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Active Communities

Our Active Communities Team work across the district to help residents with their physical health and wellbeing. They run a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.

Weekly activities run by the Active Communities Team

Wellbeing Walks

Wellbeing Walks is a national program run by The Ramblers aiming for everyone to access a friendly short group walk within easy reach of where they live to help them become and stay active.

Wallingford – The Bull Croft Park – Monday at 10am

Berinsfield – Church Hall – Tuesday at 11am

Henley – Outside the Town Hall – Tuesday at 10am

Dorchester- Outside the Co-Op – Thursdays at 10am

Didcot – meet at the Ladygrove Pub for walks around Ladygrove Estate – Saturdays at 10am

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. It is a fun and social activity that can be enjoyed in town centres or open countryside throughout the year

Sutton Courtenay – Recreation Ground – Every Wednesday and Friday at 9.30-10.30am.

The Active Communities team are also organising learn to Nordic Walk for Parkinson’s sessions in Sutton Courtenay. They can be booked as a 1-2-1 or in a group. If you’re interested please get in touch with the team via email.

Come and join our Jubilee themed walks!

Through May and June we have a few Platinum Jubilee themed walks and encourage everyone coming along to wear red, white and blue! The walks will take place across South Oxfordshire and the Vale:

  • Sutton Courtenay Nordic Walk: Friday 3 June -Tea/coffee/cake afterwards
  • Abingdon: Monday 6 June, 10.30am (Meet at Bridge by Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool)
  • Berinsfield: Tuesday 7 June, 11am (meet at the Church Hall)

More Jubilee walks to be confirmed in the coming days!

Sport In Mind hold a free weekly walk for Mental Wellbeing in Henley on a Tuesday. Find out more on our “Find activities to suit you” page.

Family Xplorer events

Xplorer is a family friendly fun navigation challenge that is suitable for all ages. Using a simple map, the aim is to find a number of markers that are located around the park.

All events take place from 10am-midday you can book in advance or just turn up on the day. You can book by clicking on this link or email the Active Communities team.

Monday 30 May, Makins Recreation Ground in Henley.

There’s more information about Xplorer on the official website

Real Play

Real Play is aimed at children from 3-7 years old. It encourages families to learn and play together, whether that be on a journey to space, the circus, or having fun with different animal adventures.

Our Active Communities team are holding free taster sessions over the next couple of months:

Tuesday 31 May at The Happy Hub in Chlosey 10-10.45am, call 07754 081674 to book your place

Thursday 16 June at The Berin Centre in Berinsfield, 10-10.45am, call 01865 341944 to book your place

Buggy Walks

Buggy walks are a social and fun way for parents to be active with their baby or toddler – buggies and slings welcome!

Watch this space for the next event!

Active Reach

Active Reach is a community-based, collaborative project funded by Sport England and brings together local charities, grass-roots groups and individuals to help people in the greatest need increase their activity levels and protect both their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Active Communities team are helping to support Active Reach in Berinsfield. There’s a range of activities for the over 50s including seated yoga and Stretch & Balance sessions. Contact the Active Communities team to find out more.

Move Together

Move Together is a county wide initiative co-ordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils across Oxfordshire that provides personalised support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, who have been shielding or whose health has been affected as a result of Covid-19

You can find out more about what is available in South Oxfordshire on our Move Together pages or the Active Oxfordshire website 

Diabetes support – Go Active, Get Healthy

Please see our Go Active, Get Healthy page for details of our diabetes support.

Gold Classes

GO Active Gold helps those aged 55 and over to live more active lifestyles by setting up physical activities for all abilities in rural areas.

To find out more click on the button below

Although the Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted the Active Communities team and those they work with ask that everyone attending the Active Communities sessions continue to be considerate of others and follow any guidance in place for the session you are attending.

To find out more about activities taking place across Oxfordshire which may suit you please head to our find activities to suit you page.

How we use your data and why

Please read more about how we may use your information and your rights, including those about accessing your records, by downloading our Active Communities Team Privacy Notice 

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South Oxfordshire District Council
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