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

1,000s of free activities from health walks to fishing

Don’t stay cooped up indoors when there are free activities taking places in local parks up and down the country. You may find a new hobby and even meet new friends. Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the activities on offer…

What ParkLives activities are happening near you?

Tag archery in Newham

The ParkLives team in Newham are starting a new craze! Tag archery is a more extreme version of dodgeball, with foam tipped arrows and inflatable obstacles. Once you’re geared up with masks and helmets, anyone can play!

Time Out London even came along to watch the team in action. Check them out demonstrating the new sport.

Love your park, love ParkLives

Don't just take our word for it – see why you should give ParkLives a go this summer from our very own ParkLives leaders, volunteers and participants:

Find ParkLives activities in a local park near you.

Meet Nottingham’s youngest skate coaches

At 18, Myke and Owen are the youngest of nine qualified skate coaches in Nottingham. Through funding from ParkLives Nottingham and The Renewal Trust, they’ve earned their Level 1 Awards in Coaching Skateboard Sessions. Now they’re putting their training to good use, working with ParkLives and Sheffield's #theoutdoorcity delivering free sessions to local kids.

Join a ParkLives skate session in Nottingham.

Session leader top tip

Swansea session leader Delyth Rees shares her top tips for building confidence in new attendees:

These girls can (skate)

With skating joining the Olympics in 2020 and Nottingham being one of the original homes of UK skateboarding, where better to host a rad Park Lives skateboard session for women and girls?
Read their story.

ParkLives' latest activity - herding geese!

Stand-up paddle boarding and goose herding were talk of the town in Nottingham as the Park Lives team and TeamSup organised a one of a kind event.
Read their story.

World Emoji Day

The ParkLives team in Dundee found a unique way to celebrate Love Parks Week and World Emoji Day - by cutting a giant heart-eyes emoji in the grass at Dudhope Park!

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Hey Macarena!

The Stoke-on-Trent ParkLives team and members of the army joined forces to dance the Macarena at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Queens Park.

4-hour yoga marathon in Newham

There was a brilliant turnout in Newham as well, with the ParkLives team running 4 hours of yoga in East Ham Central Park.

A total of 50 people, including families, young people, older people and adults, took part in Family Buti Yoga, Boxing Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Meditation Yoga throughout the day. The warm, sunny weather was perfect for relaxing in the park and the team set up shop in the shade of the trees to keep everyone cool.

Swansea’s Sun Salutation

Swansea’s Sunrise Beach Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic activity for improving your strength, flexibility and harmony between mind and body. Swansea ParkLives played their part for International Yoga with two special community sessions.
Read their story.

ParkLives strikes a pose for International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is all about bringing awareness of this fantastic activity to the world. And the ParkLives teams certainly rose to the challenge. There were special events held around the UK, including Swansea, Newham, Southampton, Dundee and Stoke-on-Trent. Check out some of the photos:

Sharing the love!

The Zumba ladies from the Bucknall and Tunstall classes in Stoke show their love for Parklives!

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.