Older Adults

As older adults, it is important to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle. There are lots of opportunities in Solihull to take part.

This page contains information on: Gentle Activity Programme, Wellbeing Walks, Walking Sports, Ping! Solihull, Active for Life & Local Organisations.

Taking part in physical activity can:

  • Increase mobility, strength and flexibility
  • Maintain independence
  • Reduce the risk of falling
  • Improve mood and increase self-esteem
  • Delay the onset of dementia
  • Help to meet new people and stay sociable!

Increase your activity levels gradually if you haven’t been active for a long time.

Gentle Activity Programme

Step into Solihull is a gentle activity programme in Solihull which incorporates a walking programme and gentle exercise sessions.

We have a full activity programme, including days/times/locations and prices, which can be found in our latest Step in Solihull Booklet (April – September 2024).

 You are welcome to just turn up on the day or for some sessions you can book in advance. Sessions run on a first come-first served basis. Exercise sessions are suitable for everyone. If you are unsure, please come along to a session and find out for yourself.

On arrival at your first session you will be asked to fill out a registration form, you can complete the form in advance online or request a copy to be mailed out by contacting Solihull Active. Please contact us on 0121 704 8207 if you have any questions or need the registration form in a different format.

Gentle Activity Timetable

  • Active Seniors / Forever Fit – Fun, low intensity, low impact sessions for older adults who want to work their heart, muscles and increase flexibility, all in one easy to follow class. Sessions available at North Solihull Sports Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.
  • Dance – Experience a variety of dance styles with our local ‘Stepping out’ dance classes at The Core (Central library Solihull). Please visit The Core website for more information.
  • Extend – Offers gentle exercise to music classes for over 45’s. The sessions promote health, increase mobility, and improve strength, co-ordination and balance.
  • Line dancing – Suitable for beginners, all capabilities, and open to over 45’s, taking place at Bentley Heath Community Centre. The classes all work on a first-come first-serve basis and you are welcome to just turn up on the day.
  • Tai Chi – Don’t do stress … do Tai Chi. Step into Solihull offers sessions at: North Solihull Sports Centre, The Core (Central library Solihull), Hampton in Arden Church Hall and Bentley Heath Community Centre.
  • The Tuesday Group – Low intensity, low impact session for people who have suffered a stroke or are living with a disability or long term health condition.
  • Walking Sports – Slow-paced versions of sports such as football, netball, tennis and rugby. Local opportunities can be found on our main walking sports webpage.
  • Yoga – Local hatha yoga and chair-based yoga sessions are available to cater for beginners and those with poorer mobility.

Striders and Strollers Wellbeing Walks

Come and enjoy your local area, meet new people and improve your health. Solihull Striders and Strollers provide health walks throughout the borough. We have 12 regular walks led by our volunteer walk leaders. All of our walks take place in the morning.

The current dates, times and locations can be found in our latest Step in Solihull Booklet (April – September 2024). Why not take a look at the Walking in Solihull page for further walking information.

Walking Sports

Walking sports are a slower version of the traditional game played at a walking pace with adapted rules. Sessions are fun and friendly with many health and social benefits. Opportunities in Solihull include: football, netball, rugby and tennis. Find out more on the walking sports webpage.

PING! Solihull

Ping! is on a mission to bring ping pong to the people!

Find our ping pong tables in green spaces across Solihull! To join in the fun, simply head for a table and play… it’s absolutely free! Check out the Ping! Solihull webpage for more details.

Active For Life 2024 – Free Annual Event

Next Event Date: 20th – 26th May 2024 Venue: North Solihull Sports Centre & Tudor Grange Leisure Centre

Between Monday, May 20th, and Sunday, May 26th, a week of FREE activities specifically aimed at older adults is taking place at both Tudor Grange Leisure Centre and North Solihull Sports Centre, plus other community venues.

In its twelfth year, the event is hosted with the goal of empowering older people to enjoy exercise and find new ways to stay active.

All sessions taking place throughout the week have been adapted and designed to suit the demographic, with activities available for a range of different abilities and interests. Both members and non-members are welcome to the event free of charge. Visit the Active for Life webpage for further information on activities and how to book.

Other local organisations that offer physical activity opportunities

  • Age UK Solihull: A local, independent charity working in Solihull to offer support and services to older and vulnerable people.
  • Bentley Heath Community Centre: This is a thriving hub for many regular activities and meetings, and serves both the local community and the wider community of Solihull Borough.
  • Friends in Recreation Solihull: FIRS has been providing weekday daytime activities for over 50’s in Solihull for over 40 years.
  • North Solihull Sports Centre: With a huge variety of facilities to enjoy, this is a fantastic place to get active and enjoy yourself.
  • Ramblers in Solihull: The Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity working to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure.
  • Solihull Support Group: particularly suitable for people with osteoporosis or arthritis, call 07856 209567.
  • Tudor Grange Leisure Centre: The centre has everything you could possibly need to enjoy getting active.
  • University of the Third Age: Learning and staying active and having fun in later life. It’s local, social, friendly, low-cost and open to all.