Know How Festival

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Sunday 29 April – we invite you to share your skills and knowledge

The Know How Festival is a day-long fun, family-friendly event – run by YOU -on Sunday 29th April with workshops to share skills and knowledge, music, short films and eating local food.
Get the “Know-How” on loads of things like cycling safely, cooking veggie food and planting seeds! Learn how to sew a hem, mend a puncture, insulate your house, basic DIY around the home, unblocking a sink, changing a plug…
The Know How Festival will run from 10-4pm at Fleetville Junior School.

How can I take part in the festival?

We are looking for people or groups to share skills and knowledge to run a session on the day. See examples below-you will have your own ideas…If you are interested please email us, see Contact Page
  • Sustainable food (vegetarian cookery, and cooking with leftovers)
  • Cycling (basic cycle maintenance and cycle safety)
  • Basic DIY around the home, unblocking a sink, changing a plug.
  • Fuel-efficient driving and electric cars
  • Electric bicycles
  • Home energy efficiency (insulation and draught-proofing)
  • Water saving
  • Planting and growing (seed planting, taking cuttings)
  • Simple sewing repairs (mend a zip, darn a sock, hem trousers)
  • Conscious consumerism (Fair trade, making your own household cleaning/beauty products)
  • Wildlife
  • Plus kids activities and local music, for a sense of community.

Why have a Know How Festival?

neighbourspicThe skills we need to live sustainably are dying out; our grandparents knew how to “make do and mend”, and to share skills and knowledge with neighbours and friends. But the current generation is more likely to throw things away and buy new, and spend leisure time staring at screens rather than talking to each other!

throw awaypicThis has led to enormous waste, a focus on consumption and a loss of social exchange; with the environment and communities depleted.  Resources are wasted by being thrown in the dump, and resources are wasted to create new things – that we throw away as soon as they ‘break down’. Few of us bother – or even know how to make things good again.

Meantime, advances in technology like electric cars and electric bikes, create new opportunities but need to be better understood. We know many people want to make changes but they need to know how.

Our “Know How Festival” will help to address this by teaching practical skills that build resilience to our changing environment –  the festival creates an informal, fun, collaborative space. Local residents of all ages and backgrounds can drop-in to learn something new. We aim to create small, lasting changes in behaviour.

When and How
veggieburgerThe Know-How Festival will be on the final day of Sustainable St Albans Week – 29th April 2018. By taking part, small local groups, with the expertise to share, will be able to reach a larger audience. We will bring many groups together to deliver the day, and this will increase collaboration and raise the profile of these issues within the community. It will be a fun day with a serious purpose.

The day will include food, drink and entertainment, including short films, and music.


Aim of the Day 

Our day will lead to small but significant changes in behaviour: less waste, more cycling, lower meat consumption. The day will help to build capacity among local residents, helping us all apply more resilient thinking to our everyday lives.