Frequently asked questions
Everything you need to know about ParkLives
What is ParkLives?
Together with our local partners we’re running a series of free, family-friendly outdoor activities in the heart of local communities – the parks. From Zumba to tai chi, football to tennis, all our activity sessions are free and absolutely anyone can join in. So go on, get out there and make the most of it.
Where are the activities taking place?
Below is a full list of ParkLives locations:
Ackers Trust (AT)
All Saints Park Aston Park (AP)
Balaam's Wood Local Nature Reserve
Balsall Heath Forum
Balsall Heath Park
Billesley Common (BC)
Bloomsbury Park (BP)
Bromford Drive Recreation Ground
Bromwich Wood Local Nature Reserve
Brookvale Park Burbury Park
Calthorpe Park (CTP)
Castle Vale - Centre Park
Chamberlain Gardens (CG)
City Centre Cofton Park (CFP)
Cotteridge Park (CRP)
Daisy Farm Park
Eastside City Park
Edgbaston Reservoir (ER)
Falcon Lodge Park
Finchley Road Park
Fox Hollies Park (FHP)
Garrison Lane Park
Gilbertstone Recreation Ground (GRG)
Glebe Farm Recreation Park
Hamstead Pavilion and Playing Fields
Handsworth Park (HWP)
Harvest Fields Park
Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields (HLP)
Kings Heath Park (KHP)
Kings Norton Nature Reserve
Kings Norton Park
Kingstanding Wellbeing Centre
Ladywood Health and Community Centre
Laurel Road Community Sports Centre
Ley Hill Recreation Ground (LH)
Lickey Hills Country Park (LHC)
Manor Farm Park (MFP)
Mansfield Green (MG)
Maryvale Community Centre
Mount Street Recreation Ground
Nechells Wellbeing Centre
New Hall Valley Country Park
New Spring Street Park
Norman Chamberlain Fields
Perry Hall Park
Pype Hayes Park
Birchfield Selcroft Public Open Space (Welsh House Farm)
Selly Oak Park (SOP)
Selly Oak Recreation Ground
Sheldon Country Park (SCP)
Shirestone Road Recreation Ground
Short Heath Park
Small Heath Park (SHP)
Small Heath Wellbeing Centre
St Gabriel’s Community Centre
St Georges Park
St Johns Park
St Marks Park
Summerfield Park (SFP)
Sunset and Moonlit Parks
The Ring - Enderby Park (TR)
Tile Cross Park
Twickenham Public Open Space (TPO)
Walkers Heath Park (WHP)
Ward End Park (WEP)
West Heath Park (WH)
Westley Vale Millennium Green
Woodgate Valley Country Park
Ancrum Outdoor Centre
Ardler Village Green
Kirkton Park (behind Asda Kirkton)
Mid Craig Park
Mill O’ Mains Park
Poorie Park (Fintry)
South Road Park
St Kilda Road (Beside St Mary’s Community Facility)
Alexandra Golf Course
Knightswood Golf Course
Lethamhill Golf Course
Linn Park Golf
Ruchill Golf Course
Gosforth Central Park
Jesmond Dene Park
Nuns Moor Park
Paddy Freeman’s Park
Tyne Riverside Country Park
Barking Recreational Ground
Canning Town Recreational Ground
East Ham Nature Reserve
Forest Lane Park
Gooseley Playing Fields
Hermit Road Recreational Ground
Jack Cornwell Street
Keir Hardie Park
King George V
Little Ilford Park
Memorial Recreational Ground
New Beckton Park
Newham Leisure Centre
Royal Victoria Gardens
West Ham Park
Broxtowe Country Park
Bulwell Forest Park
Clifton Central Park
Clifton Playing Fields
Colwick Country Park
Colwick Woods Local Nature Reserve
Edwards Lane Community Centre
Forest Recreation Ground
Harvey Haddon Bilborough Park
King Edwards Park
Lenton Abbey Park
Lenton Recreation Ground
Queens Walk Recreation Ground
Radford Recreation Ground
Seller’s Wood Nature Reserve
St Ann’s Allotments
Strelley Recreation Ground
Sycamore Recreation Ground
Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park
Woodthorpe Grange Park
Central Parks - East Park
Central Parks - Houndwell/Hoglands Park
Central Parks - Palmerston Park
Lordshill Recreation Ground
Southampton Sports Centre
St James Park
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
Central Forest Park
Dimensions Leisure Centre
Fenton Manor Sports Complex
Hanley Park Park
Hall Country Park
Queens Park, Longton
The Wallace Centre
Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve
Aberavon Foreshore Park
