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Active West Lancs

Countryside WalkersActive West Lancs gives people of all ages the opportunity to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Building on existing projects, this service includes gym-based programmes, swimming, health walks, school activities, family workshops, after-school clubs, weight management programmes, community farming/allotments, taster and physical activity sessions.

We run a wide range of activities across various settings such as leisure centres, community centres, parks & outdoor facilities, schools & community allotments in a bid to get our community more active.                             

Who is the scheme for?

Active West Lancs provides varied activities for a wide age range, with certain criteria for individual programmes. 

How do I access the scheme? 

Three options:

Active Weight courses

Discover the benefits of:

  • improving your health
  • making better food choices
  • becoming more active

Average weight loss last course was at least half a stone!

* The second half of the session will involve some form of gentle exercise/activity. Whilst this is advisable, it is optional.

Sign-up to our new free Active Weight courses: New September course dates coming soon!

Booking is essential - limited places available. Please contact Julie Foster on 01695 555804.


Hit the Summer Scales: Drop-In sessions and Weight-loss tips at various venues across the borough - starts week beginning 9 July


  • 9.30am – 10.00am, Burscough Leisure Centre, Bobby Langton Way, Ormskirk, L40 OSD
  • 11.00am - 11.30pm, Greenhill Community Hub, Beach Close, Skelmersdale, WN8 8DL


  • 9.00am- 9.30am, Parbold, WI, The Common, Parbold WN8 7HA
  • 11.00am – 11.30am, Banks Leisure Centre, Greaves Hall Avenue, Banks PR9 8BL
  • 1.00pm – 1.30pm, Junk Food Café, Tanhouse Community Centre, Ennerdale, Skelmersdale, WN8 6AN                                                                                                                        


  • 9.00am -9.30am, Pulse, Concourse Shopping Centre , Skelmersdale WN8 6LN
  • 10.30am-11.00am, Hesketh with Becconsall Community Centre, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6RS
  • 12.00pm-12.30pm  Morrisons Pharmacy, Park Road, Ormskirk L39 3RB


No need to book, just turn up!

Active Gym courses

We run free 12 week gym courses from four leisure centres across the borough. We offer supervised sessions and a discounted 6 month gym membership at the end of the course if interested. Our programme is open to residents of West Lancs, aged 18yrs and over. The criteria for the scheme is that you are currently 'inactive' and have at least one health condition.

Referrals can be made via your GP/medical practitioner or self referral. Please visit the Active West Lancs (external link) website for more information.

Couch to 5K -

We have just completed our 9 week course , based at Bickerstaffe CE School, Ormskirk L39 0EH.

Started on week one with 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. Gradually built this up over the weeks to a constant 35 minute run! Finally, as a group, we took part in the Ormskirk Park Run!!! 

Keep checking here for our next September Couch to 5k course!

Just wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear/trainers. We will encourage you along the way - give it a try!

Day: Monday and Wednesdays evenings each week

Time & Venue: tbc

Cost: free

Please register online prior to attending the first session at run together (external link). Participants must be over the age of 12.

Energise Fitness Classes

We are currently running a 'gentle exercise/circuit' class aimed at beginners or those returning to exercise. Classes are open to all residents of West Lancs. Come along and give it a try - all welcome, no need to book, just turn up.

Location: West Lancs Youth Zone, Yeadon (opposite Nye Bevan), Skem WN8 6NH

Day: Mondays

Time: 9.30am - 10.30am

Cost: free

Line Dancing

No booking required, open to all!

Location: Greenhill Hub, Beech Close , Skelmersdale WN8 8DL

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Cost: £3

Tai Chi

Come along to our new Tai Chi class were you will be introduced to an easy and effective Tai Chi form proven to regulate blood insulin levels, improve balance, coordination, and well-being and alleviate stress and anxiety.

Please wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled footwear (soft trainers); bring a bottle of water for the break.

Day: Monday

Location: Emmanuel Methodist Church Hall, Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2DE

Time: 10.00am-11.00am

Day: Tuesday

Location: Burscough Methodist Church Hall, Burscough, L40 0SG

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm

Limited spaces available - booking essential.

Active Golf

A brand new initiative for you to be referred onto by your GP or medical practitioner. We will be holding weekly golf sessions on Fridays, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Beacon Golf Club, Upholland, WN8 7RU.

Equipment can be borrowed on the day – no previous golf experience needed!! So if you fancy some fresh air, meeting new people and socialising, then have a chat with your GP and if you meet the criteria, you can be referred. Please note, this is the only programme that is solely GP Referral only.

Walking Netball

We are looking to run a Walking Netball class in September 18. Day,time, venue etc tbc

Please contact us to register your interest!


Health Walks

We run various 'weekly health walks' across the borough. These are aimed at beginners and those returning to exercise. NEW Nordic Walking starting in July. Please see our Health Walks page for more information on times and locations.




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Emma Davies


Leisure Services
Robert Hodge Centre
Stanley Way