Physical activity

Adult community activities

On this page, you will find details of community activity programmes we provide. Open to all, the activities are suitable for beginners and novices; so whether you are looking to re-engage in something you have tried before, or want to try something new, these activities can help.

The activities covered on this page are:

  • exercise referral scheme from Activity 4 Health
  • outdoor fitness programmes from Our Parks
  • Buggy Fitness classes
  • Walking Football
  • casual badminton and table tennis sessions

Activity 4 Health

The Activity 4 Health scheme is a 12 week subsidised exercise referral programme to help you start a healthy lifestyle.

Does the scheme apply to me?

You need to be referred from your GP and be 18+ years of age, the primary criteria for a referral are if you suffer from obesity, higher than normal blood pressure, hypertension, anxiety and depression but other underlying medical conditions can also qualify.

What is the referral pathway?

Once a referral has been received from your GP you will be contacted with details to book your first session at your local leisure centre. We aim to respond to all referrals within 7 days of receipt.

You then begin a 12-week exercise programme (attending at least 10 sessions over the 12 weeks) set by a qualified trainer at your local leisure centre; with pre and post programme analysis stats taken.

For more information please contact your local GP practice (link opens in new window).

Our Parks – outdoor fitness

Free workout classes

We fund workout classes in parks across Central Bedfordshire free of charge for the community. Join, book and workout for free.

Each class lasts 60 minutes and all levels of fitness are welcome.
Classes include:

  • pilates
  • run fit
  • skip fit
  • yoga
  • our circuit
  • abs, tums and thighs
  • box fit
  • dance fit
  • hula hoop fitness

Where we currently run classes

  • Biggleswade – Eagle Farm Road
  • Dunstable – Jardine Way Park
  • Houghton Regis – Tithe Farm Park
  • Leighton Buzzard – Appenine Way
  • Arlesey – Recreation Ground Park

To find out more and book your space, visit the Our Parks website (link opens in new window).

Buggy Fitness

Buggy Fitness is a sociable, friendly, class for anyone wanting to exercise with or without their babies. The class offers mums and dads the opportunity to exercise with their buggy in a safe and inclusive environment. The class comprises of:

  • a warm
  • cardiovascular exercise to energise, help improve fitness and reduce body weight
  • light resistance work to help strengthen and tone, followed by a cool down element so you leave feeling ready to take on the world

Each session is £2 and lasts an hour.

Buggy Fitness sessions

Thursdays, 1pm - 2pm (starting 10 November) at:

The Weatherly Centre
Orchard Close
SG18 0NE
To book, please email or call 0300 300 5125.

We are looking to expand this scheme in different areas, so please email for more information.Walking football

Walking Football

Walking Football is a different version of the beautiful game, ideal for over 40s. Get active, meet new people and have fun! Whether you are rolling back the years, learning a new sport, trying to keep fit or simply want to get out during the week, Walking Football is your answer.

What is Walking Football?

Getting fit and healthy is the main benefit, but the social side of the game is what keeps people coming back. The sessions are focused on enjoyment, with an inevitable competitive edge to games. It may be a slightly slower version of the game to reduce the chance of injury, but make no mistake, it is far from mundane. Give Walking Football a chance and you’ll be hooked!

We run these across Central Bedfordshire including:

  • Dunstable
  • Leighton Buzzard
  • Flitwick
  • Shefford
  • Biggleswade

Details of current sessions are below. The timetable will next be revised in September. Please check with the physical activity team before attending: email

Day: Monday
Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Beds FA, Skimpot Road, Dunstable LU5 4JU
Price: £1.50 a session

Day: Tuesday
Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre, Biggleswade, SG18 8SU
Price: £1.50 a session

Day: Friday
Time: 7-8pm
Venue: Shefford Sports Club, Hitchin Road SG17 5JD
Price: £1.50 a session

Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 1.30-3pm
Venue: Flitwick Leisure Centre outdoor 3G pitch, Steppingley Road MK45 1TH
Price: £2.50 a session

Leighton Buzzard
Day: Thursday
Time: 7-8pm
Venue: Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3DY
Price: £1.50 a session

Day: Monday
Time: 8-9pm
Venue: Barton Rovers FC, 3-7 Luton Road, Barton-le-Clay
Price: £3 a session

Please note: all classes are subject to change, so please email us on for more information.

Casual pay and play badminton

We offer casual pay and play badminton sessions in Biggleswade. This is a fun activity that you can participate in with friends or come and enjoy on your own.

  • equipment provided
  • open to all
  • you can be a new player wanting to test the sport, or experienced
  • all abilities welcome

Venue: Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre, Saxon Drive, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8SU

Day: Thursdays

Time: 9am – 11am

£1.50 per session.

Please note: all classes are subject to change, so please email us on for more information.

Table tennis

Table tennis

Come along and enjoy a casual game of table tennis. Attend on your own and meet new friends, or bring friends with you. All equipment is provided.

Venue: Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre, Biggleswade

Day and Time: Tuesday 12pm - 2pm

Cost: £2 per session

Please note: all classes are subject to change, so please email us on for more information.

Activity programme

You can also download our activity programme for 2016 - 2017 (PDF 8.4MB) .

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