Making everyday active in Ashford

I’m Martyn and I’m the Everyday Active Champion for Ashford. I work for Freedom Leisure as the Active Community Manager at The Stour Centre and Julie Rose Athletics Stadium. I have worked in the leisure industry for over 15 years and have a real passion and drive to encourage people to become more active. I love hearing stories and witnessing the many journeys people go on, to stay active. If you'd like to find an activity in the Ashford area, then please reach out to me.

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parkrun

Ashford parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. These free 5km timed events welcome all abilities. Bring the whole family including the dog and enjoy a walk, jog or run around the park. If you don't fancy running, then you can always volunteer and help cheer everyone on!

parkrun

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed community events that are open to everyone. There are 24 parkruns and 13 junior parkruns across Kent & Medway.

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Active 10 Walking Routes – Ashford

Everyday Active have developed 10 walking routes that can be enjoyed from the centre of Kent and Medway’s largest towns. Each route consists of at least one “Active 10”, and – because each one starts from a town centre – is designed to fit around your daily life.

Active 10 Walking Routes – Ashford

Ashford has a bustling town centre with pedestrianised lanes and a wealth of shops and leisure facilities. However, you don’t have to go far to enjoy some green space.

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What's going on in Ashford

Getting active and staying safe

Getting active and staying safe

Are you thinking about getting active or looking for a new activity to add to your daily or weekly routine? How do you make sure a club or activity provider...

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Walking Cricket (Ashford)

Walking Cricket (Ashford)

Walking Cricket is still the traditional game of cricket, just adapted to a slower paced version of the game, ideal for the over-50’s. It has has been developing across the UK...

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No Strings Badminton Sessions (Ashford)

No Strings Badminton Sessions (Ashford)

No Strings Badminton (NSB) is a national participation programme offering low-cost, fun ‘pay and play sessions’. Providing participants with a friendly and welcoming environment to play badminton, socialise and keep...

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Walking Football Sessions (Ashford)

Walking Football Sessions (Ashford)

Come and join us every Monday and Wednesday for walking football, with tea and coffee available from the café afterwards. Open to everyone aged 50+.  Come along, become more social...

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Parkinson’s Walking Football (Ashford)

Parkinson’s Walking Football (Ashford)

Walking football is played at a much slower pace allowing many players who have loved the game throughout their lives to continue playing albeit at a gentler rate, and at...

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Couch to walking 5k

Couch to walking 5k

If you want to get more active in your everyday life, but don’t know where to start, go for a walk! From starting with just 10 steps to working up...

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Outdoors Is Free

Outdoors Is Free

During a time of high living costs, we want to help you and your family stay active without feeling the pinch. We’re inviting you to step outside and make the...

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Benefits of…walking

Benefits of…walking

The benefits of walking are almost endless, and whether you used to walk regularly, have no experience of walking for exercise, or even if you're living with mobility issues, walking can provide real benefits for your health and welbeing.

Rebecca TunicliffeExplore Kent

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Stile free walking trails

Stile free walking trails

Stile free walking trails are suitable for a wide range of users including those in mobility scooters and families with younger children or for those who prefer flatter surfaces with...

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Family walks in Kent

Family walks in Kent

Our friends at Explore Kent have put together their top walks around the county to enjoy as a family. Give one a try - you might just create a new family favourite activity!

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Ramblers Wellbeing Walks

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks

Wellbeing Walks are run by the Ramblers and supports over 600 short, free walks throughout England, all led by friendly, trained walk leaders.

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Benefits of…cycling

Benefits of…cycling

The many and varied wonders of cycling make it an activity that is loved by people of all ages, all around the world. Kent and Medway offers so many types...

Rebecca TunicliffeExplore Kent

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Family bike rides in Kent

Family bike rides in Kent

Across the county there are all sorts of brilliant places to go, activities to try and events to enjoy, and getting active as a family is a great way to...

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Are you sitting too much?

Are you sitting too much?

Most of us know that being active is good for our health. But more evidence is emerging that even if you exercise regularly, spending a lot of time sitting down...

Lucy TomlinsonActive Kent & Medway

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Age is no barrier to improving your life

Age is no barrier to improving your life

In 2001, I went to see my doctor, as I was constantly coming down with colds. I was originally told it was ‘normal’. I was also tired all the time,...

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Karen Tucker

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Get fit for free – parkrun

Get fit for free – parkrun

Have you made a promise to yourself be more active? Lots of us join a gym and plan to get fit, but after a few months we lose interest. There...

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parkwalk has arrived!

parkwalk has arrived!

For 18 years parkruns have been taking place all over the world on a Saturday morning, with the idea that you can turn up and run, jog or walk 5km...

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Jo Fraser WiseEvent Director Mote Park parkrun and proud parkwalker

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Get fit for free – outdoor gyms

Get fit for free – outdoor gyms

Have you made a promise to yourself be more active? Lots of us join a gym and plan to get fit, but after a few months we lose interest. There...

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Mental health matters – changing the conversation around getting active

Mental health matters – changing the conversation around getting active

It’s easy to say ‘becoming physically active will help your mental health and wellbeing’. What if just getting out of bed and motivating yourself to do anything is a struggle?...

Caroline DrakeSocial Media Manager

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One You Kent

One You Kent

‘Healthy changes start with little changes’ – that’s the message from the Better Health campaign, which is being supported by One You Kent services to help people to lose weight...

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