5 great ways to get active in 2017

Banish those thoughts of sweating your way through a grueling gym session – we’ve rounded up five of the ways that you can get active in 2017 whilst embracing all the culture Hull has to offer.

You can get stuck into our suggestions at any age and they’ll make you feel happy and healthy, so what are you waiting for?

Freedom Festival 2016 - Lindy Hop. Photo: © Thomas Arran


Dancing has that rare ability to put a smile on our faces and get our hearts pumping without us even realising we’re exercising. It’s all about popping on your favourite tunes, getting together with some friends and having a whale of a time.

Hull is bursting at the seams with brilliant dance classes, from Zumba to Salsa, Lindy Hop and Folk, and new members of all ages and abilities are welcome. There are plenty of opportunities to perform too, with a group dance project in our LGBT 50 programme or a series of taster sessions at the swing dance weekender Hullzapoppin’.

We recently challenged Hull’s Men in Sheds group, all of whom are aged over 60, to join us for a spot of dancing and the results were inspiring. If Men in Sheds can do it, you can too! Give dancing a go in 2017 – you won’t regret it.



You may not instantly associate an amateur dramatics group with fitness, but you’d be surprised just how easily you can work up a sweat during a single performance.

Hull has a thriving theatre scene, with companies like Hessle Theatre, Northern Lights Drama and Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) looking for people like you to join them.

Whether you’re the star of a brilliant new production, a member of the chorus or a stagehand, joining a theatre group is the perfect way to get active and meet new people whilst doing something you love. Take the plunge and sign up today!

Hull Old Town. Photo: © Sean Spencer


Discover the quirks and history of your city and get active all at once with Hull’s Heritage Walk. Available as an audio guide or printed trail, you’ll explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, see the smallest window in England and become acquainted with some of the iconic people who’ve called Hull home.

The full walk should take around two hours, but it can be broken down into 9 separate stages that can be visited at any time. Bring along your family and friends or take the trail alone – however you do it, you’ll love seeing Hull in a new light.



On your bike! Hull is one of the flattest cities in the UK, making it perfect for cycling. Our cycle paths take in some of the best local sights, from the Humber Bridge to Skidby Mill and the beautiful countryside, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Don’t own a bike? Hull Cycle Hub in Hull Paragon Station offers pedal bikes and electric assisted bikes to hire for a day, a week or a fortnight with prices starting from £5.

You don’t need to be a professional to enjoy cycling around your city. Find the safest routes on the Sustrans cycling website or discover cycling groups near you on the British Cycling website and take the routes at your own pace.

Freedom Festival 2016 - Circus. Photo: © Tom Arran


If you fancy trying something totally different in 2017, get down to our free circus skills workshop for adults on Thursday 18 May. Working with Magic Carpet Theatre, there’ll be a chance to learn some basic circus skills, from juggling to plate spinning, and you’ll build on your performance skills and confidence too.

The workshop takes place from 1-4pm at St Michael’s Youth Project on Orchard Park Road. If you’d like to attend, send an email to with the subject line Make It Happen and the number of spaces required and we’ll be in touch.

Please note: spaces are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.

Want to know more about how you can get involved in events and activities in your city? Visit our Make It Happen page for more information.