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Outdoor Gyms – the free, local way to build a bit of activity into your day!

Picture: The outdoor gym at Victory Park

This week I’d like to talk to you about outdoor gyms. You may have come across one in your local park and wondered about giving it a go. They are similar to the gym equipment found in leisure centres and can be found in public spaces providing a selection of equipment that anyone can use – for free! There is also the added benefit that exercising in the fresh air gives.

I chatted to 77 year old Surrey Coalition member Richard Gosling, who lost his sight 43 years ago. Richard has been using his local outdoor gym for the last 5 years. He tells me a friend told him about the gym in Victory Park, Addlestone and knowing how beneficial exercise is, he gave it a try. Richard visits twice a week with his good friend, Harry and they exercise for about 30 mins or so, maybe more, sometimes running around the park too, always with a good chat and catch up.

Outdoor gyms are designed for anybody to use, at any time, for free. The equipment is safe and simple to use without the need for an instructor as there will always be instructions on the machines to show you how to use them. There are usually some machines designed to build strength where you will be seated and push or pull levers with some resistance, or you might have a plate to put your feet on and push with your legs. There will also be some equipment to raise your heart rate a little, maybe a static bike or cross trainer. Richard’s favourite at Victory Park is the cross trainer which he uses to warm up and get the heart pumping.

Richard thoroughly recommends people give outdoor gyms a try, he says “These places are free and usually not too far away. It will improve your wellbeing, your mental wellbeing and wake you up” “There is the motivation of getting together with a good friend and knowing that I will feel more cheerful after.”

If you’d like to find out where your nearest outdoor gym is check out the list and map below. Unfortunately, there isn’t currently anywhere that gives a comprehensive list of locations – something that I’m working on! Please do let me know if your local outdoor gym is not on this list.


Queens Park, Caterham-on-the-hill,

Whyteleafe Recreation Ground, Hillbury Road, Whyteleafe

Holland Park, Oxted

Reigate and Banstead:   

Redhill Memorial Park, London Road, Redhill

Epsom and Ewell: 

Court Recreation Ground, Hazon Way, Epsom

Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell,

Shadbolt Park, Worcester Park

The Warren, Beaconsfield Road, Epsom

Mole Valley:          

Kingston Road Playground, Leatherhead

Meadowbank, Dorking


Long Ditton Recreation Ground, Windmill Lane, Long Ditton

Cobham Recreation Ground, Lushington Drive, Cobham

Coronation Recreation Ground, Molesey Road, Hersham

Hurst Park, Sadlers Rise, West Molesey


Hengrove Park, Station Crescent, Staines

Shepperton Recreation Ground, Grove Road, Shepperton

Lammas Park, Wraysbury Road, Staines

Ashford Recreation Ground, Clockhouse Lane, Ashford

Kenyngton Manor Park, Bryony Close, Sunbury

Staines Park, Commercial Road, Staines

Cedar Recreation Ground, Green Street, Sunbury

Stanwell Moor Rec, Horton Road, Stanwell Moor

Greenfield Park, Bingham Drive, Laleham

Feltham Hill Road Rec, Feltham Hill Road, Ashford

Laleham Park, Thames Side, Laleham


Hythe Park, Field View, Egham

Victory Park,  Chertsey Road, Addlestone


Farnham Park Trim Trail, Folly Hill, Farnham


Stoke Park Fitness Trail, Nightingale Road, Guildford

Kingston Meadows Trail, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley

Westborough Woods Trim Trail, Guildford


Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking

Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground, Woking

Vyne Field, Redding Way, Knaphill

Surrey Heath:        

Frimley Lodge Park Trim Trail, Sturt Road, Frimley Green

Windlesham Field, Kennel Lane, Windlesham

Map of Surrey’s Outdoor Gyms

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  1. […] Don’t just take our word for it – In this blog article from last year, Surrey Coalition Member Richard Gosling tells us why he’s a regular at his local outdoor gym and you can find out where your nearest gym is: Outdoor Gyms – the free, local way to build a bit of activity into your day! « Surrey Coalition o… […]

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