Birmingham City Council

Active Parks

The Be Active programme has been running successfully for more than 4 years offering the citizens of Birmingham the opportunity to access gyms, classes and swimming for free.

Birmingham City Council (BCC) wants to use its parks, open spaces and outdoor activity sites to help people get active and stay active. The benefits of this are known to impact on health and well being.

For the last year Be Active, the Ranger Service and Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF) have been piloting the Active Parks scheme in a number of local parks. We are now rolling out the scheme to cover 50 parks and open spaces helping the citizen’s of Birmingham get fit.

Over the coming months, visitors to the sites will be offered a wide range of free activities. Take a look at the table below to see what is currently on offer.


Active parks timetable
Park Activity What it is about Day Start time Duration Where to meet in the park What to bring
Senneleys Park Green Fit Baby Outdoor fitness class created for parents to exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women and using the natural park environment. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Monday 13.30 1hr Asda Barns Hill Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Buggy
Senneleys Park Fizzical Dance (ages 8-14) Fun, fitness, dance activity geared at 8 - 14 years. Lively and lots of fun. Wednesday 17.00 1hr Car Park (nr Overfield Rd entrance) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Parent
Cotteridge Park Green Fit Baby Outdoor fitness class created for parents to exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women and using the natural park environment. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Tuesday 9.30 1hr Car Park (Franklin Rd) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cotteridge Park Green Fit FREE, fun, fitness frolics for all the family. No lycra or shouting - just an hour for all the family to get active. Will it be pirate ships and swords this week or tree climbing and chariot races? Tuesday 18.00 1hr Car Park (Franklin Rd) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cotteridge Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Thursday 10.30 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cotteridge Park Spray Art The Friends of Cotteridge Park have organised a spray art workshops that recognises and develops the creativity of young people, supported by Birmingham based artist Dan Lickiss or 'Newso'. Come and try something new, have fun and help to transform the skatepark. Ensure you wear cloths you do not love! 3rd Saturday Month 17.00 2hr Skatepark Wear cloths you do not love
Cotteridge Park Walking Using the 2km walking route a group of friendly walkers do a couple of laps of Cotteridge Park. Walk at your own pace, it’s a gentle introduction to walking to improve your mental and physical well being. This is a great way to start to be physically active outdoors and meet new people.



Thursday 10.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cotteridge Park Conservation Conservation is the important act of preserving, guarding, or protecting our parks. As well as making them more attractive for people and wildlife. You will learn new skills and expertise whilst supporting the parks ecological system and habitats. Practical activities may include supporting the community orchard, habitat management, planting, digging, clearing. Why not have fun and be physically active whilst at the same time investing in Cotteridge Park.


Sunday 10.30 1hr Orchard Water
Suitable footwear and clothing
Cotteridge Park Green Fit FREE, fun, fitness frolics for all the family. No lycra or shouting - just an hour for all the family to get active. Will it be pirate ships and swords this week or tree climbing and chariot races? Sunday 10.00 1hr Car Park (Franklin Rd) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Walkers Heath Park Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Monday 17.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Walkers Heath Park Park Fit Baby Outdoor fitness classes created for parents to do exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Tuesday 12.45 1hr Allotments (Druids Lane) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Buggy
Walkers Heath Park AthleFIT AthleFIT is fun, flexible, non competitive and accessible for all. It combines the best of running, jumping and throwing in a fun and inclusive way which can be tailored to everyone's needs and abilities. It includes fun activities such as team relays, jumping over obstacles and throwing foam javelins.

Tuesday 19.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Walkers Heath Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Thursday 12 noon 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Walkers Heath Park Community Fit A fun fitness session for all the family and great for beginners. Family fitness using the natural environment and playing small games e.g. relays, circuits, tag Saturday 11.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Walkers Heath Park Basketball 7-14 This is a fun and beginners basketball session for young people aged 7-14. It is your chance to learn the skills of basketball as well as play the game. Sunday 10.30 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Parents
Walkers Heath Park Fizzical (Handball & Multi- Sports) age 8-14 Fun, fitness activities geared at 8 - 14 years. Try handball and other sports. Every time something new. Thursday 17.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Parent
Edgbaston Reservoir Rowing This is a very exciting chance to learn to row with the guidance of fully qualified staff on the wonderful Edgbaston Reservoir. You will find out about water safety, how to use and move the boat in an informal way. You do not need to be able to swim. All safety equipment will be provided. Special stable outrigger boats are used. Although there is very little chance of you getting wet it is worth bringing a change of cloths and towel just in case. Wear shoes that you are happy to get wet. Rowing is available from 11 years old only. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997



