Pickering Environment Group are working in conjunction with Pickering Town CIC and Beck Isle Museum on a community project to celebrate Earth Day, with the aim of raising environmental awareness and in particular, the plight of bees.

Download PDF Pickering Earth Day Poster here

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There’ll  be something for everyone:

Bee Trail, from 7th – 22nd April, throughout the town.

The bee-trail marks the start of a series of fun and informative activities running through Pickering and starts a couple of weeks prior to the big day. Various craft groups and individuals are busy making bees that will be displayed in the windows of shops and other buildings around town. There’s a prize for the person who counts the correct number of bees – a giant chocolate bee donated by Birdgate Chocolatiers.

How to join in.  Just start counting all the bees any time from Friday 7th April, then pop in to Pickering Book Tree in the Market Place to submit your name, contact details and answer.

See below for rules of the competition.

More information from Carrie Brackstone, carrie@visitpickering.org.uk

How the Bee Trail will work

If you’d like to take part in the trail, count the bees IN THE SHOP WINDOWS and go into Pickering Book Tree to log how many bees you think have visited the town. Don’t forget that the busy bees might also have spread to other areas of the town; we hear that they are fond of books and trains…

The competition runs from the 7th and ends on the 22nd of April which is EARTH DAY.

The prize for whoever guesses the correct number of bees (or closest to it) is the chocolate bee displayed in the window of Birdgate Chocolatiers and a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Dales the Florist.

WARNING: Be sure to count the correct bees – only the ones in the windows made of wool or poms-poms will count.



“Bee Amazing” at Beck Isle Museum, 22nd April, 10am-4pm

The museum will be positively buzzing with activities! Start your visit by trying to find the beautifully crafted bees hidden round the museum created by St Joseph’s RC Primary with help from local artists. Then talk to a real beekeeper, discover the history of beekeeping, work with an artist to create your own bee, learn about pollinating plants and have a go at planting flower and vegetable seeds to take home.

There’ll also be a pop up bee-inspired cake stall and there will be printing press demonstrations.

Two children go free with each paying adult

Beck Isle Museum will be joining hundreds of museums across the country to take part in The Wild Escape. Led by national art charity Art Fund and with support from Arts Council England, hundreds of museums are coming together for the largest ever collaboration between UK museums.

More information from Michala Pearson, opsmanager@beckislemuseum.org.uk


Ecofair, The Memorial Hall, 22nd April, 10am-3pm

Get inspired to:

  • Help bees and other wildlife
  • Reduce plastic
  • Reduce food waste
  • Move to green energy

Visitors to the Ecofair will get the chance to talk to local and national environmental groups about ways to help wildlife and live more sustainably. See below for latest list of stalls.

Ecofair Stalls

  • RSPB
  • Pickering & Ryedale Environment Groups
  • Pickering Food Share
  • Pickering Hedgehog Rescue
  • Pickering Swifts
  • Wildlife Friendly Pickering
  • North Yorkshire Rotters (home composting and reducing food waste)
  • Ryedale District Council (answering your questions on recycling)
  • British Dragonfly Society
  • Morsbags  Sewing Group (giveaway “bags for life” from old fabric)
  • Ryedale Naturalists
  • Heritage Wild Flowers
  • Pickering Women’s Institute
  • Pickering Refill
  • Pick It Up Pickering
  • The Old Weigh (zero waste shopping)
  • Watermark (answering questions on moving to heat pumps for central heating)

Refreshments will be served!

More information from Pickering Environment Group, pickeringenvgroup@gmail.com


Repair Café, The Black Swan Yard, 22nd April, 9am-12 noon

Why throw away and buy new?… bring broken items along to Pickering’s Repair Café to get a FREE repair assisted by some skilful local heroes and maybe learn a new skill. We can help with electricals, furniture, clothing, bikes, toys and more.

If you can, let the repairers know what’s coming in advance using the online booking tool
Alternatively, send the details via email, or just turn up on the day!

“All About Bees,” Pickering Library, 22nd April, from 10.30
A talk (about bees!) and honey tasting.

Nettle and Dock, Pickering Book Tree, 22nd April,  11am – 12 midday and 1pm-2pm
Activities with children’s authors Sacha and Thomas Webborn.

  • Live reading from their new book, “Nettle and Dock”
  • Performance of the “Nettle and Dock” theme song
  • Introduction to plant identification
  • Craft activity!
  • Book signing

Booking essential. Please book your place at Pickering Book Tree to avoid disappointment. More information from Pickering Environment Group, pickeringenvgroup@gmail.com

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See you there!