Manchester residents will be able to take advantage of hundreds of free and fun activity sessions taking place across the city as ParkLives returns for a second year

ParkLives, a programme from Coca-Cola Great Britain in partnership with Manchester City Council, offers free and fun activity sessions in parks and green spaces. 

This year the programme will offer nine different fun and informal activities each week, with brand new sessions including multi-activity fun camps for families and social dog-walking, alongside returning favourites such as den building and donkey grooming. 

The timetabled sessions are an hour long and led by a trained activity leader from the local area. A full timetable can be found at

The action kicks off this week and will run through to September, with an extended programme running throughout the summer holidays. Parks taking part this year include: 

Alexandra Park

Philips Park – new for 2016

Plant Hill Park – new for 2016

Heaton Park

Platt Fields Park

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “This series of free activities is designed to be fun, accessible and open to everyone. These new sessions will enable residents to get more exercise, socialise and enjoy some of our wonderful parks and green spaces.” 

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “ParkLives is all about bringing communities together to enjoy fun, free activities in their local green spaces. With brand new activities and more parks taking part, ParkLives in Manchester is set to be even bigger and better in 2016. It’s an opportunity to get out there and try something new with your friends and family, have fun and be active in the great outdoors. For many years we have supported programmes that invest in the wellbeing of local communities – and ParkLives is a long-term partnership programme which does just that. Now in its third year, it’s fantastic to see the programme go from strength to strength and expand nationwide to ten cities across the UK.”

ParkLives launched in 2014 and is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based projects that help people be active. The programme now runs in ten cities across the UK including Birmingham, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Newham (London), Swansea, Southampton and Stoke-On-Trent.

A full timetable – including a postcode-led local park finder – can be found at where people can register to book a free activity session for themselves, as well as friends and family.


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