Staying active and healthy

There are plenty of opportunities in Haringey for you to enjoy, many of which are free.

This section contains ideas and useful links to help older people in Haringey stay fit and active.

You can search for other activities and things to do on Haricare.

Sport and fitness

Physical activity is crucial for good health

NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends that everyone participates in at least 30 minutes activity, 5 days week.

Physical activity doesn't just mean going to the gym. You can play sport, dance, go for a swim, or a walk, or take up gardening.

Over 65? Use our leisure centres for free

Visit our fitness for older people page for information on free leisure centre membership and activities you can join.

Search for Fitness and exercise activities on Haricare.

Enjoying the outdoors

Haringey has more than 600 acres of parks, recreation grounds and open spaces and has achieved Green Flag status for seven of our parks - the highest awarded to a London borough! The parks Friends Groups play a major role in achieving and maintaining these high standards.

To get around on public transport make sure you have your Freedom Pass. The pass is available to Haringey residents aged 60 or over and gives free travel or reduced fares on most public transport in London after 9.00am weekdays (9.30am on most National Rail Services within the London region) and all day at weekends and public holidays.

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Leisure and entertainment

There’s always something to do in Haringey. The following links will help give you some ideas of what to do with your free time:


Haringey has nine libraries and a housebound library service. It is free to join and they offer a range of services including borrow books, videos, DVDs, CDs and cassettes, events, exhibitions and drop-in sessions. Silver Surfers computer sessions provide an introduction to computers and the Internet for people over 50. They are currently available at four libraries. As they are very popular, it is important to book your session in advance. Libraries are also good places to find out about other local activities such as walking groups, reading groups and more. Ask in your local library for more details.

Tape and Braille services

Your local library can also put you in touch with the Calibre Audio Library, the Royal National Institute of the Blind’s Talking Book and Braille Libraries, Listening Books, the National Library for the Blind and the Clear Vision Braille/Print Library.

RNIB Newsagent (external link) provides national and local newspapers and magazines on CD, USB and online for visually impaired and disabled people who find reading a strain.

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Lifelong learning

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Haringey Circle

Haringey Circle is a membership-based programme open to anyone over the age of 50 in Haringey. They provide activities and events to help over 50s in Haringey to connect, get active, keep learning, and to stay independent. To find out more, contact Haringey Circle via one of the options available below:

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Pensioners Action Group

Tottenham and Wood Green Pensioners action group.

They meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm at: Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, Tottenham, N15 4JA.

Events include:

  • Speakers at meetings
  • Trips during the year, including four day trips away to various sea side resorts
  • Tea parties twice a year
  • Grand Christmas party

They are a very active group with over 350 members.

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Helping to make a difference

  • Want to meet new people?
  • Want to put something into your community?
  • Want to learn a new skill or do something different?

Then the following organisations can help you:

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Support for ex-service men and women

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Page last updated:

February 7, 2023