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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

During any school holidays, Manchester 16 or under's can swim for free during designated public general swim sessions over the school holidays and at weekends during term time, and Manchester 60 or over's can continue to swim for free during any designated public general swim session, anytime.

Free Swimming sessions can be enjoyed at various Manchester Active swimming pools across Manchester. Subject to availability. 

Click here for a list of participating pools.

GET INVOLVED AT THESE LOCATIONS

Activity Name Time Place

Alexandra Parkrun

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Parkrun
MCRactive INDEPENDENT

Saturdays 09:00 - 10:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

180 Russell Street,
Manchester,
M16 7JL

Distance 2.03 Miles Away

Heaton Parkrun

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Parkrun
MCRactive INDEPENDENT

Saturdays 09:00 - 10:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Heaton Park Lodge,
Middleton Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M8 4LZ

Distance 3.65 Miles Away

Fletcher Moss Parkrun

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Parkrun
MCRactive INDEPENDENT

Saturdays 09:00 - 10:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Fletcher Moss Park,
Stenner Lane,
Manchester,
M20 2RQ

Distance 4.75 Miles Away

Wythenshawe Parkrun

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Parkrun
MCRactive INDEPENDENT

Saturdays 09:00 - 10:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Wythenshawe Hall,
Wythenshawe Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M23 0AB

Distance 5.36 Miles Away

Urban Camp (12-19yrs)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Tds Studio
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 15:00 - 17:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

194 Abbey Hey Lane,
Abbey Hey,
Manchester,
M18 8TW

Distance 3.77 Miles Away

Night Youth Project 11-16yrs

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 17:00 - 18:30

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Abraham Moss Leisure Centre,
Crescent Road,
Crumpsall,
Manchester,
M8 5UF

Distance 2.28 Miles Away

Night Youth Project 11-16yrs

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 17:00 - 20:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Abraham Moss Leisure Centre,
Crescent Road,
Crumpsall,
Manchester,
M8 5UF

Distance 2.28 Miles Away

Night Youth Project 11-16yrs

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 18:30 - 20:00

Next SessionsSaturday 02/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Abraham Moss Leisure Centre,
Crescent Road,
Crumpsall,
Manchester,
M8 5UF

Distance 2.28 Miles Away

Weekend Easy Long Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Howfen Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Sundays 08:30 - 08:30

Next SessionsSunday 03/03/2024

,
THEHUBWESTHOUGH TON

Distance 12.33 Miles Away

Morning Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Running Bear Running Club
Englandathletics Provider

Sundays 09:00 - 10:30

Next SessionsSunday 03/03/2024

Wizard Car Park,
Macclesfield Road,
ALDERLEYEDGESK10 4UB

Distance 13.05 Miles Away

Daisy Nook

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Daisydale Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Sundays 09:30 - 10:00

Next SessionsSunday 03/03/2024

,
OUTSIDEVISITORSCEN TRE

Distance 5.34 Miles Away

Daisydale Runners Saturdayrun

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Daisydale Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Sundays 09:30 - 10:30

Next SessionsSunday 03/03/2024

,
OUTSIDEVISITORSCEN TRE

Distance 5.34 Miles Away

Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Birchfields Park Community Run
Englandathletics Provider

Sundays 11:00 - 12:00

Next SessionsSunday 03/03/2024

,
BIRCHGROVEENTRA NCE

Distance 2.38 Miles Away

Legs, Bums And Tums - Women Only

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 10:00 - 10:45

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 16No Maximum Age Specified

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

Distance 1.28 Miles Away

Story Telling With Drums

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Ensemble ManchesterAvailable Spaces 20
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 16

342 Oldham Road,
M40 7ns,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M40 7NS

Distance 2.84 Miles Away

Seated Circuits (harpurhey)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Morrisso HealthAvailable Spaces 4
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 11:30 - 12:30

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

93 Church Lane,
Manchester,
M9 5BG

Distance 2.57 Miles Away

Dmsf Athletics Hub

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Diane Modahl Sports Foundation
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 16:00 - 19:00

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 10Maximum Age 17

Manchester Regional Arena,
Gate 13,
Rowsley Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M11 3FF

Distance 1.78 Miles Away

Sports For Wellbeing

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Reflecteen Hub
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 16:00 - 18:00

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 16

F C United Of Manchester,
310 Lightbowne Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M40 0FJ

Distance 3.67 Miles Away

Free Vida Community Football

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Vida
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 17:00 - 20:00

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 11Maximum Age 19

Cedar Mount Academy,
50 Wembley Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M18 7DT

Distance 3.59 Miles Away

Hideaway- Sports

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Hideaway
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 17:30 - 19:30

Next SessionsMonday 04/03/2024
Minimum Age 11Maximum Age 18

Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse,
140 Raby Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 4SL

Distance 1.51 Miles Away