Know How Festival

Sunday 29 April – Drop in between 10am – 4pm for FREE and stay as long as you like!

Venue: Fleetville Junior School, Hatfield Road. Just off the Alban Way. Why not come by bike!

The Know How Festival is a day-long fun, family-friendly event – run by community groups and local businesses with workshops to share skills and knowledge, music, short films and 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..

Activities & sessions throughout the day:

  • Indoor marketplace
  • Skills sessions (home improvement, make do & mend, nature)
  • Photo competition prize ceremony
  • Short films
  • Local food fayre
  • Live music
  • inside play & story tent for children
  • Electric car & bike zone
  • Gardening
  • Bike maintenance
  • Water saving advice and demos
  • Outdoor games

Why have a Know How Festival?

Know HowThe 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.

The “Know How Festival”  will help by teaching practical skills that build resilience to our changing environment –  the festival is an informal, fun, collaborative space. Local residents of all ages and backgrounds can drop-in to learn something new.

When and How
veggieburgerThe Know-How Festival will be on the final day of Sustainable St Albans Week – 29th April 2018.

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





Aim of the Day 

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