Sunday 10.30 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Comfortable cloths and change in case get wet
Towel
Edgbaston Reservoir Canoeing This is a very exciting chance to learn to Canoe with the whole family under the guidance of fully qualified staff on the wonderful Edgbaston Reservoir. You will find out about water safety, how to use and move the canoe all in an informal way. You do not need to be able to swim. All safety equipment will be provided. Special large stable Canadian canoes are used. Although there is very little chance of you getting wet it is worth bringing a change of cloths and towel just in case. Wear shoes that you are happy to get wet. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997



Sunday 10.30 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Comfortable cloths and change in case get wet
Towel
Edgbaston Reservoir Cycling Easy beginner traffic free family rides around the scenic Edgbaston Reservoir lead by a friendly cycle leader. Suitable for all whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike. Bikes and helmets provided. Cycling is available from 11 years old unless you bring your own bike/ trailer. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997.
Sunday 10.30 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Edgbaston Reservoir Rowing This is a very exciting chance to learn to row with the guidance of fully qualified staff on the wonderful Edgbaston Reservoir. You will find out about water safety, how to use and move the boat in an informal way. You do not need to be able to swim. All safety equipment will be provided. Special stable outrigger boats are used. Although there is very little chance of you getting wet it is worth bringing a change of cloths and towel just in case. Wear shoes that you are happy to get wet. Rowing is available from 11 years old only. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997



Tuesday 19.00 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Comfortable cloths and change in case get wet
Towel
Edgbaston Reservoir Canoeing This is a very exciting chance to learn to Canoe with the whole family under the guidance of fully qualified staff on the wonderful Edgbaston Reservoir. You will find out about water safety, how to use and move the canoe all in an informal way. You do not need to be able to swim. All safety equipment will be provided. Special large stable Canadian canoes are used. Although there is very little chance of you getting wet it is worth bringing a change of cloths and towel just in case. Wear shoes that you are happy to get wet. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997



Tuesday 19.00 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Comfortable cloths and change in case get wet
Towel
Edgbaston Reservoir Cycling Easy beginner traffic free family rides around the scenic Edgbaston Reservoir lead by a friendly cycle leader. Suitable for all whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike. Bikes and helmets provided. Cycling is available from 11 years old unless you bring your own bike/ trailer. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited spaces so book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997.
Tuesday 19.00 1hr Edgbaston Water Sports Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Sunset and Moonlit Parks Beginners Running This is a session to help you to take up running, your way, in your local park, while benefitting from the support and encouragement of a group of like minded people. This is suitable regardless of your age, fitness level, aspiration or background.We are here to help and encourage more people to run.


Sunday 10.00 1hr Moonlit Park Play Area Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Sunset and Moonlit Parks Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Saturday 14.00 1hr Moonlit Park MUGA Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Lickey Hills Country Park Beacon Hill Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Sunday 10.00 1hr Beacon Hill Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Lickey Hills Country Park Active Conservation Warm-up, conservation activities, exercises and stretching. This is the opportunity to become physically active in the outdoors at the same time learning to support the parks ecological system and habitats. Why not have fun, protecting and preserving Birmingham's beautiful parks. Tuesday 10.00 4hrs Visitor Centre (Warren Lane) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Handsworth Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Tuesday 10.00 1hr Leisure Centre Noticeboard Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Handsworth Park Beginners Running This is a session to help you to take up running, your way, in your local park, while benefitting from the support and encouragement of a group of like minded people. This is suitable regardless of your age, fitness level, aspiration or background.We are here to help and encourage more people to run.


