Coca-Cola Great Britain’s ParkLives initiative encourages people across the UK to enjoy their local green spaces by providing thousands of fun, free activities in community parks.

To celebrate everything that’s taking place around the country, we’ve put together a rolling diary of highlights. Take a look and come back for more summer stories!

Find out more about ParkLives and how to get involved

Session leader top tip

Session leader Laura Gligan shares her top tips for making sure everyone at her Manchester health walk sessions has fun.

The Birmingham ParkLives team show off at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Table tennis, Zumba, archery and Tai Chi. The ParkLives stand was a hit at The Lord Mayor’s Show – we caught up with the team after the event.

Read their story.

Session leader of the month: Angela Pepper

The ParkLives session leader of the month for June is Angela Pepper from Stoke-on-Trent. Angela is involved in several activities, including Zumba and the Active Parent and Toddler group. She’s a brilliant source of inspiration, motivation and support.

A regular Active Parent and Toddler group attendee said:

“I thank Angela Pepper who has run the Active Parent & Toddler group… she’s a true inspiration and constant support and the encouragement she has given throughout ParkLives is amazing. She's always there to give an extra boost and keep you motivated.”

Congratulations Angela!

On yer ‘ed! StreetGames debuts Bubble Football at launch

Last month our charity partner StreetGames was busy launching its programmes in 35 towns and cities across the UK.

As well as classic sports day games such as tug of war and relays, the Plymouth team had a go at bubble football – a new activity that combines the beautiful game with zorbing, where footballers play a match wearing individual inflatable bubbles. 

Session leader of the month: Mick Sherratt

Every month, ParkLives celebrates the fantastic work of one of our inspiring ParkLives session leaders. This month, the winner is Mick Sherratt from Birmingham. Mick runs the regular Couch to 5k session and testimonials have been pouring in from people who have enjoyed his sessions.

A regular attendee from Birmingham tells us her story:

“After recovering from breast cancer, I knew that I needed to find a way to keep active and healthy and since completing the 5K programme, I’ve lost a stone and a half and am feeling fitter than ever before. Mick creates such a supportive atmosphere and there’s now a small community of us who all encourage each other.”

What are Mick’s top running tips?

“I always tell my beginner runners to think of a speed and halve it – it’s best to run at a ‘conversation pace’ at all times. As session leaders, we just need to make it fun and encourage our runners to make ‘running buddies’ so they concentrate on the social side of the session more than the physical side to begin with – this makes the running so much easier!”

Nottingham: ParkLives makes an open water splash

Ever fancied escaping the pool? An intrepid crew of open water swimmers have been taking the plunge at Colwick’s Lake in Nottingham.

Read their story.