Physical Activity and Leisure

5.01 Allotment / Gardening Projects

Examples of Community gardens / allotments can be found at Parkview, Castledawson; The Loup Women’s Group, The Old School, Loup; Carntogher Community Allotments, Drumnaph, Maghera; Moneymore Heritage Trust (behind Manor House) Main Street, Moneymore; and Toome Community Gardens, Toome

An Creagan Green Gym, Creagan; Castledawson Community Allotments, Lilac Cancer & MU Women’s Aid & SVP Cookstown; Men’s Shed, Draperstown, Garvagh People’s Forest, Garvagh; Lissan House; The Loup Women’s Group, Loup; Ballinderry River Enhancement Assoication (BREA), Orritor; Drumnaph Nature Reserve, Maghera; Walled Garden, Maghera; Springhill, Moneymore; Parkview & The RowanTree Centre, Pomeroy and TIDAL in Toome are examples of community gardening/environmental projects.


5.01.01 Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

We are a registered charity which supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces, creating opportunities for local communities to grow.

We have had a staff member in Northern Ireland since 2011, and since then we have worked with many of the new and established community growing projects in Northern Ireland. We are involved in several ongoing projects:

  • Our Growing Resilience programme aims to increase social capital and resilience in the community growing sector.
  • The Outdoor Wellbeing Network for Northern Ireland helps to develop and promote green care in Northern Ireland.
  • The Growing Together programme helps unlocked income, land and skills for community growing groups to help them become more financially self-sustaining and less dependent on grant funding

Northern Ireland Development Coordinator - Patricia Wallace 


Growing Resilience Project Officer - Miriam Turley 

Tel: 077 2569 9442



5.01.02 GroundworkNI

63-75 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Tel: 028 9074 9494



Volunteers Contact: David Mallon

Tel: 028 9074 9494

Email: Facebook: @GroundworkNI Twitter: @GroundworkNI 


5.01.03 Grow Wild

Bringing people together to transform local spaces by sowing, growing & enjoying native wildflowers plants and/or fungi. Do you want to Grow Wild in Northern Ireland?  Get in touch to discuss engagement ideas and our network of youth and community projects

Stéphanie Baine - Northern Ireland Engagement Manager

Tel: 079 2047 7553

Email: Facebook: @GrowWildUK Twitter: @GrowWildUK


5.01.04 The Conservation Volunteers

Beech House, 159 Ravenhill Road, Belfast BT60BP

Tel: 028 9064 5169



Health and Communities: Helen Tomb



5.01.05 Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust Northern Ireland 1 Dufferin Court Bangor County Down BT20 3BX

Tel: 028 9127 5787  



5.02 Arts & Culture

Getting involved in arts and culture is a way for you to learn and express yourself creatively, also allowing you to take part in and shape the culture around you.

Getting involved - Be it painting, making music, dance, literature or any of the wide range of activities available in Northern Ireland – taking part in the arts can be relaxing, exciting and rewarding.

There are a number of ways to get involved in arts and culture. There will be an arts officer in your local council (03000 132 132) or you can contact The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


5.02.01 Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Location: 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn BT28 3AJ

Tel: 028 9262 3555



5.03 Everybody Active 2020 Programme

The EveryBody Active 2020 programme encourages you to be more active, more often, by offering you a wide range of activities at a time and place to suit you. The Everybody Active 2020 coaches deliver a range of activities across the Mid Ulster area, focusing on women and girls people with a disability and people living in areas of high social need.

Tel:  Kathleen Brogan (Everybody Active 2020 Disability Coach): 079 7419 2656



5.04 Libraries NI

Libraries NI is the public library service for Northern Ireland. We aim to provide and promote a range of high quality library and information services for everyone in Northern Ireland.

