Walk with Wheels Week

Walk with Wheels Week encourages pre-school children, parents and carers to walk, wheel, scoot or cycle, all or part of their journey, each day they attend their setting. This week-long initiative is designed to encourage and establish healthy travel habits and, over the longer term, to instil a life-long commitment to active travel. 

Walk with Wheels Week takes place during National Walking Month, this year's event is from Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May 2023. All Hampshire nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups and childminders can take part. 


The challenge

To get as many children, parents and carers as possible to walk, scoot or cycle all or part of the way to nursery, pre-school, playgroup or their childminder each day they attend throughout the week.


The competitions

Chidren's competition

Children at participating nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups and childminders have been asked to safely decorate their wheels for their active journey to their setting during Walk with Wheels Week. Parents and carers can now enter their child into the children's competition using the entry link below. Please submit a photo of your child's decorated wheels and tell us about their journeys this week. One winner will win a family ticket to Paultons Park and one runner-up will receive a copy of the National Trust book '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.

All entries must be received by Friday 2nd June 2023. Please read the our travel planning competition terms before entering.

Enter the Walk with Wheels Week children's competition


EY settings' competition

Participating early years settings can enter our competition for a chance to win a fantastic prize. One winning setting will choose from a balance bike with helmet, a wellie boot rack or road safety role play equipment, plus a runner-up will receive either a child's School Crossing Patrol outfit or a set of National Trust books.

To enter, use the competition entry link below to share with us how you inspired and encouraged families to get involved in Walk with Wheels Week. Settings can provide a description of their promotional efforts and upload photos.

All entries must be received by Friday 2nd June 2023. Please read the our travel planning competition terms before entering.

Enter the Walk with Wheels Week settings' competition


Other fun activities and ideas for Walk with Wheels Week

  • To celebrate participating in Walk with Wheels Week children are being asked to give their wheels a fun makeover by safely decorating their buggy, scooter, wheelchair or bike for their journey to their setting. We have provided flower and leaf template sheets below, these can be printed out to be coloured in or  printed on coloured paper. Once cut out you may like to use string or wool through the holes to easily hang, these would look lovely on some handlebars!  
  • Settings may like to encourage families to take part in the competition by nominating one day in the week to be 'Walk with Colourful Wheels Day' when everyone uses their decorated wheels to travel. Or perhaps, if your setting has any bikes, scooters or trikes as part of the outdoor play equipment children could be given the opportunity to decorate them.


  • Create a "Walk of Fame" in your outdoor area. Use chalk or mud to create footprints and wheel tracks to represent all of the pupils who walk, wheel, scoot or cycle during Walk with Wheels Week.


  • Hold a 'Be bright, be seen' day where pupils come dressed in their brightest clothes to highlight the importance of being seen when out and about. There is a Think! Road Safety lesson to support this, as well as lots of other great resources on their website including a 'Be bright, be seen' game and colouring activity.


  • Read the online air quality story A Wild Walk to School to your children, or share the link with your families. There are also some games or activities available on our Air Quality resources page which may be fun to include during the week.




  • Create a Walk with Wheels Week collage to display. You could include children's pictures of their bikes, scooters, wheelchairs or shoes, add painted footprints or cut out shapes to represent scooter, bike, wheelchair or buggy wheels.


  • Parents and carers may like to use the Walk with Wheels Week Treasure Hunt for their journey or settings could use the treasure hunt on a local walk with the children to see how many items they can spot on the list. 


We're sure you and the children can think up lots of your own fun ideas too. We'd love to see them, please share your Walk with Wheels Week activities with us by using #WalkwithWheelsWeek on your social media posts.