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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

Gentle Exercise (ladies Only)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Pars Mcractive
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024
Minimum Age 18Maximum Age 100

Arcadia Leisure Centre,
Manchester,
M19 3PG

Distance 3.19 Miles Away

Run Group

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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LYMEPARKNEXTTOTIMBERY ARD

Distance 12.54 Miles Away

Track - Bolton Arena

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Burnden Roadrunners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
BOLTONAR ENA

Distance 13.95 Miles Away

Tuesday Trekkers

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Gliganfitness Ltd
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:15 - 11:15

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

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

Distance 2.17 Miles Away

Lunch Time Run From Denmark Rd

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Umrun
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 12:00 - 13:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

Outside Main Entrance To The Active Lifestyles Centre,
DENMARKR OAD

Distance 1.38 Miles Away

Strength And Balance (hulme)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Pathway 2
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 12:30 - 13:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Ascension Church,
282 Stretford Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5TQ

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

Strength And Balance For Women (hulme)

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Pathway 2
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 13:45 - 15:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Ascension Church,
282 Stretford Road,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5TQ

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

Mileshyclub Walk Swinton

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Mileshyclub
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 17:30 - 18:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

Swinton: In The Car Park Of Victoria Park,
Swinton Hall Road,
Swinton,
M27 4UR

Distance 4.02 Miles Away

Juniors And Seniors Training Session

Next SessionsSession Delivered by North Manchester Rufc
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 18:00 - 21:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024
No age restrictions stipulated

Tudor Lodge,
Victoria Avenue East ,
Moston,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M40 5SH

Distance 4.1 Miles Away

Debbie's Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Howfen Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:15 - 19:15

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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THEHUBWESTHOUGH TON

Distance 12.33 Miles Away

Beginners

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:30 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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CARPARKDARNTONROADTOTHERIGHTOFTHELAKEASYOULOOKA TIT

Distance 7.13 Miles Away

Newton Effers & Jeffers Group

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:30 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
MEETINCARPARKBEHINDTHESPORTSMAN PUB

Distance 7.35 Miles Away

10k

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:30 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
THEHUBWESTHOUGH TON

Distance 12.33 Miles Away

& Thursday 5k

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Howfen Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:30 - 19:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
THEHUBWESTHOUGH TON

Distance 12.33 Miles Away

Robs Slow Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 18:30 - 19:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
THEHUBWESTHOUGH TON

Distance 12.33 Miles Away

Run Together Whitefield

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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PHILIPSPARKENTRANCESEDGLEYRUGBYC LUB

Distance 4.72 Miles Away

- 4 Mile Chatty

Next SessionsSession Delivered by North Bolton Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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LASTDROPVILLAGECARP ARK

Distance 12.25 Miles Away

Trails - 6m

Next SessionsSession Delivered by North Bolton Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:30

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
LASTDROPVILLAGECARP ARK

Distance 12.25 Miles Away

- 4 Mile

Next SessionsSession Delivered by North Bolton Runners
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:00

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

,
LASTDROPVILLAGECARP ARK

Distance 12.25 Miles Away

5km Trail Run

Next SessionsSession Delivered by
Englandathletics Provider

Tuesdays 19:10 - 20:10

Next SessionsTuesday 25/06/2024

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OUTSIDEMALTDIS LEY

Distance 11.93 Miles Away