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Take part in local activities and improve your wellbeing with the Spring Forward Challenge!

Last updated: 30/4/2024

Residents across the Borough can take part in the Spring Forward Challenge with fun activities encouraging people to step outside, embrace the season, and elevate wellbeing through local activities.

The Challenge runs until May 31 and encourages everyone to boost their wellbeing by exploring the outdoors and taking part in a variety of activities delivered by local organisations and voluntary groups.

Participants can collect a sticker on completion of each of the 10 activities to receive a specially designed tote bag. Sticker books are provided at the activities unless stated otherwise.

All activities listed are either free or at a small cost to cover food and refreshments and include:

Creative Nature Walks with FarmEco

Date and time: Tuesday May 14

Location: FarmEco Community Farm, Off Lodge Lane, Screveton, NG13 8JL

Join the FarmEco team for a very gentle stroll along the Nature Trail and farm’s environment projects and share a warm drink and snack together afterwards.

As the days lengthen and the sun becomes warmer it’s a great time to get outside, meet other people and notice spring emerging in our wonderful countryside.

Pizza, Chill and Chat

Date and time: Every Friday from midday to 5pm

Location: The Café on the Corner, St Paul’s Church, Boundary Road NG2 7DB

Friday afternoon is their pizza special! Grab a slice of pizza, a glass of squash and a sweet treat for just £1. Perfect for a snack or an after-school treat!

10,000 Steps!

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Walk 10,000 steps, three times a week to receive a sticker.

Walk, stroll, or run your way to a healthier you!

Find local walking routes in the Rushcliffe Big Green Book.


Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly event. Please register before you first come along on the Parkrun website. You only ever need to register once and don't forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode to receive your time.

Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks

11am meeting at Poppy and Pint in Lady Bay

Wednesdays at 10.30am meeting at Rushcliffe Country Park lakeside

Thursdays at 10.30am meeting at Grange Hall in Radcliffe-on-Trent

Thursdays at 1.30pm meeting at Meadow Park entrance in East Leake

Rushcliffe Move & Mingle Wellbeing Walks offer free, safe and sociable walks with trained leaders to improve your health and wellbeing.

Whether you used to enjoy walking but have lost your fitness or want to get started to improve your wellness, we’re all in it together.

Walks start at 30 minutes and are a steady pace to suit everyone.

Paradise Allotmenteers

Date and time: Every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Location: Paradise Allotments, Green gate by 69 Wilford Road, Ruddington NG11 6BN

Visit Paradise Allotments where the group meet to spend time outdoors at their social prescribing allotment plot. Ideal for nature and outdoor lovers.

They meet and take part in doing tasks around the allotment such as planting, harvesting, weeding, digging, trimming.

There is no pressure to do lots of tasks, why not come and socialise instead? There is some seating around the garden table and hot drinks are always available.

Friends of Bingham Linear Park

Date and time: Sunday February 18 and Sunday March 17 at 10am

Location: Bingham Linear Park, Tithby Road, Bingham, NG13 8GP

Bingham Linear Park is a Local Nature Reserve running along the line of an abandoned railway. The Friends of group maintain and enhance the biodiversity of the local nature reserve and look after it for the users of the park.

In the period April to September, the group lead nature walks spotting birds, flowers, butterflies and other insects.

WholeHealth Nordic Style Sauna and Dip

Date: Wednesday and Friday sessions available

Location: WholeHealth Open Water Swim Village & Sauna, Colwick Country Park, Racecourse Road NG2 4DW

WholeHealth runs safe, supported open water swim sessions for our members at the City Council-owned Colwick Lake in Nottingham.

The Mindfulness Dips are for swimmers who want a quieter dip for relaxation and meditation in the company of others, with the WholeHealth team to take care of your safety in the water while you enjoy the Lake however you want to.

This new swim opportunity is designed for people who wish to immerse and enjoy the lake for peace and restoration, rather than swimming laps.

Trent Bridge Community Trust 

Date and time: Every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3pm

Location: Cotgrave Community Garden, Cotgrave Welfare Scheme Cotgrave NG12 3PJ

Weekly activities to promote improvements in your physical and mental wellbeing, delivered in a peaceful setting’.

Offering a wide range of activities including planting new seeds using different methods, making bird boxes, picking vegetables and making broths and soups, weeding the garden, painting different flowers.

If there is bad weather the group moves into Cotgrave Leisure Centre.

East Leake Community Crafting

Thursday May 2, Thursday June 6 and Thursday July 4 from 9.30am to 11.30am at East Leake Village Hall, 45 Main Street LE12 6PF.

Monday May 6, Monday June 10 and Monday July 8 from 7am to 9am at East Leake Methodist Church Hall, Main Street LE12 6PG.

Join the group to try a variety of crafts or feel free to bring your own and enjoy some company. Session fees are £3 which includes refreshments.

Director for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “After a successful Winter Wellbeing Challenge, we’re pleased the Spring Forward Challenge is now embracing the season and encouraging people to get outdoors and make the most of the longer and lighters days.

“It’s a great initiative for anyone to get involved in, try something new, socialise and boost their health and wellbeing through the 10 activities which range from free walks, meet ups, conservation work, arts and crafts and more!

“A big thank you to our officers, the Rushcliffe Primary Care Network and all the partners involved in delivering the challenge!”
Social Prescribing Team Leader Morgan Sharpe added: “Our first challenge saw over 15 residents complete all the activities and receive a free tote bag!

“There was great feedback from the challenge and the participants noticed the benefits of engaging with regular activities, meeting people and getting out and about.

“This spring we’ve added an additional activity and are pleased to welcome aboard East Leake Community Crafting, for anyone who enjoys a variety of crafts!

“There’s one month to go so why not take part in the Spring Forward Challenge and see the positive impact it can make.”

The challenge is flexible, and participants can complete the activities at their own paces ahead of the end of May deadline. For more information, please visit the Rushcliffe Primary Care Network website.