Sports and leisure
Richmond has a whole range of leisure and cultural activities and the opportunities for sports and leisure activities are many and varied.
Richmond sport and fitness centres
Richmond Borough Council manages several sport and fitness centres and pools covering a wealth of activities. The fitness centres offer gym facilities as well as adult and junior programmes.
Active Living Scheme
The Active Living Scheme helps Richmond residents to improve their health through lifestyle changes. It’s mainly for those with health conditions who would benefit from regular physical activity or advice on healthy eating. Our team can also help you to find the right activity if you're inactive and would like to move more.
Being active with a disability or sensory loss
Richmond upon Thames Inclusive Sport and Exercise (RISE) at Richmond Council promotes sports and exercise for disabled people of all ages. Follow the link to get involved and find out about inclusive and disability-specific sports and exercise activities.
The Visually Impaired Society of Richmond (VISOR) organises outings and social evenings as well as tenpin bowling and swimming.
British Blind Sport (BBS) works to enable visually impaired people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK at all levels, from 'grassroots' to Paralympic representation.
UK Deaf Sports aims to encourage deaf people to participate in and to enjoy and excel at sport.
Events and activities
There is a whole range of events and activities arranged in Richmond, from community organised sports and fitness to culture and festivals. Find out more from Richmond Council’s leisure and culture section.
You can enjoy great savings on activities and facilities when you buy a leisure card. As a member, you will receive discounts and special offers of around 10%.
There is also a leisure and youth card for those aged 0 – 19 years or 0 - 25 years with a disability. Sign up for free for a range of discounts at our sports and fitness centres and youth clubs.
There are a number of community and voluntary groups across Richmond that you can get involved with. For more information please visit the Volunteering Richmond.
Richmond tourist and visitor information
Every year, approximately 4.5 million tourists visit the borough of Richmond, which has been a favourite retreat of royalty, the rich and the famous for hundreds of years. Hardly surprising, given its beautiful royal parks, historic houses and museums. Not to mention its theatres, galleries, shops and restaurants. Information about the many tourist attractions and forthcoming events is available at Visit Richmond.
Going to the gym, swimming or playing group sports can help you to stay fit as well as improve your social life.