Nottingham families can take advantage of free ParkLives activities on offer in the city’s parks and green spaces this Father’s Day.

ParkLives is encouraging families to spend quality time together outdoors, including taking a dip at the new open water swimming sessions, which are designed to suit all ages and abilities.

On 19 June, little ones can also challenge mum and dad to a game of football or tennis, and families have the chance to get to grips with nature building birds nest boxes.

ParkLives, a programme from Coca-Cola Great Britain in partnership with Nottingham City Council, offers free and fun activity sessions in parks throughout the spring and summer.

Sunday 19 June – what’s on? 

  • Nest box making, 19  June, 9.30am-10.30am – put your creative skills to the test in Forest Recreation Ground and make a nest box to leave behind for the park’s birds 
  • Family cycling, 19 June, 9.45am-11.45am – meet at Victoria Leisure Centre and set off on the new cycle way to Colwick Country Park, enjoying the views along the way. Participants should bring along their own bike and helmet
  • High ropes course, 19 June, 10am-11am – test your head for heights on the high ropes course at Colwick Country Park, trying your hand at a range of obstacles including ladders, bridges and tunnels 
  • Football skills, 19 June, 10.30am-12pm – take part in football activities and games at Forest Recreation Ground based around the beautiful game’s basic skills, including dribbling, passing and shooting
  • Family tennis and REBO wall, 19 June, 12-2pm – join a coach at Forest Recreation Ground and improve your tennis skills. You can also hone your serves against the park’s REBO wall – the perfect practice partner!
  • Open water swimming, 19 June, 2-4pm – cool off with a dip in Colwick Country Park’s lake and practice swimming as a family with trained session leaders. Spaces are limited so book early to reserve your place!

All sessions are led by a trained activity leader from the local area, and all children should be accompanied by an adult. A full timetable – including a postcode-led local park finder – can be found at

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dave Trimble, said: “Father’s Day is a special time for families, so ParkLives has put together a range of activities that the whole family can join in and they’re all free.  While not every family will be able to persuade Dad to brave the open water swimming in Colwick Lake, all the activities will give them the chance to get out in the open air and enjoy some quality time together.”


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About ParkLives in Nottingham

ParkLives activities will take place in the following parks:

Park Location
Broxtowe Country Park Nottingham Road
Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground Bulwell Forest Golf Club, Hucknall Road, Nottingham
Bulwell Hall Park Squires Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham
Clifton Playing Fields Farnborough Road, Nottingham
Colwick Country Park Colwick Road, Nottingham
Colwick Woods SSSI Nature Reserve Colwick Road, Nottingham
Peggy’s Park Edwards Lane, Nottingham
Harvey Hadden / Billborough Park Wigman Rd, Bilborough, Nottingham
Highfields Park University Boulevard, Lenton, Nottingham
King Edward Park Carlton Road, Nottingham
Lenton Recreation Ground Derby Road, Lenton, Nottingham
Radford Recreation Ground Ilkeston Road, Nottingham
Southglade Park Southglade Road, Nottingham
St Ann’s Allotments Ransom Road, Nottingham
Sycamore Recreation Ground St Ann’s Hungerhill Road, Nottingham
The Arboretum Waverley Street, Nottingham
The Forest Recreation Ground Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham
Vernon Park Vernon Avenue, Basford, Nottingham
Victoria Embankment Victoria Embankment, Nottingham
Wollaton Park Wollaton, Nottingham

 About ParkLives:

ParkLives, created by Coca-Cola Great Britain is an exciting programme of daily fun and free activities that encourages people across the UK to get outdoors and enjoy the parks and green spaces in their local community. Now in its third year, the programme runs in ten cities nationwide as well as reaching 35 further locations through a partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain’s long-standing charity partner, StreetGames ( and their doorstep sports club network in England, Scotland and Wales.

Delivered in partnership with local authorities and StreetGames, ParkLives encourages people to get outdoors, make the most of their local parks, meet new people and enjoy new experiences – all while inspiring people to take advantage of the mood-boosting benefits of being in green space.

Running on a daily basis throughout the spring and summer months, ParkLives’ roster of free activities will evolve with local demand to meet the needs of the local communities the programme serves.  Bringing together the regional insight and expertise of local authorities with the communications expertise and funding from Coca-Cola Great Britain, the programme aims to break down some of the often-cited barriers to participating in physical activity: cost, distance, lack of suitable and engaging provision and an absence of people to participate with.

ParkLives is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s long-term commitment to inspire one million people to be more active.

ParkLives is running in 10 cities and towns in 2016, including:

  • Birmingham
  • Dundee
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • London Borough of Newham
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Swansea

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