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York Kids Encouraged to Become Green Explorers this Summer

York families have the chance to discover 16 unique cultural and visitor attractions this summer as part of a new initiative run by cycling charity Sustrans.

The Green Explorer initiative, which is funded by City of York Council’s i-Travel York project and supported by Visit York, aims to keep kids moving during the school holidays and to encourage healthy, active lifestyles.

Children can become a Green Explorer by visiting one of the 16 participating venues by bike, scooter, on foot or public transport and collecting a stamp. Once four stamps have been collected children will be awarded a special enamel pin badge and can enter the prize draw to win a new bike.

Sustrans’ Yorkshire Regional Director David Hall said, “Walking and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health, the environment and it’s fun too.”

“Joining Sustrans Green Explorers is a great way to spend time with family in the school holidays while keeping fit and healthy.”

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “City of York Council is delighted to fund and support this great campaign through our i-Travel initiative. With this new campaign we hope to encourage even more children to explore new ways of travelling to their favourite places during the summer holidays.”

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive at Visit York commented;
“The Green Explorer initiative is a fantastic way for inquisitive youngsters to explore some of the city’s top tourist attractions whist staying fit and healthy. Visit York is delighted to support a campaign that will help children stay active once school’s out.”

“York is a vibrant and exciting city and one that is oozing in culture and history - from the largest gothic cathedral north of the Alps to the largest railway museum in the world. This new initiative also offers a new reason for visitors to explore York with their children this summer.”


Notes to editors

• Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today.

• For more information about Green Explorers in York please visit or Twitter #greenexplorer

• More ideas for days out, cycle route maps and bus information are available from the Visit York Information Centre and at

• The list of venues in York and the surrounding area that are participating is shown below:

Jorvik Viking Centre
Stillingfleet Lodge
Brunswick Organic Nursery
Naburn Station Tea Garden
St Nicks Fields
Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
The Minster
The Designer Outlet
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
Beningbrough Hall
National Railway Museum
Yorkshire Museum
Castle Museum; and
Visit York Information Centre