(Tea & Papers, knit & natter, free ipad training, free e-books)

Cookstown:                028 8676 3702        Email:

Coalisland:                 028 8774 0569        Email:

Draperstown:             028 7962 8249        Email: 

Dungannon:               028 8772 2952        Email:

Maghera:                    028 7964 2578        Email:

Magherafelt:               028 7963 2278        Email:


5.04.01 Read Yourself Well

Read Yourself Well is an initiative developed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust,
Health and Social Care Board, The Public Health Agency and Libraries NI. It is based on a
scheme called Read Well Books on Prescription developed by the Reading Agency and the
Society of Chief Librarians. The trust has funded the purchase of health books with the aim
to help people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading.
The initiative is a partnership contribution to community planning.
These books are currently on shelves in Carrickfergus, Ballycastle, Antrim and Maghera libraries.
However they are available for request – just log in with your membership number and pin to have a book delivered to your local library (small charge of 50 pence applies).​ ​

Topics include:

Addiction, Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis and osteoporosis, autism and Asperger Syndrome, Back Trauma, Bladder, Breathing difficulties, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chest Conditions, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes, Down’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Ear Conditions, Eating Disorders, Epilepsy, Fatigue, General, Grief, Headache and Migraine, Hiatus Hernia, Huntington Disease, Liver Conditions, Mental Illness, Multiple Sclerosis, Pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Self-esteem, Skin Conditions, Sleep, Stomach Disorders, Stroke and Heart Disease, Thyroid Conditions, Tourette Syndrome, Weight, Womens’ health, Young People’s Mental Health

Customer Support Line - 0345 450 4580

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm; Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm;                                        

Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Email: Facebook: @LibrariesNorthernIreland


5.04.02 Helping Older People get Online and Stay Online

Provided by: Advice NI

Supporting active engagement, this Big Lottery funded project aims to help older people get online through the use of tablets. This is being provided to Older People Living in Sheltered Accommodation over a period of 10-12 weeks and includes a benefit check. It has a specific focus on helping people access information about their rights and entitlements and is unique in that it utilises volunteers to empower elder people with their digital experience.

Tel: 028 9064 5919


There may be other courses are available in community venues. Contact Community Navigator for more details.


5.05 Mid Ulster Athletics Club - Magherafelt
Provider: Independent

Provides Conditioning Training, Cross Country, Road Running, Mountain Racing, Indoor Athletics etc

Location: Meadowbank Indoor Sports Arena, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt BT45

Tel: 028 7963 2075 (Barrie Holmes) or 028 7938 6671 (Paddy Downey)



5.06 Mid Ulster District Council Leisure Facilities

The Leisure Centres hosts classes suitable for all ages including those with limited mobility. Get in touch to find out timetable and class information.  The Mid Ulster District offers a wealth of leisure pursuits and sport activities for every sports enthusiast. Whether you’d like to gently improve your health or set yourself a challenge to get fit, there's something to suit everyone at one of Mid Ulster’s indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

5.06.01 Cookstown Leisure Centre

78 Fountain Road, Cookstown, BT80 8QF

Tel: 028 8676 3853

5.05.02 Greenvale Leisure Centre

Greenvale Park, Magherafelt BT45 6DR

Tel: 028 7963 2796

5.06.03 Maghera Leisure Centre

Coleraine Road, Maghera BT46 5BN

Tel: 028 7954 7400

5.06.04 Mid Ulster Sports Arena

Tullywigan Road, Cookstown BT80 8SD

Tel: 028 8676 7135

5.06.05 Moneymore Recreation Centre

Moneyhaw Road, Moneymore BT45 7XJ

Tel: 028 8674 7974

5.06.06 Meadowbank Sports Arena

Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt BT45 6EH

Tel: 028 7939 7117

5.06.07 Tobermore Golf Centre

Maghera Road, Tobermore, BT45 5QB

Tel: 028 7939 7939




5.07 Outdoor Leisure


5.07.01 Mid Ulster Council Area

Whether you want to be on the water, on the green, on the hillside or shoreside, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activity in Mid Ulster!

Adventure at Todd’s Leap or The Jungle NI, Bowling, Cycling (Lough Fea, Loughshore Trail, Moyola, Slieve Gallion or Swatragh Cycle routes), Fishing in Moyola or Ballinderry rivers, Golf in Magherafelt, Castledawson and Cookstown, Horse-riding, Mountain Biking at Davagh, Park Runs, Running Groups, Tennis in Cookstown; Walking, and Watersports at Ballyonan Marina.

