Our vision is to work together to make South Gloucestershire more active.

  • Start active: Supporting all children and young people to have an active start in life.
  • Active every day: Encouraging all adults to build activity into their everyday lives.
  • Stay active: Supporting older adults to live longer and more active lives.

Being active and healthy is fun. If we enjoy it, we’re more likely to keep doing it.

Physical Activity Guidelines

The UK Chief Medical Officers emphasise the importance of building strength and balance for adults (including older adults), as well as 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity.

The key messages are:

  • Some is good, more is better
  • Make a start today: it’s never too late
  • Every minute counts

The guidance also advises on safe levels of activity for pregnant women and new mothers as well as for babies, children and young people and disabled adults:

Physical Activity Guidelines: Infographics


Activities near you

There are many opportunities to get active in South Gloucestershire.

  • Walking– including recommended routes and our Walking for Health scheme
  • Running– joining a group or take part in parkrun
  • Swimming – Go for a casual swim in the pool or join a session at your local leisure centre
  • Cycling – cycling is an easy, cheap and healthy way of travelling. Also find out more about Bikeability – a cycling programme developing skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

The Well Aware website provides information on a wide range of organisations; support groups, community groups, events and activities that can help improve your health and wellbeing in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.You can also register your own activities.

South Gloucestershire Council also manage a large number of open spaces including parks, playing fields and sports pitches.

Active Wellbeing sessions

These free sessions aim to deliver a variety of physical activities for all abilities in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They will incorporate a mix of strength exercises, cardio activities, and elements of recreational sports. A range of equipment will be used including small weights, resistance bands and mats.

Register for an Active Wellbeing Session

Active Centres

There are five Active Lifestyle Centres across South Gloucestershire. These are situated in Yate, Thornbury, Kingswood, Longwell Green and Bradley Stoke.

Find your nearest Active Centre

Active in Life

  • Do you do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week?
  • Do you live in South Gloucestershire?
  • Are you over 18?

If yes then you can get an activity card from Active in Life. With a great range of activities on offer, for only £2 per session you can try out 8 goes at nominated fitness classes, tennis, martial arts, buggy fit and many more. Also on offer are one month Gym tasters or Couch-To-5K courses for only £10!

Active in Life

Useful resources and information