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Cambridge City Council

Fitness activities to help improve your wellbeing

We provide a range of free and low-cost activity sessions to help anybody who is experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental ill health.

Most of the sessions take place near the city centre. They are known as the Invigorate programme.

We are currently offering free weekly football and multi-sport sessions – tai chi sessions are also available at a small cost. The programme also includes walks at the botanic gardens and a variety of online programmes.

A trainer will be present at all sessions to help encourage you to be physically active and to have a go.

You can turn up to try any of the sessions, but we recommend that you email us in advance if you can.

Join our Invigorate scheme

It’s free to join Invigorate. Joining means we can keep you up to date about future sessions and gives you free or subsidised rate access to Invigorate specific activities.

Apply to join Invigorate

If you have been referred to the Invigorate programme from a mental health professional, you are also entitled to a free, BETTER concessionary card, which gives you a 50% pay-as-you-play discount at Cambridge City GLL-managed gyms and pools.

Please note that if you are self referring to the Invigorate scheme, you are not entitled to a free BETTER concessionary card.

This includes access to Parkside pools, Abbey pool, Kings Hedges learner pool, Cherry Hinton Village centre and Jesus Green Lido.

Please note, the 50% discount is only applicable to pool and gym access on a pay-as-you-go basis and excludes classes.

Activity sessions

All sessions are free to attend unless otherwise stated. Friends, family members or support workers can join the sessions – they will need to pay the same as you do, if there is a charge.

  • Multi-sport session at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre
    • Mondays, midday to 1pm
    • activities include badminton, basketball, short tennis, table tennis and volleyball
    • contact for more information
  • Football for Invigorate Members at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre (moves to Parkers Piece from 6 April to 28 September)
  • Tai chi at Fenners Gallery at Kelsey Kerridge
    • Fridays, 12.15pm to 1.15pm
    • make your way to reception and enquire at desk. No need to book, but for any additional enquiries regarding the class, contact
    • £4 for the general public; £2 for Invigorate members with the production of a membership card. Cash payment only
  • Yoga For Health at The Fields Nursery School (Galfrid Road)
    • Thursdays, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
    • free six-week block available to Invigorate members with a valid membership card
    • contact to book your free place. Otherwise, the class costs £3.50 per session, £18 for a block booking of six sessions
    • booking in advance essential to attending at Yoga for Health
  • Social badminton at David Lloyd (school term-time only)
    • Wednesdays, 12.15pm to 1.15pm
    • four weeks free with a Healthy You pass and then £3 per session
    • for more information, or to book, visit Bookwhen
  • Social pickleball at David Lloyd (school term-time only)
    • Wednesdays, 1.45pm to 2.45pm
    • four weeks free with a Healthy You pass and then £3 per session
    • for more information, or to book, visit Bookwhen

We arrange regular guided walks and open sessions around the Cambridge University botanic garden to watch it change with the seasons.

The dates for the botanical garden walks are:

  • Thursday 9 March
  • Thursday 11 May
  • Thursday 27 July
  • Thursday 7 September

All taking place from 11am to 12noon. To book a free place please email us at

We also arrange regular wellbeing walks that can help you become and stay active.

You can also watch pre-recorded exercise sessions online. We currently have a six-week self-care programme, and six-week beginners’ Pilates and yoga courses.

Monthly well-being sessions

Thanks to funding provided by the Public Health team at Cambridgeshire County Council, a series of monthly activities will be delivered at various venues across Cambridge.

All sessions will be free to attend and facilitated. 

Check back regularly for programme updates or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more information.

Bat and Chat (table tennis)

Learn the basics of table tennis with a guaranteed playing partner.

  • Ping Parlour at the Grafton Centre
  • Wednesday 10 May, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • free to access and free bat and ball for all who have not been to a previous bat and chat session
  • book in advance
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