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.

Active Dacorum events 2021

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 2021
Event When Details
Walk Dacorum March  Throughout the month of March we invited Dacorum residents to walk 154,800 steps, which is equal to the population of the borough. In total, £720 was raised for the Mayor's chosen charity, the Daisy Foundation. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part. 
Virtual Wellness Festival  31 May to 6 June This week-long, online health and wellbeing festival featured activities and information from local facilitators and organisations on a different area of health and wellbeing each day.
Armed Forces Day June In the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June, a series of local events were held to recognise the armed forces community. 
National Fitness Day September Join us for some fitness fun, competitive challenges and a battle of the gyms in Hemel Hempstead town centre.
Dacorum Fun Palace 2 and 3 October Enjoy a variety of free creative and cultural activities with local facilitators and community organisations as part of this national celebration of culture.
Your Town October Support what matters locally and take to the streets of Hemel Hempstead by taking part in our 5k community run and raise money for the Mayor's charity.
12 Days of Festivities  13 to 24 December Look out for our 12 days of short, fun, online festive activities on the Active Dacorum YouTube channel, starting on Monday 13 December.

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  Next course starts January 2022 - applications are now open. Colourful Minds is a free online 12-week creative therapy course for those aged 18 and over with mild to moderate mental health issues and conditions affecting mental wellbeing. The course is delivered by a qualified Art Therapist from Herts Inclusive Theatre. Find out more about Colourful Minds.
Seated Dance Online April to July 2021 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. 
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

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020)

Hertfordshire celebrated a year of culture and creativity during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase the county's creative opportunities. In spite of the many challenges of 2020, what became apparent is how important creativity and connectedness are.

We would like to thank all of the organisations that had events planned as part of HYOC2020 and the response to the COVID-19 lockdown was amazing. Many of the planned events were adapted for online delivery instead. This allowed them to reach those who were isolated, and helped us to continue to celebrate arts, heritage and culture across the county.

The HYOC2020 in Dacorum film highlights some of the wonderful projects, events and activities that took place in Dacorum during 2020.  A special thanks goes to Electric Umbrella for allowing us to use its single Try Smiling for the video, released as part of its Try Smiling campaign during HYOC2020.

You can also see some of the films from the featured projects on our Active Dacorum YouTube channel.

HYOC2020 was supported by all 11 Hertfordshire local authorities.

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.