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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 (NCHS) is a 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.

The Whitworth is open again and we're very happy to welcome you back to the gallery and park.

We're aiming to run most of our regular NCHS sessions, outdoors, in the gallery's Art Garden, Alex Bernstein Garden, and Whitworth Park. While we make the transition, from online to real-life events, a few of our sessions will continue to take place, via zoom, online. See below for further details. Please note that all NCHS 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. #whitworthoutdoors

Caring For The Carers – Festival 2021
Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18, & Sunday 19 September
FREE events for NHS staff - more details here

A Free Festival of Culture and Therapeutic Fun Produced Especially to Support the Wellbeing of NHS Staff and their Families. A Collaboration Between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Museum and The Whitworth.

For full details of all four days of FREE events for NHS staff click here to download the Caring For The Carers – Festival. PDF

Caring For The Carers Big Picnic
Saturday 18 September 10.30am-4pm
Location: The Whitworth
FREE events for NHS staff, please bring your NHS staff card

Kick back and let us entertain you! Join us for a free day of fun especially designed for NHS staff and their families by the Whitworth and Manchester Museum. An array of activities are available all day with moments of magic provided by live street entertainers. Pick up a free picnic and enjoy the fun!

We want to make this a very special day for NHS staff, so please remember to bring your NHS staff card.

For full details of all four days of FREE events for NHS staff click here to download the Caring For The Carers – Festival. PDF

Please note: Caring for Carers participants who would also like to visit the Whitworth’s galleries, café and shop will still need to pre-book tickets and check in at the welcome desk. Click here to book your FREE entry ticket

Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm
Location: The Whitworth
FREE, Booking required, see details below

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: Pilates
Sundays, 9-10am
Location: The Whitworth
Cost £7, pay on the door, no need to book

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 the mind and body.

Suitable for all levels of fitness; beginners are welcome. Exercises are adaptable and participants are encouraged to progress at their own pace.

Entry via our Parkside reception, through to the Park entrance off Denmark Road. Participants are required to bring their own exercise mat and water bottle.

Silent Spaces
Fridays, 10am-12pm
Sundays, 10am-12pm
Location: Alex Bernstein Garden, the Whitworth
FREE, No booking required for these sessions

Take time out and enjoy the restorative benefits of being peaceful in a green space.

All we ask is: No phones, no talking, and no cameras.
Thank you.

Find out more about Silent Spaces

NCHS: Whitworth Park Pram Push
Thursdays 16, 23, & 30 September, 11.30am-1.15pm
Location: Whitworth Park
FREE, Booking required by email, see details below

This event was brought together in partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery, Gligan Fitness, buzz and Martenscroft Children’s Centre. The walks will be led by Gligan Fitness, and will be a gentle stroll and socialise around Whitworth Park.

Booking is essential contact or phone 07818523098

NCHS: All About Trees
Thursday 23 September , 12-2pm
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Join us and City of Trees for a guided tree walk here at Whitworth Park. Immerse yourself in the little pocket of nature with like-minded people!

Learn how to identify the variety of tree species present in the park, as well as find out about the different benefits each tree has to offer, like the Turkey Oak or the London Plane! This event is open to everyone.

Meet us by our Parkside reception desk.

For more information and to book your place click here on Eventbrite

NCHS: Meditation in Nature
Wednesday 29 September, 2-3pm
Location: Alex Bernstein Garden, the Whitworth
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Meditating in Nature is an opportunity for you to switch off and experience a deep sense of calm whilst enjoying the beauty of the grounds at the Whitworth.

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.

At the end of the session, you will experience feeling lighter, less stressed, and having a sense that you have connected to something bigger than yourself.

The session is being led by Lilasuri (Claire) Morris a qualified mindfulness teacher with a personal mindfulness practice developed over 10 years.

For more information and to book your place click here on Eventbrite

NCHS: Forest Bathing with City of Trees
Thursday 30 September, 12-2pm
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Join us for a forest bathing session at Whitworth Park. Take a sensory journey through the park and immerse yourself in the nature around you! Come and relieve some stress at our peaceful and calming, lunchtime forest bathing session.

Meet us by our Parkside reception desk.

For more information and to book your place click here on Eventbrite

NCHS: Feel Good Kid’s Art Club
Saturday 2 October, 1-3pm
Location: Art Garden & Clore Garden Studio, the Whitworth
FREE, Booking required, see details below

Join us for a fun and expressive art and mindfulness session. Aimed at ages 6-12, children will explore calming mindfulness techniques all while connecting with nature and creating their own meaningful artwork.

Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and something to drink.
All art materials are provided.

For more information and to register click here on Eventbrite


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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.