Argyle Gardens (Gorseinon Library)
Blaenymaes Community Centre
Cefn Hengoed School Playing Fields
Clyne Country Park
Coed Bach Park
Dunvant Rugby Club
Dylan Thomas School Playing Fields
Elba Playing Fields
Forge Fach Community Resource Centre
Gendros Community Centre Playing Fields
Gorseinon Youth Centre
North Penlan Community Centre
Paradise Park Parc
Melyn Mynach Parc
Williams Pennard Golf Club
Penyrheol Playing Fields
Swansea Bay Foreshore
Vetch Playing Field
Who can get involved?
Anyone and everyone! You don’t have to be a professional Frisbee player or master hula-hooper – anyone can have a go, whether you’re a first-timer or an old hand. So why not bring a bunch of friends or the whole family along to get moving?
What activities are on offer?
From badminton to bowling, table tennis to tai chi – we have thousands of brilliant outdoor sessions available this summer. And as the weather gets colder, we promise to stay in the parks to host free activities such as bootcamp fitness, football and running clubs.
The activities on offer differ between locations, so check out what’s on in your nearest park.
Why is Coca-Cola Great Britain supporting it?
Coca-Cola Great Britain has a long history of supporting communities and being involved with activities which bring people together – from the world stage of the Olympics and World Cup to grassroots activities such as its support for Special Olympics, StreetGames and now ParkLives.Through the programme and the partnership, we’ve been able to put on hundreds of hours of free activity sessions and given thousands of local residents the opportunity to come together, make new friends locally, feel part of their communities and enjoy free and fun activities in their local parks and green spaces. We believe parks are really special places for everyone to enjoy - and we know that funding for their upkeep is tougher to find for local authorities: that's why we've partnered with our local authority partners and StreetGames, so that they can help more people enjoy all the wellbeing benefits of getting out and having fun in their local parks.
When is ParkLives running?
The main activity season for ParkLives is from April through to the end of September in most locations, however some locations keep sessions going year-round. Find out exact dates and details for your local park through our activity pages.
How do I book a ParkLives activity?
It’s really easy and it’s all free! Simply log in or create your own ParkLives account here, choose the activity you’d like to join, click ‘count me in’ and you’ll be added the session leader’s list.
How can I stay up to date with my local ParkLives activities?
Once you join ParkLives, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news and activities via email. All you have to do is opt-in and tick the box to receive updates when you register.
Can I book more than one activity?
Of course! You’re welcome to join as many activities as you like.
Can I sign up a friend via my account?
We’d love you to come along with friends and family, however everyone will need to set up their own account.
How much does ParkLives cost?
All our activities are absolutely free! Take a look at the ParkLives activities on offer in your nearest park.
Is there a minimum or maximum age requirement for ParkLives?
No – everyone is welcome to take part in our family activities! However, to register on ParkLives.com you must be 13 or over. We also ask that children under the age of 13 get permission from a parent or guardian over 18 to take part, and that a parent or guardian remains with them while they take part in the session.
Can I bring the whole family along?
Yes, everyone is welcome at ParkLives - some activities may be more suitable for parents and children to do together, just check out the description of the session to see. Alternatively you can always call our friendly team on 0800 227711 to ask for more information.
What if there isn’t an activity in my area?
