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Healthy lifestyles

Find out about various healthy lifestyle activities and sessions that can help improve your health and well being.

Healthy lifestyle activities and sessions


Join the parkrun jogging craze.

parkrun is a weekly free 5km timed run at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark. It is organised by volunteers and regular runners are asked to help out once in a while. After the run, participants can grab a coffee at Rumbles Cafe.

parkrun is held at 9am every Saturday, and is open to everyone, whether you're a seasoned club runner, casual jogger or first time runner, come along to join us.

You can find out all about Newark parkrun on their website.

Walking for Health

Walking can help with your general health, improve your fitness, help you to de-stress and is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are lots of groups in the area welcoming new people. 

The Ramblers and MacMillan Cancer Support's Walking for Health website has lots of information of you're interested in walking your way to health.

Besthorpe Bummelers

Walk with the Besthorphe Bummelers to improve your physical and mental health. Their Walking for Health leader led walks are suitable for complete novices to regular walkers.
Suitable footwear is a MUST as rural footpaths are used. The walks last up to 60 minutes although you can stop at any time to suit you. Join the group for a tea and coffee at the end.
Walks begin at 10am every Tuesday
Starts from the car park at Old School Lane, Besthorpe, NG33 7GZ
Call Karen on 07976 433 988 or email or just turn up on the day

#This Girl Can

Sport England has launched the This Girl Can campaign to encourage more girls and women to take up sporting activities.

Find out more on the This Girl Can website

Join in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook and don't forget to use the #ThisGirlCan hashtag

Find out whats available locally.

Chair based exercise classes

If you're after something a little less energetic, there are seated exercise classes held across the district. These chair based exercise classes offer is as much about meeting new people and friends as it is for doing some exercise and staying active. Come along and do as little or as mucn as you like!

Day and timeClassInstructorContact
(move to music)
Roy Walker Niki Whitburn
(First 3 Mondays
of the month)
Southwell, Kings Court Blaise Thomas

07918 165245

William Ghent House
Eileen Clare 01636 673427
Oxton Village Hall
Roy Walker Sports development
01636 655701
Blidworth Leisure Centre   01623 466266
Sherwood Forest 
Community Church
Lily Angelis

Lily: 01623 429560
07801 382100

Paul Johnson: 01623
797733 / 424064

Southfields House
Blaise Thomas  Sports development
01636 655701
(William Baiey House)
 Roy Walker Sports development
01636 655701
Palace Theatre
 Roy Walker Geoffrey

Various Care and comfort classes Care and


'GP Active' exercise referral scheme

Get your own personalised 12 week activity programme from one of our specialist GP referral trained instructors.

Exercise can increase and improve muscle strength and endurance, breathing, bone density, flexibility, sleep patterns, confidence and independence in later years. Exercise can reduce body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, depression and stress, aches and pains, the need for medication and risk of heart disease and other illnesses.

The scheme is open to anyone with a medical condition that would benefit from physical activity and you will be provided with extra support to meet your individual needs. Work with the instructor to develop a programme with activities you enjoy, attend regularly and reap the rewards!

The scheme offers excellent value for money with a reduced start up cost and no joining fee.

John and Peter have both benefitted from the GP referral scheme. Read their story.


Strokeability is a gentle exercise programme specifically designed for people recovering from a stroke and is also suitable for those suffering from other neurological injuries. Qualified instructors provide help and guidance on relaxation techniques and living a healthier, more fulfilling life. Participants who are suffering from the effects of a stroke will also have the chance to meet others in similar circumstances.

The class is delivered by a fully trained exercise professional who have been through specific training in working with people who have had a stroke.

Cost: £2.70 per session. Contact Jo Sage for further information on 01636 655 701 or email.

Cardiac rehab

Through a partnership working with Newark, Kings Mill and Nottingham City Hospitals, we are able to provide cardiac rehab classes at Southwell, Grove and Dukeries Leisure Centres. Once patients have received hospital treatment and care, they are encouraged to continue exercising – this is where the classes come in.

The classes offer patients the opportunity to exercise in a safe and friendly environment with the guidance of highly trained exercise professionals.