A Go-for-less card allows discounts of up to 50% on Norwich City Council facilities and various sports and leisure attractions. Find out if you are eligible and apply here. To update or add information on sports, clubs and classes please email us. We try to keep information up to date but recommend you check individual sport’s websites as well.
Friends of Eaton Park has installed a one-mile way-marked running route, two outdoor ping pong tables and a petanque terraine. Thank you to Sport England, Active Norfolk, Norfolk Community Foundation, Comic Relief and individual donors for your funding contributions; and to members of the Friend’s who worked tirelessly on fundraising activities to make possible these sporting projects.
There’s a basket ball court in the multi-use games area beside the Community Centre.
Eaton Park’s perfect for cycling. It’s a safe place for young children (or adults!) to take their first steps into riding a bike and a favourite leg in many day trips and commutes.
BMX: on the brilliant skate park next to the Community Centre.
Cycle Speedway: see separate entry.
Smart Cycle Training: website here
One-to-one or personal Bikeability training for all ages and abilities with Matt Williams.
Boules (or ‘petanque’)
Eaton Park’s petanque terraine is located near the rotunda, between the floodlit tennis courts and the lily pond. It is free to use and has space for three games to take place at the same time. Bring your own boules set or borrow a set for a returnable deposit of £10 from Eaton Park Café. Last loans one hour before cafe closing.
Click here for guidelines on how to play.
Open daily from Easter until the end of September, then at weekends and in school holidays from October to Spring (please check website for dates and times. Discounts for families and groups.
Equipment hire: quick cricket sets (stumps, bats and balls) available to hire for free from the pitch and putt hut. £10 returnable deposit required. Provided by Norfolk Cricket Board.
Earlham Village Cricket Club hold matches in the park on Thursday evenings and Norfolk Cricket Board hold their Pub League matches here too.
Norwich Croquet Club plays on the greens by the boat pond from April to October. This friendly club welcomes new members and offers equipment and coaching. ‘Association’ (needs regular play and coaching) and ‘golf’ croquet (very easy and enjoyable) are on offer. Flat-soled shoes, and for tournaments and matches, white clothing. Read more in this blog from Peter Scott.
Golf croquet: Hazel Medler | 01603 418257 | email@example.com
Association croquet: Nick Harris | 01603 504571 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwich Stars Cycle Speedway has clubmark recognition and is affiliated to British Cycling. The club is based on Eaton Park’s track on the North Park Avenue side of Eaton Park. Coaching sessions are Tuesdays, 6.30-7.30pm April to September, and this is you can also ‘come and try’ for free. Racing is at 1pm on Sundays, March to October.
Bikes are loaned free of charge and have no brakes or gears. The club has two fully qualified trainers and at least one is available at all sessions. First aid is also always available.
Pitch hire charges here.
5-a-side near the children’s play area and in the multi-use games area next to the Community Centre.
Jex Rangers Junior FC: U8 to U16 teams. Train Saturdays, matches on Sundays. FA Chartered Club. Member of the FA Respect Campaign. Coaches hold FA Level 1 coaching certificates. Contact: Billy Downs, 01603 502833.
Lakeford Rangers Junior FC: U7 to U16 teams. Train Saturday mornings. Matches Sundays. Contact: Richard Lincoln, 01603 702787.
Tuesdays and Fridays 3pm ’til dusk; Saturdays 1pm ’til dusk
Played on the pitch and putt course, footgolf involves getting the football in the hole in as few shots as possible. Perfect for groups and celebrations such as birthdays and stag dos.
To book, email Norwich City Council with the details and put ‘Footgolf group booking’ in the subject.
Adults £6.87, children and Go-for-less card holders £3.44.
Family tickets £15 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
25% off with a 10-round card (footgolf or pitch and putt).
£3 football deposit and £3 football damage or loss.
Full details here.
(not)parkrun: run 5k whenever suits you. Upload your time on the website and let parkrun tell you how you’ve done and keep a record for you of your (not)parkruns. Registration as for parkrun or junior parkrun.
One-mile run route: way-marked route for use by runners, walkers and pushers (wheelchairs or buggies) to measure and time their exercise session. Start /finish line at the ‘Rock up and Run’ notice board beside the children’s play area.
Beginners running with Up the Tempo
Friendly and supportive community running group – everybody welcome, no experience needed. Meets 10am to 11am Wednesdays and Fridays at the Rotunda. FREE, join any time. You’ll start out walking and doing just a bit of running, with a led stretching session ending each run. Running is at talking pace in small groups, so you’ll have lots of good conversations too.
Over the weeks the time you spend running will gradually increase until after ten weeks you’ll be able to run 5km. This is a tried and tested route into running for beginners or people returning to running. Group leaders: Dudley Garner and Lawrence Wade.
New course and ‘Run and Chat’ groups starting September 2021. Details to follow here.
Pitch and Putt
Eaton Park’s 18-hole course is located at the Bluebell Road end of the park. £3 deposit for golf clubs and balls.
Open: Mon, Wed, Thur, Sun: 9am ’til dusk; Tue & Fri 9am ’til 2.30pm; Sat 9am ’til 12.30pm.
Eaton Park Pitch and Putt Club for over 50s welcomes new members of all abilities. Handicap operates. Varied social calendar for members too.
Contact: Margaret, 01603 867575 or Stephen, 01603 409470
U3A Pitch and Putt Group plays Tuesdays, 9:30am throughout the year.
Contact: Lesley MacLeod, 01603 743789
Super smooth 1000 square metre concrete park. Floodlit and with a mixture of transition and street obstacles for riders of all abilities. Demonstration and event standard. Heaven for skate boarders, BMXers, in-line skaters and scooter-riders. 4yrs to 50+ yrs all welcome. Floodlights operate on a push button system and go off at 10.30pm.
Two outdoor table tennis tables are located near the rotunda between the floodlit tennis courts and the lily pond. Bring your own bats and balls or borrow a set for a £5 returnable deposit from Eaton Park Café. Last loans one hour before café closing.
Norwich Parks Tennis: enjoy a year’s tennis for £35 per household. Seven floodlit all-weather courts. Online booking. Plus, through EA Tennis, coaching, social play, have-a-go sessions, competitions and more.
One-off games, pay and play online £6 an hour.
Click here for information on other tennis courts in Norwich including free courts at Alderman Walker Park, Bowthorpe Park and Lakenham Recreation Ground.
Touch rugby is suitable for all ages and abilities, inclusive, friendly and fun. And according to Eaton Park’s resident club Norwich Rebels “you don’t need specific kit or experience to get started.”