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Healthy lifestyles

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

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.

#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
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Roy Walker Niki Whitburn
Active Seated Exercise and Otargo
Dukeries Leisure Centre
Active4Today Dukeries Leisure Centre
01623 862469
Active Seated Exercise
Newark Sports and Fitness Centre
Active4Today Newark Sports and Fitness Centre
01636 655780
William Ghent House
Eileen Clare 01636 673427
Marklew Close, Blidworth Active4Today Sports Development
01636 655701
Oxton Village Hall
Roy Walker Sports development
01636 655701
Burton Court, Bilsthorpe Active4Today Sports development
01636 655701
Blaise's Belles and Beaux Blaise
Trinity Hall, Besthorpe
Mrs Thomas 01636 892686

Active Seated Exercise        Blidworth Leisure Centre


Blidworth Leisure Centre              01623 466266

Sherwood Forest 
Community Church Exercise and Lunch group
Community Church


Sherwood Forest Community Church 01623 797733

Southfields House
Blaise Thomas  Sports development
01636 655701
Blaise's Belles and Beaux Blaise
Southfield House, Newark
Mrs Thomas 01636 892686
(William Baiey House)
 Roy Walker Sports development
01636 655701
Palace Theatre
 Roy Walker Sports Development
01636 655701


'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: £3 per session - free with Activo Membership. Contact Sports Development for further information on 01636 655701 or email.

Cardiac rehab 

Through a partnership working with Newark, Kings Mill and Nottingham City Hospitals, we are able to provide cardiac rehab classes Newark Sports and Fitness Centre, Southwell 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.


Group exercise sessions for people aged over 55 to help improve balance, strength and co-ordination. Followed by a chance to chat.

Cost: £3 per session - free with Activo Membership.