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Active Ageing

Over 60? Stay young and keep agile with our Active Ageing Programme.

Our centres in Ards, Comber and Portaferry have a wide range of activities suitable for those over 60.


Gym exercise is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. 
Our gyms at Ards, Comber and Portaferry have equipment suitable for gentle exercise, particularly the BIOCIRCUITS at Ards and qualified instructors are always on hand to give help and advice.

Active Ageing members pay the reduced price of £3.20 when they use the gym at the following times 

Ards Blair Mayne at 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Comber Leisure Centre at 11am to 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Portaferry Sports Centre from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday

Exercise Classes

Why exercise alone? When you join a fitness class, all you have to do is turn up, follow the routine and enjoy the craic! Plus you'll have a fitness coach on hand throughout, offering encouragement and keeping an eye on everyone's technique, helping to avoid any injuries.

Some classes are better suited to Active Ageing such as:

  • Tai Chi
  • Armchair Yoga
  • Chi Me
  • Pilates
  • Water Aerobics

Ards runs an Active Ageing and Armchair Yoga class and Comber a Chair Aerobics class, which are chair based, limited movement exercise classes.

View our Exercise Class timetable.

Bowls and Pickleball

  • Comber Bowls – Wednesday 10am to 12 noon
  • Comber Pickleball - Monday 11am to 1pm

Pickleball is also available during centre opening hours at Ards


Swimming is a great way to exercise as water supports the joints, and is kind to the body whilst increasing cardiovascular fitness and strength.

Active Ageing Prices and Membership

Active Ageing Prices at ArdsComber and Portaferry

To be part of the Active Ageing Programme you must have an Active Ageing membership.
Please ask for an Application Form at a centre, you will need proof or your date of birth the first time you apply. You will be issued with an Active Ageing membership card entitling you to Active Ageing and concession prices as applicable.

The Active Ageing Programme is part funded by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Public Health Agency.

You can also join online.

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