Nottingham’s summer ParkLives programme has launched, including unusual family-friendly sessions such as pond dipping, orienteering and music & rhymes in the park.

Run by Coca-Cola Great Britain in partnership with Nottingham City Council, ParkLives is ideal for busy parents during the school holidays and offers a wide range of ways to entertain the family for free. The summer timetable features activities that have already proved popular with Nottingham families, such as:

• Canoe Rafting [Wednesday 10 August and Wednesday 24 August, Colwick Country Park, 1.30pm – 3pm] – a chance for families to enjoy the thrills and excitement of canoe rafting
• Family Tennis [Saturdays, Vernon Park, 10am – 11am] – outdoor fun for families will be on offer each week to help hone those tennis skills
• Family Rounders [Wednesdays, Wollaton Park, 12pm – 1pm] – weekly sessions for kids to enjoy a spot of healthy competition with mum and dad

The new timetable is available this week, with daily activities available in 20 parks across the city. Sessions are 1-2 hours long, and are led by supportive and friendly trained instructors from the local area.

View the full timetable and save a space online at

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “It’s great to see the impact that ParkLives is having on people’s lives. I would encourage anyone who’s interested to book early as we think these sessions will fill up fast.”

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “ParkLives is offering a whole host of free activities that won’t break the bank this summer. We’ve got everything from traditional family games like rounders and tennis, to weird and wonderful activities like pond dipping and woodland bug hunts to keep the kids entertained. The best school holiday memories are made on family trips out, and with 20 parks taking part in Nottingham, we’re offering this right on people’s doorstep.”

ParkLives launched in 2014 and is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. ParkLives now runs in 45 locations including ten cities across the UK: Birmingham, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Newham (London), Swansea, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent.