Past Events

Manly’s 2013 ‘Bike Life Festival’

The Manly Environment Centre is celebrating NSW Bike Week 2013 (14 - 22 September) with a ‘Bike Life Festival’ from 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday, 22 September at Lagoon Park, Manly, east side of Pittwater Road, Queenscliff.

An official launch event for the ‘Bike Life Festival’, hosted by the Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay AM, will get underway from 11.00am (22 September).

The ‘Bike Life Festival’ is a fun, interactive, all-inclusive community event celebrating 112 years of Cycling in Manly.

The fun will begin with a ‘Retro Ride’ leaving from Manly Art Gallery & Museum, on West Esplanade Reserve close to Manly Ferry Wharf at 10.00am – proceeding to the Bike Life Festival.

Dress retro or vintage for this ride. Prizes will be awarded for the ‘Best Dressed’ - adult and child; and ‘Best Dressed Bike’ – adult and child.

A free refreshment voucher will be given to all riders who participate in the Retro Ride, to redeem at the Festival. 

 Other activities include bike related stall holders; free bike safety inspections and helmet fittings, bike maintenance workshops; artists painting ‘en plein air’; bike games and prizes including Cycling Safety Kits.; live entertainment powered by pedal-power with a highlight of the program - locals Uncle Jed performing – currently in the running of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’; BBQ, coffee, mobile Mexican cantina, and much more.

Two new events! Cyclo-cross competitions will be held for adults and children; bike mechanics compete head to head against novices in a ‘Fix-a-Flat’ Competition – find who is the fastest person to change a flat tyre – final showdown blindfold.

BYO bike & pump to enter this fun event. 

Jump on your bike and join us at the Bike Life Festival!

Download the Poster here

Download the Music Guide here

Bike Festival Map Here


Chance to  WIN

          A Focus Raven Rookie 20” Mountain Bike & Specialized Helmet valued at over $389 (children’s draw) or

          A Polygon Town 3 – Beach Cruiser, Shimano Nexus 3 speed & Specialized Hemet valued at over $800! (Adult draw)

          Runner- up prizes include: Cycling Safety Kits – including a Specialized Hemet, D-lock, bell. Prizes to be drawn on    entertainment stage at 3.15pm.

Move Mindfully in Manly.


Check out the ‘Bike Rack Wraps’ yarn bombs around town!

This is what has been sighted around town so far, including Bike Racks Wrapped by;

  • Lotte Conradi
  • Anika Edsberg
  • Angela Van Boxtel
  • Sophie Laidlaw
  • Tina Fox









 Manly Environment Centre, in conunction with Manly Community Centre celebrates the 2013 Manly Arts Festival. Ride your bike to the "cycle" art exhibition and be rewarded with a small gift if you come in wearing or carrying your helmet. En Plein artists, inspired by their day painting at the Bike Life Festival, will be exhibiting their artworks over three days - meet the artists behind the artworks. Artists include Nicole Ballingall, Rachel Carroll, Alicia Poppett and David Wiggs. Meet the artsits. All artworks for sale


Where: Manly Community Centre, 12 Wentworth Centre, 12 Wentowrth Street, Manly

When: Friday 27 - Sun 29 September, 11am - 4pm.

Contact: 99761426,

Free event

Date: Aug 14th, Wed, 14th 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Steyne Hotel, Manly

Movie and Q & A with Amy Smoothie on tagging Bull Sharks in Sydney Harbour.

Bookings at: EventBrite


A Guringai Festival Event - June 25th – July 15th

To celebrate Guringai Festival 2013, a collaborative project was conceived between Manly Community Centre; Lotte Conradi, community creative; Manly Environment Centre; Warringah Council along with Northern Beaches Aboriginal community members to engage community groups and individuals.

Event: A Walk & Talk through North Head on Sat June 22

Manly Environment Centre invites you to join Karen Smith, Education Officer, Aboriginal Heritage Office, on a guided a walk from Little Manly Beach to North Head Sanctuary. Learn about your local Aboriginal heritage. From North Head Foundation Nursery join Francis Bodkin, Dharawal knowledge holder and botanical author, on a walk through North Head's beautiful bush.Then back to the nursery for a morning tea of wattleseed scones and bush jams and teas.


Event: Weaving Bridges Project

One hundred and fifity people joined together in this collaborative project to knit, crochet and weave marine creatures, which were triumphantly installed in June on the Stuart Sommerville Bridge, Queenscliff. The bridge, at the north end of Manly ocean beach, links Manly with Warringah and symbolises the joining together of the Northern Beaches community to celebrate our Aboriginal heritage. The stunning marine seascape remained in place until the end of October, and the individual creatures are expected to reappear throughout Manly soon. But where?




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