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Free & low cost physical activity in manchester

 
Getting health benefits from physical activity is easier than you think, and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
 
Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity is enough to keep you feeling fit and healthy.
 
If the gym is not your thing, there are many free or low-cost activities you can do on your own that can get you in shape.
 
Find something you enjoy that you can easily build into your lifestyle or build on something that's already part of your routine.
 
Here are some options for getting active the cheap and easy way.


There's plenty of ways to get active whilst enjoying the fresh air. Whether it's walking, running or cycling, we have something for you. 

WALKING

Manchester Ramblers - Britain's leading walking charity, celebrating the pleasures of walking and protecting the places people love to walk. Check out the Manchester Ramblers website here.

Go Jauntly - 
Go Jauntly is a walking app that brings you happiness outdoors. Discover walking guides, tours, nature and city trails, create your own routes and share. Take a look at the Go Jauntl page here.

MCRactive- We have also created a dedicated page for walking on the MCRactive website. Containing a comprehensive list of walking apoortunities available to you accross the city. View our dedicated page here.


RUNNING

Park Run: parkruns are free, weekly, timed events organised by local volunteers across various parks. Find one near you and take part! Click here to visit the Park Run page

CYCLING

Let's Ride Local: It's time to get your bike out for British Cycling. Join our mailing list for the upcoming British Cycling events. Take a look at Let's Ride Local website here 

Cycling UK - Cycling UK has around 1000 cycling groups and clubs across the UK offering thousands of rides and events for all abilities. If you are a Cycling UK member can ride with any of their Member Groups. Check out Cycling UK's website by clicking here.

British Cycling offer free guided rides for all, and free Breeze rides for women in the Manchester area:

Guided Rides: https://www.letsride.co.uk/guided-rides
Breeze rides for women: https://www.letsride.co.uk/breeze
 
Other free cycling pportunities from British Cycling can be found here

Note: participants must have a roadworthy bike to participate in the guided rides and Breeze rides.  Some of the other cycling opportunities may have bikes provided. (e.g. the family cycling sessions in Alex Park).
We are working to increase the number of rides in the Manchester area.
 
Free Cycle training:

Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) offer free cycle training in the Greater Manchester area.  The offer includes Learn to Ride (for beginners or those who haven’t ridden for years); Road Rider Ready (to build confidence to cycle in traffic); bike maintenance sessions; bespoke one-to-one sessions (for an area/route of your choice); and bespoke family confidence sessions where you’ll learn to ride as a family group on the road.  

Note: Bikes ARE provided for the Learn to Ride and Road Rider Ready training.

Manchester Learn to Ride and Road Rider Ready sessions are currently being run fortnightly on Saturdays in Alexander Park (Whalley Range). 

Find out more and book your course here
 
 
Joyriders: Manchester Joyriders offer free led rides for women in the Manchester area.  Find the upcoming rides Find the upcoming rides here:

Note: participants must have a roadworthy bike to participate in the Joyrider led rides.


Love to Ride delivers competitions and incentives to encourage people in the Greater Manchester area to ride more. 
Visit the Love to Ride page here

Get Fit for Free - Armed with a bit of get-up-and-go and good planning, you can be fitter than ever without spending a penny. Visit the Get Fit For Free website here.

Active 10 - Did you know that walking briskly, even for one minute, counts as exercise? It's easier than you think to fit into your day with our FREE Active 10 walking tracker app! Take a look at the Active 10 website here


Couch to Fitness - Now you can get active from your own home. Bit by bit, you’ll feel fitter, when you stick to our free 9-week schedule. It’s amazing what a difference it can make! View the Couch To Fitnes website here.

This Mum Runs - This Mum Runs is a mobile, social and in real life community for Mums everywhere - connected through running. We are a global community of more than 100,000 women that run for headspace, for time to ourselves, to meet other Mums, to feel healthier and happier. Click here to visit the This Mum Runs website.


Morrisso Health- A social enterprise business, which aims to support health and well-being across Greater Manchester.

Click here to visit the Morrisso Health website if you'd like to learn more about them or see their available classes below:

TOTALLY SHREDDED - £2.50
Mondays, Lily Lane Junior School, Manchester M40 9JP
 
FATBURN EXTREME - £2.50
Mondays and Thursdays, Lily Lane Junior School, Manchester M40 9JP   
 
DANCERCISE - £2.50
Tuesdays, 70 Booth Hall Road, Manchester, M9 7BL        
             
DANCERCISE - £2.50
Tuesdays, The Chatterbox Project, Blackley, M9 7BL        
   
TOTALLY SHREDDED - £2.50
Tuesdays and Thursdays, The Chatterbox Project, Blackley, M9 7BL
 
BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY – £2.50
Wednesdays, The Chatterbox Project, Blackley, M9 7BL 
        
HIITSTEP - £2.50
Wednesdays, Lily Lane Junior School, Manchester M40 9JP         
        
HIITSTEP - £2.50
Fridays, The Chatterbox Project, Blackley, M9 7BL


Gligan Fitness - Take part in free sessions during the week by Laura Gligan. Click Click here to visit the Gligan Fitness page if you'd like to learn more about them or see their available classes below:

TUESDAY TREKKERS - FREE
Manchester City Football Club, Platt Lane Complex, M14 7UU
 
WEDNESDAY WALKERS - FREE
Mondays, Clayton Old Hall, Manchester M11 4RU
 
THURSDAYS FUN WALK - FREE
The Communications Academy, Platt Lane Complex, M14 7UU


KALMA LIFE - FREE Workshops and Classes. Visit the KALMA LIFE website here.


