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Game On Parks and Open Spaces
parkrun, is a free 5km timed run, jog or walk which takes place every Saturday morning at Colwick Country Park.
Open to all abilities, whether you are interested in taking part as an established runner, wannabe runner or simply to improve your health and fitness then parkrun is for you!
parkrun starts at 9am outside the Adventure Centre. Participation is FREE, but you must register in advance first to take part. Click here for more details or to register.
Be a parkrun volunteer
All parkrun events around the country are organised by a team of volunteers. The team turn up shortly before 9am to ensure the event is set up and ready to go. They then manage the run, time and register the runners, and that's about. If you are interested in being part of Colwick parkrun or would like to give something back to your community, then click on the volunteer link on the parkrun website.
Walking has been called the perfect exercise and has now emerged as the most popular recreational activity for people in England. With this in mind we have created a selection of walks in 11 of Nottingham city's parks and open spaces. These walking routes offer you the opportunity to improve both physical and mental wellbeing in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. The walks also enable people to discover more about Nottingham's parks, local history and wildlife.
The following parks and open spaces have been mapped:
- Bulwell Hall Park
- Clifton Central Park and Playing Fields
- Forest Recreation Ground
- High Wood Cemetery
- Lenton Recreation Ground
- Melbourne Park
- Queens Walk, Queens Walk Recreation Ground and Victoris Embankment
- Southglade Park
- Victoria Park and St Mary's Rest Garden
- Wootthorpe Grange
All 11 walking routes can be downloaded from the Sport and Leisure pages - click here to for details.
There are now 12 new 'green gyms' in parks and open spaces across Nottingham, that are FREE to use and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Each green gym 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 gyms can be found at the following locations;
- Clifton Central
- Forest Recreation Ground
- Chediston Vale
- Strelley Recreation Ground
- Independant Street
- King Edward Park
- Robin Hood Chase
- Heathfield Park
- Vernon Park
- Ruddington Lane
- Valley Road
This 18 hole course on Woodthorpe Grange plays on a hill slope around the old railway line and provides a challenging but fun alternative to a full course. The Pitch and Putt is open daily from 10:00am up until around an hour before dusk. Click here to view the price list. [17kb]
Olympic themed flower bed
Nottingham in Bloom received almost 200 entries from five city schools in its 'Design an Olympic-themed Flower Bed' competition. Joe Reader from Haydn School in Sherwood was chosen as the winning entry. Joe took his inspiration from the sports and legends associated with Nottinghamshire such as Rebecca Adlington, Robin Hood and Nottingham Forest FC. The Nottingham in Bloom team felt Joe's design was a fantastic visual interpretation of the Olympics which had been given careful thought.
The 'carpet bed' is a very detailed flower bed which is planted up with hundred of tiny flowers to create a picture. See Joe's design on display in the grounds of Nottingham Castle this summer.
"Best Olympics Display"
There's a special award for the 'Best Olympics Display' in the 2012 Nottingham in Bloom Garden Competition. Why not plant up your garden or containers in the colours of the Olympic rings.....or maybe in gold, silver and bronze... or even 'runner' beans! Individuals, groups, streets, schools and businesses are all welcome to have a go. There's a £150 voucher to be won thanks to sponsor Fast Graphics.
To take part, just email your Olympic themed picture to email@example.com
Judging will take place in July.
Enjoy the summer season in the fresh air with FREE outdoor brass and woodwind concerts in Nottingham's beautiful parks. Click here for more information.
Hundreds of outdoor, community concerts are taking place simultaneously across the country, making up the Bandstand Marathon - the largest closing cultural event of London 2012. Local musicians will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in this event with performances at Victoria Embankment, Nottingham Arboretum and Nottingham Castle Bandstand. Click here for more information