Keeping Fit: Active Wealden

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.

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.

There are activities for all ages and abilities.  Activities include swimming (available at three centres), specialised exercise sessions for people with long term conditions, classes and equipment for strength and conditioning.

Why not, visit one of the centres to find out more about the services and facilities available near you or alternatively visit: www.freedom.org.uk

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.

Sports clubs 

There are many sports played throughout the district including bowling, football,cricket, rugby, stoolball, tennis, walking netball and much more. If you are interested in joining a local sports club then visit Active Sussex for details of a club near you.

Active Sussex is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships in England and is largely funded by the Government to co-ordinate and facilitate the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives across Sussex. Their purpose is to help drive improved access to, and an increased participation in, sport and physical activity in Sussex.

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.

Walking and cycling is great exercise and can make you feel fitter, stronger and more energised. It’s also great for your mental wellbeing.

You don’t need any special equipment, it’s free to do (if you have a bike) and suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Find out more about some of Wealden walks and cycle routes.

Wealden Activity Days

We are currently making plans for Wealden Summer Activity Days 2019.

Skate Parks, Recreation Grounds and Play Areas

Find out where you nearest facility is.

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.

Club Matters 

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.