Sunday 10.00 1hr Boating Lake Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Handsworth Park Green Fit FREE, fun, fitness frolics for all the family. No lycra or shouting - just an hour for all the family to get active. Will it be pirate ships and swords this week or tree climbing and chariot races? Sunday 14.00 1hr Leisure Centre Noticeboard Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Kings Heath Park Nostalgia Walk
Theme & TV Garden
This is a gentle introduction to walking to improve your mental and physical well being. This is a great way to start to be physically active outdoors and meet new people. These are also special experiences as you get to share your stories and memories. Tuesday 10.30 1hr Various sites Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Kings Heath Park Orienteering Orienteering is suitable for the family where you will use navigational skills to negotiate around the park. Supported by Rangers there are three courses on offer making it suitable for all. There is a beginners course, an intermediate (wildlife) and challenging (full course). This a great way of having fun exploring the park at your pace. Sunday 13.00 1hr Cannon Hill Park Tea Room Water
Suitable comfortable clothing /footwear
Eastside / City Centre Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Tuesday 12.30 1hr Woodman Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Eastside / City Centre Rounders (aged 14+) Come and have fun playing rounders. Come as an individual or with friends. It is a great social fun activity where you can make new friends. It is suitable for all abilities. Thursday 16.30 1hr Woodman Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Perry Hall Playing Field Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Wednesday 10.00 1hr Park Keepers Hut Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Summerfield Park Park Fit FREE, fun, fitness frolics for all the family. No lycra or shouting - just an hour for all the family to get active. Will it be pirate ships and swords this week or tree climbing and chariot races? Sunday 12 noon 1hr East Gate, off Gillot Road (middle of park) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Summerfield Park Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Saturday 12.30pm 1hr East Gate, off Gillot Road (middle of park) Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Summerfield Park Edible Garden Have fun at the same time as supporting the development of the community allotment. This is a great opportunity to learning growing skills. Saturday 10.00 2hr 74 Cavendish Rd, B16 0HS Water
Suitable comfortable clothing / footwear
Brookvale Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Wednesday 17.30 1hr Basketball Court Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Billesley Common Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Thursday 14.00 1hr Yardley Wood Road entrance Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Billesley Common Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Monday 9.00 1hr Play Area Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Billesley Common Fitness Training This is a beginners outdoor fitness class which incorporates the use of outdoor gym equipment and the natural environment. Saturday 13.00 1hr Outdoor Gym Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Kings Norton Nature Reserve Conservation Conservation is the important act of preserving, guarding, or protecting our parks. You will learn new skills and expertise whilst supporting the parks ecological system and habitats. Practical activities may include habitat management, supporting the nature reserve, planting, digging, clearing. Why not have fun, protecting and preserving Birmingham's beautiful parks.
Tuesday 10.30 3hrs Various sites check website: www.fknnr.org.uk Water
Suitable comfortable clothing / footwear
Chamberlain Gardens Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Wednesday 13.00 1hr Outdoor Gym Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cofton Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Tuesday 10.30 1hr Car Park of Lowhill Lane Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Cofton Park Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Thursday 18.00 1hr Car Park of Lowhill Lane Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Bloomsbury Park Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Tuesday 9.30 1hr The POD Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Muntz Park Green Fit This is a fun beginners exercise to music class that takes place in the children's play area. So that your children can play on the swings as you are being physically active at the same time. Tuesday (term time only) 8.50 1hr Muntz Park Play Area Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Daisy Farm Green Fit Baby Outdoor fitness class created for parents to exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women and using the natural park environment. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Thursday 13.00 1hr Car park/play area Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Buggy
Daisy Farm Community Fit A fun fitness session for all the family and great for beginners. Family fitness using the natural environment and playing small games e.g. relays, circuits, tag Saturday 14.30 1hr Car park/play area Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
West Heath Park Green Fit Baby Outdoor fitness class created for parents to exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women and using the natural park environment. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Thursday 9.30 1hr Car park outside Oddingly Hall Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
New Spring Street Tai Chi Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle Movements. Suitable for all ages and abilities and can improve balance and stability.
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Thursday 15.00 1hr Courts Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields Community Fit A fun fitness session for all the family and great for beginners. Family fitness using the natural environment and playing small games e.g. relays, circuits, tag Friday 18.00 1hr Pebble Mill Fields Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields Zumba Zumba is a fun dance fitness session. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms. Dance styles include salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, samba and hip hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival of dance and have fun. Thursday 19.00 1hr Holders Lane Fields Redgras Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Baalam's Wood Green Gym Warm-up, conservation activities, exercises and stretching. This is the opportunity to become physically active in the outdoors at the same time learning to support the parks ecological system and habitats. Why not have fun, protecting and preserving Birmingham's beautiful parks. Monday 10.30 2hr Orchard Water
Suitable comfortable clothing / footwear
Baalam's Wood Green Fit Baby Outdoor fitness class created for parents to exercise alongside their babies with pushchairs or prams. Incorporating special exercises for postnatal women and using the natural park environment. Opportunities to chat afterwards over a cuppa. Friday 9.30 1hr Orchard Water
Suitable comfortable clothing
Buggy

For more information please email activeparks@bosf.org.uk

Birmingham City Council Rangers also organise events and activities throughout the year in Birmingham’s parks and open spaces.

Their seasonal programme includes outdoor fun events for families, craft activities, guided walks, practical conservation days and training courses. For more information please visit http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/ranger-events