Health and Wellbeing

Wealden District Council is committed to providing high quality leisure and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors.  In 2017, the Council adopted its first Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It sets out the health and wellbeing priorities for the district.

Over 65% of Wealden residents (adults) are already doing more than the weekly recommended level of physical activity (150+ minutes of moderate exercise per week) but that means almost 1 in 3 are not. (Source: Active Sussex)

Being regular active is important to an individuals’ health and wellbeing. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. There are also many mental wellbeing and self-confidence benefits to exercising.

Many activities such as walking and cycling (if you have access to a bike) are free, easy to take part in and it has an immediate effect.  There are many sports available in the area, or simply enjoying the many areas of open spaces within the district including many picturesque villages and market towns, the High Weald (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Ashdown Forest, Friston Forest, South Downs National Park and Seven Sisters Country Park.

Healthy Wealden website

The Healthy Wealden website promotes Wealden’s parks, recreation grounds, trails and health and wellbeing information and events. 

Leisure Centres

Wealden has four leisure centres – Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield.  These centres are managed by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wealden District Council.

Healthy Wealden Facebook Page 

For more information, advice and tips on leading a healthier lifestyle and community activities, then visit and ‘like’ the Healthy Wealden Facebook page.

Walking and Cycling in Wealden

Wealden is a great place to go walking or cycling. Whether it’s for a short journey or more challenging adventure, the district has many beautiful areas to visit including picturesque villages and market towns, parks and gardens, Ashdown Forest, High Weald (Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty), South Downs National Park, Cuckoo Trail, Forest Wat Country Park, Seven Sisters and so much more.

Wealden Activity Days

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel our Summer Activity Days in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on Funding

If you are looking for funding for your club, visit our grants pages the latest funding opportunities including lottery funding and local grants schemes.

Supporting Sports Clubs

Club Matters, the essential one-stop-shop for sports clubs, will provide you with support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whether it is large, small, formal or informal. Club Matters offers free, simple and bite size support to all clubs.