Active Towns

An exciting new pilot scheme to encourage and support communities and residents to be physically, mentally and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden.

What's On

The current COVID-19 restrictions mean that large community events, where residents can try new sports and activities, cannot be held in the Active Towns locations at present, but it is hoped these can be organised in the future.

So for now we’ve set up some interactive trails with Love Exploring to help you get out and about, have a bit of fun and explore your town.

Love Exploring App

Residents and visitors can download the free app to their mobile phone from any app store and follow a map as they walk about their town and selected local parks – from dinosaur safaris to a special spooky town trail with dancing skeletons.

Download App


You can also look to explore your town walking and cycling. Check out a range of trails and routes below.

Visit Walking the East Riding


The East Riding is home to a number of cycling routes that can be viewed online and even downloaded onto your GPS device.

View Cycling Routes

Bike Libraries

Would you like to try cycling for free? Come along to the Active Towns bike library in your town.

A bike library gives you the chance to loan a bike either on the day or for 2 weeks or a month. Bike library also offers cycle accessories such as helmets and high visibility clothing, so you can enjoy your ride safely and with confidence. There will also be access to bike maintenance workshops, all free of charge.

A range of men, ladies and children’s road, hybrid and mountain bikes will be available to loan. You can choose to loan a bike on the day for a maximum of two hours, however the bike must be collected and returned to the library within the event time.

Covid-19 safety measures will be in place to protect you and the bike library staff. Please wear a face covering when collecting and returning your bike and maintain social distancing between others at the library. Face coverings can be removed when away from the library during your ride. All bikes and accessories will be cleaned between uses. There will be hand sanitiser available for you to use on site.

How do I get a bike?

The Active East Riding bike library is for residents living in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden. On arrival, you’ll be asked to fill out a form with some basic contact details. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes to cycle in. All safety accessories are provided but you can bring your own if you choose to do so.

You can turn up at the day and request a bike, but to avoid disappointment you can book a bike in advance by calling R-evolution bike charity on 01482 844422

Take part in a bike library in:


A bike library will be at Pocklington Rugby Club between 10am and 12noon on:

  • Thursday, 10 June
  • Thursday, 24 June
  • Saturday, 26 June
  • Thursday, 8 July
  • Sunday, 11 July
  • Thursday, 22 July
Market Weighton

A bike library will be at the rear of the Town Council Offices in Market Weighton between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on:

  • Thursday, 10 June
  • Thursday, 24 June
  • Saturday, 26 June
  • Thursday, 8 July
  • Sunday, 11 July
  • Thursday, 22 July

A bike library will be at West Park in Goole between 10am to 12noon on:

  • Thursday, 3 June
  • Thursday, 17 June
  • Saturday, 20 June
  • Thursday, 1 July
  • Sunday, 15 July
  • Thursday, 17 July

A bike library will be at Ashes Playing Field in Howden between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on:

  • Thursday, 3 June
  • Thursday, 17 June
  • Saturday, 20 June
  • Thursday, 1 July
  • Sunday, 15 July
  • Thursday, 17 July

We want to hear your views on cycling provision in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden. Your feedback will help us look into ways to increase access to bikes where possible.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the online survey, after which you will be offered the chance to enter a prize draw to win a bike or Love to Shop vouchers.

Go to the Cycling in Your Community online survey

Happy and Well

This website can help you find your own, personal path to being happy and well. Search by keyword to find local and national services, as well as social, sport and support groups to help you thrive in all aspects of your life.



Giant Bradley Heritage Trail
When you visit Market Weighton the easiest way to see the sites in the town is the follow the Giant Bradley Heritage Trail which starts at Bradley House. The trail consists of granite footprints set into the pavement.
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The Pilgrimage of Grace
The rebellion against King Henry VIII's reformation of the church, and the dissolution of the monasteries, became known as the 'Pilgrimage of Grace'. The rebellion march started in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and took them from Market Weighton Hill, via Pocklington, and into York.
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The Reuben Chappell Art Trail
Created by the Goole Civic Society, this route celebrates Goole's rich maritime history. Starting at the Lowther Hotel on Aire Street, this route follows through the town and riverbank. It is both easy walking and accessible.
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Howden Heritage Blue Plaque Walk
The Heritage Blue Plaque Scheme was devised and is operated by Howden Civic Society, with support from the National Lottery. For a resident or visitor to Howden, following the Blue Plaque trail gives a guide to the history of some of the most interesting buildings in the town.
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Working With Communities

As part of the Active Towns project the Health & Wellbeing Team will be working with residents and local clubs, groups and organisations to expand community resources and help to develop wellbeing activities with residents.

