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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

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Activity Name Time Place

Aerobics

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 18:15 - 19:15 and 18:15 - 19:15

Next SessionsThursday 21/10/2021
Thursday 28/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Yoga

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 11:00 - 12:00

Next SessionsSaturday 23/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Pilates

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00

Next SessionsSaturday 23/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Pilates

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 13:00 - 14:00 and 13:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsThursday 21/10/2021
Thursday 28/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 12:30 - 13:30 and 12:30 - 13:30

Next SessionsFriday 22/10/2021
Friday 29/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Hiit

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 12:20 - 13:00 and 12:20 - 13:00

Next SessionsFriday 22/10/2021
Friday 29/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Circuit Training

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 17:15 - 18:15 and 17:15 - 18:15

Next SessionsThursday 21/10/2021
Thursday 28/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 12:30 - 13:30 and 12:30 - 13:30

Next SessionsThursday 21/10/2021
Thursday 28/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Yoga

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 18:15 - 19:15

Next SessionsWednesday 27/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Body Conditioning

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 19:00 - 19:40

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Hiit

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 18:20 - 19:00

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Yoga

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 17:15 - 18:15

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 17:00 - 18:00

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Zumba

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 12:15 - 13:15

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 19:15 - 20:15

Next SessionsMonday 25/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Yoga

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 18:15 - 19:15

Next SessionsMonday 25/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Sugden Sports Centre,
114 Grosvenor Street,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M1 7HL

Distance 0.72 Miles Away

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Hiit

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 06:45 - 07:45

Next SessionsWednesday 27/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Manchester Aquatics,
2 Booth Street East,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M13 9SS

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 06:45 - 07:45

Next SessionsTuesday 26/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Manchester Aquatics,
2 Booth Street East,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M13 9SS

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

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Group Cycle

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Mondays 07:15 - 08:15 and 07:15 - 08:15

Next SessionsMonday 25/10/2021
Monday 01/11/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Manchester Aquatics,
2 Booth Street East,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M13 9SS

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

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Body Conditioning

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 16:15 - 17:15

Next SessionsFriday 22/10/2021
No age restrictions stipulated

Manchester Aquatics,
2 Booth Street East,
Ardwick,
Manchester,
M13 9SS

Distance 0.86 Miles Away

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street games

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Cycling

Group Exercise

Walking

StreetGames, 61 Mosley Street, 4Th Floor Woolwich House, Manchester, M2 3HZ

0.12 MILES

t.a.p. the african pot project ltd

Not Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Cycling

83 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JQ

0.65 MILES

families against violence

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

Firmstart (Manchester) Ltd, St. Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Birchvale Close, Manchester, M15 5BJ

0.93 MILES

gliganfitness ltd

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

Walking

Active Lifestyles Centre, Denmark Road, Manchester, M15 6FG

1.45 MILES

morrisso health

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust, National Squash Centre, Rowsley Street, Manchester, M113FF

1.66 MILES

mcractive - community sport

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust, National Squash Centre, Rowsley Street, Manchester, M113FF

1.66 MILES

diane modahl sports foundation

Not Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

England Squash & Racketball Ltd, National Squash Centre, Rowsley Street, Manchester, M11 3FF

1.66 MILES

abraham moss warriors at the heart of the community cIC

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Cycling

12 Chime Bank, Manchester, Manchester, M8 0QL

1.79 MILES

moss side boxing & athletics association

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive INDEPENDENT
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

Phil Martin Centre, 137-139 Princess Road, Manchester, M14 4RE

1.80 MILES

manchester bmx club

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Cycling

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

2.52 MILES

rainbow surprise

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

30 Cleveland Road, Manchester, M8 4QU

2.74 MILES

moston cycling club

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive INDEPENDENT
Activities Delivered by Club

Cycling

Walking

Broadhurst Park Lodge, Lightbowne Road, Manchester, M40 0FJ

3.53 MILES

tds cheer & dance

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

194-196 Abbey Hey Lane, Abbey Hey, Manchester, M188TW

3.68 MILES

go active kids ltd

Currently Accepting New Participants
MCRactive PARTNER
Activities Delivered by Club

Group Exercise

114 Cringle Road, Manchester, Manchester, M19 2RT

4.04 MILES
Event Name Time Place

gmfc impact fair 2021

Event Delivered by greater manchester football club MCRactive Partner

Wednesday 30/10/2021

Starts: 10:00 Ends: 18:00

Hough End Playing Fields, Princess Road, Manchester, M20 1hd

3.08 MILES

low intensity circuit training for the over-40s

Event Delivered by generation x fitness club MCRactive Partner

Wednesday 01/09/2021

Starts: 13:30 Ends: 14:30

St George's Community Centre, Bothwell Road, M40 7NY

0.94 MILES