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Free and low cost activities

Free and low cost activities, as recommended by Find Your Active Community Connector, Carol Wakeman

Free or low cost activities and walks

Qigong for Mental Health (fully funded by Active Essex)
12 week course at Brentwood Theatre, Shenfield Road, CM15 8AG. Wednesdays, 11:15am to - 12 midday. Booking only:

Menocize Programme
13 week course funded by Active Essex, including movement and discussion, relating to women’s health. No booking needed – can dip in and out as appropriate. Contact:

MIND Walks
Thurrock and Brentwood MIND. Leaving from Warley MIND on Thursdays at 10am for 1 hour.

FREE Health walks daily from Monday to Friday. Visit Brentwood walking and cycling.

Living with Cancer, Brentwood Leisure Centre

Running and walking activities:

Park Run/Park Walk - Free 5k timed weekly walk or running event.
Check the website for your local Brentwood Park Walk/Park Run every Saturday (Adults) in South Weald Park and there is a Junior Park Run/walk planned in Hutton, 9am on Sundays, when the weather is warmer.

Brentwood Running Club

Brentwood Beagles Athletics Club

Thorndon Walking & Running Club
Contact Donna on 07876 336948 or Su on 07914641199

Tri Sport Essex
Suitable for age 8+- offering running, swimming, cycling, triathlon

Free community activities

Go Jauntly App –Download the free app for lots of walks local to where you are.

Exploring the wonderful country parks – Thorndon Country Parks (Gruffalo Trail – Thorndon North), South Weald, Warley Place and other Essex Parks. Buy the Essex Explorer Pass for use in all Essex County Council parks for 1 year. £75 standard pass, Over 65’s and concessions £52.

Park Run - Weald Park (Junior Park Run being set up in Hutton)

ATF: Free activities for children and young people - Wednesday afternoons term time 4:30 to 6pm, Hutton Recreation Ground MUGA for football and games, followed by indoor drinks, snacks and games at Daily Bread Café.

C & B Yoga (Baby & Me Yoga)
Postnatal Care & Core Wellness, Hutton & Shenfield Union Church, Mondays 12:30 to 13:30, fully Active Essex Funded

Chat 1st
FREE 12 session Introduction to Karate. Starting 15 March. Register interest:

Little Fishes, Daily Bread Café, Hutton
For babies and Pre-School aged children. Term Time Thursdays 9:30 to 11am. No need to book – all children and their carers welcome

Who Let the Dads Out
Hutton & Shenfield Union Church, Roundwood Avenue, CM13 2NA. 1st Saturday of the month for 0-5 year olds and their dads, grandads, male carers. 10am to 1pm. No need to book. Just turn up and play. Donation box only.

Dad’s Café, Hutton and Shenfield Union Church, Roundwood Avenue, CM13 2NA
Every Saturday of 2023 at 9am to 12pm for Dads and babies under 2 years old. No need to book, just turn up.

Red Balloon Foundation – donation only events including those at Hutton & Shenfield Union Church and Brentwood Baptist Church

Strollercise Brentwood
50’s & 60’s music. All classes £5. Every day Monday to Friday at various Brentwood locations.

New Brentwood Tea Dance
(with Chat 1st and Brentwood Borough Council), Nightingale Centre, Warley, Brentwood. Monthly Thursdays 11am to 1pm, £5pp including tea and cake. SEN and Dementia friendly.

Kazen Kai Centre, Bannister Drive, Hutton
Low impact fitness for the elderly. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15 to 2pm. £6 per class run by Emma

Short Mat Bowls
Plenty of local clubs offering short mat bowls including Hutton Community Centre 50+ Club, £5 per annum membership plus £2 per session

Lower impact version of this popular dance workout. £5 per annum membership and 32 per session

University of the Third Age (U3A), 3 different Brentwood Groups: U3A, Alexander family and U3A Shenfield. Activities for retired people led by members so activities are lower cost. Small yearly membership fee applies and costs for individual events as appropriate.

Clubbercise and Boxercise
Led by various people. Email

Health Fitness & Kinesiology
South Weald Parish Hall, London Road, CM14 4NP - Gill Bauer. £5 per health and fitness class, £6 Qigong, £7 Yoga Nidra

Devi-Deva Holistic Centre, Springfield Avenue, Hutton. Various yoga, pilates, qigong classes available

Befit Fitness Brentwood and Billericay
Fun, total body workout. E-mail:

Inclusive activities

Active Essex, free online workout-channel

SNAP - Special Needs And Parents For families with children with additional needs aged 0 to 25

Therapy, Exercise, Active M.S. Essex (T.E.A.M.S Essex)
E-mail: or Jaci on 07366 395 847 or Tina on 07939 941159

Thurrock and Brentwood MIND

Chat 1st Youth
Youth Programme for 12-19 year olds with or without SEND

Aqua Mobility Swimming at Everyone Active. Monday to Friday, Brentwood Leisure Trust

BASIS, the Reading Rooms, High Street, Billericay.
Keep Fit for visually impaired, coffee 2nd hour (low impact) 10am to 12pm midday on Tuesdays. £2.50 per session.

Sport for Confidence – Brentwood Centre
Various inclusive activities. £3.50 per session

WheelPower Online Exercise Classes

Essex Activate
School holiday programme – food and activity. Some clubs dedicated to those with extra needs.

Thorndon Park Inclusive Cycling. CM13 3RZ. For children and adults. All types of bike hire too as well as SEND days
Telephone 07939 249080

Corner Club – Galleywood Youth Centre, Chelmsford
Suit age 13 to 17 years SEND pupils. Monday eve 4 to 6pm
For more info contact:

Sports centres

Everyone Active, Brentwood Centre, Pilgrims Hatch, CM15 9NN
Call 01277 215151. Huge variety of activities and classes available. Free membership card and costs apply for activities

Better Gym, Baytree Centre, CM14 4BX

Barbell Girls
Oakleigh Farm, Rayleigh Road, Hutton
Weight training for women. £6 per session
Telephone number: 07736 279568

Hutton Community Centre, Harrison Close, Hutton
Telephone number: 01277 231600
Wide choice of classes – 35 in total

Knights Way Centre, Knights Way, Hutton
Telephone number: 01277 220510 (phones not manned a lot of the time), you can also email:
Wide range of activities in centre

Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Association, High Street, Ingatestone
Lots of local activities

Ongar Leisure Centre