As summer approaches, and people start thinking towards their summer holidays, getting fit and enjoying the great outdoors can be at the forefront of peoples minds. Countless hours pounding the treadmill in a sole-less gym have less an appeal than ever, but the change in the clocks can mean that the evenings all of a sudden are free to enjoy outside, but what do you do to make the most of it?

Bike riding? It's now more popular than ever before, and in Nottingham the city council is spending over £6million on the Cycle City programme to encourage people onto 2 wheels and make the city safer for cyclists to enjoy. The city enjoys numerous bike routes and we obviously also have the river and canals to cycle alongside, so there is a good variety of terrain and things to keep you interested whilst you pedal.

Jogging? Other than a decent pair of trainers it's free and it gets you out and about and you might see parts of the city that you otherwise would just drive past. The Forest Recreation Ground is an obvious place to head, and on a summers evening you certainly wouldn't be the only one pounding the pavements. Check our Park Runs if you're looking for like minded folk. There are meet-ups on the Forest every Saturday morning, and others in Gedling, Rushcliffe, Beeston, and Colwick. Check it out at

A Stiff Walk? It's free, it gets you out of the house, and it's a great way for those that are unfit to start building up the steps. Get yourself a pedometer and you can start tracking how far you go. You can even go as far as getting yourself a smart watch that keeps track of your movement and set yourself some goals. In Nottingham, we have some outstanding countryside right on our doorstep, so there is always somewhere new to go and see, and with the Peak District less than an hour away you can make your walks as challenging as you like.

Magdala Tennis Club Mapperley Park Nottingham

Tennis? For the first time in over a generation, Britain currently has a world number 1 and number 2 tennis player. Now the Murray brothers may be a little better than most, but British tennis is generally on-the-up.  In Nottingham, the Tennis Centre is a fantastic facility, it offers a multitude of courts and an on-site gym, and it's home to the Nottingham Open every June. Closer to home however there is an outstanding Tennis Club open all-year round that you may never have known even existed. Magdala Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1883 on the Forest, and moved to its current home on Magdala Road in 1888. The club is partially hidden behind a wooden fence, so you may not have know that it's there but it is very much open to trial members that want to give tennis a try.

Granger & Oaks have recently started sponsoring the club, and we're really pleased to be supporting Magdala Tennis Club Open Day on May 16th 2016. The event runs from 2pm til 6, and there will be plenty of events to get involved in, including Cardio Tennis, Competitions, and there will be beginners coaching for adults and juniors on the day. For people interested in giving tennis a try there will be the opportunity of taking up trial memberships on the day.

We'll be there on the day, so why not come along and see if Tennis is for you?

2:00pm Gates open – introductions/sign in

2:30pm onwards: Mini-tennis sessions throughout the afternoon
2:30pm onwards: Mix in doubles and singles tournament. There will be prizes for the top two players with highest overall percentage of games (minimum 12 games)

2:30pm onwards: Mix in tennis for those who do not wish to play in the tournament, interspersed with fitness training

2:45pm - 3:30pm Adult beginner and improver coaching

3:30pm - 3:50pm Cardio tennis

3:50pm – 4:20pm Adult coaching

4:20 - 4:40pm Cardio tennis

4:45pm – 5:30pm Adult beginner and improver coaching

5:30pm – 6pm Tea/cake


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