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People of all ages, backgrounds, shapes, sizes and abilities can benefit from being physically active. Regular exercise can help boost your energy levels and mood, maintain a healthy weight, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Find out more about the importance of being active. 


How can you be more active locally? 


Local Initiatives include:

Beat the Street

Beat the Street is here! Thousands of people across Colchester are running, walking and cycling across their city to earn points and win prizes for their school or workplace. Join in the game taking Colchester by storm by visiting one of our distribution centres to take part:

Leisure World
Colchester Town Library 
Tiptree Library
Prettygate Library
Greenstead Library
Hawthorn surgery (for patients only)
Abbeyfield Surgery (for patients only) 

or follow the Beat The Street journey online for the latest updates and tips:


Twitter: @BtsColchester 




A community of runners who combine fitness with doing good in Colchester's Community.               

Cycle Colchester

Keep up to date with what is happening locally to promote & support cycling.


Colchester Parkrun

Weekly free 5km timed run. There are now 3 weekly Parkruns in the Colchester district.


The Colchester Orbital

Approximately 14-15 miles in length, the Colchester Orbital is a circular walk/cycle route around the periphery of the town, taking advantage of and connecting some of its loveliest green spaces and off-road pathway networks.


Outdoor Gyms

We have 6 outdoor gyms located in parks and open spaces around the borough, all with a great choice of equipment designed to keep you fit for free! 

Location of our outdoor gyms:

Zone 2Castle Park/Leisure World
Zone 6The Recreation Ground, Old Heath
Zone 6Lower Lodge, Wivenhoe
Zone 3Mill Road Recreation Ground
Zone 6Magnolia Drive, Greenstead
Zone 5School Road, Berechurch


Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults in the UK. To help combat physical inactivity in adults, Public Health England are encouraging adults across England to incorporate more physical activity into their life by simply going for a brisk 10 minute burst of exercise every day, also known as an "Active 10".Download the free Active10 APP today. 

Read more info here:


Leisure Centres

There are a number of CBC run leisure centres across the borough that provide excellent opportunities for improving your lifestyle.                 

These are located at:


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Parks, Countryside & Allotments

There are fantastic opportunities for walking, wildlife, and wellbeing in the Borough.

Visit one of the 3 country parks, 11 nature reserves, 300 open spaces or 50 playgrounds on offer, including 2 skate parks.

A number of outdoor gyms also means you can use the gym and have a fantastic view.

With over 1100 plots in Colchester, an allotment will keep you active while you grow.



Sports & Clubs

Active Colchester is the sport and physical activity network for Colchester.

Follow them on Twitter @ActiveColch

Use the Active Essex Activity Finder for clubs, sports and all things active in your area.