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Springtime has arrived which means it's almost time for the Garstang Walking Festival! The festival is coordinated by the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival, supported by Wyre Council and it features nine days of walks for all ages and abilities. With almost 50 walks to choose from, the festival allows everyone to experience the best of springtime in the countryside around Garstang, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde Plain. This year's programme includes a three day challenge, Nordic walking, one hour health walks, children's activities, easy rambles, evening walks, dog friendly trails and everything in between. Taking place from Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 May, the festival is now in its 15th year and the team at the Visit Garstang Centre are busy taking bookings for the activities. If you're up for a challenge, why not try the long distance three day series of walks known as "Knott to Tot". On Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May you can take part in three long walks exploring Wyre from the seashore to the Bowland Fells. These are strenuous walks for the seasoned hiker. Just come for one day or challenge yourself to all three! If you prefer a slower pace, don't worry, there's plenty of other walks to enjoy including wildlife walks, historical walks, countryside rambles and even some activities that children can get involved in at Garstang Library. There's also two tramper treks, one at Dunsop Valley and one at Nicky Nook. Both are suitable to walk on foot or by tramper which is an all-terrain electric buggy, available to hire when you book you place, giving everyone the chance to take part. Participants are asked to wear walking boots, all weather clothing and to bring a packed lunch (if appropriate) or a drink with them, and will be given details of what they need when they book their place. Alison Boden, Coast and Countryside Manager at Wyre Council comments, "The fact that the festival is still going strong after 15 years is thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival, the volunteers, the walk leaders and the staff who put such a fantastic event together. There's a range of walks meaning that there's something for every age and ability. Wyre is particularly beautiful in springtime so why not book on to one or more walks and see what you discover. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just looking to start walking to give your fitness a boost I'm sure you will find a walk that's just right for you." To see the full programme of events, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/garstangwalkingfestival where you can download a copy of the brochure. Booking is essential on almost all of the walks. If you would like to book a place on any of the walks you can book and pay by calling the Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 or by visiting the centre in Cherestanc Square, Garstang, PR3 1EF.
Applications for the Wyre Business Awards will open next Monday 8 April. Organised by Wyre Council, this year's event will be the 6th awards ceremony which celebrates business success in the borough. The awards will be held once again at Marine Hall in Fleetwood and this year's event will take place on Thursday 5 December. The event has grown year on year and 2019 promises to be the most successful yet. With 22 categories to choose from, the awards are all encompassing for businesses of all shapes and sizes. The awards are open to businesses based in Wyre and those that contribute to the growth of the Wyre economy. For those businesses who would like advice and assistance in completing an application there will be a series of drop in sessions at the Civic Centre in Poulton. The first two will take place on Wednesday 10 April between 10am and 12noon and 8 May between 10am and 12noon. There are many different ways to get involved with the awards including an array of affordable sponsorship packages and advertising opportunities for businesses wishing support the event. There is also an opportunity to take part on the judging panel. Applicants would need to be available in September to undertake scoring and interviews, and on the evening of the event. Garry Payne, Chief Executive of Wyre Council comments, %3FThe council is committed to connecting, promoting and celebrating the business community in Wyre, by helping to raise the standards, quality and competition of our businesses and help to position Wyre as a place to prosper. %3FThe awards are a testament to the thriving businesses in Wyre. Every year we see more and more businesses take part. The different categories mean that organisations large and small can take part, as well as community groups and individuals.%3F To apply for an award go to www.wyre.gov.uk/awards from Monday 8 April where you will be able to complete a nomination form. Full details of sponsorship packages will also be available on the website. Finalists will be announced at the end of September. To keep up to date with the awards follow #WBA19 on social media. You can also follow Wyred Up on Twitter and Facebook where you can also join the new Wyred Up Networking group. If you are interested in being part of judging panel or would like a paper copy of the nomination form please call 887210 or email email@example.com.