Take part in city’s celebration of active lifestyles at free family festival

Get active with TAKE PART SUS-180619-170951001
Get active with TAKE PART SUS-180619-170951001

A free event encouraging active and healthy lifestyles takes place at The Level on Saturday (June 23).

The TAKEPART festival runs from midday to 5pm, and will see more than 70 free activities on offer, aiming to get people in the city to become active.

TAKE PART festival map SUS-180619-170913001

TAKE PART festival map SUS-180619-170913001

Whether you want to try out yoga, find a dance group or discover more ways to get fit in the city, there’s something on offer for all ages and abilities.

The event is run by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Healthy Lifestyles Team, and gives the community a chance to find out more about fitness groups and activities on offer in the city.

There will also be a range of workshops, challenges, demonstrations and a chance to talk to fitness and weight loss experts.

Here are just some of the activities taking place on the day:

Cycling and other sports will be showcased at the family festival SUS-180619-170928001

Cycling and other sports will be showcased at the family festival SUS-180619-170928001

The Dance Zone

Showcasing great community dance groups for all ages and abilities and musical tastes across the city.

Starting with a free FUNKFIT warm up (funk soul and disco - suitable for all ages/beginners) at midday, led by stage host and legendary dancer JP Omari, the Performance Stage plays host to performances from more than 30 local dance groups performing samba, flamenco, street, contemporary and much more

Join in a Brazilian-style Carnival Procession at 12.30pm. Wear your favourite sports gear and join a samba-inspired procession around the park. Alongside performances there will be free workshops to try Tai Chi, Z-energy, Capoeira and inclusive dance for all abilities.

Dance performances at TAKE PART SUS-180619-170939001

Dance performances at TAKE PART SUS-180619-170939001

The Ping Zone

Who loves Ping Pong? Join in fun activities and free play, organised by the Brighton Table Tennis Club, the country’s first ‘Club of Sanctuary’ and discover what makes the club such a special part of Brighton and Hove’s sporting landscape. All bats and balls provided.

Freedom Leisure Fitness Zone

Join in activities for all the family and talk to the team from Freedom Leisure to discover huge range of different classes, facilities and opportunities the leisure centre operator provides for children and adults in the city.

The Yoga Zone

Supported by Brighton Yoga Foundation this zone is the perfect opportunity to find out more about yoga in the city, talk to instructors and join in free beginner workshops running throughout the day.

The Outdoor Zone

Take on the climbing wall or discover a range great opportunities to get active outdoors including ultimate frisbee, calisthenics, bush craft, and more.

The Ball Sports Zone

Bats, balls, racquets, clubs and goals posts! There will be a host of special activities run by Albion in the Community, the official charity arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

There’s a chance to try your hand at golf with Mytime Active, join in a special programme of demos and tasters run by Brighton Rugby Club (midday and 2.30pm), Sussex Thunder American Football (12.50pm and 3.20pm) and Hove Girls Rugby (1.40pm and 4.10pm).

The Healthy Lifestyles Zone

A one-stop shop for healthy lifestyles information and support in the city.

Talk to the Healthy Lifestyles Team for information and advice on getting more active, eating well, losing weight, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol or making other changes to improve your health.

There will be free health and lifestyle checks throughout the day alongside family-friendly activities to get people moving.

Weight management specialists Beezee Bodies will be on hand, alongside a range of other organisations supporting people in the city.

Martial Arts Zone

Showcasing a range of martial arts including Aikido, Kung Fu, Judo and Tai Chi.

Watch demonstrations or join in workshops and ‘have a go’ activities and talk to local instructors to find out more about the philosophy behind each style.

The Circus Zone

Watch performances and demonstrations before channelling your inner acrobat and join in free beginner activities provided by the Circus Project. Or find out how much hula-hooping fun you can have with Dreamspin Hoopdance and LiveLoveHoop.

Skate & BMX Zone

Join in free beginner skateboarding lessons (ages four plus, all equipment provided), or enjoy the spectacle as local riders take part in a mini ramp jam with prizes for best tricks on the day.

The Active Travel Zone

Walking, cycling or taking the bus is one of the easiest ways to make being active part of our everyday lives.

At the Active Travel Zone at this year’s TAKEPART festival, you can get advice and support to help you walk, cycle or get the bus to work, for family trips, or just to get around the city.

You can take a look around The Big Lemon’s first solar-powered bus, kids can learn how walking to school can make them ‘SMILE’ and there’s also the chance to find out how to use the new Brighton Bike Share scheme.

Brighton and Hove Buses and Healthwalks will be there, as well as the council’s travel planning team and there will be a host of fun activities and competitions.

Look out too for new Active Travel Infographics, which give essential advice, facts and ideas to help you make positive travel choices.

Water Sports Zone

Discover what fun can be had in on or under the water around Brighton and Hove, including kayaking, diving, and other maritime activities.

Healthy Choice Food Zone

If you work up an appetite there’s a great range of healthy food choices available at the event.

All caterers, including the park cafe are part of the Healthy Choice Scheme.

Tomato, Dolce & Salato, Dos Mas, Fil Fil, ​and French Revolution will all be on hand to help make eating out at the TAKEPART festival healthier and tastier.

Accessibility

All activities at the event are free, suitable for beginners and open to all ages. The Level is a disabled access park.

A BSL Sign Language Interpreter will be supporting the event host JP Omari on the performance stage.

A quieter space (with a hearing loop) is also available for those who may need this to communicate more effectively with people on the day.

To find out more about the festival, visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/takepart or follow #takepart on social media.