Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Being physically active has significant health benefits for hearts, bodies and minds. Whether you’re walking, wheeling or cycling, dancing, doing sport or playing with your children.

Find out about the range of activities to get you moving which are taking place across the borough, including:

  • Activities for Children and Young People
  • Activities for Adults
  • Walking in Newham
  • Newham Street Tag
  • Keeping Active at Home
  • Holiday Programmes
Adult Activities

StreetTT

Adult Female Football Sessions

Table Tennis

StreetTT is a global community of street Table Tennis players that anyone can join.  The StreetTT app connects players in a worldwide street championship and provides the tools to come together around any table, free. It is a community-run platform, mobile and web app, that seeks to unite and grow the 1000+ players within the street table tennis community.

Simply download the StreetTT app and find an opponent to play table tennis.  Any player (16+) can create a free profile and submit their own match results, entering them into a global ranking of street players. Players can also win badges for achievements and activity.

To get involved, just scan the QR code below or on the table tennis tables at Hermit Road Recreation Ground, Central Park and Royal Victoria Gardens.

Turn up and play sessions for women 16 years and over. All abilities welcome!

Day: Thursday 
Time: 7-8pm
Cost: £3 per session
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow E13 8SD 
Booking link - http://tinyurl.com/NewhamFemFooty
For more information, please contact Sports@activenewham.org.uk / 07741 292893

Turn up and play table tennis at Newham Leisure Centre is a weekly opportunity for people to play family, friends and other local residents. Each player pays £2.00 on entry.  Participants must register at the centres reception. Session is run on a first come first served bases.

Two tables available.  Max attendance per table is 6 players.

Day: Sunday
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince regents Lane, Plaistow, E13 8SD
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506

Streettt qr code

To find out more about StreetTT please visit: https://www.streettt.com/about

Bikeworks Sporting Memories Club

Cycling for Wellbeing. This is a cycling support group for people experiencing a wide range of health issues including those who are anxious, experiencing mental health challenges or who are socially isolated. The free 4 week programmes will take place on the Olympic Park and provide an opportunity to meet new friends, build confidence, learn new skills and feel the benefits of regular physical activity.


For more information or to book a place, please go to www.bikeworks.org.uk/cycleforwellbeing

Come along, listen, and share sporting memories with older sports fans, and take part in fun activities. Free Refreshments provided.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10am-12noon
Age: 50+
Cost: Free
Venue: East Ham Library, 328 Barking Road, E6 2RT
To register of for more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506

Beckton parkrun

Victoria Dock parkrun

Exercise Cards

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am.
Cost: Free but you must register before you go along.
Venue: Beckton District Park South (meet at the Will Thorne Pavilion).
For more information, please visit: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/beckton/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!
Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am
Venue: Victoria Dock, Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB.
Cost: Free but you must register before you go along.
For more information, please visit: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/victoriadock/

If you’re spending more time at home, it can be hard to stay active. However, there’s no reason staying at home means staying still!


We have produced a set of exercise cards to keep you moving at home.

Exercise Cards(PDF)

Keep Fit, Stay Fit

Mental Wellbeing Badminton

Walking Basketball
Free weekly female only sessions including Circuit Training, Exercise to Music, Weight Management, BMI, Blood Pressure Checks, Health & Wellbeing Talks and Nutrition Advice. 
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30am-12noon
Cost: Free
Venue: Jack Cornwell Community Centre,  Jack Cornwell St, London E12 5NN
To book or for more information, please contact info@p-a-l-a-c-e.com / 07795 064116
Day: Monday
Time: 10:30am-12noon
Cost: Free
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regents Lane, Plaistow, London E13 8SD
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506

Walking Basketball is a fun, rewarding sport that provides low impact, cardio exercise – improving fitness and allowing you to play as part of a team. Come along, join the fun and play with new people!

Day: Saturdays
Time: 11am-12noon
Venue: Beckton Globe Sports Hall, 1 Kingsford Way, E6 5JQ
Age: 35+
Cost: Free

Participants must book in advance.

