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!
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…
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
Meet Nottingham’s youngest skate coaches
Session leader top tip
These girls can (skate)
ParkLives' latest activity - herding geese!
World Emoji Day
10 reasons to fall in love with your park
4-hour yoga marathon in Newham
Swansea’s Sun Salutation
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!
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.”
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
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.