35+ UK events for No Fracking Way weekend


From Lochaber in the Scottish Highland to Portland on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset: more than 30 anti-fracking groups are organising events at the weekend.

Under the banner, No Fracking Way, the events include film screenings, debates, marches, information stalls and social gatherings.

The organisers say the weekend is designed to raise awareness about fracking in local communities.

Events (listed by date and alphabetically) include the following:

30th January 2016

Barnsley, South Yorkshire

No fracking in Barnsley leafletting and petitions, 11am, May Day Green, Barnsley Details

Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire

Frack Free Dearne Valley event, 10am-12 noon, Wath-upon-Dearne (near the market) Details

31st January 2016

Balcombe, West Sussex

Gathering of Frack Free Sussex, No Fracking in Balcombe Society and Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association at 11am, at Cuadrilla’s Lower Stumble drill site, London Road, Balcombe, West Sussex. Details

Balloch, Loch Lomond

10am, Moss O’Balloch Park, Details


Gathering at 1pm, close to the Kiosk, Putting Green, Russell Park, Bedford Details


10am-1pm, North Gallery, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA, followed by march to Birmingham city centre Details

Blackpool, Lancashire

You’re avin a fracking laugh! Nationwide day of solidarity in Lancashire. 11am, Comedy Carpet Blackpool, Blackpool Promenade, FY1 4BJ Details  2pm, Lowther Gardens Café, Lytham or for live music and comedy at Tiffany’s Hotel, 250-262 North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 1SA Details


Free sceening of Voices from the Gasfields and discussion, 7pm-9pm, Blandford Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7AD Details

Bolton, Lancashire

Gathering 10.30am-1pm, Bottom Barn, Rivington Details

Carlisle, Cumbria

2pm, bandstand at the Guildhall Museum, followed by short march Details

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

10am, Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, Details

Coleford, Gloucestershire

Frack off our Forest demonstration, 12 noon, central Coleford. Details


Writing anti-fracking and anti-UGE messages in wet sand at low tide. 12 noon-2pm, Portobello Beach between Bath Street and Bellfield Street groynes Details

Exeter, Devon

Free cakes, arts/crafts, live music, information, Bedford Square, 17 High Street, Exeter EX1 1GG Details


10am, Falkirk Steeple FK1 5RJ Details

Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

12 noon, Parliament Square, Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST1 1PW Details

Horse Hill, Horley, Surrey

10am, Horse Hill drilling site, Horse Hill Lane, Horley, RH6 0HN Details

Horsham, West Sussex

March through Horsham, meeting 11am, Bandstand, Horsham Park, Horsham Details

Isle of Wight

‘Line in the sand’ solidarity event, 10am-11am, Compton Bay, Hanover Point Car Park, PO30 4HB (nearest postcode) Details

Frack Free Isle of Wight public meeting, 2pm-4pm, Arreton Community Centre, Main Road, Arreton, PO30 3AD Details

Kirkaldy, Fife

10am, Town Square, Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW Details

Knutsford, Cheshire

12 noon-3pm, outside Knutsford Conservative Club, Manchester Road, Knutsford WA16 0LT Details

Largs, North Ayrshire

Information and screening of Voices from the Gaslands. 1.30pm-3.30pm, The Waterside Pub, 14 Bath Street, Largs, KA30 8BL Details


Gathering at Castle Square, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA, 12 noon-4pm Details

Lochaber, Fort William, Highland

Rally at 12 noon, Cameron Square, followed by Aye2Aye hub in High street for presentation. Details


Gathering at 12 noon in Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London SE1 8RT Details

Long Eaton, Erewash, Derbyshire

10am, Long Eaton town centre Details

Lyme Regis

Frack Free Lyme Regis march at 10am from The Cobb, habourside, Lyme Regis, Dorset, followed at 11am by meeting with speakers and information at the function Room, the Pilot Boat Inn, 1 Bridge St, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA Details


Leaflets, petitions, postcards, 11am-1pm, Cobblers Statue, Abington Street, Northampton Details


Rally 10am-1pm, Brian Clough statue, just off Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2DT Details


10am, Cathedral Square, Peterborough PE1 1XH Details

Pocklington, East Yorkshire

Residents’ day of action and pop-up protest and information stand, 11am-1pm Details

Portland, Dorset

Demonstration by Dorset Socialists, 11am, Olympic Rings, Portland Details

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

11am-2pm, outside the Brunswick Pavilion, Scarborough YO11 1UE Details

Westbury, Wiltshire

Gathering and photos, meeting 12 noon, The Railway Inn, Westbury BA13 4HW Details

Wimborne, Dorset

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AS Details

Yeovil, Somerset

Information event, 10.30am, Middle Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1LF. Details

Please let us know if any events are missing or information is incorrect

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3 replies »

  1. Let’s remember an uncomfortable fact that Ruth chooses to ignore: The estimated population of the United Kingdom is 64,716,000 in 2015.
    Add up all these 35 events. And there will be 64,710,00 who did NOT show up. You’re so good at allegedly unbiased reporting Ruth, tell me how many do show up. Especially interested in the London one. 8.6 million people there.

    • There is no need to be antagonistic Mr Grealy/Mitty, no need at all. These are traumatic days for oil and gas. It’s a bloodbath, jobs and capital are being washed down the drain. Please change the tone. The shale scam won’t work in this green and pleasant land. On the question of numbers take a look at the remnants of two of the three largest political parties.

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

      Margaret Mead

  2. If only 6,000 turn up, it will still be 6,000 more than you get at at pro-fracking demonstration.

    Just remind us, as I can’t seem to find any on the internet, when is the next public ( not industry lackeys ) pro-fracking rally in the UK ?

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