Find out about the exciting park activities that are available around Nottingham
- Outdoor Gyms
- Fitness Bootcamps
- Walking Activities
- Walking for Health
- Tree Trails
- Paddling Pools and Water Parks
- Table Tennis
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. Here's what's going on during the school Easter holidays, and it's all free.
|03/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|03/04/2017||High Ropes||Colwick Country Park||10-11.30am|
|03/04/2017||Canoe Rafting||Colwick Country Park||12-1.30pm|
|03/04/2017||Mud Creations||Broxtowe Country Park||12-2pm|
|04/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|05/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|05/04/2017||Den Building||Broxtowe Country Park||12-2pm|
|05/04/2017||Canoe Rafting||Colwick Country Park||10-11.30am|
|05/04/2017||High Ropes||Colwick Country Park||12-1.30pm|
|05/04/2017||Play Park Launch||Clifton Central Park||2-4pm|
|07/04/2017||High Ropes||Colwick Country Park||10-11.30am|
|07/04/2017||Canoe Rafting||Colwick Country Park||12-1.30pm|
Outdoor games and activities
|Broxtowe Country Park||12-2pm|
|10/04/2017||Family Multi-games||Stirling Grove||1-3pm|
|10/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|10/04/2017||Canoe Rafting||Colwick Country Park||10-11.30am|
|10/04/2017||High Ropes||Colwick Country Park||12-1.30pm|
|11/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|11/04/2017||Scavenger Hunt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||1pm|
|12/04/2017||Pitch & Putt||Woodthorpe Grange Park||10am-3pm|
|12/04/2017||High Ropes||Colwick Country Park||10-11.30am|
|12/04/2017||Canoe Rafting||Colwick Country Park||12.30-2pm|
|13/04/2017||Easter Bunny Hunt||Forest Recreation Ground||11am|
Open water swimming
There's also a free ParkLives coached open water swimming session at Colwick Country Park at 2pm on Saturday 6 May, open to anyone wanting to try it for the first time.
To sign up for your first session and get a free swim hat, email Racheal Webster at email@example.com. You can either bring your own wetsuit or borrow one of ours. Find out more here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
(Seasonally May to September)
- Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QL
- Open Monday 1st May to Sunday 3 September 2017, 11am to 4:30pm daily
- Embankment Road NG2 2JY
- Opening times 11am – 6pm:
Weekends only from 20 May 2017
Spring and Summer Bank Holidays: 29th May & 28th August 2017
School Holidays: 29th May –2nd June and 27th July –31st August 2017
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 http://www.parkouruk.org/
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/
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 visit: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/
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