No need to go abroad on holiday – our network of over 600 members stretching across England offers fabulous opportunities and activities for all. By visiting and supporting them you’re helping to give back to the community and create a fairer society. Get out and about and help unlock the power of community!
Jump in, cool down
Beat the heat with a relaxing swim or let the kids lose on the giant inflatable at a pool saved by the community!
Bramley Baths in Leeds is a community-led, not-for-profit centre for fitness, health and fun. Built on the site of a foundry and first opened as a pool and public bath house in 1904, since January 2013 the Baths have been run as a community business following a successful community asset transfer of the building from Leeds City Council.
If swimming’s not your thing enjoy the steam room, gym or community garden. You can event catch one of their innovative film showings.
If the other side of the Pennines is more convenient for you pop along and support Love Withington Baths or The Pelican Centre in Manchester. They too can offer you a cooling dip in splendid heritage surroundings plus lots of community-led dry-land activities for landlubbers!
Chill out with some furry friends
Heeley City Farm in central Sheffield offers a chance to meet all the usual farm animals and also some lovely pets. There’s a great café, a peat-free garden centre, an adventure playground and, for the brave, a chance to meet Hannah and Tallulah, the farm’s tarantulas.
There are practical reasons for visiting too as there’s a great community recycling scheme. Or, if you’re feeling more creative how about getting along to a merengue dance class? If the prospect of all that isn’t sweet enough pick up some Heeley City Farm honey – raw and unblended and produced by the farm’s own bee colonies.
If you’ve got children who want to get even closer to the animals Kentish City Farm offers a taste of hands-on country living within the urban sprawl of North London, with a children’s horse riding programme. They have three lovely horses, a floodlit outdoor arena and offer pony rides every weekend.
On yer bike!
The Cheddar Valley Line was built in 1869 to connect the West Country’s strawberry fields to the rest of the UK. Running from Yatton through to Wells, this West Country railway soon became known as The Strawberry Line but closed to passengers and freight in the early 1960’s.
Thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers, since the 1980’s the line has been converted to a mostly off-road, traffic-free, level route for walking and cycling. Hire a bike from the wonderful Strawberry Line Café. Set up in 2008 to employ and train adults with learning disabilities and enable them to gain the skills to work in the catering and hospitality industry. The café offers great food (including strawberries) with lots of ‘to go’ options and regularly hosts specialist food events such as tapas, Persian and curry nights. Your four legged friends won’t be left out – they even sell doggy ice cream!
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
Amble – it’s not just a lovely thing to do on a Summer’s day, it’s also a Northumbrian town with a mining and fishing past that’s fast being transformed into a rural tourist destination thanks to the hard work of Amble Development Trust.
Recently the BBC Countryfile team enjoyed a visit to the wonderful selection of 15 independently run retail ‘pods’ and seafood centre at the Harbour Village – an innovative initiative managed by the Trust. There’s all manner of picnic and BBQ supplies on sale as well as crafts, jewellery and gifts, and a veg box scheme with a twist. There’s no veg, just freshly caught North Sea fish, and the chance to visit a lobster maternity ward – the innovative hatchery working hard to boost the lobster population off the North Sea coast, providing valuable catches for one of the last remaining fishing fleets in the area.
Anyone for cricket?
The smack of leather on willow – that quintessential sound of English Summer can be heard at Timperley Sports Club in Greater Manchester. One of the longest established clubs in the country with a history dating back to 1877. They also host hockey, lacrosse and junior football teams, as well as a community clubs such as the wonderfully named Timperley Over 50s Youth Club.
They also have a great function room and ambitious plans for the future.
Catch a film
How about watching a film in a beautiful outdoor setting? Rockingham Forest Trust in Northamptonshire is hosting a summer long season of great movies shown outdoors at the stunning Stanwick Lakes which they manage. From Top Gun to The Greatest Showman, there’s something for everyone with both late night moonlight and early evening sessions.
There’s also all sorts of other activities on offer too at the Lakes including Nordic Walking sessions and an array of craft workshops.
Enjoy a pint in the sun
The Ivy House is London’s first co-operatively owned pub. Recently named #11 Coolest Pub in Britain by TheTimes & The Sunday Times, the Ivy House offers traditional hospitality, live music and good times. There’s outdoor seating to enjoy balmy evenings plus a whole host of gigs, events, shows and quizzes to keep you amused and entertained into the night.
– Kathryn Roper, Membership Officer
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