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We’re Active Shildon, and we want to get SHILDON moving! Whether it’s swapping the car for your trainers and walking the school run, digging your old bike out for a weekend ride, or taking up a new sport at the local leisure centre – small changes can often make the biggest difference to your health and wellbeing. We understand there are barriers, be it lack of free time or expense, but we want to show you all the fun, family-friendly opportunities available in our town to help you get active.

So, grab your friends, your family, even your next-door neighbour, and let’s get active together. Shildon CAN move!


Active Shildon is a new and exciting Sport England funded initiative to build healthier, more active communities in Shildon. The initiative brings together a group of organisations who are working together to achieve one goal, to improve physical activity in the area. We aim to help those who struggle to be physically active in their everyday lives by making it easier for people to access sport and physical activity.

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It benefits social, emotional and mental, and physical wellbeing, along with creating a better connected, more resilient community. Moving more not only helps you make friends, but it can boost your mood, improve your sleep, and build your confidence! Plus it reduces the risk of developing many long-term illnesses and helps to maintain a healthy weight.

Active Shildon wants to show you all the family-friendly opportunities available in Shildon so you can keep moving! (#ShildonCanMove)


Shildon was part of the world’s first passenger railway and is host to Locomotion, previously The National Railway Museum at Shildon. As a result of its railway heritage, Shildon has many off-road walk and cycleways to be enjoyed. There are lots of opportunities to be active within Shildon, through community halls, the leisure centre, and the athletics track and stadium. Shildon also has a wide range of sports clubs, both for adults and children, such as football, athletics, cricket, boxing, and roller skating.

Did You Know?

Hackworth Park was voted one of the best parks in the North East. It hosts a Parkrun every Saturday morning, as well as free family fun and games at ParkPlay each week. It also features Parkletics equipment to help you get moving in the fresh air!

Check out the wonderful Tracey talking about the new Parketics equipment in Hackworth Park.


Find out where you can get moving in Shildon with our map! Check out the numbered markers at each location for information on facilities, clubs, groups, and activities to take part in. You can also download a PDF version of the Active Shildon map here.

Active Shildon Intractive Map


Active Valleys - Deerness Railway Path


ParkPlay offers free fun and games every Saturday in Hackworth Park.

It’s suitable for all ages and abilities, so the whole family can get involved!

Find out more. 

#ShildonCanMove #MeetMovePlay


Would you like to meet new people and explore Shildon’s beautiful countryside?

Walk Durham’s weekly Wellbeing Walks could be just the thing for you!

Walks last up to 90 minutes and are led by Walk Durham’s friendly, trained instructors.

Thursday, 10am from Shildon Civic Hall.

Find out more and book your place.


If you’re looking to start moving more, you could join a Ways to Wellbeing group exercise class.

This beginner-level class is delivered by friendly, experienced staff and volunteers.

Thursday, 10am-12 noon at Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon.

Find out more.



Walk Durham’s Gentle Steps to Walking sessions are a brilliant way to build up your confidence and activity levels at your own pace.

They take place on a flat, enclosed and safe environment. There’s plenty of opportunity to walk and talk under the supervision of trained staff.

Tuesday, 10-11am at Sunnydale Leisure Centre.

Find out more and book your place.


Man V Fat Football is a football league for men who want to lose weight, improve their health, and most of all, enjoy football!

In their first quarter in Shildon, they lost a total of 21.5 stone between all the players!

Funded places are available and new players are always welcome.

Wednesday, 8pm-10pm at Sunnydale Leisure Centre.

Find out more.


Throughout lockdown, lots of people discovered the many benefits of physical activity by staying active at home.

If this is you, or you want to start getting active at home, there is a wealth of free online content to help get you active. Even small amounts of activity will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.

Discover ways to get active at home.


Parkletics has come to Hackworth Park in Shildon!

Parkletics is a FREE fitness and wellbeing movement making exercise accessible to everyone. It combines the natural outdoor gym equipment at Hackworth Park with a Parkletics app.

The app enhances your workout experience, giving you goals based on your fitness and confidence levels and motivates you to get moving and feel better!

You can download the app here:

Parkletics on the App Store

Parkletics on Google Play

Active Valleys - Deerness Railway Path


Durham County Council have launched a fantastic new ‘Borrow A Bike’ scheme in Shildon!

The initiative offers the town’s residents and employees a chance to save money and keep healthy on their journey to and from work.

People who commute to, or from Shildon, can borrow a bike, helmet and other cycling equipment at no cost. Free cycling training and support is also available throughout the three-month loan period for those who want to improve their confidence.The initiative is provided by Durham County Council with support from County Durham Sport, Recyke Y’Bike and Dr. Spokes.

Find out more.


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