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ParkLives logoFREE £5-£10ish yoga, Zumba, bootcamp etcOutdoor classes across Eng & Scot. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative ParkLives, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 130 outdoor locations across Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Newham in London and Nottingham (find your nearest park).

If you live in London or Bedfordshire, see Our Parks free fitness classes.

There are 69 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, family rounders & baby ballet (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth bearing in mind that all ParkLives sessions are outdoors - so if you fancy taking part, during the summer is your best bet.

What is ParkLives?

ParkLives is a partnership programme funded by local authorities and Coca-Cola Great Britain, that runs 260 hour-long fitness classes per week in playing fields and some other venues across England & Scotland. It currently has about 10,000 users and has funding to run until 2020.  

How to book

  • Join ParkLives by filling in a few details on its website, including your email address, postcode and local council (you can untick boxes at the bottom of the page if you don't want to be sent marketing from your local council or Coca-Cola).
  • Browse available classes in the list of upcoming sessions.
  • Reserve a place by selecting 'save me a spot'. Classes can be booked up to two months in advance and you can book as many as you like. ParkLives told us that some classes have started to build a regular following, so it'd be worth checking the website in advance if you've got a particular session in mind.

Under-13s must be signed up and accompanied by a parent. All session leaders are qualified professionals employed by the council, so should be DBS checked.

More info

Classes included:

Active push
Adult come and try tennis 
Baby ballet 
Baby loves disco
Basketball
Beginners netball
Bootcamp
Bowls
Buggy bootcamp
Buggy safari
Canoeing 
Circuits
Conservation and down to earth
Couch to 5km 
Cricket
Cycling 
Den building 
Dog walking 
Donkey grooming 
Exercise to music
Family circuits
Family frisbee golf
Family fun fishing 
Family fun fitness
Family fun golf
Family games
Family rounders 
Family tennis
Family Zumba
Fitness
Fitness bingo
Flexibility & wellness (over-16s)
Football
Gentle bootcamp (over-50s)
Green fit baby
Green flag walk
Kids & teenage giant twister
Kids & teenage sports day
Led walking group
Lickey explorers
Mousercise
Muddy hands
Multisport
Nordic walking
Park rangers 
Park rugby 
Parkfit
Pilates
Play in the park
Power walking
Reggae aerobics
Roaming rangers
Rounders
Rowing 
Rugby
Rugby fitcamp
Running 
Sailing 
Skateboarding 
Summer games
Tai Chi
Tennis
Ultimate frisbee
Walk to run 
Walking football
Women & girls' Zumba
Women only bootcamp
Yoga
Zumba

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Our Parks logoFREE £5-£10ish yoga, Zumba & moreOutdoor classes across Ldn & Beds. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative Our Parks, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 50 locations across London and Bedfordshire (see ‘more info’ below for the full list). 

There are 28 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, dance, tots tennis and kids' fitness (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). It provides free group exercise classes mostly in parks, but also in community centres and libraries during winter.

Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth noting that some of the calmer classes in particular, would normally be indoors.

What is Our Parks?

Our Parks has been running since March 2014 with funding from local councils. It currently has more than 20,000 users and offers around 160 hour-long classes per week. 

How to book

  • Join Our Parks by completing a short registration form online (you'll need to give a contact email address and fill out a health questionnaire).
  • Subscribe to one or more boroughs near you.
  • Browse and book classes. Classes can be booked online up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you like. 
  • Sign in with your instructor at the start of each class.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Our Parks says all trainers are fully qualified and all coaches who work with children or vulnerable adults are DBS checked. 

 

More info

Classes included:
Abs, bums & thighs 
Baby yoga
Bootcamp
Boxfit
Boxing yoga
Buggy exercise
Cardio tennis 
Dance fit
Elite fitness 
Flow yoga
Hula hoop fitness
Kids fitness
Olympic fitness
Our circuit
Our circuit with box fit
Parkour
Pilates
Run fit
Skip fit
Soccercise
Social basketball
Social football
Social volley
Social netball
Social rugby
Tots tennis
Yoga 
Zumba

Locations included:

Abbotts Park, Waltham Forest
Appenine Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Arlesey Recreation Ground, Central Bedfordshire 
Biggleswade, Central Bedfordshire 
Broomfield, Enfield
Bruce Castle, Haringey
Centenary Park, Harrow
Church Lane Muga, Waltham Forest
Churchfield Gardens, Hillingdon
Clissold Park, Hackney
Fassnidge Park, Hillingdon
Gladstone Park, Brent
Hanworth Park, Hounslow
Henry Reynard, Waltham Forest
Highams Recreational Ground, Waltham Forest
Jardine Way Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Jubilee Park, Enfield 
King Edward VII, Brent 
Lampton Park, Hounslow
Lancaster Court, Hammersmith & Fulham 
Langthorne Park, Waltham Forest
Leyton Jubilee Park, Waltham Forest
Lloyd Park Waltham, Forest
London Fields, Hackney
Lordship Park, Haringey
Mabley Green, Hackney
Millfields, Hackney
North Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Ponders End, Enfield
Pymmes Park, Enfield
Queens Park, Brent
Regents Senior Club, Hackney
Rhodes Estate Community Centre, Hackney
Ridgeway, Waltham Forest
Ridgeway Park, Waltham Forest
Roe Green, Brent
Roundwood, Brent
Roxeth Park, Harrow
Shoreditch Park, Hackney
South Lawn, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Southall Park, Ealing
Spikes Bridge Park, Ealing
Springfield park, Hackney
Stonebridge Park, Brent 
Tithe Farm Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Town Parks, Enfield 
Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets
Victory Park, East Village
Wormholt Park, Hammersmith & Fulham
Hackney Downs, Hackney
Haggerston Park, Hackney
Mabley Green, Hackney
Millfields Park, Hackney
Stoke Newington Common, Hackney

Parkrun logoFREE weekly timed 5K runWith Parkrun in parks throughout UK. All abilities welcome

Ongoing

If you go online to free physical activity provider Parkrun you can sign up to take part in completely free weekly timed 5K runs at selected parks (find your nearest) across the country, usually at 9am on Saturday mornings.

You don’t need to be Mo Farah to participate, Parkrun welcomes all abilities. You don't even have to run, you can walk if you prefer and kids and dogs are also welcome. Once you’re registered you’ll be allocated a barcode which you’ll need to print out and bring with you to the park as this will be scanned to give you an accurate 5K time.

What is Parkrun?

Parkrun has been running (pardon the pun) since Oct 2004 with funding from sponsors. It currently has more than two million registered runners and volunteers and operates free weekly runs in 850+ parks worldwide. 

Junior Parkrun for 4-14-yr-olds

Junior Parkrun is similar, and often at the same locations as the regular Parkrun (which children are also welcome to run), but is 2K long instead of 5K and held at 9am on Sundays instead of Saturdays. Children aged between four and 14 years old can participate.

How do I get a 'free' T-shirt?

On your 50th official timed run (as an adult), you can claim a 'free' Club 50 T-shirt (you'll pay £1.99 postage, see full T&Cs).

If you're aged 17 and under, you can claim a 'free' Club 10 T-shirt after your 10th official timed run.

If you don't want to run or prefer to volunteer, you can get a 'free' volunteer's T-shirt after volunteering on 25 separate occasions. 

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