What's available at MCRactive Facilities?

MONDAY
Active Aqua-Aerobics, Mondays at Manchester Aquatics Centre - £2.20


TUESDAY
Active Aqua-Aerobics, Tuesdays at Manchester Aquatics Centre - £1.10

Watersports Free Session, Tuesdays at Debdale Outdoor Centre – FREE

HIIT Class, Tuesdays at Sugden Sports Centre - £2.90


WEDNESDAY
Core Conditioning at Moss Side Leisure Centre - FREE

Pilates, Wednesdays at Manchester Aquatics Centre - £2.20

Active Aqua-Aerobics, Wednesdays at Manchester Aquatics Centre - £2.20



THURSDAY
Watersports Free Session, Thursdays at Debdale Outdoor Centre – FREE

Legs, Bums and Tums, Thursdays at Belle Vue Leisure Centre – £2.10

Walking Football, Thursdays at The Wythenshawe Forum - £2

Active Aqua Aerobics at Arcadia Leisure Centre - £1.10

FRIDAY
Athletics Track Session, Fridays at the Manchester Regional Arena - £1.40


SATURDAY
Watersports Free Session, Saturdays at Debdale Outdoor Centre – FREE

Legs, Bums and Tums, Saturdays at Arcadia Leisure Centre - FREE


Love Exploring - The Love Exploring app puts the power of discovery in your hands by providing a range of discovery games and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. You can also use our New Footsteps, New Discoveries featured maps to explore Ancoats & Surrounding areas! 

Green Gyms- We have free park gym facilities in a number of our Parks. Click on a park link to find out some more information. 
Heaton ParkPlant Hill ParkHerristone Road ParkGaskell Street ParkDebdale ParkSmedley Lane Playing FieldsCollyhurst ParkWythenshawe ParkGreenbank ParkGreenbank Playing FieldsBirchfields ParkCavendish Road and Whitworth Park

GET INVOLVED AT THESE LOCATIONS

Activity Name Time Place

Cs Health And Well-being Exercise Class

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Cs Health & Well-being
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 13:30 - 14:30, 13:30 - 14:30, 13:30 - 14:30, 13:30 - 14:30 and 13:30 - 14:30

Next SessionsTuesday 06/12/2022
Tuesday 13/12/2022
Tuesday 27/12/2022
Tuesday 03/01/2023
Tuesday 10/01/2023
No age restrictions stipulated

Brunswick Paris Church,
Brunswick Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M13 9SX

Distance 1.1 Miles Away

Young Creatives Programme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Greater Manchester Coalition Of Disabled People (gmcdp)
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 15:45 - 16:45, 15:45 - 16:45, 15:45 - 16:45, 15:45 - 16:45, 15:45 - 16:45, 15:45 - 16:45 and 15:45 - 16:45

Next SessionsMonday 05/12/2022
Monday 12/12/2022
Monday 19/12/2022
Monday 26/12/2022
Monday 02/01/2023
Monday 09/01/2023
Monday 16/01/2023
Minimum Age 15Maximum Age 25

Contact Theatre,
Devas Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 6JA

Distance 1.26 Miles Away

Power Pump

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 18:45 - 19:30, 18:45 - 19:30 and 18:45 - 19:30
Wednesdays 18:45 - 19:30 and 18:45 - 19:30

Next SessionsMonday 05/12/2022
Wednesday 07/12/2022
Monday 12/12/2022
Wednesday 14/12/2022
Monday 19/12/2022
No age restrictions stipulated

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

Dance Fitness

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 19:30 - 20:15, 19:30 - 20:15 and 19:30 - 20:15

Next SessionsMonday 05/12/2022
Monday 12/12/2022
Monday 19/12/2022
Minimum Age 16No Maximum Age Specified

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

Chair Based Exercise

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00, 10:00 - 11:00, 10:00 - 11:00 and 10:00 - 11:00
Wednesdays 10:15 - 11:15, 10:15 - 11:15, 10:15 - 11:15 and 10:15 - 11:15

Next SessionsTuesday 06/12/2022
Wednesday 07/12/2022
Tuesday 13/12/2022
Wednesday 14/12/2022
No age restrictions stipulated

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

Core Conditioning

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 19:30 - 20:15 and 19:30 - 20:15

Next SessionsWednesday 07/12/2022
Wednesday 14/12/2022
Minimum Age 16No Maximum Age Specified

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

Power Pump

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 19:30 - 20:15 and 19:30 - 20:15
Saturdays 10:00 - 10:45 and 10:00 - 10:45

Next SessionsThursday 08/12/2022
Saturday 10/12/2022
Thursday 15/12/2022
Saturday 17/12/2022
No age restrictions stipulated

