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 in 2016. This summer’s programme, in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, has been a great success and we’re already planning next summer’s.

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

If you belong to a community group or charity and would like to run your own ParkLives event in your park before the end of March 2017, email for an application form for a grant of up to £500.

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

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
  • Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground - BodyFit
  • Forest Recreation Ground - British Military Fitness
  • Vernon Park and Valley Road Park - On the Ball Coaching
  • Victoria Embankment - British Military Fitness
  • Wollaton Hall - British Military 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.

 A walk in the park

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.

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.

You can take part in many different activities in your local park, including orienteering, tree trails and outdoor gyms.

  • ParkLives
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Gyms
  • Fitness Bootcamps
  • A Walk in the Park
  • Tree Trails
  • Paddling Pools / Water Parks
  • Parkour
  • Table Tennis
  • Cycling
  • parkrun
  • Walking for Health
  • Park Rangers


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

  • Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QL
  • Open Saturday 30 April 2016 to Sunday 4 September 2016, 10am to 4:30pm daily

Victoria Embankment

  • Embankment Road NG2 2JY
  • Open Saturday 30 April 2016 to Sunday 4 September 2016, 11am to 6:30pm daily


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

Table Tennis

Nottingham City Council currently has 2 permanent outdoor table tennis tables located in Bulwell Hall 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

A new table tennis table is also due to be installed at Bulwell Forest recreation ground soon - watch this space!


Cycling is a great activity and can help you get fit and improve your health. It's also a great way of getting around - especially for shorter journeys. Nottingham has some great places to cycle as well as organisations which can support and help you to get back in the saddle.


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

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 or see the download below.

Park Rangers

The Park Rangers offer a programme of environmental activities and workshops for schools and groups to suit different ages and abilities. The programme is linked to the National Curriculum and supports the Responsible Schools programme. Workshops can take place in the classroom, or on site at one of Nottingham City Council's parks and open spaces accessing woodland, ponds, lakes or historic sites. Projects are undertaken to raise awareness about Biodiversity and the importance of preserving and protecting the environment.

The Rangers also run a varied programme of fun Events in Nottingham at sites across Nottingham City including health walks, heritage walks, rambles, tours of Woodthorpe Tropical House and visits to Green Flag parks. They can also work with you to support your own events. For more information please contact the Parks and Open Spaces team on 0115 915 2733 or email

Contact Us

Parks and Open Spaces Woodthorpe Grange Woodthorpe Drive Nottingham NG5 4HA
Tel: 0115 915 2733

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