Where to look for activities

Help your friends and family find activities that inspire them to move more.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are buzzing with physical activity and sport. But, it can be difficult to know where to start. This page features activities, tools and advice to speed up your search and help you find suitable activities.

You may also want to direct your friends and family to our Get Active Toolkit.

[My daughter] hates PE but when she heard ‘archery’ her ears immediately pinged. She aspires to be like the girls in Shadow Hunters.

Inactive teenager’s mum

Before you begin

Before you begin, chat to your friend or family member about:

  • Why they want to move more or why you think it would help e.g. to improve physical or mental health, or to meet people
  • Where they would feel comfortable being active e.g. home, outdoors, or at a leisure or community centre
  • Activities they used to enjoy or would like to try
  • Whether they’d prefer an activity that is open to all or something more specific e.g. women-only or health condition specific

Free and friendly activities

Free and friendly activities are a great place to start. There are several national initiatives with local groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. They are designed to support more people to be active.

Women-only bike rides

HSBC UK Breeze Rides are women only bike rides.

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Let's Ride

Let's Ride offers guided cycle rides for all abilities.

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Run Together

Run Together are fun, friendly and supportive running groups for everyone.

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Walking for Health

Walking for Health offers free group walks led by friendly and supportive volunteers.

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Search activities

From wheelchair dancing to Goalball, there are plenty of local activities to choose from. So it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Speed up your search with these activity finders.

Get Active Hampshire

Find an activity near you with thousands of exercise classes and sports to choose from.

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Get Active Isle of Wight

Browse exercise classes and sports near you. Discover a session that inspires you to get moving.

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Parasport powered by Toyota

Find local opportunities on the Parasport activity finder.

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Activity Alliance

Search inclusive gyms and events on the Activity Alliance website.

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Where else to look

Community centres, arts centres and school halls often host activities. These venues can be less intimidating for those who don’t see themselves as “sporty”. Search for your local centre online or pop in and see what’s on.

It’s also worth looking at local charity websites. Many charities run activities to support specific groups or health conditions. We’re working with local youth charities to increase opportunities through Energise YOUth.

Take a look at the pages below for more activity ideas.

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