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

Core Conditioning

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 17:30 - 18:15 and 17:30 - 18:15

Next SessionsFriday 09/12/2022
Friday 16/12/2022
Minimum Age 16No Maximum Age Specified

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Hulme,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.29 Miles Away

After School Club (6 To 11 Year Old)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Families Against Violence
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 16:00 - 18:00, 16:00 - 18:00, 16:00 - 18:00, 16:00 - 18:00, 16:00 - 18:00, 16:00 - 18:00 and 16:00 - 18:00

Next SessionsMonday 05/12/2022
Monday 12/12/2022
Monday 19/12/2022
Monday 26/12/2022
Monday 02/01/2023
Monday 09/01/2023
Monday 16/01/2023
Minimum Age 6Maximum Age 11

Moss Side Leisure Centre,
Moss Lane East,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5NN

Distance 1.31 Miles Away

Hideaway Junior Club

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Hideaway
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 16:30 - 18:30, 16:30 - 18:30, 16:30 - 18:30, 16:30 - 18:30, 16:30 - 18:30 and 16:30 - 18:30

Next SessionsThursday 08/12/2022
Thursday 15/12/2022
Thursday 22/12/2022
Thursday 29/12/2022
Thursday 05/01/2023
Thursday 12/01/2023
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 10

Amani Centre,
Shoreham Close,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7DG

Distance 1.37 Miles Away

Stay, Play And Learn

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Moss Side Children's Centre
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 12:30 - 14:00, 12:30 - 14:00, 12:30 - 14:00, 12:30 - 14:00, 12:30 - 14:00 and 12:30 - 14:00

Next SessionsWednesday 07/12/2022
Wednesday 14/12/2022
Wednesday 21/12/2022
Wednesday 28/12/2022
Wednesday 04/01/2023
Wednesday 11/01/2023
Minimum Age 2Maximum Age 5

Manchester City Council,
Moss Side Childrens Centre,
30 Selworthy Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7UH

Distance 1.55 Miles Away

Chrysalis Christmas Holiday Activities

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Chrysalis ManchesterAvailable Spaces 20
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 10:00 - 15:00

Next SessionsMonday 19/12/2022
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

4 Westerling Way,
Moss Side,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7EA

Distance 1.75 Miles Away

Chrysalis Christmas Holiday Activities

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Chrysalis ManchesterAvailable Spaces 20
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:00 - 15:00

Next SessionsTuesday 20/12/2022
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

4 Westerling Way,
Moss Side,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7EA

Distance 1.75 Miles Away

Chrysalis Christmas Holiday Activities

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Chrysalis ManchesterAvailable Spaces 20
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 10:00 - 15:00

Next SessionsThursday 22/12/2022
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

4 Westerling Way,
Moss Side,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7EA

Distance 1.75 Miles Away

Chrysalis Christmas Holiday Activities

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Chrysalis ManchesterAvailable Spaces 20
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 10:00 - 15:00

Next SessionsFriday 23/12/2022
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

4 Westerling Way,
Moss Side,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M16 7EA

Distance 1.75 Miles Away

Thursdays Fun, Walk & Brew

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Gliganfitness Ltd
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 10:15 - 11:30, 10:15 - 11:30, 10:15 - 11:30, 10:15 - 11:30, 10:15 - 11:30 and 10:15 - 11:30

Next SessionsThursday 08/12/2022
Thursday 15/12/2022
Thursday 22/12/2022
Thursday 29/12/2022
Thursday 05/01/2023
Thursday 12/01/2023
No age restrictions stipulated

180 Russell Street,
Manchester,
M16 7JL

Distance 1.81 Miles Away

Chair Based Exercise

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 12:30 - 13:15

Next SessionsWednesday 07/12/2022
No age restrictions stipulated

East Manchester Leisure Centre,
189 Grey Mare Lane,
Beswick,
Manchester,
M11 3ND

Distance 2.1 Miles Away

Dance Fitness

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 19:45 - 20:30 and 19:45 - 20:30

Next SessionsThursday 08/12/2022
Thursday 15/12/2022
Minimum Age 16No Maximum Age Specified

East Manchester Leisure Centre,
189 Grey Mare Lane,
Beswick,
Manchester,
M11 3ND

Distance 2.1 Miles Away

Family Unit Trust December Playscheme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Family Unit TrustAvailable Spaces 2
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 10:00 - 14:00
Tuesdays 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesdays 10:00 - 14:00
Thursdays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsMonday 19/12/2022
Tuesday 20/12/2022
Wednesday 21/12/2022
Thursday 22/12/2022
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

Unit 26,
Wilsons Park,
Monsall Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M40 8WN

Distance 2.15 Miles Away

Tuesday Trekkers

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Gliganfitness Ltd
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:15 - 11:15, 10:15 - 11:15, 10:15 - 11:15, 10:15 - 11:15 and 10:15 - 11:15

Next SessionsTuesday 06/12/2022
Tuesday 13/12/2022
Tuesday 27/12/2022
Tuesday 03/01/2023
Tuesday 10/01/2023
No age restrictions stipulated

Lakeside Centre,
Platt Fields Park,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 6LA

Distance 2.17 Miles Away