Stay active no matter what the weather this Febru-welly

Barnsley Council, in partnership with Good Food Barnsley, is launching Febru-welly to encourage families to stay active this month, no matter what the weather is. This is part of the #WhatsYourMove campaign, which encourages all people across Barnsley to move more for good mental and physical health.

Good Food Barnsley has created an activity booklet, which will be distributed across the borough. A digital version of the booklet, which has plenty of reading, crafty ideas, activities and even recipes to keep you and your family busy this February, is also available and is free to download and print at home.

Families are being invited to take part and join in online by sharing their pictures in three categories – the biggest splash, the best-looking wellies and the muddiest wellies, on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BarnsleySplash.

Children are also encouraged to be creative and take part in a writing competition, run by Good Food Barnsley, and submit their Rainy Day Story entries by Friday 5 March. Information on how to enter the competition can be found on

Cllr James Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “During this challenging time, when most of us are staying at home, it’s essential to remain active for our mental and physical wellbeing. Febru-welly is a campaign to give you fun ideas on bonding with your family and staying active, no matter the weather this February.

“We’re looking forward to seeing families getting involved. Please stay local and explore the great outdoors where you live.”

Amy Calvert, Innovation Manager at Good Food Barnsley, said: “The Febru-welly walking initiative sits in really well with our mission to build a better Barnsley. The Healthy Holidays work done through Good Food Barnsley is an important coalition between private, public and community sectors, and demonstrates how much more we can achieve when we work together.

“The Good Food movement is also about supporting and encouraging people to get active, and the message that exercise and physical activity are fun and a great way for families to enjoy time together is an important one. We hope everybody gets the chance to get out and get muddy this Febru-welly!”

For more information about Febru-welly and how to take part in the competitions, please visit 

Please remember to follow the latest government guidance to keep yourself, your family and everyone else safe.

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