Bumps and Babes exercise in the park

Two new outdoor exercise classes start next week for pregnant women and new mothers in South Leeds.

The free classes are called Bumps and Buggy Fit and incorporate a walk in the park with basic fitness exercises. They will take place in Cross Flatts Park on a Thursday and Middleton Park on a Friday – both sessions incorporate a visit to the café.

The classes are run by Sharon Wilkinson and Shelly Madden, specialist midwives and fitness instructors who developed antenatal exercise classes for Leeds Hospital Trust, before setting up their own not-for-profit company, Bumps and Babes.

Alongside the exercise they are able to offer health tips around pregnancy and new borns, but perhaps most importantly the sessions bring women together who can then form their own friendships and support networks.

Cross Flatts Park

Every Wednesday from 18 April 1-2pm. Meet at the Bridge Café in the Watsonian Pavilion in Cross Flatts Park.

Middleton Park

Every Thursday from 19 April 11:15am-12:15pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre (off Town Street).


  • Please note the venues and times were transposed when the article was first published, but have now been corrected