Town gears up for I Harborough event

Jo Sharman is the community project officer at Sustainabale Harborough
Jo Sharman is the community project officer at Sustainabale Harborough

A festival aiming to raise awareness about a healthier environment is taking place today.

The I Love Market Harborough event organised by the Sustainable Harborough group will see a range of activities and presentations to inspire greener practices, taking place around The Square from 9am.

Jo Sharman, community project officer at Sustainable Harborough, said: “While 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.”

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

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

There will also be presentations at The Angel Hotel in High Street, where speakers will talk about community gardens, community energy and energy grants at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm.

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.

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

A drop-in centre is being set up at Harborough Market, in Northampton Road, from 8am to 5pm to offer money saving advice and slots can be booked by emailing

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