As well as promoting local activities, we can offer support, guidance and funding opportunities to enable clubs and groups to get restarted again in our new world.

To get in touch with the team please contact:

Community Grants

The Active Towns project is aimed at encouraging groups supporting communities and residents to be more physically, mentally, and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden. The project is working closely in the community with residents, local clubs, groups, and organisations to develop new or innovative ideas, expand community resources, and increase the number of wellbeing activities for local residents.

The purpose of the Active Towns Community Grant is to enable voluntary community groups with funding help to restart following Covid 19 restrictions and to start up new activities to support physical, mental and social wellbeing. The monies are held with a local Community Anchor Organisation.

All applications will be assessed by a panel of local organisations and a member of East Riding of Yorkshire Councils Active Towns team.

How much is the grant for?

The amount available to local groups and residents depends on whether the group is constituted (has a management committee, bank account and constitution).

For un-constituted community groups and residents, up to a maximum of £200 can be applied for. If a group subsequently becomes constituted, the group can then apply for an additional £1,800.

For constituted community groups and registered charities, up to a maximum of £2,000 can be applied for.

What can the grant be used for?

The grant is designed to enable people to engage in activities that support their physical and mental health and encourage people to be socially active within their communities. The grant could be used by an existing community group to get up and running again once Covid 19 restrictions allow or could be used to develop new activities which adults and young people have never engaged in before. Ideas include:

  • Fund Covid 19 safety measures to enable groups to become operational
  • Provide activities for a new community group, such as facility hire, refreshments
  • Train volunteers to lead community activities/sessions
  • Pay for activity leaders to deliver sessions
  • Advertising to promote sessions and activities

The money could be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Set up costs, eg. DBS checks, first year of insurance, premises lease costs, CCTV
  • Revenue costs, for example, facility hire charges (up to 10 weeks), insurance, refreshments
  • Coach/instructor costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Advertising
  • Sporting equipment
  • Other non-sporting equipment related to activities e.g. storage, printing, and refreshments
  • IT equipment (laptops, software)
  • PPE and cleaning equipment
  • Transport costs to sessions

The grant money cannot be used for:

  • Retrospective payments
  • Items to benefit an individual
How to apply

To apply for a grant, download and complete your town's application form and return it to your Community Anchor Organisation (details on each town form) by email or post.

There will be three rounds of grants for applicants to submit their requests. You must send in your completed application form within one of these rounds to be considered.

  • Round 1 – Monday 5 April – Friday 25 June
  • Round 2 – Monday 5 July – Friday 24 September
  • Round 3 – Monday 4 October – Friday 17 December

Successful grants will be notified within a week (seven days) of the closing dates. All successful grant allocations will need to be spent by 31 March 2022.

Download Goole Application | Download Howden Application | Download Market Weighton Application |
Download Pocklington Application

Terms and Conditions
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or over to apply.
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively.
  • Successful applicants shall take every opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Active Towns Team, including contacts with the media.
  • Requests for payment must be made on the claim form and accompanied by relevant vouchers and receipts.
  • In the case of awards to non-constituted groups the community anchor organisations will purchase the equipment/items on behalf of the group and to pass onto the applicant.
  • Please be aware that completion of the application form does not entitle the applicant to receive any funds. A full assessment process will be followed
  • Organisations must ensure that their work is committed to equal opportunities and seeks to provide for all members of the community irrespective of gender, disability, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, and financial circumstances. Organisations must ensure that they work towards the Equality Act 2010
  • If the grant is put to any purpose other than that for which it was awarded without the prior approval of The Community Anchor Organisation, the recipient organisation shall be required to repay the full amount of the grant
  • All successful organisations receiving a grant must complete monitoring and evaluation documentation and a case study within 12 months of the project completing
  • No Appeals will be offered to groups

If you have any more questions, please contact your Community Anchor Organisation (available on each town's Community Grant application form). The Community Hub Lead for Pocklington and Market Weighton is Bernie Clarke (call on 07866 001175) and the Community Hub Lead for Goole and Howden is Mike Nicholson (call on 07824 430255).