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


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 leave the boxes at the bottom of the page unticked 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
Beginners netball
Buggy bootcamp
Buggy safari
Conservation and down to earth
Couch to 5km 
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 bingo
Flexibility & wellness (over-16s)
Gentle bootcamp (over-50s)
Green fit baby
Green flag walk
Kids & teenage giant twister
Kids & teenage sports day
Led walking group
Lickey explorers
Muddy hands
Nordic walking
Park rangers 
Park rugby 
Play in the park
Power walking
Reggae aerobics
Roaming rangers
Rugby fitcamp
Summer games
Tai Chi
Ultimate frisbee
Walk to run 
Walking football
Women & girls' Zumba
Women only bootcamp

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