lancaster Methodist Church’s Cornerstone Community Centre and Lancaster’s Gregson Community and Arts Centre.

The festival shared Dalton Square with Lancaster BID’s popular and educational Dinofest event.

Bay Health Festivals debuts in Kendal

Bay Health Festivals also hosted its first ever event in Kendal this year.

The event at Kendal Leisure Centre offered a wide selection of interactive activities and opportunities to connect with leading health and wellbeing organisations, including family fitness sessions, cookery demonstrations and health advice.

'All about inspiring people'

UHMBT Lead Chaplain Ian Dewar, the organiser of the festival, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at this year’s festival events and I would like to thank all of our exhibitors and partners for their contribution to making it a success.

“The festival is all about inspiring people to make small lifestyle changes that can help them to live healthier lives and decrease their chances of developing common health conditions. That could be doing a little bit more exercise, walking or cycling short journeys instead of driving, or simply eating a bit more fruit and veg.

“It could also be doing things that help to ensure good mental health, such as taking control of finances, reducing alcohol intake, or just having fun.

“We hope that this weekend has provoked some interesting conversations about health, and inspired people to think about the healthy choices that are available to them.”

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