Coca-Cola GB’s ParkLives initiative encourages people across the UK to enjoy their local green spaces by providing thousands of fun, free activities in community parks. Take a look at what’s new for 2017.

About ParkLives

ParkLives is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. Run in partnership with local authorities across the UK, the initiative is now in its fourth successful year.

“With even more activities on offer this year, and all still completely free of charge, we hope that even more people will join in and spread the word.” – Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain

10 communities will be taking part in 2017: Glasgow, Dundee, Southampton, Newcastle, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea (including Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend local authorities), Birmingham, the London Borough of Newham and Nottingham.

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “It’s brilliant to see ParkLives going from strength to strength as more and more people get involved. This is really testament to the fantastic team of local session leaders and volunteers helping people to try new activities, make new friends and discover the wonderful green spaces they have on their doorsteps. With even more activities on offer this year, and all still completely free of charge, we hope that even more people will join in and spread the word.”

Find out more about ParkLives from Coca-Cola Great Britain.

“ParkLives has given me the opportunity to try out a new hobby for free and has helped me to make new friends from my community.” – David Thomas from Birmingham, ParkLives Nordic Walking participant

What’s new for 2017

ParkLives 2017 is the biggest and best yet, with more locations and a host of new activities. The spring/summer programme will be bringing back popular favourites like Nordic Walking, Tai Chi and Zumba, as well as introducing new sessions:

  • Bubble Football (like zorbing) is set to bounce into Swansea parks in April 
  • Open Water Swimming sessions are set to launch in Birmingham in May
  • Stoke residents can put their best foot forward with a Walking Football Tournament
  • Trotting into Newham this year are Horse Riding sessions for all the family
  • Newcastle will be hosting cycling sessions as part of its new Cycle Hub/Library where local people can borrow bikes for free
  • Dundee and Southampton are taking to the (dry) slopes with their new Skiing sessions
  • Ultimate Frisbee will be flying into Glasgow this summer
  • Southampton will be running Stand Up Paddle Boarding during the school summer holidays
  • Dodgeball and Pickle Ball (a fun mix of badminton, tennis and table tennis) are on the cards for Birmingham’s summer programme

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ParkLives success

Now into its fourth year, ParkLives has helped to support the wellbeing of local communities and grassroots organisations across the UK. New locations have been added for 2017 and previous locations have grown. Dundee’s scheme has more than doubled in size for 2017 – there will be 20 participating parks this year compared to 6 in 2016.

Find out more about the ParkLives events in Dundee.

“ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session, but it also plays a serious role in helping to improve the wellbeing of people in our city.” – Stephanie Greenhorn, ParkLives Programme Manager at Glasgow Life

David Thomas from Birmingham is a regular at the Nordic Walking sessions at Lickey Hills Country Park. Talking about the ParkLives programme, he said: “Keeping active has become a big part of my life since completing cardiac rehabilitation. I’ve always had an interest in Nordic Walking but I didn’t want to do it alone. ParkLives has given me the opportunity to try out a new hobby for free and has helped me to make new friends from my community.”

Stephanie Greenhorn, ParkLives Programme Manager at Glasgow Life, said: “ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session, but it also plays a serious role in helping to improve the wellbeing of people in our city. In 2016, we had more than 7,000 attendances in ParkLives sessions, with many of those taking part living in some of the city’s most deprived areas.”

The Coca-Cola Great Britain ParkLives spring programme is already in full swing. Find out what’s happening in a park near you with the ParkLives activity finder.