Activities near you

What activities are available near you?

There are lots of ways you can find out about activities in your area:

Use online search tools:

  • Search for Move More events in your local area on our website. Visit macmillan.org.uk/inyourarea
  • Visit Be Inspired to search for sport and fitness venues, clubs and activities across the UK. You can search by activity or location.
  • There is a national search tool for England on the NHS Choices website. Visit nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/whybeactive.aspx and enter your postcode. NHS Choices also has suggested exercise videos and podcasts.
  • There is a national search tool for Scotland at activescotland.org.uk Enter your postcode or town to find activities near you.
  • In Wales, you can use sportwales.org.uk to search for activities near you.
  • In Northern Ireland, you can use sportni.net to search for activities near you.

Contact your local council. Look on the website or call to find out what activities are provided in parks and leisure centres.

Ask your GP if they can refer you to any specialist services. This might be an exercise referral scheme, falls prevention (if you’re worried about falling) or physiotherapy (for example if you’ve had surgery and have problems with range of movement).

Walking groups

Walking groups are an enjoyable, social way to become active. There are free, guided health walks across the UK. We have more information on health walks and how to search for your nearest one.

Sports

National sports councils can give you contact details for individual sports’ governing bodies. They can also help you find facilities near you. These are the UK’s sports councils:

Sport England

www.sportengland.org

020 7273 1551

Sport Scotland

www.sportscotland.org.uk

0141 534 6500

Sport Wales

www.sportwales.org.uk

0300 300 3111

Sport Northern Ireland

www.sportni.net

028 9038 1222

Gardening

Gardening is a way of enjoying some physical activity outdoors. It can also be quite therapeutic to watch your garden grow. The National Gardens Scheme gives you the chance to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in England and Wales. The scheme raises money for several charities including Macmillan and other cancer and carers charities. Visit ngs.org.uk to find a garden near you, or to open your own garden to raise money for charity.

Mobility and disability organisations

There are specific organisations that can help if you have mobility problems or a disability:

Disability Sports Northern Ireland

www.dsni.co.uk

Disability Sport Wales

www.disabilitysportwales.org

English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)

www.efds.co.uk

Scottish Disability Sport

www.scottishdisabilitysport.com

WheelPower

www.wheelpower.org.uk

Our Move More guide has lots of information on keeping active, including a booklet, activity chart and DVD to help you get started. Order one online or by calling 0808 808 00 00.

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