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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

NCHS: Feel Good Kid’s Art Club
Saturday 7 August, 1-3pm
Venue: 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

NCHS: Dementia Friendly Woodland Walk
Tuesday 10 August – two sessions
Morning walk, 11am-12pm
Afternoon walk, 2pm-3pm
Location: Whitworth Park
FREE, Booking required by email, see details below

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

Tuesdays, 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

Silent Spaces
Fridays, 10am-12pm
Sundays, 10am-12pm
Location: Alex Bernstein Garden, the Whitworth
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


Twitter: @WhitworthCPK

Instagram: @whitworthcpk1


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.