For more information and to register, please contact 07850 086914 or email health@westhamunited.co.uk

SEND Focus Activities

Pan Disability Football Adult Wheelchair Tennis Inclusive Activity Session (Multi-Sports)

Day: Saturday (fortnightly)
Time: 10-11am
Age: Adults 16+
Cost: Free
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow E13 8SD
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506

Day: Thursday
Time: 6-7pm
Age: 18+
Cost Free
Venue: Tennis Courts, Little Ilford Park, Dore Avenue, Manor Park E12 6JT
Booking: https://tinyurl.com/AdultsWheelchairTennis
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regents Lane, Plaistow, London E13 8SD
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506

Adults Learning Disability Tennis

Day: Wednesday
Time: 12.30-1:30pm
Age: 18+
Cost: Free
Venue: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow E13 8SD
Booking: https://tinyurl.com/AdultLearningDisabilityTennis

Verses Arthritis

Verses Arthritis 
A 12 week exercise programme ‘Let’s Move with Leon’ for people with arthritis who want more movement in their lives.

All Ability Cycling Club

Drop-in cycling sessions designed for people with learning, physical and/or sensory disabilities to enjoy cycling using a range of adapted cycles, including single/tandem tricycles, side-by-side cycles for two or more people, wheelchair platform cycles and go-kart style recumbent cycles.  No booking needed.  Just turn up!

Day: Friday
Time: 11am-1pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Central Park (by the café), E6 3AJ

For more information, please visit: www.bikeworks.org.uk/all-ability or contact Bikeworks at all.ability@bikeworks.org.uk / 0208 980 9778 option 3

Learning Disabilities Dance

Inclusive Activity Session (Multi-Sports) Learning Disabilities Pilates
Day: Wednesday
Time: 12noon - 1pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Atherton Leisure Centre, 189 Romford Road, Forest Gate, London E15 4JF
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Day: Thursday
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: East Ham Leisure Centre, 324 Barking Road, East Ham, London E6 2RT
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Day: Friday
Time: 11:00am-12noon
Cost: Free
Venue: Atherton Leisure Centre, 189 Romford Road, Forest Gate, London E15 4JF
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Visual Impaired Cricket Sensory Tennis
Day: Friday 
Time: 6-7:30pm
Cost: Free 
Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regents Lane, Plaistow, London E13 8SD
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Day: Saturday’s
Time: 1:15- 2:15pm
Cost: Free
Venue: East Ham Leisure Centre, 324 Barking Road, East Ham, London E6 2RT
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Our Parks

Turn up, tone up and get fit for free!

All classes are designed for individuals new or returning to exercise.

All classes are run by experienced qualified coaches and accessible for all ranges of abilities.

LocationActivityDayTime

Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, E15 4PT

Back to Exercise

Bootcamp

Wednesday

Saturday

10:30am

10am

Central Park, High Street South, E6 6ET

Back to Exercise

Bootcamp

Monday

Sunday

9:30am

10:30am

Plashet Park, Plashet Grove, E6 1DQ

Our Circuit

BoxFit

Friday

Saturday

10am

9:30am

Canning Town Recreation Ground, Prince Regent Lane, E16 3PB

Abs, Bums & Thighs

BoxFit

Saturday


Friday

10:30am


10am

How it works:

  • Join FREE at www.ourparks.org.uk 
  • Select park or search by your location
  • Choose and book a class
  • Get fit for FREE

Our Parks are also running a range of free, fun online indoor activity sessions to help get you moving indoors. Sessions include Couch to Fitness, Couch to Bhangra and Couch to Family Fit. Couch to Fitness

Walking in Newham

Self-Led Walks

Newham has a number of lovely parks and open spaces to explore including a number of self-led walking routes that have been mapped across the following parks to help keep you active. Just follow the leaf signs! 

  • Canning Town Recreation Ground 
  • Central Park 
  • Memorial Park
  • Plashet Park
  • Stratford
  • Royal Victoria Gardens
  • Plaistow Park
  • Beckton District South

You can also find the routes on google maps.

The Line

The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Connecting three boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich) and following the Greenwich Meridian, it runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. The Line features an evolving programme of art installations (loans and commissioned works), projects and events, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. https://the-line.org/  

The Line - Christine Ohuruogu - Health and Wellbeing from The Line on Vimeo.

Free Wellbeing Walks in Newham 

The Line hosts a weekly wellbeing walk for anyone who may benefit from spending time outdoors. Aiming to improve wellbeing, these free, slow-paced guided walks explore the wildlife, art and heritage along The Line in Newham. Come and join a friendly group of walkers in your local area and boost your wellbeing!

