Sport on parks
We provide a programme of outdoor recreational activities in parks, playing fields and open spaces throughout Leicester.
Update regarding national restrictions
Organised outdoor sport that complies with the national guidance can resume. This allows for the return of sports such as running clubs, organised football, adapted rules of rugby union, bowls, golf and tennis. Where pavilions need to support activity only toilet access will be made available for booked fixtures.
Activity that has not been organised formally will be required to adhere to the ‘rule of six’, or with one other household, with people from different households required to socially distance from each other. Outdoor gyms and skateparks will be reopening but users will need to adhere to ‘rule of six’ when in use.
Gilmorton Avenue, Home Farm and Spinney Hill Park ballcourts are open on a trial only basis. All other ballcourts remain closed until further notice.
We have four grass cricket wickets and nine artificial wickets for both junior and senior play. Subject to availability, wickets are prepared from mid-April to mid-September at nine different parks and open spaces. Three-hour slots are available for casual bookings.
- Aylestone Playing Fields – one artificial wicket
- Evington Park – two artificial wickets
- Humberstone Park - one artificial wicket
- Knighton Park - one artificial wicket
- Rushey Fields - one artificial wicket
- Spinney Hill Park - one artificial wicket (recreational use only)
- Victoria Park - one artificial wicket
- Welford Road Playing Fields - one artificial wicket
- Western Park - four grass wickets.
Cricket tournaments need to be booked as an event. For more information, please see the link below:
The 11 locations below have courts that are free to use:
- Abbey Park - five courts
- Aylestone Playing Fields - two courts
- Aylestone Hall Gardens - two courts
- Evington Park - six courts
- Humberstone Park - four courts
- Knighton Park - two courts
- Monks Rest Gardens - five courts
- Mowmacre Sports Ground - three courts
- Rushey Fields - four courts
- Victoria Park - four floodlit courts.
- Western Park - six courts
Find out about the Leicester Tennis League.
Play tennis at Victoria Park for £42 a year
Victoria Park, located just five minutes from the centre of Leicester, has four full sized floodlit tennis courts, so you can continue to play tennis as the evenings draw in.
There are opportunities to play in competitions and leagues, as well as casual play if you only want to enjoy a game or two with friends and family. There’s access to tennis coaching for both juniors and seniors of all abilities. There’s no dress code or joining fee.
For £42, you can purchase an annual membership which enables you and your household to play unlimited tennis for one year and book a court online.
Annual membership entitles up to six residents living in the same household to one-hour court time per day, seven days a week for 365 days a year. To join today, see the link further down.
Pay as you play
If membership is not for you, book one court at a time at £6 per court per hour. To book a court you will need to register your details with our online booking system run by ClubSpark. To register, see the link below.
Free annual concession membership
A free annual concession membership is available for Leicester residents on certain benefits. To qualify you must be in receipt of one or more of the following state benefits.
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income support
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Universal Credit
- Incapacity Benefit
- Disability Living Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
Application is easy – when you apply, take evidence of receipt of one or more of the above benefits to your local Active Leicester leisure centre, where a receptionist will verify the documents.
If you can’t visit your local Active Leicester leisure centre, take a photograph of the evidence detailed above and email it to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be treated with complete confidentiality. It can take up to 14 days for the free annual concession membership to go live.
There are a total 60 football pitches on our parks. Football pitches are prepared from September to mid April at a number of parks and open spaces. All games must be booked in advanced through the office giving at least seven days notice.
Further information about local leagues can be found on the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA website.
There are 10 bowling greens throughout the city, all of which have their own individually clubs, catering for men's, women's and mixed games. Situated in eight of the city's parks.
- Abbey Park - Abbey Park Mixed Club
- Aylestone Hall Gardens – Aylestone Hall Gardens Mens and Aylestone Hall Gardens Ladies Bowls club
- Evington Park - Evington Park mixed club
- Humberstone Park - Humberstone Park Mixed and Humberstone Park Ladies Bowls club
- Monks Rest Gardens – Old Humberstone Mixed Bowls
- Rushey Fields - Rushey Mead Mixed Bowls club
- Spinney Hill Park – Spinney Hill Mixed Bowls club
- Western Park - Western Park Men's and Western Park Ladies Bowls club
The Leicester Croquet Club was established in 1985 and is based at the pavilion and croquet green at Monks Rest Gardens. The season runs from April to October. New members are welcome. Full tuition and introductory courses are organised by the club through the season. For more information please visit the Leicester Croquet Club website.
Fitness on parks
A range of organised fitness programmes are available in Leicester parks including Park Run at Victoria Park and at Braunstone Park, Aylestone junior park-run, Kids run free at Knighton Park and at Braunstone Park.
See our section on Fitness on parks.
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Courses are available at Abbey Park, Braunstone Park, Castle Hill Country Park, Evington Park, Arboretum, Knighton Park, Watermead Country Park South and Western Park. You can download maps from the British Orienteering website.
Courses are normally named after colours of the rainbow and are graded from easy to moderate. Leicestershire Orienteering club runs an event every week in the summer and alternate weeks in the winter. Advice and guidance on how to improve your skills is available on club training nights. More information is available on the Leicestershire Orienteering club website.
If you are looking for an orienteering challenge for your school or youth group, please email the Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
Ping! tables are permanently installed at seven parks across Leicester:
- Abbey Park
- Evington Park
- Jesse Jackson Park
- Knighton Park
- Spinney Hill Park
- Victoria Park
- Western Park
Leicester Blue Sox baseball club
The club are now permanently based at Western park. For more information please see the following link: