Active Northumberland is a charitable leisure and cultural trust that manages leisure facilities and services, libraries, supports culture, helps to develop tourism, and promotes healthy lifestyles. We have a board of trustees that is made up of local representatives from across the county. We are here to help people in Northumberland make the most of the opportunities for culture and leisure in our fantastic county.
Our mission is to create opportunities in Northumberland that enrich lives, promote wellbeing, inspire creativity and encourage participation.
Our leisure services
We manage leisure facilities on behalf of Northumberland County Council. This includes nine large centres with pools, gyms, fitness class studios and a range of sports facilities; seven smaller dry facilities (some of which are dual use school and community sites); and the beach facilities / beach huts in Blyth.
We also have a large sports developments service, which delivers a varied programme of activity sessions for children and young people throughout the county. We provide development support local grassroots sports clubs and community groups. We also manage Northumberland Sport, which is the County Sports Partnership, part of the support network for clubs and sports National Governing Bodies.
Helping people to make healthy lifestyle choices is at the top of our agenda and we offer a range of health related programmes, such as our nationally recognised GP exercise on referral scheme. We pride ourselves on being able to offer expertise and experience to support the development of sport, exercise and physical activity across Northumberland.
Our cultural services
We manage the libraries and visitor information services in Northumberland, and offer support for the development of arts, events, heritage, tourism, and the creative industries. We believe that culture is a vital part of people's lives, enabling them to have fun, meet people, develop skills, keep fit and achieve aspirations.
We support a wide range of activities, from festivals and events that attract thousands of people; street entertainment that helps to revitalize local high streets; and theatres and museums that support young people to gain new skills. We know that a thriving and excellent culture creates great destinations, great places to live, and brings valuable economic benefits.