KnowHow Festival

Sunday 29th April – last day of SuStAinable StAlbans Week

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…..listen to local music, eat local food…


The 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 are more likely to throw things away and buy new, and spend leisure time staring at screens rather than talking to each other!

This 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
The Know-How Festival will be on the final day of Sustainable St Albans Week – 29th April 2018. By taking part, small local groups, with 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.

What kind of things

For example, we could partner with local organisations to run sessions on;

  • Sustainable food (vegetarian cookery, and cooking with left overs)
  • Cycling (basic cycle maintenance and cycle safety)
  • Fuel-efficient driving and electric cars
  • Electric bicycles
  • Home energy efficiency (insulation and draught-proofing)
  • Water saving with Affinity Water saving squad
  • 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 (RSPB making bird boxes)
  • Plus kids activities and local music, for a sense of community.

Aim of the Day 

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