Activities near you

If you’ve decided to be more active, you may be interested in finding out what activities are available in your neighbourhood. There are various ways of getting this type of information:

  • Contact your local council.
  • Get advice from health professionals.
  • Search online.

You may also consider joining a walking group or a sports club. There are specialist websites that can point you to the right direction. They can help you find the club or the association you’re looking for.

What activities are available near you?

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

  • Contact your local council. See their website or call them to find out what activities are provided in their parks and leisure centres.
  • Ask your GP if they can refer you to any specialist service like exercise on referral, falls prevention (if you’re worried about falling) or physiotherapy (if you’ve had surgery, for example).
  • Search online – there’s a list of useful search tools below.
  • Contact the national governing body for an activity you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in outdoor bowls, you could contact Bowls England, Bowls Scotland, Welsh Bowling Association or Northern Ireland Bowling Association. Your country’s national sports council can tell you about individual sports’ governing bodies.
  • Get advice from health professionals.

Getting started with physical activity

Once you’ve started, you’ll probably find being active becomes an enjoyable part of the way you live. Many people notice the benefits quite quickly. You’ll feel less tired and stressed, and have more confidence. Noticing these changes and knowing the benefits to your health can keep you motivated, even on days when it’s difficult. If you’re struggling, don’t be hard on yourself.

Just remind yourself of all the benefits. There are some online search tools that you may find helpful:

  • On the Spogo website you can search for sport and fitness venues, clubs and activities across the UK. You can search by activity or location. Visit
  • England has a national search tool on the NHS Choices website. Go to and enter your postcode.
  • Scotland has a national search tool at Enter your postcode or town to find activities near you.
  • Wales has a website where you can search for activities near you – visit

In Northern Ireland, you can use the website to search for activities near you.


Walking groups are an enjoyable, social way to become active. There are free, guided health walks across the UK. You can search for a walk near you using the details below.

Let’s Walk Cymru (Wales)

029 2064 6890

Paths for All (Scotland)

0125 921 8888


020 7339 8500 (England)

0157 786 1222 (Scotland)

029 2064 4308 (Wales)

Walk NI (Northern Ireland)

028 9030 3930

Walking for Health (England)

020 7339 8541



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 to find a garden near you, or to open your own garden to raise money for charity.

Mobility and disability organisations

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