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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 activities for all ages and abilities.

Weekly activities run by the Active Communities Team

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 and an introduction to Nordic Walking for amputees in Abingdon, Wantage and 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.

Family Xplorer events

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 and pre booking is required. You can book by clicking on this link or emailing the Active Communities team.

Thank you to everyone who came to our events at Easter, watch this space for details of future Xplorer events.

There’s more information about Xplorer on the official website

Wellbeing Walks

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

Faringdon – White Horse Medical Practice – Tuesday 9.30am

Wantage – Newbury Street/Church Street Practice – Tuesday 10.30am

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

Abingdon – Long Furlong Medical Practice – Tuesday 2pm

Kennington – Playing Field, Playfield Road – Wednesday 2pm

Botley – Outside the Botley library – Tuesday 11am

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

Coming soon – our Jubilee themed walks!

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

Buggy Walks

Buggy walks are a social and fun way for parents to be active with their baby or toddler – buggies and slings welcome! 

Active Reach

Active Reach is a community-based, collaborative project funded by Sport England and brings together local charities, grass-roots groups and individuals to help people in the greatest need increase their activity levels and protect both their physical and mental wellbeing.

There are currently activities such as mini tennis and tai chi taking place in Abingdon and Faringdon.

You can contact Susanna Hunt to find out more about the mini tennis in Faringdon on 01367 241452

Or you can find out more about Active Reach through our Active Communities team or by heading to the Get Oxfordshire Active website

Move Together

Move Together is a county wide initiative co-ordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils across Oxfordshire that provides personalised support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, who have been shielding or whose health has been affected as a result of Covid-19

 You can find out more about what is available in the Vale on our Move Together pages or the Active Oxfordshire website 

Diabetes support – Go Active, Get Healthy

Please see our Go Active, Get Healthy page for details of our diabetes support.

Gold Classes

GO Active Gold helps those aged 55 and over to live more active lifestyles by setting up physical activities for all abilities in rural areas.

To find out more click on the button below

Although the Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted the Active Communities team and those they work with ask that everyone attending the Active Communities sessions continue to be considerate of others and follow any guidance in place for the session you are attending.

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 - Leisure

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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB