Getting Active across the District
Local sports clubs
For details of local clubs or activities where you can get out, meet people and keep active, take a look at the Horsham District Council website.
You may be interested in a particular sport such as football, athletics, hockey, badminton, squash, gymnastics or the Sussex sport of stoolball. Each of these will have their own national governing body and they will be able to put you in touch with local clubs that offer regular coaching sessions. Search for clubs and activities in your local area on the Active Sussex website.
Or visit the leisure centre websites:
- Billingshurst Leisure Centre
- The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath
- Henfield Sports Centre
- The Holbrook Club
- Pavillions in the Park, Horsham
- Steyning Leisure Centre
- Bluecoats Sports Centre, Christs Hospital
Health environment projects
Horsham Green Gym is an independent nature conservation group run by its members, with support from Horsham District Council.
They work at various sites in and near Horsham, West Sussex getting exercise and fresh air while improving the local environment, learning new skills and making new friends.
They meet at 10am every Tuesday through the year, and at the same time every Thursday from the beginning of October to the end of March. From April to September they usually meet on alternate Thursdays.
You can attend on either day or just one, as your other interests and commitments permit. They aim to finish work by 1pm.
Tasks have included building benches, tree planting, clearing streams, bird box making, rhododendron, gorse and bramble clearance, path resurfacing and creating glades in the woods to allow wild flowers to re-establish.
Visit the Horsham Green Gym website for more information or phone David Jessop on 01403 269384.
Transition Horsham - Community Allotment
Would you like to grow organic vegetables but perhaps can’t commit to a full allotment? Here’s an opportunity to get out in the fresh air, meet new people, get fit, learn something new or work on existing skills. No tools, skills, or experience are necessary! Chesworth allotments have toilet facilities and parking. Work parties are on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from March to October. For more information visit the Transition Horsham website.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sussex Wildlife Trust run many events each month, including several free guided walks. They have over 30 nature reserves which are open to the public which offer self-guided walks of different lengths and terrain. See the Sussex Wildlife Trust website for more information.
Gatwick Greenspace Partnership
The Gatwick Greenspace Partnership works in and around Horley, Horsham and Crawley, as well as Gatwick Airport. Despite this largely urban setting the surrounding countryside is a rich one, with ancient woods, heathland and steep sided streams. They aime 'to benefit people, wildlife and the countryside in and around Horley, Crawley, Charlwood and Horsham'. They want to enhance people's lives through contact with nature and to help wildlife and the countryside flourish, with the help of local people.
There are twice-weekly volunteer tasks to carry out woodland management, restoration of heathland, and other habitat management tasks. They will organise lifts if needed (just phone the day before). They run guided walks once a month to help people discover their local countryside and heritage and also help deliver a Walking for Health scheme, to encourage people to combine gentle exercise with a social event. If you are interested in volunteering or in any of the activities, phone the Project offices on 01293 550730 or email the Project Offices. More information can be found on the Sussex Wildlife Trust website.
Vicky Adie is a locally based NHS Physiotherapist working for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor and offers FREE online Pilates classes for all levels via her website which aims to make quality, physiotherapy led Pilates accessible and available to everyone.
To find out more and register your interest, visit the Pilates Live website.