Physical activity

On this page you can find out about walking in Newham, Get Newham Moving, our parks and more exercise programmes.

Walking in Newham

Self-Led Walks
Newham has a number of lovely parks and open spaces to explore including a number of self-led walking routes that have been mapped across the following parks to help keep you active. Just follow the leaf signs on the ground.

Canning Town Recreation Ground map 
Central Park map map
Memorial Park map
Stratford map
Royal Victoria Gardens map
Plaistow Park map 
Beckton District South map

The Line
The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Connecting three boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich) and following the Greenwich Meridian, it runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. The Line features an evolving programme of art installations (loans and commissioned works), projects and events, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Set across hundreds of acres, there’s lots to explore at the Park. To help you make the most of your experience, there are five fantastic trails that give you the chance to take in the many sights and sounds of the Park. Find out more about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Trails.

Walking Groups in Newham

If you would like to get outdoors, get active and meet new people then why not join one of the following walking groups.

Sole Sisters Walking Group
12 weeks of free fun walking and exercise sessions for pre and post-natal women.
Dates: 

  • Tuesdays starting 4 May, 9.30-11am
  • Fridays starting 7 May, 1-2pm 

Register via Event Brite: activeNewham.eventbrite.co.uk  
For more information, please contact [email protected] 

Beckton Social Walk (60+)
Dates: Fridays, 11am-12noon
Meeting point: in front of Beckton Library
To register or for more information, please contact [email protected]

Health & Wellbeing Walks with Indira
Exploring Newham one walk at a time.
Dates: Every Friday, starting at 10:30am

  • May 7 - Stratford Library
  • May 14 - Canning Town Library
  • May 21 - Beckton Library
  • May 28 - Gallions Reach DLR
  • June 4 - East Ham Library 

To register or for more information, please contact [email protected] or call 07741 293510 

Get Newham Moving

Little Ilford Walk
Dates: Sundays, 11am
Meeting point: Little Ilford Learning Zone, Rectory Road, London E12 6JB
To register or for a sign up form, please contact [email protected] or call 07741 293510

Get Newham Moving

Newham Council in partnership with activeNewham launched Get Newham Moving, FREE, fun, low impact sessions to keep you moving at home. We have a variety of sessions including family activities.  We even have a virtual coffee morning where you can hear from local mental health services that can provide advice and support with your mental wellbeing.

Active Newham Timetable programme (PDF)

To sign up, please visit https://activenewham.eventbrite.co.uk

Our Parks

Are running a range of fun online indoor activity sessions to help get you moving. Including:

Couch to Fitness
A free 9-week Fitness programme aimed at all levels. Sessions are 30 minutes, with high, medium and low variations of each exercise. Parkers can work through the programme at their own speed.

Couch to Bhangra
This is a free 4-week online programme of bhangra style workouts, aimed at keeping physically active at home.

Couch to Family Fit
This is a free 4-week online programme aimed at keeping families physically active at home.

Verses Arthritis

Verses Arthritis
A 12 week exercise programme ‘Let’s Move with Leon’ for people with arthritis who want more movement in their lives.

Forest Gates Community Neighbourhood Centre’s Get Active Get Healthy Programme

Sign up for the 10-week online programme of activities for adults 55+. Sessions will commence on 4th November. Sign up over email or phone. Once you have signed up you will be sent details on how to log into zoom. 

  • Tai Chi - Wednesdays, 12-1pm
  • Chair Based Exercise – Fridays, 11-12noon 

For more information and to enrol please contact Forest Gate Community Neighbourhood Team on 0203 373 0856 or email [email protected]

Green Street Community Neighbourhood Centre’s Online Physical Activity Programme

Please see details below of the sessions that are taking place:

  • Pilates – Mondays, 12:45-1:45pm (women only)
  • Yoga – Tuesdays, 10-11am (women only)
  • Fitness session – Wednesdays, 11am-12noon (women only)
  • Thursday: Women only boxing 9:30-10.30am & Women only chair based exercise 11-12am
  • Fitness session – Fridays, 9:30-10:30am (women only)
  • Saturday: Family Fitness session 10-11am

For more information or to enrol please email Fathema Rahaman, Community Neighbourhood Senior Officer.

Plaistow Community Neighbourhood Centre’s Get Active Get Healthy Programme

For more information, please call 020 3373 0859 or email [email protected]

University of East London

The University have produced a number of physical activity classes you can access online. More classes will be added on a regular basis.


West Ham United Foundation 

West Ham’s YouTube Channel has a wide variety of subtitled workouts to share. 

The East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) 

ELFT are running a number of virtual sessions as part of their Fitness & Recovery programme for residents under ELFTs Mental Health Services or Community Health Services including those under primary care (GP) with a Mental Health diagnosis.  The programme is also open to NHS staff in Newham, Tower Hamlets, City & Hackney.

Click here to download the programme (PDF).

These inclusive sessions which have been running since April, are adapted according to the audience.

If you would like to get involved in the Fitness & Recover programme, please contact Marica Wainner.

Youth Activities with Active Newham

Basketball
Weekly Basketball sessions for young people.
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4-5pm
Age: 14-19 years
Cost: Free
Venue: Beckton Globe Youth Zone, 1 Kingsford Way, Beckton E6 5JQ 
For more information, please contact [email protected]

Football
Youth Football sessions with Lymore Gardens Football club.
Day: Thursday
Time: 3:30-5pm
Age: 14-19 years
Cost: Free
Venue: Shipman Youth Centre, 340 Prince Regent Lane, Canning Town E16 3JH
For more information, please contact [email protected]

Gloves Up
Youth Boxing sessions with MBox.
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Age: 14-19 years
Cost: Free
Venue: MBox, 438 Cranmer Road, Forest Gate E7 0JN
For more information, please contact [email protected]

Table Tennis
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3-4:30pm
Age: 14-19 years
Cost: Free
Venue: Little Ilford Youth Centre, 1A Rectory Road, Manor Park E12 6ET
For more information, please contact [email protected] 

Youth Walk Ambassadors Wanted
Are you 14-21?
Live in Newham?
Want to support others?
Become a Youth Walk Ambassador!
For more information, please contact [email protected]