Residents invited to free wellbeing activities in Wimborne

Dorset Council’s Health and Activity team is running free physical activity sessions in Wimborne over the coming weeks to encourage people to get outdoors.

Health walks start from Wimborne library on Mondays and Tuesdays every week, with a new outdoor fitness circuit launching at Bytheway Field on Tuesday evenings from 2nd May.

A health walk is a free, short, and regular guided walk that lasts between ten to ninety minutes for people of all abilities.

Wimborne health walks have been going since 2006. Today, Dorset Council co-ordinate health walks all over Dorset in partnership with Ramblers Wellbeing walks.

These walks offer local people a chance for group conversation, company, and a reason to get moving. They’ve also teamed up with Wimborne library which offers free tea and chat with their “Cuppa and Company” days every Monday.

From Monday 17th April, health walks will start from Wimborne library at 10.15am on Mondays (not Bank Holidays) and Tuesdays each week. No need to pre-book, you can just turn up on the day.

Some of the leaders who still take out the free hour-long walks were the original leaders. If you think you can also offer some time to help lead a walk, please email us at

And if you have thought about doing a bit of exercise that will raise your heart rate and burn some calories, then come along to some free instructor-led fitness sessions, which are held outside in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sessions are free and you can turn up on the day.

Dorset Council’s Health and Activity team are putting on free outdoor fitness circuits at Bytheway Field off Leigh Road, Wimborne. The sessions will be fun and open to all (children must be accompanied) and are ideal for a beginner or improver.

The location is easy to walk or cycle to, and the sessions start on Tuesday 2nd May between 7- 8pm, continuing every week throughout the summer.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Dorset Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Being active outdoors is good not just for your body, but also for your mind. Exercising in an outdoor environment can improve mood, reduce levels of depression, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate. What better reason to get out there and enjoy what Dorset has to offer?

“These sessions are free, friendly and you do not need to book in advance. There is no long-term commitment, so whether you are looking to improve your health and wellbeing, and/or hoping to have a nice chat with some new friends, these activities have something for everyone.”

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