Bristol & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK

Activity and Support groups available for People with Parkinson’s (PwP)

The Branch promotes the activities listed as there is evidence that they are beneficial to PwP.

The activities are run by either accredited or recognised instructors and they take responsibility for their groups. If you are interested in any of the activities please contact the lead person first. They can answer any questions you have and, if appropriate, give you further information. No previous experience of having participated in any of these activities is necessary.

All activities and social groups are made available to those with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers. They are informal and friendly and provide opportunities to meet others and socialise.

(££) indicates those activities the Bristol & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK subsidise.


Nordic Walking

Involves walking over grass on Bristol Downs for approx 45 mins covering 1-2 km. Nordic Walking poles are supplied and used to aid movement. Account is taken of PwP’s walking speeds and pauses for stretching are allowed for during the walk. Venue: Meet on the Downs by Café Retreat: Mondays & Thursdays 11.15 Cost: £3 per 45 min session (££) Refreshments available at Café, Contact: Ros Ingleby to book: 07886 885213 / Provider: Bristol Nordic Walking (Parking on The Downs- free).

Dance for Parkinson’s

Is mainly seated using music and free movements, with optional opportunities for moving to music in standing. Classes are led by dancers from The Original Spinners, trained to deliver dance to PwP.

Venue - Trinity Community Arts Centre, BS2 0NW: Tuesdays - 10.30 – 12.00 Cost: £5 per session includes coffee/tea and biscuits. Contact: Rachel: 07966 695209 Provider: (Parking available – Pay & Display) Click here for more details.

Venue - Gate O, Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital: Fridays 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm. Cost £2 per session includes coffee/tea and biscuits. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Donna Baber, Fresh Arts Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust on 07554 334 828 or via fresh.arts@nb (Parking at hospital – free with Blue Badge). Click here for more details

Exercise classes

Exercise as Medicine. Involves 30 minutes in the gym using equipment, following a personally tailored programme, and a 30 minutes circuit training activity. Activities can involve sitting and standing and can be adapted to individual needs. Venue: Thornbury Leisure Centre, BS35 3JB: Tuesdays at 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00 and Thursdays at 11.30 and 12.30 Cost: £5.40 per 1 hr session (££) Contact: Mary Burton, Neurological Physiotherapist 077181 77288 see also for more information.

Active Lifestyle Centres Exercise class suitable for PwP. Venue: Yate Leisure Centre, BS37 4DQ: Thursdays – 12.00 Cost: £3.85 per 1 hr session. Contact: Kelly Smith, Gym Manager, 0300 333 0300 (limited spaces available) Provider: Active Lifestyle Centres.

Life Balance Class Venue: Henbury Leisure Centre, BS10 7NG: Tuesdays 11.45 Cost: £3.10 per 1 hr session Contact: Alistair Macfarlene 07825 033741 (GP Referral required) Provider: Everyone Active (Parking at above locations – free) Details of lifebalance classes

Irish Set Dancing

Involves dancing in a group of 4 pairs of dancers and PwP are paired with experienced Irish Set dancers. Dance moves are all called and the speed of the music is reduced. Each set last approximately 10 minutes and you can take part as you feel able to. There are breaks between the sets and refreshments are available. Venue: The Vassall Centre, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ: Wednesdays 19.30 - 21.00 Cost: free (££) Contact: Sharon Carr: Provider: Bristol Irish Set Dancing Group (Parking at The Vassall Centre – free). For video of class, Click here

Non-contact Boxing

Requires good flexibility, movement and agility and the ability to move around the gym unaided. However, there is opportunity for less able participants to take part. Venue: Broad Plain Boxing Club, Clement Street, BS2 9ES: Fridays – 10:00 / 11:00 AM.

Cost: £5 per 1 hr session Contact: Dennis Stinchcombe: 07973 574091 Provider: Broad Plain Boxing Club (Parking at Broad Plain Boxing Club - free) For more information Click here and here.

PD Warrior

PD Warrior is not the same as working out in the gym, going for a walk or going for a swim. It is exercise specifically designed to slow the progression of Parkinson's through power, amplitude and high effort. What you miss out on by doing generic exercise is the opportunity to drive the brains natural ability to re-wire itself and protect itself. The course runs for 10 weeks at a cost of £155 and is for those who have been recently diagnosed or in the early or moderate stages of PD and who are reasonably fit and active.

Venue: Bristol Brain Centre, Southmead Hospital. Thursdays 17.30 – 18.30. (Parking at hospital – free with Blue Badge)

PD Warrior 10 week course at Horfield Leisure Centre on Thursdays 15.30 – 16.30 Cost: £155

PD Warrior - continuation class

Venues: Henbury Leisure Centre - Mondays 16.00 – 17.00 and Wednesdays 12.00 – 13.00

Horfield Leisure Centre - Thursdays 15.30 - 16.30. -( From January 9th 2020)

Cost at both venues: £10 per class or £43.90 per month or £439 per year:

Contact: Alistair Macfarlane: 07825 033741 for all PD Warrior courses and classes. Provider: Everyone Active (Parking at Henbury and Horfield Leisure Centres - free)

Tai Chi

Can help to ease some of the key problems associated with PD. Trials show that Tai Chi strengthens all parts of the body and can ease stress and anxiety. Balance and motor control are improved, resulting in fewer falls and slows the rate of decline. Movements are adapted so they can be done standing or sitting. Venue: Lincombe Barn, Downend BS16 2RW: Fridays - 10.15 –12.15 Cost: £5 per session (££) Tea/coffee and cake available during break Contact: Brenda Sheppard: 0117 9678086 Provider: Sarah Bartlett & Poh-Eng San. (Parking at Lincombe Barn – free)

Yoga for Parkinson’s

Class designed to help manage common PD symptoms through seated, standing and lying yoga poses adapted to each individual, working on strength, balance and flexibility. Includes guided relaxation.

Venue: Yogafurie, 201 Ashley Down Road Bristol BS7 9DD Mondays 13:30 -14:30. Cost £6 per session (££)

Contact –Kate Hardcastle

Parking - Street parking only.

For a List of Local Exercise Providers who have participated in Parkinson’s Awareness Training in Bristol or North Somerset Click here


(Free parking at the following venues)

Bristol and District Branch meetings

1st Saturday of each month at St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, Bristol BS9 3UN:

10.00 for coffee, 10.30 – 12.00 meeting For more details Click here

Contact: John Morgan, Branch Secretary

Coffee mornings

~ 2nd Wednesday of month at Eastfield Inn, Henleaze Rd, BS9 4NQ: 11.00am

~ 3rd Tuesday of month at Riverside Garden Centre café, Bedminster, BS3 1RX:11am

Contact: John Morgan, Branch Secretary

Thornbury Support Group

Last Friday of each month at The Chantry, Church Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB: 10.30 – 12.00

Contact: Sally - 07443 332150

Younger Persons Network (YPN) Pub Club

Held the last Thursday of each month at different locations across Bristol: 19.30-22.00

For more information please contact Kirsty McMillan and Oscar Cordero-Llana at

Creative Workshops

Fully accessible workshops to explore different art mediums, nurture creative growth and develop critical thinking in a safe and encouraging environment. Workshops will be tailored to those attending whilst gently encouraging individuals to explore areas of creativity they may not have hadthe opportunity to do so before.

Venue: Stoke Gifford Retirement Village, Stoke Gifford, BS16 1EJ: 3rd Monday of month 13.30 – 15.30 in Sept, Oct, Nov, and Dec 2019. (Parking at Village – free)

Cost: £5 per session (££) Booking essential - Tea/coffee available during break

Provider: Louise Copping:07467 357465 (independent fine art consultant)

Contact: Jean Williams to book place