Active Dacorum

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Active Dacorum is run by the Community Partnerships team. The areas we cover are sports and physical activity, wellbeing and arts and culture. We provide opportunities for our residents through events, sessions, activities and much more!.

We regularly engage with Dacorum residents through our social media pages, providing the latest information and news. If you want to keep in the loop with what’s going on in Dacorum, please visit our Facebook page or Twitter account.

You can also find an array of online activities and information on our YouTube channel that you can watch at any time.

Active Dacorum events 2022

Throughout the calendar year we run a range of events. Please see the table below for more information. Event details will be updated throughout the year.

Active Dacorum events 2022
Event When Details
Armed Forces Day June Look out for details about this event, organised by the Mayor's Office, in the coming months.
Your Town 5k Run  July Support what matters locally and take part in this community 5k run in Hemel Hempstead, raising money for the Mayor's charity. 
Dacorum Fun Palace October Enjoy a variety of free creative and cultural activities with local facilitators and community organisations as part of this national celebration of culture. Further details will be released in the spring.
12 Days of Festivities  December Look out for our 12 days of fun, festive activities later in the year.

Community projects and initiatives

Active Dacorum community projects and initiatives 
Initiative When Details
Wake Up and Dance Ongoing At 9am each weekday, we bring you 10 minutes of dance. Join our online community each morning for a 10-minute boogie to some great tunes. Free for all ages.
Colourful Minds  March to October 2022 Colourful Minds is a free online creative therapy course for those aged 18 and over with mild to moderate mental health issues and conditions affecting mental wellbeing. Applications are now open for our next 24-week course, starting in March 2022. Find out more about Colourful Minds.
Seated Dance Online Ongoing  Free online seated dance sessions for adults with Louise from Dacorum Community Dance. The sessions are run on Zoom each Tuesday and are a fun way to improve flexibility and enjoy moving to music from your chair, particularly suitable for the less able and those with limited mobility. Email dacorumdance@gmail.com to book. 
Shape Up January This free weight-loss course for adults is back in January 2022, run by Watford FC Community Trust. Visit the Shape Up Herts website to find out more or email rhys.ratcliffe@watfordfc.com.
Your Town - We Are Next All year round  This is a national campaign to help educate children about the importance of health, wellbeing and exercise and the role the community plays in all three. Download the free lesson plans for schools, parents and carers to help get the next generation moving.

Sport and physical activity

Dacorum has a range of fantastic sports facilities and venues, whether you’re a beginner or reaching for Olympic standard, we have something for everyone. Find out what’s important to us and our aims over the next few years through our  Sports and Physical Activity Strategy (PDF 3MB).

We work closely with Dacorum Sports Network to offer opportunities for you to be more active in your local area. Together we work with community clubs, volunteer groups and public organisations involved in delivering sport locally to ensure a healthy and active community.

Active Dacorum Hub

The Active Dacorum Community Hub is run in partnership with Apex in the Community and is a multi-activity, inclusive venue based in Hemel Hempstead. From art groups to seated exercise, dance classes to yoga, the opportunities for healthy, active fun are endless. The venue is also available to hire at affordable rates for the community.

Everyone Active

Boasting eight swimming pools (including a lido), gyms and racket sports courts, our local leisure centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and Jarman Park Athletics Track are run by Everyone Active. These venues provide amazing facilities for you to enjoy and are home to a huge number of sports clubs, from scuba diving to trampolining.

It’s also the main base for Sapphire Gymnastics, where double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock started his career.

Meanwhile, at the athletics track, you’ll find an eight-lane, 400-metre floodlit track plus a football pitch, clubroom, shower and toilet facilities.

We work in partnership with the Everyone Active Communities team to deliver a range of activities in the community, such as exercise to music and beginner pilates. Book your Everyone Active session online.

Tennis and netball courts

We're delighted to be able to provide newly resurfaced tennis and netball courts to the general public free of charge at Cupid Green Playing Fields. Whatever your ability, we would love you to come and play. Bring your friends and family, too. 

The courts are located at Cupid Green Playing Fields, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7BA.

To find out more and book your court please visit the Apex 360 website.

If you are a club or organisation wishing to use these courts, then there is a charge for use. For block bookings, please call 01442 800242. 

Arts and culture

Creative Hertfordshire

Creative Hertfordshire is the online network for the arts and creative community in Hertfordshire. It is a space for creative individuals, businesses and places to share what they do. If you are an artist, producer, creative organisation, creative business or venue, you can create a profile page and showcase your work to others in Hertfordshire and beyond. This is also another great platform to stay up to date with arts and cultural activities across the county.  

Contact

For more information, please email active@dacorum.gov.uk.

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