Get out and get active in Brighton & Hove

With just a few days left of the school holidays it’s a good time to get out and enjoy Brighton & Hove.

Rain or shine, there’s plenty of different ways for people of all ages to beat the boredom and get active.

Councillor Bruno de Oliveira, chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board said:

“Being active is important for us all. It’s not just good for our physical health, it can help us feel happier, learn new skills, meet new people and provides a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends too.  

“In Brighton & Hove we have many options that allow us to be physically active and also connected with others in our community.

“You don’t have to join a sports club. You could walk into town, cycle to a friend’s house, explore a museum, join a community garden or go for a swim. Find something that suits you and you enjoy in Brighton & Hove this summer.”

Find a free activity

Search for free sports and activities for people of all ages and abilities across the city in our Active for Life calendar. Upcoming activities include tennis, walks, dancing, pilates and running.

Children aged 5 to 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals can access free holiday club places. The Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers free activities, plus a meal, and there are still a few places left this summer holiday.

Free swimming for children

Young people aged 18 and under who live or go to school in the city can swim for free in Brighton & Hove at:

  • King Alfred Leisure Centre
  • Prince Regent Swimming Complex
  • St Luke's Community Swimming Pool
  • Saltdean Lido (May to August)

Find out how to register and use the scheme on the Freedom Leisure website or by calling 0845 803 5519, and on the Saltdean Lido website or by calling 01273 069 984.

Get walking

Healthwalks are a great way for people of all ages and abilities to be active, improve your health and meet other people.

The guided walks vary from under one mile on the flat, to more challenging walks of up to 5 miles in local parks and green spaces. You’re welcome to bring your dog along too. Have a look and find one that suits you.

Explore our parks

Make the most of our brilliant parks and open spaces. They are perfect for picnics, a stroll in the fresh air, looking for wildlife, having a kickabout with friends or for finding community events.

Head to your nearest, find your favourite, or try one you haven't been to before.

Many have outdoor sports facilities that can be hired such as tennis courts, football pitches, bowling greens or a cycle track too.  

There’s playgrounds in most of our parks and along the seafront, including some with paddling pools and water play.  

Or try out your favourite wheeled sports at one of our free skateparks.

Enjoy a day at the seaside

With around 8 miles of coastline in the city there’s lots to explore. From Blue Flag beaches to the undercliff walk, there’s also bars, restaurants and shops to explore as well as the pier and the Volks Railway.

If you’re heading in for a swim please stay on the lifeguarded beaches and swim between the red and yellow flags. And if a red flag is flying, please don't go in the water. Lifeguards remain in place until the end of the school holiday.

Learn something new

There’s indoor activities to explore too. Visit one of our museums to see the latest exhibitions or head to your closest library to take part in the summer reading challenge or join a community event.

Getting around

If it’s too far to walk, it’s easy to head to the city centre, to see friends or out of town with cheap travel on buses or with a bike.

Single bus fares remain at £2 until the end of October, and it’s free travel by up to four children or young people aged 19 or under when accompanied by an adult. It’s also just 50p for single journey tickets for unaccompanied children or young people under 19.

More Beryl BTN Bikes are now available for hire and cheaper pricing options have also been introduced.

While you’re out and about…

Remember the sun is never far away, so don’t forget to carry sunscreen with you.

Drinking water fountains and bottle filling points are available in busy parts of the city centre. They provide residents and visitors with easy access to free, fresh, clean drinking water on the go and will help to cut down on single-use plastic water bottles and reduce litter.

  • Hove Lawns 
  • Hove Lagoon skate park
  • Churchill Square  
  • the North Gate of the Royal Pavilion
  • in front of Hove Town Hall
  • outside Brighton Station

And finally, wherever you’re heading, please use the rubbish and recycling bins provided.

If the bins are full, please take your litter home with you and help us keep Brighton & Hove clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy. 

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