ParkLives is running free, local activities in more parks and cities than ever before. See all our ParkLives locations for 2017.
If we’re not in your area, check out our ideas for getting active and having fun in your local park.
Do I need any prior experience?
Not at all. ParkLives sessions aren’t about having loads of skill or being competitive – they are all about having fun! Our activities will be run to take into consideration a wide variety of ability levels, so feel free to get out there, meet up with our friendly session leaders and join in.
If you haven’t been active recently – or if you have a prior or existing health condition that you think we should be made aware of – please inform your session leader before the start of the activity, or consult your doctor before taking part.
What if I need to cancel?
If you can’t make it to an activity, you can let us know just by going to your profile page and clicking ‘cancel’ on the activity page.
How will I know if an activity is cancelled?
In the unfortunate situation your activity is cancelled we’ll email you as soon as we know, however events could be cancelled up until an hour before.
I have a medical condition or disability – can I take part?
ParkLives activities are open to everyone, of any age or ability. If you haven't been active recently – or if you have a prior or existing health condition that you think we should be made aware of – please consult your doctor before taking part in any physical activity and inform your session leader before the start of the activity. We have your best interests at heart, so if the instructor considers the activity to be too physically challenging they reserve the right to refuse you access to the session.
Please be aware that the activities have not been designed to cause any injury, however, as with any physical activity, the risk of injury may occur and participation in an activity is at the participant's own risk.
I’m having trouble with the online booking: who can I contact for assistance?
Please contact the Coca-Cola Great Britain team on 0800 22 77 11 and they will be happy to help you.
I’ve been to a ParkLives launch event. Are those the activities available in my local park?
Great – we hope you enjoyed it! The launch events are tasters of the sort of activities on offer in your local area. Find out what’s on in your nearest park.
What do I need to bring?
All the equipment is provided, but make sure you wear something comfy and check the event page before you go to see if anything else is recommended e.g. water bottle, trainers.
How will I know where to go?
We’ll send you the meeting spot and a map in your confirmation email – but look out for the green ParkLives flags in your local park.
How long do the activities last?
Session lengths vary between 30 minutes and 3 hours, but we’ll specify this in your confirmation email.
Can I bring someone else along, even if they haven’t booked?
Yes, friends and family are very welcome – and in fact anyone can join in with activities in the park! However it’s a good idea for people to register beforehand, or they can spend a little time registering with the session leader on the day.
Will refreshments be provided?
No, please bring your own refreshments to the activities.
I have a query or complaint, who can I contact?
We always appreciate your feedback, so please do get in touch with our team on 0800 22 77 11 with any queries you have about ParkLives. If we can’t answer your query, we’ll make sure you are directed to a local partner who can.
Please be aware that ParkLives is not liable for any injury or other harm that participants might incur during or after an activity. ParkLives is not liable for damage to or loss of personal property arising during, or in connection with, the activities.
Can my children attend unaccompanied by an adult?
We do ask that children under the age of 13 have permission to take part from a parent or guardian over 18 and that a parent or guardian remains with them in the park while they take part in the session (or joins in with them!)
Will outside activities still take place in winter?
Some of them will, yes! Some of our partners run sessions right throughout the autumn and winter but CHECK THE ACTIVITY SCHEDULE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Make sure you register for each session you want to take part in, so that in cases of adverse weather conditions when classes need to be rescheduled, we can let you know in plenty of time.
Are there are any indoor classes this winter?
Most of our ParkLives sessions are, of course, out in the parks, but occasionally there might be some sessions moved indoors during winter. To find out if there are any indoor classes in your area, check the ACTIVITY SCHEDULE.
Who is responsible at the activities?
Your session leader will always try and ensure that the session is run safely and professionally. However, please be aware that participation in a ParkLives activity is at your own risk. ParkLives is not liable for any injury or other harm that participants might incur during or after an activity. ParkLives is not liable for damage to or loss of personal property arising during, or in connection with, the activities.