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Leisure in Tampere

This page contains information about leisure services in Tampere. Other important information on the subject can be found on the page Leisure.

Tampere provides many opportunities to engage in a variety of hobbies. The city hosts plenty of cultural events and provides excellent opportunities for sports and outdoor recreation. Libraries are available all around the city.

The Cultural Affairs department of the City of Tampere arranges cultural and art events, along with providing premises for others to organise events and exhibitions as well as independent hobby activities. The activities take into account people of all ages, a variety of interests and people residing in different parts of the city.

More information on events and activities organised by the Cultural Affairs department is available through the customer service and website of the department.

Cultural Affairs customer service
Culture House Laikku
Keskustori 4
33100 Tampere
Telephone 040 806 2330

For all the latest on events in the Tampere area, including art exhibitions, theatre performances, film times as well as sports and exercise, visit the Aamulehti Menoinfo.fi service.

More information about services and activities related to sports and outdoor recreation is available on the Sports Services website.

Visit Tampere is the tourist information service for the Tampere region. You can contact the service to enquire about event and activities in Pirkanmaa.

Visit Tampere
Telephone 03 5656 6800
Email address: visittampere(at)visittampere.fi

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Tourism informationFinnish | English | Russian

Library

At the Tampere City Library, you can borrow books, newspapers, magazines, music, films and games. The library also stocks materials for studying Finnish. At the library, you can read, use a computer, spend time or take part in a variety of events. In addition to the main library, the City Library has 14 local libraries and two mobile libraries. The library services are free of charge.

At the library, you can read magazines and newspapers in a variety of languages. Newspapers and magazines from all over the world are available in the Main Library’s reading area. You can also read magazines and newspapers in your native language online.

You need a library card to borrow books or use the computers at the library. To obtain a library card, you must present identification that features a photo. Persons under 15 years of age require the signature of a parent or guardian on the application form.

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Libraries and opening hoursFinnish | English

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Online library serviceFinnish | English

Sports and exercise

Information about sports facilities, indoor swimming pools, beaches, sports stadiums, skating rinks, guided exercise and other sports opportunities is available online. The sports facilities and services are available to all residents of Tampere. The website features tips for sports and exercise in the summer and winter.

You can find information about clubs engaging in a variety of sports online; you can search for information according to the desired sport.

Sports Services, customer service
Ratinan rantatie 1
33100 Tampere
Email: liikuntapalvelut.asiakaspalvelu(at)tampere.fi
Telephone 03 5653 4300, Mon 12 noon - 3:45 pm, Tue-Fri 8:30 am - 3:45

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Recreation in nature

Residents of Tampere have access to multiple outdoor and recreational areas in Pyynikki, Kauppi, Viikinsaari and Hervanta, for example. In addition, residents can take advantage of outdoor cabins, beaches as well as hiking and skiing trails all around the city.

The forests provide opportunities for recreation and nature-related hobbies to city residents.

In the spring, the environmental protection unit of the City of Tampere organises guided nature trips that are open to all residents interested in nature. The trips are free of charge.

Everyone living in the city is entitled to fish in the water areas owned by the City of Tampere. You can freely angle and ice-fish without a special permit. Angling and ice-fishing is free of charge. A chargeable permit is required for other types of fishing. The fishing regulations governing Tammerkoski and Pahalampi in Viinikka are, however, different. Fishing in Pahalampi and Tammerkoski is always subject to a fishing licence and you are required to follow the local fishing regulations. Angling is prohibited in the Tammerkoski fishing area. Persons between 18 and 64 years of age must have proof of having paid the fishing management fee. Visit the city website to check which permits you need and where you can obtain them.

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Nature sights in Tampere and the surrounding areaFinnish | English

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Theatre and cinema

Many professional and amateur theatres, as well as children's theatres, operate in Tampere and the surrounding municipalities. Numerous summer theatres are also active in the summer.

The programmes of the theatres can be found on their respective websites and in the event calendar of the City of Tampere.

There are three cinemas in Tampere: The Finnkino cinema in the Plevna complex, Cine Atlas in the Koskikeskus shopping centre and Niagara in Kehräsaari.

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Events in the Tampere regionFinnish

Museums

There are several museums in Tampere. The museums maintained by the city include Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere Art Museum, Moomin Museum and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. More information about museum exhibitions and opening hours is available online.

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Museums in the Tampere regionFinnish | English

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Museums in PirkanmaaFinnish | English

Hobbies for children and young people

The City of Tampere organises club and playgroup activities for children of all ages. The club activities are perfect for children who need regular group activities instead of actual day care. You can apply for a club with a day-care application.

The open family clubs for parents and children do not require application or registration – families can take part when it best suits them. All activities are free of charge.

In addition to this, the Tampere Evangelical Lutheran Parish organises clubs, musical playgroups as well as scout and other hobby activities for children and young people. You can find more information online.

The Cultural Affairs department of the City of Tampere organises a variety of activities for children of all ages. You can find information online on the Children's Culture page of the Cultural Affairs website.

Tampere provides excellent opportunities to study or take up a variety of arts. In Tampere, you can receive basic education in dance, visual arts, music, theatre, crafts, literary art and circus arts. The education is primarily intended for children and young people.

The Tampere Afternoon Activity Project (Harrastava iltapäivä, HIP) provides a multitude of hobby clubs for school-age children to suit a variety of tastes.

Art Arc is a cultural education programme of the City of Tampere, which involves children and young people familiarising themselves with various forms of art. The Art Arc activities are implemented in conjunction with preschool and basic education.

The youth services of the City of Tampere are involved in the day-to-day lives of young people at youth facilities, events, schools, online and during leisure. There are a number of youth centres across Tampere, where young people can meet, play games and spend time together. Plenty of cooperation with schools is conducted in the region, and a variety of local events, trips and camps are organised regularly. Multifunctional Centre 13 (Monitoimitalo 13) provides young people with a variety of hobby opportunities ranging from crafts to media skills.

The Sports Services department of the City of Tampere organise swimming schools for children at outdoor swimming pools and beaches in the summer.

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Hobbies for the elderly

The City of Tampere organises guided exercise and diverse cultural activities for elderly people. Many pensioner associations also organise activities for pensioners.

The Local Markets (Lähitorit) organise events and activities for local residents and are also a great place to meet friends and have fun. The Local Markets are intended as a meeting place for Tampere residents of all ages.There are currently four Local Markets operating in the Tampere area.

Folk high schools and adult education centres provide opportunities to take up arts, crafts, cooking, dance and sports, for instance. You can also study languages there.

The sports services of the City of Tampere provide senior citizens with the opportunity to engage in various forms of aerobics, gym exercise, senior dancing and water aerobics. The sports services helpline and Kotitori provide more information about sports facilities, guided groups and advice on taking up a suitable form of exercise.

More information about opportunities for cultural hobbies is available from Kotitori and the customer service of the City of Tampere cultural services.

Kotitori
Palvelupiste Frenckell
Frenckellinaukio 2 B
33100 Tampere
Telephone 03 5656 5700, Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
You can visit Kotitori Mon-Fri 8:30 am-3:45 pm

Cultural Affairs, customer service
Kulttuuritalo Laikku
Keskustori 4
33100 Tampere
Telephone 040 806 2330

Sports Services, customer service
Ratinan rantatie 1
33100 Tampere
Telephone 03 5653 4300, Mon 12 noon - 3:45 pm, Tue-Fri 8:30 am - 3:45 pm

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Local MarketsFinnish

Associations

A variety of associations focusing on areas such as culture and sports operate in Tampere. More information is available on the city website.

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