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Activities and events on offer

We run a wide range of activities and events for adults and juniors. We will advertise future events and activities here, and also on our Facebook pages:

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 the 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.

Fishing

We have a number of sites available throughout the borough for anglers:

•    Walsall Arboretum Lake
•    Mill Lane Pool
•    Moorcroft Wood (big pool only)
•    Leylands Farm
•    Barnes Lane Pool
•    Bentley Poplar Avenue
•    Barnes Lane Pool
•    Beechdale Pool
•    Oily Goughs (big pool only)
•    Heathfield Lane Pool – managed through Heathfield Lane Fishing Club
•    Issac Walton (Newtown Pool) – managed through Hawkins Angling Club
•    Fibbersley Pools (Black Hole, The Lanes, and the Roachery) - managed through Boaters Fishing Club
•    Park Lime Pits (big pool only)
•    Reedswood Pool (big pool only)
•    Sneyd Reservoir – managed through Mossley Anglers Club
•    Sneyd School Pool – managed through local club
•    Willenhall Memorial Park - managed through Boaters Fishing Club

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 permitted at any other council owned pools in Walsall, including the below which are being monitored for illegal use:

•    Clayhanger Lagoon, Clayhanger recreation ground, Brownhills
•    Swan and Swag pools off Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge (Site of Special Scientific Interest)

Conditions of use for angling

  • You must have a current Environmental Agency fishing license. These are available from its website
  • Fishing can only take place from the banks of the pool using a rod and line
  • Juniors under 13 to be supervised by parents or legal guardians at all times
  • No night fishing is allowed except where controlled by the local angling groups listed above
  • 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 run by the local angling groups listed above
  • All litter, damaged fishing tackle, broken lines, unused bait, etc. must be taken away with you when you leave
  • The lighting of fires is not allowed
  • The use of lead weights is not allowed
  • No peanut or tiger-nut bait is allowed
  • No floating bait or bread is allowed
  • Only barbless hooks to be used
  • Anyone found to be with alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave fishing pools 
  • Do not interfere with local wildlife
  • Show consideration to other users of the pool, local residents, volunteers, and council staff 
    There is zero tolerance for any kind of aggression.

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

WALX - Health/Nordic walks

WALX

WALX are sociable walks lasting approximately 1 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 2 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 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

Please contact us before attending a walk for the first time as some of the walks have yet to restart.

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, download our walk timetable.

What sessions are available?

The weekly programme provides a range of walks varying in length and terrain with distances from approximately 1 mile up to about 6 miles. Most walks follow a circular route with the same start and finish locations.

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.

Find out what's on

We promote all programmes through social media. Follow us for reminders: