Keeping fit and healthy

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Our parks and green spaces

Hayes EndCurrently our parks and green spaces remain open but please adhere to government guidance on social distancing. 

The council believes that by keeping parks and green spaces open it will provide residents with opportunities for physical activity and help mental wellbeing - particularly for those without a garden.  However we encourage residents to adhere to government guidance.

Park use guidance 

  • exercise outside for as often as you wish and sit and rest outside - exercise or recreation can be alone, with members of your household, or with 6 other people from outside your household. Up to 6 people will be able to meet outside (in parks, gardens and other private outdoor spaces) - provided those from different households continue to strictly observe social distancing rules by staying 2 metres apart.
  • Up to 6 people can meet in public or private outdoor spaces, as long as social distancing is practised by those from different households.  
  • Social distancing is absolutely crucial, so please stay at least 2 metres apart from others not in your household at all times.
  • All playgrounds, outdoor gyms, basketball courts and skate parks are closed. Do not use these facilities.
  • We have turned off all drinking fountains and closed all toilets within our parks.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. The government has published guidance for dog walkers on their website.

Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Consider walking and cycling if you can. 

See cycle routes in Hillingdon

Ruislip Lido

Whilst it remains the position of Hillingdon Council to keep its award winning parks and open spaces open to the public for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of our residents of all ages, we can only do so if government guidelines relating to social distancing are followed. 

Given the number and size of our parks and open spaces the police simply do not have the resources to deal with those putting others at risk by not abiding by the guidance.

Accordingly, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the beach at Ruislip Lido in response to visitors not adhering to social distancing guidelines at the site.

Whilst we wanted to keep the beach open for recreation in line with government guidance, and are aware that many residents are sticking to guidelines, we have decided to close and fence off the beach in the interest of public safety.  

This decision will be kept under review. 

Toilets are available off Willow Lawn Car Park between 10am and 6pm. 

Tennis and golf

Following government guidance, we reopened 3 of our tennis courts at Cavendish Recreation Ground, Fassnidge Park and Hillingdon Court Park that can be pre-booked. You can find social distancing guidance and booking details on our tennis page.

We have also reopened our golf courses at Haste Hill and Uxbridge. You can read guidance and book tee times on our golf page.

Residents are still able to access all of our parks for essential daily exercise - whether that is for runs, cycles or walks. 

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Due to COVID-19 and concerns around social distancing on this site, all fishing and fishing- related activity on Little Britain Lake and the adjacent River Colne and River Frays is prohibited until further notice.

For guidance on allotments, please visit the National Allotment Society website.

Some bowling greens have been given approval to reopen by the council. Contact your bowling club for more details. 

Keeping fit if you're self-isolating or working from home

There are lots of things you can do to help you keep fit and healthy, whilst following the advice about staying at home.

  • YogaOur Parks - follow online workouts (Fitness Workout at 10am, Calm Full Body Workout at midday and yoga at 7.30pm) with Our Parks, streamed via Facebook Live. 
  • Sport England - useful tips on how you can get active when you're at home, if you're well enough. 
  • Home workout videos - clear some space in the living room and give these easy 10-minute workouts a go. 
  • 10-minute workouts - equipment-free fitness routines that are great to do at home. 
  • Exercise for over-65s - any levels of activity are good for older adults and the more you can do, the better. 
  • Getting active when you find it difficult - with regular standing and stretches, you can move more in the best way for you. 
  • Move More - Active at Home - tips for staying active at home for older people and those with health conditions
  • Tennis at Home - improve your tennis skills any time, any place, with Lawn Tennis Association Home Activities hub

If you're keeping active at home, why not email us at and share how you're keeping healthy. 

On Twitter? You can also follow #StayInWorkout to post your own ideas and check out others.

gardening at homeActivities at home

There are many ways to stay entertained at home.

Our Adult Learning team has put together a list of activities - ranging from arts and crafts to gardening - and tips on staying productive if you are working from home.

Find out more

If you're a Hillingdon library member, you can also access a range of reading materials, e-learning tools and explore history and genealogy with our free online resources.

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Young women speaking on the phoneLooking after your mental wellbeing

It's important to take care of your mind as well as your body.

Every Mind Matters has released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst staying at home. Their website also includes guidance if you're feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.

Find out more 

Page last updated: 26 Jun 2020