Tel: 03000 132 132


5.07.02 Outdoor NI

Find out about a range of activities including: Adventure Racing, Archery, Blokarting, Boat Charter & Cruising, Boat Trips, Bushcraft, Canoeing, Caving, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Climbing, Coasteering & Bouldering, Cycling, Diving, Dry Slope Skiing, Fell Running, Fishing, Gliding, Hang-gliding & Paragliding, High Ropes & Zip Lines, Horse Riding, Hovercrafting, Kitesurfing, Microlight Flying, Model Flying, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Paintballing & Combat, Rally & Off Road 4x4 Schools, Sailing, Segway, Skydiving & Parachuting, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Surfing, Walking, Water Park, Waterski & Wakeboard, Windsurfing and Zorbing.

Find a local club: Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Orienteering or Walking


5.08 Stepping Towards Enhanced Postural Stability (STEPS)
Northern Health and Social Care Trust

STEPS is a 16 week exercise and education programme. It is designed to help prevent falls and fractures and promote independent living. The programme is available to adults over 55 years of age. General Practitioners and any trust health and social care professional can make referrals.

Cookstown Day Centre:     Tel: 028 8672 3900

Maghera Day Centre:         Tel: 028 7964 3360

Magherafelt Day Centre:    Tel: 028 7936 5060


5.09 Walking Clubs – Walk NI

The Sperrin Mountains, stretching along the border of counties Tyrone and Derry, can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful. Spanning 40 miles, the Sperrins mountain range is the largest in Ireland. Walkers can expect undulating hills covered in heather, quiet valleys, boggy uplands and a land teeming with wildlife. There are 10 summits above 500m with the highest of the range, Sawel Mountain, peaking at 678m (2,224ft).


5.09.01 Clooney Rural Development Association Walking Club

Walking club meets every Monday at 10.45am in the car park in Ahoghill. Walks are mainly local and last between 45-60 minutes. Occasionally we hire a minibus to go to more distant places, either coastal or woodland, for walks.

Walks are open to all levels of fitness. New members are welcome. Simply turn up on the day or contact us by phone for more information.

Tel: 075 1797 2172

Email: tgraham53@btinternet


5.09.02 Drumnaph Nature Reserve Walking Trails, Maghera


5.09.03 Dungannon Rambling Club

Walks arranged twice monthly and available in three grades to suit all fitness levels.

May to August (inc) walks are arranged on Wednesday evenings, these are short grade C walks.

Tel: 028 8676 5062 Mrs Eunice Shaw, 60 Fountain Rd, Cookstown


5.09.04 Mid Ulster Walking Club

Individuals can avail of up to three walks before they will be expected to join the club.

Area Covered - Dungannon, Cookstown & Magherafelt although we welcome walkers/members from any area.



5.09.05 NI Walking Photoggraphy Club

NI Walking Photography Group is aimed at people who enjoy walking and photography, also anyone who enjoys walking at a slower pace is welcomed to join us, camera equipment not necessary.

Walks are 1 to 3 times per month mostly on Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays.

Difficulty is easy to moderate, walks are mainly in the Mournes, Antrim Glens, Sperrins and the North Coast.


5.09.06 Sperrins Hillwalking Club

Organised club walks take place twice monthly. Grade 1 walks for the fitter walker alternate with Grade 3 walks for those who prefer a more leisurely stroll. We also from time to time have Grade 2 walks - something in between!

Sperrin Hillwalking Club, PO Box 45, Cookstown, BT80 8YU

Tel: 028 9034 7011



5.09.07 Walking for Health Group

This group meets weekly and is led by trained walk leaders. For more information on dates and walking routes contact Mid Ulster Council.  Walk routes include Ballyronan Wood, Cantogher History Trail, Davagh Forest, Drumcairne Wood, Dunamore Riverside, Gort Moss, Highway to Health in Magherafelt, Lough Fea, Moneymore Heritage Trail, Springhill House, Pomeroy Forest etc.

Tel: 03000 1132 132


There are various ongoing or adhoc physical and leisure activities in local community and council venues. For more information on activities in your local area, please contact Anita Kelly, community navigator: Tel: 078 1419 6935 or Email:

This list is intended to act as a guide to support services available for people living in Mid Ulster Locality area.  Inclusion is not exhaustive and does not necessarily constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation of that organisation or service. 

If you are aware of organisations/community groups that would like to be included in this directory (free of charge), please contact the community navigator.

Page last updated:28 February 2019