Culture & Leisure

Runnymede's mix of urban and rural landscapes offers up an eclectic mix of cultural and leisure opportunities.

From nationally renowned theme parks, to tranquil historic meadows - there should be something below for everyone.

Runnymede Meadows

Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this picturesque open landscape beside the River Thames was witness to King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta over 800 years ago on 15th June 1215.

Today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the monumental impact the documents sealing has had on our modern understanding of freedom. As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you will find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces, and a unique installation by artist Hew Locke.

On the other side of the Thames you will find Ankerwycke, a hidden gem with secrets to discover among the woods and fields. Look out for the ruins of Benedictine priory and the National Trust's oldest tree, a 2,500-year-old Yew where Henry VIII was rumoured to have courted Anne Boleyn.

source: National Trust

Thorpe Park

With over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, Thorpe Park truly is an island like no other.

With some of the highest, fastest and steepest rides in the country, you can spend the day pushing yourself to the limit. The newest highlight of the park is a truly mind-bending experience. Derren Brown's Ghost Train, designed by the master of psychological manipulation himself, will have you questioning what your own mind is telling you. On the 13-minute ghost train ride, everyone's experience is unique, affected by your own fears and assumptions. With illusions, virtual reality and special effects all playing a part, this is a ride that will make your head spin.

Thorpe Park is open from 23rd March - 31st October. This excludes some off peak dates during April, May, September and October.

source: Visit London

The Light Cinema

The Light is a brand new state-of-the-art 6 screen cinema in the heart of Addlestone.

Offering the latest audio-visual technology, premium seating as standard, fully liquor licensed screens, modern cafe bar, competitive pricing and exciting events - it's a truly unique cinema experience.

Parking is available in the brand new multi-storey car park with 300+ parking spaces available, giving cinema-goers parking that is practically on the doorstep.

Virginia Water Lake

Originally created as a Royal pleasure ground, the spectacular lake at Virginia Water is now a destination for families to enjoy all year round.

The woodland shores of this magnificent lake are hugely popular amongst people who love to take part in the wide range of activities that are possible here - from walking or running the perimeter, to simply relaxing and enjoying the view. The area is steeped in a rich history that spans centuries - from ancient monuments, to cascading waterfalls and stunning vistas.

Virginia Water is very popular all year round, with its glittering waters and abundance of wildlife. The ornamental cascade waterfall is always a favourite feature - while children love the towering 100 foot Totem Pole, a gift to Queen Elizabeth II from an indigenous British Columbian tribe.

source: Windsor Great Park

Egham Orbit

Due to open on Tuesday 12th February, Egham's new leisure centre will be a state-of-the-art facility.

The £19m venue boasts a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool along with spectator seating and a 10x10m learner pool, both with movable floors ensuring accessibility for all.

Egham Orbit will also feature Otium Spa, a two-storey health spa which offers 8 treatment rooms, suana, steam room, heated loungers, hydro pool and a relaxation suite.

The leisure centre will offer a brand new gym including the latest Technogym cardio and resistance equipment, spacious free weights area including lifting racks, functional training zone and stretching area. The friendly gym instructors will be available to give inductions, programmes and help using the equipment. There will also be personal trainers available for 1-2-1 or small group coaching sessions.

Rowing Clubs

Owing to Runnymede's riverside location, the borough has a number of active rowing clubs. Whether you are a beginner or expert, wish to row competitively or just at leisure, there will be a group for you.

To find out more information and to contact the rowing clubs located within the borough, please follow this link.