Sports and leisure

Sports and leisure

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Enjoy a wide range of activities to keep you active. Improve your wellbeing with Qi Gong, make the most of Camden’s beautiful green spaces or enjoy gardening through community workshops and competitions like Camden in Bloom.

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Camden parks and green spaces

With over 76 parks and 300 green spaces, Camden is a green oasis perfect for picnics, walks, jogging, cycling, sports, and more. Discover hidden gems like Talacre Gardens and Cantelowes Gardens, ideal for family outings. Enjoy the vibrant flower beds at Russell Square or take a leisurely stroll through the historic Regent’s Park. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax or a place to get active, Camden has the perfect green space for you.

Day: July to September
Location: Across Camden
Cost: Free
More info: camden.gov.uk/parks-open-spaces

Calling all green fingers – get ready for Camden in Bloom

Our annual gardening competition, Camden in Bloom is well underway, and you have until Saturday 31 August to enter, with the winners being announced in September.

Get involved and showcase your fruit and veg, beautiful hanging baskets and gardens full of nature!

Day: Until 31 August
Cost: Free
More info: camden.gov.uk/camden–in–bloom

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Sustainable living workshops

Learn about sustainable living, food growing, upcycling, and energy usage at workshops, talks, and screenings run by Castlehaven Community Association as part of the Think & Do Camden Sharing Spaces initiative.

Day: July to September
Location: Clarence Hall, NW1 8RN
Cost: Free
More info: castlehaven.org.uk

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Summer fun with Library of Things

Rent items from the Library of Things for a sustainable and budget-friendly summer. Whether you’re planning a cosy movie night or an outdoor adventure, hire a variety of items like projectors for your garden movie screenings, ice cream makers for a sweet treat, tents for camping trips, and party kits to make your gatherings a hit. Save money and reduce waste by renting instead of buying.

Location: Kilburn (NW6 5UH) and Kentish Town (NW5 2AA)
Cost: Low-cost
More info: libraryofthings.co.uk

Swimming for over 60s

Camden residents aged 60 and over can enjoy swimming on weekdays between 6.30am and midday at Better leisure centres across Camden. Simply sign up for a Better Pay and Play membership, priced at £6.30 per year.

Head to any of the following Camden Better leisure centres:

  • Kentish Town Leisure Centre, Grafton Road, NW5 3DU
  • Oasis Sports Centre, 32, Endell Street, WC2H 9AG
  • Pancras Square Leisure, 5 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG
  • Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF

More info: better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/camden/kentish-town-sports-centre/senior-activities

Dance classes for over 60s

Enjoy dance classes such as Zumba Gold, ballet, ballroom, flamenco, and line dancing, catering to all skill levels. These classes are perfect for staying active, meeting new people, and having fun. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer, talented instructors will guide you through each step, ensuring you have a great time while improving your fitness and dance skills.

Day: Various days 
Location: Across Camden
Cost: Free and low-cost
More info: camden.gov.uk/dance-classes-for-older-people

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Outdoor Qigong for over 60s

People aged 60 and over can experience the rejuvenating benefits of Qigong (pronounced “chi gong”), an ancient Chinese practice that combines simple movements to energise the body, mind, and spirit. This gentle exercise improves movement, posture, and mental health, making it a perfect activity for enhancing overall wellbeing.

Day: Fridays, 11am to 12pm  
Location: Brunswick Square Gardens, B504, London, WC1N 1AX
Cost: Free
More info: holborncommunity.co.uk

Team GB Fanzone: Paris Olympics viewing

Experience the Paris Olympics at the Team GB Fanzone. Watch live coverage of Team GB’s journey to victory on big screens, cheer on your favourite athletes, and enjoy the atmosphere with fellow fans.

Alongside the big screen sporting action, you can also enjoy live DJ sets, Olympic-themed activities and a programme of onstage entertainment, including Q&As and medal celebrations with Team GB’s returning athletes.

Day: Wednesday 26 July to Thursday 11 August, 10am to 10pm
Location: Lewis Cubitt Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AA, UK
Cost: Free
More info: kingscross.co.uk

Community gardening

Weekly drop-in sessions are open to all adults aged 18 and above who are interested in learning about growing food and practical gardening skills. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, you can learn new techniques for growing your own food.

Day: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm
Location: Elm Village Open Space (Upper Level), Community Garden, Barker Drive, NW1 0JW
Cost: Free
More info: castlehaven.org.uk

Bloomsbury walks

Get your steps in with walks led by official Camden Guides and discover fascinating facts about the area’s heritage. Organised by The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens, the walks are free and open to everyone. Keep an eye out for posters on park gate entrances for information on walks taking place.

Day: July to November
Location: Across Bloomsbury
Cost: Free
More info: camden.gov.uk/Bloomsbury-health-walks

Camden Green Gym

Get involved in a variety of activities, from light gardening to vigorous conservation work, all aimed at enhancing local green spaces. No experience is needed – just bring your enthusiasm and a desire to reconnect with nature. Registration required.

Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45am to 2pm
Location: Across Camden
Cost: Free
More info: tcv.org.uk/london/green-gym-london/camden-green-gym.

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Discover Camden with TownSpot mobile app

Explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Kentish Town, Belsize Park, and Camden Town with TownSpot’s mobile app. Discover exciting events, community activities, and volunteering opportunities. Take part in walking art workshops, kids street dance classes, archery classes, and more. Enjoy new experiences and meet local people by downloading the app (iOS/Android).

Cost: Free
More info: townspot.co.uk

Active for all

Children and young people with disabilities, along with their families, can explore a variety of engaging and adaptive activities including cycling, archery, athletics, football, cricket, dance, badminton, boccia, gymnastics, trampolining, new age kurling, soft play and arts and crafts.

Day: Saturday 14 September, 12pm to 4pm
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Cost: Free

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