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:

    Birmingham

    Ackers Trust (AT)

    Adderley Park

    All Saints Park Aston Park (AP)

    Balaam's Wood Local Nature Reserve

    Balsall Heath Forum

    Balsall Heath Park

    Bartley Reservoir

    Billesley Common (BC)

    Bloomsbury Park (BP)

    Bournville Park

    Bromford Drive Recreation Ground

    Bromwich Wood Local Nature Reserve

    Brookvale Park Burbury Park

    Cadbury Club

    Calthorpe Park (CTP)

    Castle Vale - Centre Park

    Chamberlain Gardens (CG)

    City Centre Cofton Park (CFP)

    Conker Island

    Cotteridge Park (CRP)

    Daisy Farm Park

    Dawberry Fields

    Neighbourhood Park

    Eastside City Park

    Edgbaston Reservoir (ER)

    Falcon Lodge Park

    Farnborough Fields

    Finchley Road Park

    Fox Hollies Park (FHP)

    Garrison Lane Park

    Georges Park

    Gilbertstone Recreation Ground (GRG)

    Glebe Farm Recreation Park

    Hamstead Pavilion and Playing Fields

    Handsworth Park (HWP)

    Harvest Fields Park

    Highbury Park

    Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields (HLP)

    Jasmine Fields

    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)

    Longmeadow Park

    Manor Farm Park (MFP)

    Mansfield Green (MG)

    Maryvale Community Centre

    Masefield Park

    Mount Street Recreation Ground

    Muntz Park

    Nechells Wellbeing Centre

    New Hall Valley Country Park

    New Spring Street Park

    Nimmings Park

    Norman Chamberlain Fields

    Oaklands Park

    Perry Hall Park

    Phillips Street

    Pype Hayes Park

    Queens Park

    Rectory Park

    Rookery Park

    Rowheath Pavilion

    Secret Garden

    Birchfield Selcroft Public Open Space (Welsh House Farm)

    Selly Oak Park (SOP)

    Selly Oak Recreation Ground

    Senneleys Park

    Sheldon Country Park (SCP)

    Shirestone Road Recreation Ground

    Short Heath Park

    Small Heath Park (SHP)

    Small Heath Wellbeing Centre

    Sparkhill Park

    St Gabriel’s Community Centre

    St Georges Park

    St Johns Park

    St Marks Park

    Summerfield Park (SFP)

    Sunset and Moonlit Parks

    Sutton Park

    The Ring - Enderby Park (TR)

    Tile Cross Park

    Turnberry Park

    Twickenham Public Open Space (TPO)

    Victoria Common

    Walkers Heath Park (WHP)

    Ward End Park (WEP)

    West Heath Park (WH)

    Westley Vale Millennium Green

    Witton Lakes

    Woodgate Valley Country Park

     

    Dundee

    Ancrum Outdoor Centre

    Ardler Village Green

    Baxter Park

    Camperdown Park

    Castle Green

    Dawson Park

    Dudhope Park

    Hilltown Park

    Kirkton Park (behind Asda Kirkton)

    Lochee Park

    Magdalen Green

    Mid Craig Park

    Mill O’ Mains Park

    Poorie Park (Fintry)

    Slessor Gardens

    South Road Park

    St Kilda Road (Beside St Mary’s Community Facility)

    Stobsmuir Park

    Victoria Park

    Whitfield Green

     

    Glasgow

    Alexandra Golf Course

    Bellahouston Park

    Castlemilk Park

    Donald Dewar

    Elder Park

    Kelvingrove Park

    Knightswood Golf Course

    Lethamhill Golf Course

    Linn Park Golf

    Maryhill Park

    Pollock Park

    Queen’s Park

    Ruchill Golf Course

    Springburn Park

    Tollcross Park

    Victoria Park

      

    Newcastle  

    Blakelaw Park

    lswick Park

    Exhibition Park

    Gosforth Central Park

    Heaton Park

    Hodgkin Park

    Jesmond Dene Park

    Leazes Park

    Nuns Moor Park

    Paddy Freeman’s Park

    Tyne Riverside Country Park

     

    Newham London

    Abbey Gardens

    Abbey Green

    Barking Recreational Ground

    Canning Town Recreational Ground

    Central Park

    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 Dockside

    Newham Leisure Centre

    Plaistow Park

    Royal Victoria Gardens

    Star Park

    Stratford Park

    Warwell Muga

    Waterfront Festival

    West Ham Park

     

    Nottingham

    Broxtowe Country Park

    Bulwell Bogs

    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

    Highfields Park

    King Edwards Park

    Lenton Abbey Park

    Lenton Recreation Ground

    Melbourne Park

    Queens Walk Recreation Ground

    Radford Recreation Ground

    Seller’s Wood Nature Reserve

    Southglade Park

    St Ann’s Allotments

    Stirling Grove

    Strelley Recreation Ground

    Sycamore Recreation Ground

    The Arboretum

    Valley Road

    Vernon Park

    Victoria Embankment

    Victoria Park

    Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park

    Woodthorpe Grange Park

     

    Southampton

    Central Parks - East Park

    Central Parks - Houndwell/Hoglands Park

    Central Parks - Palmerston Park

    Lordshill Recreation Ground

    Mansel Park

    Mayfield Park

    Mayflower Park

    Riverside Park

    Southampton Common

    Southampton Sports Centre

    St James Park

    Weston Shore

    Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

     

    Stoke

    Bucknall Park

    Burslem Park

    Central Forest Park

    Dimensions Leisure Centre

    Fenton Manor Sports Complex

    Fenton Park

    Hanford Park

    Hanley Park Park

    Hall Country Park

    Queens Park, Longton

    The Wallace Centre

    Tunstall Park

    Westport Lake

    Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve

     

    Swansea

    Aberavon Foreshore Park

    Argyle Gardens (Gorseinon Library)

    Blaenymaes Community Centre

    Brynmelyn Park

    Brynmill Park

    Caewern Park

    Castle Square

    Cefn Hengoed School Playing Fields

    Clase Pod

    Clyne Country Park

    Clyne Gardens

    Coed Bach Park

    Cwmdonkin Park

    Dunvant Rugby Club

    Dylan Thomas School Playing Fields

    Elba Playing Fields

    Fairwood Common

    Forge Fach Community Resource Centre

    Gendros Community Centre Playing Fields

    Gnoll Park

    Gorseinon Youth Centre

    Hafod Park

    Margam Park

    Morriston Park

    North Penlan Community Centre

    Paradise Park Parc

    Llewelyn Parc

    Melyn Mynach Parc

    Williams Pennard Golf Club

    Penyrheol Playing Fields

    Singleton Park

    Swansea Bay Foreshore

    Vetch Playing Field

    Victoria Park

  • 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.

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