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Activities and events on offer

COVID Information

Due to the current government restrictions, ALL of our events and activities are not taking place. For up-to-date information, call on 01922 650465 or please contact us.

 

We run a wide range of activities and events for adults and juniors.

 

Activities and events

Arboretum Park Run - currently on long-term suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Walsall Arboretum, The Broadway, Walsall. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free. You must register before your first run. Only ever register with park run once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.

Couch to 5K

What is Couch to 5K?

Couch to 5K courses are designed to help challenge you to get you off the couch and become a regular runner. *Please note these sessions follow the NHS Couch to 5k plan (we have extended our programme to 12 weeks), therefore, we recommend people to attend the full 12 weeks. 

All sessions are fun, friendly and delivered by our team of Jog Walsall Leaders (*they are the ones wearing the bright orange tops). Jog Walsall leaders are either England Athletics LIRF - Leadership in Running Fitness qualified or are Jog Walsall Support Leaders and have been trained through our Walsall Council Volunteer programme.   

Jog Walsall has links with local running clubs within Walsall and can support joggers to make the transition into clubs. Many joggers have enjoyed attending local runs and races together and Jog Walsall also regularly arranges for our joggers to attend the local park run at Walsall Arboretum. 

When is it?

We have a range of sessions either during the day or the evening.  

Where is it?

Sessions take place at Bloxwich, and Oak Park Active Living Centres, Pelsall Common, Walsall Arboretum, Palfrey park and Willenhall Memorial park. 

What does it cost to join?

Nothing - it's free!  

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! We have runners who haven't run for 30 years start and complete the programme and are now running 5km regularly to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing.  

Where can I get more details?

Please follow our local group for further information on our runs and how to sign up.

WALX - Health/Nordic walks

WALX

WALX are sociable walks lasting approximately one hour led by a qualified instructor. They are suitable for all ages and abilities and equipment for the session is provided free. WALX sessions are an enhancement of ordinary walking. WALX sessions use poles resulting in two major benefits. The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. The poles help propel the walker along, meaning the walker works harder, yet the support provided by the poles makes it feel easier. All you will need is to wear sensible footwear and suitable outdoor clothing. 

Cost

All WALX are free to attend.

How to Book

You can find out more about how to book in to one of our walks by visiting the group page

There are a range of different WALX you can engage with:

Nordic WALX -

Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking.

  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
  • The poles help to propel the walker along – this means you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

Wellbeing WALX -

Gentle WALX that incorporate balance work, flexibility and strength exercises and maybe a bit of Tai Chi or relaxation too. Great for those who are getting back into exercise, have a health condition or simply want to move well and be fit for life!

Our wellbeing instructors are qualified to deliver WALX for all levels, so it’s never too late to take that first step.

Community WALX -

Whether you have been referred by your GP, are part of a specific project or simply want to enjoy whole-body pole walking in your local park with local leaders our community WALX will help you to get you active outdoors.

Using the amazing WALX Activator/Urban poles, you will be enjoying total body walking in no time and will be able to progress to join other WALX locally and right across the UK too.

Walk On

Walsall Walk On is a weekly programme of free health walks held in parks and countryside spaces across the borough. Every walk is led by a trained Walk Leader alongside a qualified Back Marker. This means that the walks can be tailored to suit everyone’s speed and ability, whilst walking as a group.

Cost

All walks with Walsall Walk On are free of charge.

How to Book

To join any of the walks, simply turn up at the start location fifteen minutes before the walk start time. The walk leader will ask you to complete a health questionnaire and register. The health questionnaire will then highlight any medical conditions that may occur during the walk that the leader needs to be aware of. You will then need to notify the leader of any medical changes that may have occurred each time you attend the walk.

If you haven’t exercised for a while or have a medical condition and are unsure about starting something new, please seek advice from your GP prior to starting. Please make sure that you wear appropriate footwear and dress according to the weather when walking. It may be advisable to bring a drink with you, water is ideal, if you think you may need it.

For more information, please visit our local group page

What sessions are available?

The weekly programme provides a range of walks varying in length and terrain with distances from approximately one mile up to about six miles. Most walks follow a circular route with the same start and finish locations.

Fishing in Walsall

The council has a number of sites available throughout the borough for anglers.


