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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 weekly activities for all ages and abilities. To keep up to date with all the work our Active Communities Team activities and events why not sign up to our newsletter.

Activities for families and young people


YouMove is brand new for Oxfordshire. It provides free or low cost activities for families across the county.

If your child or children are in receipt of benefits related free school meals, then we have a fantastic range of activities to enjoy together, including during weekends and school holidays. Find out more by heading to our YouMove page.

Family Xplorer events

Xplorer logo

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 (unless otherwise stated) You can book by clicking on this link, email the Active Communities team or just turn up on the day.

Watch this space for details of our next events!

There’s more information about Xplorer on the official website

Children under 16 should be supervised by a parent/guardian at any of our activities and cannot take part on their own.

Real Play

Real Play is aimed at children from 1-4 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 hold free taster sessions across the district:

Tuesday 15 November: 10 –10.45am East Challow Village Hall, to book please email

Activities for adults

Wellbeing Walks

Wellbeing walk logo for the Vale of White Horse

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

Abingdon – Abbey Gardens Bottom Gate (End of Abbey Close) – Monday 10.30am

Abingdon – Long Furlong Medical Practice – Tuesday 2pm

Abingdon – Outside Preston Road Community Centre – Thursday 10.30am

Botley – Outside the Botley library – Tuesday 11am

Botley – Louie Memorial Fields car park – every second and fourth Saturday in the month 10am

Didcot – Meet in the carpark of the Ladygrove Pub for walks around Ladygrove Estate – Saturday at 10am

Faringdon – White Horse Medical Practice – Tuesday 9.30am

Kennington – Playing Field, Playfield Road – Wednesday 2pm (May to September only)

Shrivenham – Outside St Andrews Church – Wednesday 10.45am

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 9.30-10.30am 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. Sessions 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.

A group of people standing on a playing field. There are tall trees behind them. They are smiling for the camera and some are holding jubilee bunting
Nordic Walkers in Sutton Courtenay celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

Sport in Mind have a free weekly walk in Abingdon on Wednesdays – Find out more on our “Find activities to suit you” page.

Move Together

Move Together logo

Move Together provides personalised support for people that have long term health conditions or who have been affected by Covid-19, to get active. You can find out more on our Move Together page

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 

Contact us - Active Communities

01235 422240
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Vale of White Horse District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE