As we say hello to 2020, now’s the time to start thinking about getting active – and what better way to do that than with the whole family? Getting your blood pumping doesn’t have to be a chore – it can be loads of fun – and if you don’t believe us, then check out our top family-friendly ways to get moving. It’s easier than you think – we promise!

Try a hike

Put on a pair of comfy leggings, a big, warm coat and sturdy shoes and head out for a feel-good hike up (and down!) Penshaw Monument. A tiring adventure, sure, but the views from this much-loved Sunderland landmark are well worth it! Aim to make it a weekly tradition for the whole family and before you know it, you’ll be a master of the climb.

Kick those legs

Grab the goggles and make some waves over at Sunderland Aquatic Centre, where you can enjoy a weekly dip with the family. The little ones will love splashing around in the main pool, which hosts fun games with kid-friendly inflatables.

Grab the bikes

Grabbing the gang and heading off on a bike ride is a great way to spend an afternoon. Fortunately, Sunderland is home to many great cycle paths, taking you on routes through woodland areas, the city’s beautiful coastline and more. Don’t forget to take a picnic along with you, filled with healthy treats.

Head for the park

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get active – a trip to your local park can be just the ticket! Get involved in a fun run, enjoy a game of footy or let loose with the kids with a session on the swings – they’re all great ways to help burn those Christmas calories! Sunderland isn’t shy of family and dog-friendly parks, so there’s plenty to choose from.


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