Exercise and wellness activities in Tendring

We believe life is for living and thanks to the many senior friendly wellness activities on offer across Tendring there’s lots of opportunities for you to stay active.

We appreciate that as you get older energy levels and motivation can drop, your joints might be feeling stiff and finding the right activity to keep you moving might be more challenging.  But as the saying goes ‘if you don’t move it, you lose it’ so making that extra effort to stay active is more important than ever.  We are lucky to have some wonderful senior-friendly classes going on locally, from Yoga on the beach in Holland-on-Sea to Indoor Bowls in Walton.  Go on, give it a go, with patience, and an open-heart you might be surprised by the benefits you gain.  Here are a few to get you inspired.

The Fun Programme

At Home Instead we want to help you age joyfully and our Fun Programme supports people, no matter what age and ability to have fun, feel a sense of purpose and live life to the fullest.

Tailor-made to each client, our fully trained physical activities co-ordinator visits you in your own home to find out about your lifestyle and interests.  Then a programme of home based, senior friendly activities is designed aimed at improving your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  So, it doesn’t matter whether you live in Kirby, Walton, St Osyth or Clacton we come to you.

We support you to gently improve your physical health, perhaps with some simple, armchair exercises boosting vitality and mobility. We explore ways to stimulate your mind and reconnect you to hobbies or support you to try a new passion.  We have a wealth of ideas and resources on hand, from games and puzzles to audio books and playlists for life.  Staying connected is important to our emotional well-being so we’ll help you stay connected with family and friends using simple, adapted technology that will help you share experiences, memories and reduce social isolation.

The Home Instead team are located just off of Connaught Avenue in Frinton-on-Sea.  To find out more about The Fun Programme and how we can get you moving and connected give the team a call on 01255 672 269.

Yoga with Flexfityoga Dave

Flexfityoga Dave is a small, not for profit, Community Interest Company (CIC) keen to make yoga and wellbeing sessions accessible for everyone.  Dave teaches a variety of yoga both on the beach and indoors making it fun with an emphasis on providing a safe environment.

A qualified level 3 Diploma Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer/fitness instructor, Dave is also qualified to work with disabled clients.

Dave holds Chair Yoga Sessions on the following dates and venues:

Monday mornings at St Osyth Village Hall from 11.15am until 12.15pm
Wednesdays for survivors of Stroke at Tendring Specialist Stroke Services (contact them for details)
Tuesday and Friday for survivors of Acquired Brain Injury at Headway Essex in Colchester (contact them for details)
Friday Simply SOSA, seated, supported or standing dance fitness yoga at Frinton Community Association from 3.15pm until 5.30pm

To find out more about how Dave can help you stay flexible and fit to help with every day independent living, visit his website or Facebook page or contact him by phone on 0797 692 9824 or email on [email protected].

Walton Bowls Club

Walton & District Indoor Bowls Club is a club where you can go along, meet new friends and have fun as well as keeping fit at the same time.

Meeting at The Columbine Centre in Walton-on-the-Naze, the club welcomes new members including those who have never bowled before.  They hold a free taster session every Monday at 1.45 pm so why not pop along and see what they are all about.

You get free parking when you become a member and the facility has wheelchair access through the front door.  A special wheelchair must be used on the bowls carpet, which is available through the club.  There are social events every month too, which are a great way to bring everyone together.

For more information contact the Walton and District Indoor Bowls Club by calling 01255 678 955 or 07856 221 608.

Sport for Confidence Sessions

Clacton Leisure Centre on Vista Road in Clacton offers a variety of Sport for Confidence Sessions, a programme of activities developed in partnership with health professionals and coaching teams.

The aim of the activities is to reach a larger audience, to promote inclusive physical activity and positively impact on health and wellbeing.  Each session costs £3.50 and places are limited so you will need to book in advance either by

You will receive a call from an Occupational Therapist, who will conduct an initial assessment, making sure you get the best support possible.  These sessions are very popular, referrals are high so it can take up to 28 days for someone to come back to you.

Here’s what’s on offer at Clacton Leisure Centre:

  • Love to Move – a seated exercise class aimed at older adults and people living with dementia on Tuesdays 11am – 11.45am
  • Multi Sports on Tuesdays from 12.30 – 1.30pm
  • Inclusive Dance on Tuesdays from 1.45 – 2.45pm
  • Swimming on Fridays 10-11am
  • Boccia (a target indoor sport designed for high support needs and played with soft leather balls) on Fridays 12.30 – 1.30pm
  • Fun Fitness on Fridays 2 – 3pm

Walking Groups

Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) offer a wide range of activities including walking groups in Clacton, Walton and Harwich.

Their Wellbeing Walks in Clacton are around 30 – 45 minutes long with a refreshment stop at a café at the end of the walk. There are longer walks in Walton lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours.  All abilities are welcome.

If you like the outdoors, they are a great way of getting out in the fresh air for a gentle, fun walk, taking in the beautiful Essex coastline and perhaps make a few new friends along the way.

To find out more give CVST a call on 01255 425 692.