Park Activities

Find out about the exciting park activities that are available around Nottingham


Nottingham City Council is proud to bring ParkLives to parks and open spaces again this year, from the Easter holidays until mid-October.  The programme is run in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain to get people more active outdoors.

See what a dramatic impact ParkLives has had on Sue from Bulwell

ParkLives Community Fund

Sports clubs, charities and community groups can apply for a grant of up to £500 to run activities on parks and open spaces this year.  If your group would like to apply, email parklives@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Outdoor Gyms

Each fitness area is free to use and suitable for all ages and abilities. The equipment has a mixture of cardiovascular (works your heart and lungs) and toning stations which use your own body weight as the resistance to your workout, meaning you can either be gentle or push yourself that little bit harder.

Outdoor fitness areas can be found at the following locations:

  • Barton Green, Clifton
  • Birchover Park, Bilborough
  • Bulwell Forest, Bulwell
  • Bulwell Hall Park, Bulwell
  • Chediston Vale Park, Basford
  • Clifton Central Park, Clifton
  • Forest Recreation Ground, Forest Fields
  • Heathfield Park, Basford
  • Independent Street Park, Radford
  • King Edward Park, Sneinton
  • King George V Playing Fields, Aspley
  • Lenton Recreation Ground, Lenton
  • Radford Recreation Ground, Radford
  • Robin Hood Chase, Sneinton
  • Ruddington Lane Park, Clifton
  • Silverdale Play Area, Clifton
  • Southglade Park, Bestwood
  • Strelley Recreation Ground, Strelley
  • Sutton Passey Crescent play area, Wollaton Park
  • Valley Road Recreation Ground
  • Vernon Park, Basford
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Whitemoor Park, Basford

Click here to view video technique instruction clips

Fitness Bootcamps

Fitness Bootcamps are currently run by the following groups:

  • Bilborough Park - XForce Fitness
  • Colwick Country Park - SUP yoga
  • Forest Recreation Ground - British Military Fitness
  • Forest Recreation Ground - A Star Development
  • Highfields Park - Jake Wood Personal Trainer
  • Highfields Park - SUP Yoga 
  • Vernon Park and Valley Road Park - On the Ball Coaching
  • Victoria Embankment - British Military Fitness
  • Wollaton Hall - British Military Fitness
  • Woodthorpe Park - Swann Fitness

All the above groups have permission to use the specified park for this activity. If you would like to use one of our other parks to run your own Bootcamp, please contact the Parks and Open Spaces team on 0115 915 2733 for further information.

Please note - you will need permission to use a park for this activity otherwise your insurance might be invalid.

 Walking Activities

A walk in the Park is a programme of free short walks in local parks and open spaces in the City. There are 11 self guided walks that are available to use that can be completed at your own pace and at a time that suits you offering you the opportunity to improve both physical and mental wellbeing in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

For more information, please visit our walk in the park page.

Walking for Health

Nottingham City Council is working with Best Foot Forward to offer a number of short walks in the Nottingham City area. These free guided health walks offer you the opportunity to improve your health, make new friends, have fun and get to know your local environment. Everyone welcome

For more information and a list of the walks available in Nottingham, please visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/east-midlands/best-foot-forward.

Wollaton Hall Walk

In addition, the Wollaton Hall walk is a two hour circular walk from Wollaton Hall to Martin's Pond which allows you to appreciate one of the Country's finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, a brilliant Local Nature Reserve and all the neighbouring wildlife! To view the route please download the Wollaton Walk leaflet.

Tree Trails

Our parks are home to a variety of different trees. Some are native to the United Kingdom and are quite common, but there are also some non-native, rare species. These trails take you on a walk around the sites and explore some of the significant trees which have been planted over time.


Orienteering requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.  Participants use a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. We have created several maps to help you combine map reading skills and physical exercise whilst being able to enjoy the natural surroundings of a park.

Paddling Pools and Water Parks

(Seasonally May to September)

Bulwell Bogs Splash Park

  • Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QL
  • Open seasonally May to September, 11am to 4:30pm daily

Victoria Embankment Paddling Pool

  • Embankment Road NG2 2JY
  • Open seasonally May to September, 11am to 6pm


Parkour, also known as free running, is a skilled activity that's aim is to get from A to B using the natural environment in the most efficient way (often using urban structures). A Parkour facility is currently available at Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground and offers a safe environment in which to practise the skills and moves associated with this activity. The facility is well used by a local group who are happy to help and advise. For more information please visit parkour.uk

Table Tennis

Nottingham City Council currently has four permanent outdoor table tennis tables located at Bulwell Hall Park, Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground and Lenton Abbey Park. The tables are free to use, simply turn up and play - just bring along your bat and balls and start playing! For more information on how to play table tennis please visit http://etta.co.uk/


Parkrun is a free 5km timed run, jog or walk that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Colwick Country Park and Forest Recreation Ground. Whether you are interested in taking part as a keen club runner or simply to improve your health and fitness, then parkrun is for you! For more information on parkrun and how to register, please visit: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/

Contact Us

Parks and Open Spaces Woodthorpe Grange Woodthorpe Drive Nottingham NG5 4HA parksandopenspaces@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Tel: 0115 915 2733

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