Much to love about Harborough

Picture by Alastair Campbell
Picture by Alastair Campbell

The second annual I Love Market Harborough festival was hailed as a great success with more than a thousand people attending the event.

The celebration of community and environmental sustainability took place on The Square in Harborough throughout the day on Saturday and was organised and run by Lottery-funded community group Sustainable Harborough.

Activities included painting, ‘upcycled’ crafts, cookery demonstrations from Sylvia Prentice, guided walks along the nearby River Welland from the Welland Rivers Trust and the chance to play on a solar-powered Scalextric slot-car racing set.

Visitors could also pick up free strawberry plants and seeds, find out more about community-owned energy from the Harborough Energy group, create their own energy with a special bicycle and discover a range of Harborough district food producers and retailers via the edibLE16 group.

The festival aimed to involve district residents in sustainability projects and highlight changes families can make which will have an impact within their own homes and the wider community.

Jo Sharman, community project officer at Sustainable Harborough, said: “It offered people a chance to celebrate the great community spirit we have in Harborough.

“It was fantastic to see the amount of people that came along and got involved with activities to discover how they could make a positive change to businesses and homes in the district.”

For more details about Sustainable Harborough, call 01858 466207 or visit