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Natural Cultural Health Service

Exposure to nature can significantly reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Natural Cultural Health Service

The Natural and Cultural Health Service is a new programme of outdoor activities that promote good physical and mental wellbeing. From Meditating in Nature, Tai-Chi for Wellbeing to Gardening for good health (GROW), at the Whitworth we have something for everyone, every week.

Once again, we find ourselves having to close our doors to the public. However, Whitworth Park is still open, so please find time to get outdoors and connect with nature.

All of our sessions will take place online until further notice. Please note that all sessions must be booked in advance and that capacity is now reduced for the time being.

Here is what’s on in the weeks to come...

Meditation in Nature – via Zoom
Wednesday 5 May, 9-9.45am
Wednesday 26 May, 3-3.45pm
FREE, Booking required, see details below

When we are mindful in nature we are able to be in the present moment much quicker than if we were indoors, this is because nature offers us an abundance of beauty and our natural curiosity is heightened by the sights, sounds, and smells. Find a quiet spot either in your garden, balcony, local green space, or even by a window and join our Meditation in Nature session via Zoom.

For more information and to register, please email

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NCHS: Feel Good Kid’s Art Club – via Zoom
Saturday 1 May, 2-3pm
FREE, booking required, see details below

Join us for a fun and expressive art and mindfulness session for children, from the comfort of your home.

For more information and to register, please email


NCHS: Dementia Friendly Woodland Walk
Tuesday 11 May – two sessions
Morning walk, 11am-12pm
Afternoon walk, 2pm-3pm
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Location: Whitworth Park

Come and join City of Trees and The Whitworth for our Dementia Friendly Woodland walk on the second Tuesday of every month.
We will be gently strolling around Whitworth Park, having a chat, and connecting with nature.
Booking for the walk is essential. Due to Covid-19, there are limited spaces available, and please be assured that City of Trees and The Whitworth have taken great precautions to ensure a safe walking group. Please note, due to The Whitworth being closed, there will be no toilet facilities and the café will be closed.

To book onto a Walk or for any queries please email Katie at City of Trees:
Or by phone: 0161 872 1660 or 07759 369 220


Wednesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Location: The Whitworth

GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual.

To join GROW or to make a referral please contact our Cultural Park Keeper, Francine Hayfron, on 07795 128868


NCHS Yoga online – via Zoom

Thursdays, 8.30-9.30am

£4, Booking required, see details below

Our yoga sessions continue to take place online via Zoom and are suitable for all levels of fitness.

To book a place and make a payment via paypal, please email


NCHS Pilates online – via Zoom
Saturdays, 9.30-10.30am
£6, Booking required, see details below

Pilates is an exercise system developed in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates. Pilates believed in striving for a strong healthy body and pushing the mind to the limit of its ability. Through regular practice, Pilates helps to protect the spine, correct and improve the wrong posture, whilst it restores health and vitality in mind and body.

Our Pilates sessions continue to take place online via Zoom. Suitable for all levels of fitness; beginners are welcome. Exercises are adaptable and participants are to encouraged to progress at their own pace.

To book a place and make a payment via PayPal, please email Cordelia Birkbeck directly at


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Please note:
All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.


Discover what other events we offer our visitors, or find our what’s on at the Whitworth.