Free outdoor gyms

Free outdoor gyms in Essex

Braintree District, Brentwood Borough, Chelmsford City, Colchester Borough, Harlow District, Tendring District
Outdoor gyms are very similar to normal indoor gyms except the equipment is much simpler to use and you gain the added benefit of exercising in the fresh air! They are a great way to:
  •  Conveniently achieve the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity
  •  Meet new people
  •  Build confidence.
Braintree District

They have 3 outdoor gyms at Spa Road, Witham – Coldnailhurst Avenue, Braintree and John Ray Park, near Braintree Train Station.  Check out the video of the new John Ray Park fitness trail here.

Brentwood Borough

They have 3 outdoor gyms at Warley Playing Fields Outdoor Gym, Mountnessing Coronation Playing Fields and West Horndon.

Chelmsford City

They have 3 outdoor gyms ( Compass Gardens, South Woodham Ferrer), including the brand new one in Admirals Park.


They have 6 outdoor gyms located in parks and open spaces around the Colchester Borough, all with a great choice of equipment designed to keep you fit for free! Location of Colchester’s outdoor gyms: The Recreation Ground, Old Heath-  Lower Lodge, Wivenhoe- Mill Road Recreation Ground- Magnolia Drive, Greenstead- Castle Park, Leisure World

Harlow County

Harlow’s Outdoor is located next to the footbridge which goes over the hill from the footpath at the top of the School Lane car park on land opposite the top of the old pitch and putt course.

The Outdoor Gym currently has eight pieces of equipment that enable residents to get a full body workout. The equipment includes a set of triple pull-up bars, a sit-up bench, a step box multi-gym, a chest press/pull down, a swing-a-long, a set of hurdles, a set of parallel bars and a balance beam.

An additional set of four pieces of equipment is installed on land above the adventure playground. This includes cardio equipment with a bicycle, hand cycle, recumbent cycle and a strength wheel.

Tendring District

In August 2017, Tendring District Council launched the new Outdoor Gym in Cliff Park, Harwich. The Outdoor Gym offers 8 pieces of equipment that is free and easy to use with instructions available on the signage provided. Why not join their free 30 min circuit class every Monday from 2.15pm? See the Cliff Park circuit class session poster


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