When: 11am on Thursdays
Start: meet at the outside seating area at Jim & Tonic at The Print House, 133 High Street, E15 2RB
End: the finishes at The House Mill at around 12pm, with complimentary tea or coffee

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Set across hundreds of acres, there’s lots to explore at the Park. To help you make the most of your experience, there are five fantastic trails that give you the chance to take in the many sights and sounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Walking Groups in Newham

ActiveNewham are delivering a number of weekly and fortnightly walks led by trained walk leaders and supported by Newham’s volunteers. The free walks take in Newham’s rich and diverse heritage and history, showcasing the old and new, from old town halls and listed buildings, to new infrastructure and progressive developments. Find out where your closest walking group is below:

Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara Walk
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Beckton Social Walk 
Fridays, 11am-12noon

*Booking Link for all Social Walks: https://tinyurl.com/Newhamsocialwalks 

For more information on all walks, please contact Sports@activenewham.org.uk  / 07741 293506

Sensory Walk Session Sensory Walk Session
Day: Thursday
Time: 9:15-10:15am 
Cost: Free
Venue: Plashet Park, Plashet Grove, East Ham, London E7 8QR
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Day: Sunday 
Time: 11am-12noon
Cost: Free
Venue: Central Park, Central Park Road, East Ham, London E6 3AB
Booking link
For more information, please contact Sports@activeNewham.org.uk / 07741 293506
Leisure Centres

From Swimming Pools, to Gyms and Group Exercise Classes, there are a variety of activities and sessions across the leisure centres, which cater for beginners, to the more experienced!

Find your nearest activeNewham leisure centre and try out the huge range of activities on offer.

Newham leisure Centre - Active Newham : Newham Leisure Centre

East Ham leisure Centre - Active Newham : East Ham Leisure Centre

Atherton Leisure Centre - Active Newham : Atherton Leisure Centre

For more information, head to the activeNewham website https://www.activenewham.org.uk/  or call the activeNewham Customer Service Team on 0300 124 0123!

To view Feedback for Newham Leisure Centre's please visit Feedback – Physical activity – Newham Council

Newham Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Newham children and young people benefit from free food and activities during school holidays

Newham Council is running a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme –  to provide free food and fun activities for thousands Newham children and young people during the school holidays.

Funded by the Government, the HAF programme, which forms part of Newham’s Young People and Food Security Strategy, is helping to tackle food poverty and holiday hunger faced by around one third of Newham’s children and young people.

The programme’s spokesperson said: “School holidays are a particularly difficult time for some families because of reduced income and increased costs relating to food and childcare.

“For some children and young people, this can lead to holiday hunger and a poor experience during the holidays. Children from these families more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health.

“These children are also less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and are more likely to experience social isolation.”

To deliver this year’s programme, Newham Council partnered with schools, the voluntary, community and faith sector and other local organisations to provide free holiday club places for children, who would usually receive free school meals during term time.

As well as receiving a healthy meal each day, children participated in a range of activities including music, art, yoga, climbing and abseiling, archery, canoeing and other sports, as well as maths, literacy and science.

Below are some comments from children and young people who benefited from the HAF programme this summer:

"This is really fun to play with my friends. . . Where I live there is no nearby park, so I spend most of the time in our flat watching TV or playing on my Xbox.”

 “I’ve not been bored in these holidays”

“I’ll never forget the kind staff. You are like my family”

 “I’ve learnt how to do new things”

One parent said: "The children never used to drink milk at home whereas they are drinking it now and also they are trying vegetables like peas and tomatoes which they didn't before."

Another parent said: "This programme has had such a positive impact on my daughter and us as a family. We’re new to the area and haven’t had the chance to meet new people or learn more about the community.

“As a result of going to this summer programme my daughter has learnt new skills and we’ve both made new friends.

“Every morning she was so excited to get ready and go. Thank you so much for putting this on despite the pandemic. It has really made our summer special!"

The programme, which is backed by football-star-turned-food-poverty-campaigner Marcus Rashford is funded in Newham by the Government for another three years. 

For up-to-date information on Newham’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, please visit our Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) page.

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Last updated: 21/02/2024

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