•    Walsall Arboretum Lake
•    Barnes Lane Pool
•    Beechdale Pool
•    Heathfield Lane Pool – managed through local club
•    Izaak Walton (Newtown Pool) – managed through local club
•    Noose Lane Pool
•    Park Lime Pits (Big Pool only)
•    Reedswood Pool
•    Sneyd Reservoir – managed through local club
•    Sneyd School Pool – managed through local club
•    Willenhall Memorial Park

For contact information of sites managed through a local club, please contact the Healthy Spaces team on 01922 650465 or send an email so that we can provide contact details for local clubs.

Angling is not allowed at the following sites:


•    Clayhanger Lagoon, Clayhanger recreation ground, Brownhills
•    Moorcroft Wood Local Nature Reserve, (small pools) off Bull Lane, Moxley
•    Park Lime Pits, off Park Road, Rushall, Walsall (small pool)
•    Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge (Swan and Swag pools)

Conditions of use for angling

  • Fishing can only take place from the banks of the pool with a rod and line.
  • No night fishing is allowed.
  • Do not take away or allow anyone to take away any fish caught from the pool.
  • Do not use keep nets (except in official competitions)
  • All litter, damaged fishing tackle, broken lines, unused bait, etc must be taken away with you when you leave.
  • Do not light any fires.
  • The use of lead weights is not allowed.
  • Do not interfere with local wildlife.
  • Show consideration to other users of the pool and local residents.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on a map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. 
The following parks and green spaces have orienteering courses mapped within them. 

Barr Beacon

Rough Wood Chase

Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve

Activities and events for juniors

We offer a wide range of activities for children to enjoy.

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers - aimed at 5-8 year olds and 9-13 year olds. Children learn about nature, wildlife and habitats through exploring and playing games. Activities include building shelters, identifying wildlife, basic fire lighting and knots. Sessions are monthly and cost £2.50 per child. The parents of 5-8 year olds must go with them on the sessions. All session leaders have first aid qualifications and are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. For further information or to book a session please contact us by email.

Fun 4 Life

Fun 4 Life - a 12-week challenge for 8-16 year olds and their parents or guardians. The challenge combines physical activities and healthy lifestyle advice. Sessions are free and all instructors have first aid qualifications. They are DBS checked and have at least a level 2 qualification in coaching or sports delivery. Participants should dress for physical activity and bring a bottle of water with them. For further information or to book a session please contact us by email

Junior Park Run - currently on long-term suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions

 Junior Park Run - this event takes place at King George V Memorial Park every Sunday at 9.00 a.m. It is for 4-14 year olds. It is free to join but you must register. Children of all abilities can take part in this fun race.

Next school holiday programme

School holiday programme - we aim to get children active and teach about nature and the environment. Many of the activities take place during the school holidays, find out more about the latest term time dates

Details of our school holiday activities are available below.

Our October half term offer this year is based around a pumpkin carving activities, tennis activities sessions, and a Halloween theme to one of our trails on our Love Exploring app. 

Craft task - pumpkin carving

We have four Pumpkin carving activities running across the borough this half term. 

  • Monday 26th October: Willenhall Memorial Park (in the bandstand) - 10am till 12pm 
  • Monday 26th October: King George Vth playing fields, Bloxwich (by the play area) -  10am till 12pm
  • Thursday 29th October: Holland Park, Brownhills (by the play area) - 10am till 12pm.
  • Friday 30th October: Walsall Arboretum - 10am till 12pm

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book by calling 01922 650465, or contact us by email.

If you are unable to make these sessions please take a look at this video so you can safely have a go at home with your parent or guardian. 

Play - tennis

We have four tennis activity sessions planned across the borough for the week. Book early as places are limited for this programme of tennis games and challenges. 

  • Monday 26th October: Willenhall Memorial Park 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 27th October: Leamore Park 1-3pm
  • Thursday 29th October: Palfrey Park 1-3pm
  • Friday 30th October: Blackwood Park 1-3pm

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book by calling 01922 650465, or contact us by email.

Explore - Halloween trails

Explore Halloween trails with the Love Exploring app.

The Love Exploring App puts the power of discovery in your hands this summer by providing a range of active family games and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. Available for Willenhall Memorial Park and Walsall Arboretum. Explore our parks this half term with our Halloween-themed characters. How many do you dare to find! 

You can download the Love Exploring app for free and then search for your local parks within the app.

Find out what's on

All programmes are promoted through our social media links so follow us for reminders at either:
Facebook - @Walsallhealthyspaces
Twitter - @HealthyspacesW