Gearing up for this Saturday’s I Love Market Harborough Festival

Jo Sharman, of Sustainable Harborough, with some locally-sourced produce.
Jo Sharman, of Sustainable Harborough, with some locally-sourced produce.

The I Love Market Harborough festival, which is aiming to raise awareness about a healthier environment, is taking place in town this Saturday.

The event, organised by the Sustainable Harborough group, will see a range of activities and presentations to inspire more eco-friendly practices, taking place around The Square from 9am.

Jo Sharman, community project officer at Sustainable Harborough, said: “Whilst many people are concerned about environmental issues, they often feel powerless to make a difference.

“However, there are many simple changes that people can make which can have a significant impact.

“The day has an important message, but we are also hoping to make it fun and interactive.”

Activities on the day will include the demonstration of a solar-powered Scalextric racing set on The Square, art and cookery demos and the launch of Harborough’s new Food Map, which addresses concerns around food provenance.

George Halls Cycle Centre, of Northampton Road in Harborough, will be offering free tyre-pressure checks and chain lubrication at its premises, while the HFM roadshow will be broadcasting throughout the event on The Square.

There will also be presentations at The Angel Hotel in High Street, where speakers will talk about community gardens, community energy and offering advice on energy grants.

Jo added: “We hope to show people that adopting a more sustainable approach can also save them money.”

Sustainable Harborough is a five-year project funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably programme, working with householders, businesses and local producers to raise awareness of sustainability in the community.

“People don’t have to commit to a project, just come along to the stalls and talks to find out more about what Sustainable Harborough is doing – and how we can help them,” said Jo.

A drop-in centre is being set up at Harborough Market, in Northampton Road, to offer money saving advice and slots can be booked by emailing

For more information about the festival, visit the events page at or call 01858 466207.

Story by Nicole Douglas

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