Get active with free induction classes at our new outdoor gym

Outdoor gym


Kew residents encouraged to get active with free gym classes


A programme of free exercise classes is being launched this week in North Sheen Recreation Ground in Kew.


The free sessions have been organised at the Recreation Ground as part of the Council’s Parks Improvement Programme which saw the installation of a new outdoor gym, a project that was championed by the Friends of North Sheen Rec who had secured funding for the equipment through the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Classes are designed for people who may not currently participate in any physical activity and aim to help improve physical health and wellbeing through exercise. The classes will be seen as introductory sessions which highlight how each piece of equipment benefits the user.

 Specialist companies have been commissioned to deliver the supervised classes on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5 September at 7pm 
  • Friday 8 September at 9.30am
  • Saturday 9 September at 10.30am
  • Sunday 10 September at 11am

Places are limited. To reserve your place, please sign-up at the Pavilion Café in North Sheen Recreation Ground. 

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We know that residents value our parks as one of the most important aspects of living in this borough and we want to ensure everyone has access to these wonderful spaces.

“We have some of the most healthy, fittest residents in the country. But there are some who cannot afford membership costs or don’t fancy exercising in a gym.

“These free sessions will hopefully give people a taste for exercising in our beautiful parks.”





June 12, 2017

Come and enjoy our new outdoor gym – look out in the cafe for details of the free training sessions, coming soon.

June 8, 2017

Our outdoor gym, obtained by a grant that was applied for by the Friends group, is now open. Thank you London Marathon Trust and Richmond Council.

Click here for a full introduction to the gym equipment



June 6, 2017

We are excited to be planning a Community Day with a dog show, kids' activities and more at the Rec later this year.

Click here for more details, as revealed at our Friends' meeting on 6 June.

Future plans at the Rec



1 June 2017

We are delighted to be able to report our new tree planting sites in the Rec. More soon on this!

New tree planting sites 




Wild flowers in the Rec 

Just one of the things we achieved this year - wild flowers in the Rec for the first time. Read on to find out more about what we offer, exciting developments for the futur and how you can help.

Facilities Environment About Us
Opening Times Trees About Us
Sport & Activities Wildlife                                  History                     
News & Events Nature Trail                                  Join Us
Children Dogs Location
Cafe and Pavilion Photo Album Contact                                 
Booking the pavilion Trivia (test yourself)                        External Links                          
Book an outdoor space Field of Poppies                         
Report a problem to the Council    









 *New* *New* *New* *New* -

Our Vision for the Future of the Rec. 

See here. 

Let us have your feedback!

We need help


 Areas we need help.

(Please email us if you would like to get involved:


1. Planting bulbs 10.30am on Sat December 10.Bulbs


2. Sports champions to help introduce new outdoor gym equipment (when we get it, hopefully next year)

Outdoor gym equipment


3. Helping with environmental surveys of birds, bees, butterflies etc 

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4. Help at Friends events - for 2017 we are planning a Tree Fest. 


*new* *new* *new*

Our lovely café is under new management, 9-5.30, seven days a week. See all the details here.





















 Easter Egg Hunt in the Rec! 

This was a great day. For a full report, see our news and events page

Do take time to look at the WWI map commemorating local heroes is now on our history page with a key to those who sacrificed so much.

Heroes Map

This photograph shows some of the volunteers from the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground at the media launch of the new equipment. See the story in the Richmond and Twickenham Times here, along with a pic of the former mayor trying out the new zip wire!
We are delighted to have worked with Richmond Council on the renovation of the playgrounds in the Rec. Improved playground equipment was one of the key items identified by our research with users of the Rec. We shared this finding with Richmond Council and helped them conduct a study with children and parents that was used to inform the playground re-design. The re-design kept the items that were popular with users (with some up-grades where necessary) and added in new equipment.

 The new equipment includes items that are aimed at groups previously not catered for by the playground, including all-ability items that can be used by children in wheelchairs, items for under-3s and more challenging items for older children (for example the zip-wire).

Come and try out the new equipment for yourself! See all the fabulous pictures of the new equipment on our children's page.

The bulb planting has begun! Read more here.


We now have the final plans for our playgrounds

The cafe stays open, even as the diggers move in! 

We are thrilled to report that work has begun on the refurbishment of our lovely playgrounds and we now have copies of the final plans. At the Pavilion Cafe it is business as usual, even as Storm Barney swept through, so do drop in for a delicious fresh-based croissant, organic cakes and snacks or cup of coffee or tea! If you would like to get involved with what is happening at our lovely park, please consider joining Friends of North Sheen Rec. For more pictures of work as it progresses, visit our Facebook page.





paddling pool