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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, improve physical activity in the area. We aim to do this by helping those who struggle to be physically active in their everyday lives by making it easier for people in the community to access sport and physical activity.

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, benefiting both the physical and mental wellbeing of an individual along with creating a better connected, more resilient community. Not only does regular exercise help with the management of weight and reducing the risk of developing diseases, it can prevent and treat mental health problems – helping you to sleep better and feel better!

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


There are many opportunities to be active within Shildon, through community halls, the leisure centre and the athletics track and stadium.

Did You Know?

Hackworth Park was voted one of the best parks in the North East, hosting a parkrun every Saturday morning and now features new Parkletics equipment.

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

As a result of its railway heritage, Shildon Town has many off-road walk and cycleways. Shildon was part of the world’s first passenger railway and is host to ‘Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon’. Shildon also has a wide a range of sports clubs, for both adults and children e.g. athletics, football, cricket, boxing and roller skating.

Find out where you can keep it active in Shildon with our interactive map!

Due to the Government guidelines regarding COVID 19 some activities may have changed or not currently be available. Please check with the provider or facility before attending.


The interactive map will show you where you can get moving in Shildon! Select the numbered marker at each location for information on facilities, clubs and groups, and activities to take part in. You can also download a PDF version of the Active Shildon map here (opens in a new window).

Active Shildon Intractive Map

Shildon Athletics Track

Crook Athletics Club
Evenwood Road Runners
Aycliffe Running Club
Shildon Athletics & Running Club
Spartans Baseball Club


Sunnydale Leisure Centre

Durham District Rollerskating Club
Durham Tigers Rugby League
Shildon Indoor Bowls Club
Spectrum Rollerskating Club


Shildon Railway Sports & Social Club

Shildon Railway Bowls Club
Shildon Railway Cricket Club
Shildon Railway Football FC


Jubilee Fields Community Centre

Weekly Walk
Gentle Circuits
Carpet Bowls
Football (under 4s)


Hackworth Park

Hackworth Parkrun
Shildon Bowling Club
Tennis Courts
Parkletics Outdoor Park Equipment


Shildon Alive

Kids in the Garden
Hub Centre & Commuity Gardens


Foundations Centre


Hackworth Industrial Park

Shildon Pheonix Muay Thai
Macs Strength and Performance Gym


Shilden Library

Weekly Walk


Shilden Railway Institute

Shildon Amateur Boxing Club


Dianne White Academy of Dance


Foundations Centre


Livin Community Lounge


Livin Community Lounge – Rowan


Livin Community Lounge – West


Livin Community Lounge – Harrison


Livin Community Lounge – Garbutt


Livin Community Lounge – Chestnut


Parkletics has come to Hackworth Park in Shildon!

Parkletics is a FREE fitness and wellbeing movement making exercise accessible to everyone. It combines the new 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:

App Store: ‎Parkletics on the App Store (

Google Play store: Parkletics – Apps on Google Play

Active Valleys - Deerness Railway Path


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

The new 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.

For further information or to sign up please visit:

Active Valleys - Deerness Railway Path


ParkPlay launched in Shildon on Saturday 10th July.

ParkPlay is a free event with fun and games every Saturday in the park, where we can #MeetMovePlay together.

ParkPlay is for everyone, brilliant for adults and children alike, and it’s completely free. There’s no age limit or fitness requirement. Just turn up and there’ll be games and activities everyone can play.

For more information & to register go to

Join Shildon ParkPlay FB group

ParkPlay are also looking for a community volunteers!

You could help bring ParkPlay to Shildon! Go to ParkPlay or email or Active Shildon to get involved!

#ShildonCanMove #MeetMovePlay


Throughout lockdown, many 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. You can read more about it here.