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Active Ageing Bristol

Welcome to Active Ageing Bristol – a new initiative engaging, inspiring and enabling people to be active, healthy and happy in later life.

Active Ageing is an inclusive programme that builds on existing provision and develops new activities to encourage people aged 55 and over to become and stay active. Though most of the activities and hubs supported through the programme have been temporarily closed due to coronavirus, there are several opportunities avaialble to Bristol residents to support them to keep active at home. 

This guide from Public Health England provides simple informaion and ideas for staying physically active, safe, healthy and connected for older people at home.

Free exercise classes aimed at older adults on Zoom video calling with The Exercise Club in Clifton. This includes a full-body workout adaptable or all levels, which can be done seated or standing, on Monday afternoons from 12:00-12:30. There are other free classes on their weekly timetable, and a telephone class for those who are not online. To book this class and find out about others, contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at

Radio Five Live Sports Extra (On digital radio, and Freeview channel 706) are broadcasting their '10 Today' 10-minute audio execise class several times throughout the day. You can also listen to the sessions on-demand here.

BBC Radio Bristol (94.9 PM on analogue radio) broadcast a 10-minute stretching session each week day at 9:30 a.m.

Bristol Bears Rugby Club have created a pack of activities including seated exercise cards and quizzes for older people. You can request a free pack to be delivered to yourself or any Bristol neighbours who are shielding by contacting‬‬.

LinkAge have an up-to-date list of other free activities ,including social groups, on their website.


About Active Ageing Bristol

Get involved

Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub Scheme


Our ambassadors

Our partners

Contact us.

About Active Ageing Bristol

Active Ageing Bristol is a ground breaking project set up to transform attitudes to, and opportunities for, sport and physical activity.

This fully inclusive programme will build on existing provision and develop new opportunities to encourage people aged 55 and over to become and stay active.

Everyone, regardless of their age, background or level of ability, should live actively to their fullest potential.

Keeping as active as possible is good for your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health, as it increases our social networks, helping to reduce the risk of us becoming lonely or isolated. 

Older people walking in an urban landscape

Get involved

To help you get started, we’ve listed below a selection of activities that are already happening across the city:


Physical Activity Directory for Older People 2019/20 

Find over 200 free or low-cost physical activity and sport sessions that are age friendly, welcoming and inclusive. View a copy of the directory.  

From Thursday, 1 August 2019 get your free copy from GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres. A limited supply of hard copies is also available by contacting the Well Aware free phone telephone service on 0808 808 5252 Monday to Friday.

This publication is only produced once a year (current edition 2019/20) so if you are interested in any of the activities listed in the current edition, we strongly advise that you contact the provider to ensure that the information listed is up to date. Alternatively, the directory is based on regularly updated listings at

The directory has been produced by Active Ageing Bristol in partnership with The Care Forum and Well Aware with funding from Bristol Ageing Better and Bristol Health Partners.

Walking for Health


Walking Sports

For information on all the walking sport sessions across Greater Bristol, please download our Walking Sports Programme.


Other programmes and activities

You can also find:

Activities and health information at OneYou
Health and wellbeing services at Well Aware

Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub Scheme

Our Age-Friendly Activity Hub Scheme is a self-assessment framework and checklist to be used by physical activity providers, including leisure operators, community centres and other facility-based providers, to review their provision for older people in Bristol.

The framework and checklist focus on four key areas:

  • place (physical environment and facilities)
  • programme (activities)
  • people (staff and community engagement) and;
  • promotion (communications and marketing).

Providers that meet, or plan to work towards meeting, the checklist criteria can be signed up by Active Ageing Bristol as an ‘Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub', and will receive a certificate to display in their reception area, information on relevant training, conferences, networking events, and funding opportunities, and inclusion in the Active Ageing Bristol Physical Activity Directory for Older People.

The framework and checklist will be available here in early summer 2019. In the meantime, please get in touch if you would like to register your interest in becoming an ‘Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub’, or if you would like any further information on the scheme.



By kind permission of © Rich Kenington.

Active Ageing is a member of the Coronavirus Support Hub, helping older people cope with the impact of Covid19 in Bristol. Find out more on the Age UK Bristol website.

Active Ageing Bristol mounts a day of free physical activity tasters for over 50s September 11, 2019.

NO LIMITS - a photographic celebration of active living July 2, 2019.

Bristol gets more age-friendly thanks to new older people’s physical activity directory July 1, 2019.

Festival 2019 offers record walking choices March 18, 2019.

This city's made for walking: Walking cricket game to launch #BristolWalkFest April 12, 2018. 

Put your best foot forward ... Bristol Walk Fest is back February 8, 2018.

Video: Active Ageing kicks off at British and Irish Cup clash October 23, 2017.

Active Ageing project to kick off at British and Irish Cup clash October 18, 2017 - A project designed to transform attitudes to - and opportunities for - sport and physical activity in over 55s will launch at Bristol Rugby’s British and Irish Cup clash with Doncaster at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Active Ageing project to give Bristol's older generation a sporting chance October 17, 2017 - Bristol Sport Foundation has teamed up St Monica Trust, The Anchor Society and LinkAge Bristol to launch a new project set up to transform attitudes to - and opportunities for - sport and physical activity in over 55s.


Bristol Walk Fest 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the decision has been taken to postpone Bristol WalkFest.

Whilst this is disappointing, keeping active is even more important than ever to maintain both our physical health and mental wellbeing.

Walking remains one of the easiest ways to keep active Under current government guidelines, in any given day, you can still go outside for one form of exercise, such as a walk, if you're well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household.

If you're going outside to get fresh air and to get active, you should do so locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines - which means staying more than two metres from others. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing.

A brisk ten-minute walk can make a huge difference to your health – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


Some useful resources:

·      Download the free Active 10 app from One You, which shows how much brisk walking you’re doing, where you can increase your pace and fit more into your day.

·      GetOutside by Ordnance Survey helps you find routes for all abilities near you.

·      WalkIt – The urban walking route planner

·      Walking for Health



Our ambassadors

Our ambassadors support the programme in promoting our work to help encourage and inspire older people to be active, healthy and happy.

Alex Rotas – Photographer

"I’m passionate about encouraging older people to be as active as they possibly can. So many myths about ageing reinforce the view that physical frailty and limitations are inevitable as we get older. They imply that this is a time to wind down and do less and less. From my work photographing elite competitive athletes in their 70s, 80s and 90s, I know that this is far from true.

"We can all do so much more than we think we can as we age (and I speak as a 68-year-old here myself).  When we do, we enjoy the satisfaction of pushing ourselves physically (and mentally) and feeling ourselves grow stronger and safer. And we also inevitably make new friends from people we meet alongside us doing the same.

"Since Active Ageing Bristol encourages all of these things, it’s everything I believe in, packed into the city I live in and love! I’m super-proud to be a part of it."

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Our partners

Active Ageing Bristol is a collaboration between Bristol Sport FoundationThe Anchor Society and St Monica Trust.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need help finding an activity that’s right for you, you can get in touch by calling Karen Lloyd on 0773 433 5878, or via email at

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We’ll do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

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Age-friendly Bristol

An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation

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The Partnership

Age-friendly Bristol is a partnership made up of Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council.

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The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age-friendly City network.

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