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 body weight as the resistance to your workout, meaning you can either be gentle or push yourself that little 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
  • Gawthorne Street, NG7
  • Greenway Park (Tricket’s Yard), Sneinton
  • Heathfield Park, Basford
  • Independent Street Park, Radford
  • King Edward Park, Sneinton
  • King George V Playing Fields, Aspley
  • Lenton Abbey Park, NG9
  • Lenton Recreation Ground, Lenton
  • Peggy’s Park, Edwards Lane
  • Queen’s Walk Recreation Ground, Meadows
  • Radford Recreation Ground, Radford
  • Robin Hood Chase, Sneinton
  • Ruddington Lane Park, Clifton
  • Shipstone Street, NG7
  • Silverdale Play Area, Clifton
  • Silverdale, NG11
  • Southglade Park, Bestwood
  • Stockhill Park,  Basford
  • Strelley Recreation Ground, Strelley
  • Sutton Passey Crescent play area, Wollaton Park
  • Valley Road Recreation Ground
  • Vernon Park, Basford
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Woodthorpe Park, Sherwood
  • Whitemoor Park, Basford

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Fitness Sessions

 If you would like to use one of our other parks to run your own fitness sessions, please contact the Parks and Open Spaces team on 0115 915 2733 or parksandopenspaces@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 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. 11 self-guided walks 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 several 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 ramblers.org.uk

Wollaton Hall Walk

Also, 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

Victoria Embankment Paddling Pool

Embankment Paddling Pool is currently closed. 

The original pool dates back more than 70 years to the 1940s, while the current plant equipment is from the 1980s. Unfortunately, this has made maintaining the facility in recent years extremely challenging, both in a practical and financial sense. Parts are increasingly difficult to source and often very expensive.

Nottingham City Council have carried out numerous repairs in the past 15 years but, with such pressure on our wider budgets, these have invariably been more short-term in nature and designed to keep the pool running through a summer period.

Water leaks within the system have been known about for some time, but investigations to establish where they’re coming from have frustratingly proved inconclusive. Two years ago, the pool was losing around a third of its capacity every day which is clearly unsustainable.

We estimate it would cost around £300,000 to bring the pool back up to current standards for use, and this is not something which our Parks budget could sustain. However, we’re looking into ways we may be able to externally-fund a replacement as part of wider improvements planned for the Victoria Embankment.


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 9 am 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/


For more information and current opportunities visit https://nottinghamcity.goassemble.com/opportunities

Contact Us

Parks and Open Spaces
Woodthorpe Grange
Woodthorpe Drive

Tel: 0115 915 2733


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