Guildford has plenty of choice for watching sport, playing sport and keeping fit.
Enjoy participating in sport, or just watching sport in Guildford and Surrey, on the roads, on the rivers or in state of the art sports centres.
Guildford Spectrum has everything for the serious sports person or just family fun. There is a state of the art gym, ice skating, bowling alley, diving pool, swimming pool and family fun pool and look out for special classes and activities especially during school holidays.
Surrey Sports Park is the training ground for Harlequins Rugby team with high-tech equipment, pool, classes and more. Surrey Sports Park will host the Women's Lacrosse World Championships in 2017 and have previously played host to the Women's Rugby World Cup, and several Olympic teams, and international rugby teams during the World Cup. You can also join in mid-week 5-a-side Football here.
What better place to be on a sunny day that Guildford Lido - you can swim there throughout the year, although it is a bit chilly in the winter! Ideal summer fun for all the family as the children take to the water slides.
Look out for national netball matches with Surrey Storm, basketball national league games and ice hockey too.
Guildford Cricket ground is the rural home of Surrey County Cricket - look out for the Guildford Cricket Festival each year around June/July as part of Guildford Summer Festival.
Since the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race skirted around Guildford, and headed off into the Surrey Hills, and the Tour of Britain ended on the cobbles of Guildford High Street; Cycling and mountain biking has become the local popular sport. Can you accept the challenge of following in the tyre marks of Sir Bradley Wiggins and head up Leith Hill and the zigzags of Box Hill? Remember you are not racing, so do not forget to stop and take in the stunning scenery.
The Prudential Ride London continues to inspire cyclists each year as we cheer them on the most difficult part of the cycle route, while many local cyclists take part raising huge amounts of money for charity. Mountain Bikers can take their bikes, or hire bikes, and access single track trails through ancient woodland and countryside, reaching some of the highest points in South East England.
Useful Links for Mountain Bike riders:
For a more gentle cycle ride, ideal for families and beginners, the Guildford Tourist Information centre has a range of guidebooks and maps showing the network of cycle paths throughout Surrey.
Walking and Hiking
Within ten minutes, you can be out of the town centre and heading out into the countryside for walking and hiking. Walkers can choose gentle rambles, or 10-mile hikes - stroll along the river towpath, take a picnic and explore the surrounding countryside.
Guildford Tourist Information centre has a range of books, guides and maps for all ages, abilities and interests to help you explore the countryside. In addition to good sturdy walking boots, do not forget to take a camera!
Sailing and Kayaks
Get on the water of the River Wey in a Kayak - after all that is where Gold Medallist Liam Heath first tried kayaking! There are many miles of river to explore at whatever pace suits you, your skill level and sense of adventure.
Useful Boating Links:
As Guildford is surrounded by such beautiful countryside, it is not unexpected that you will find many championship golf venues. Bring your golf clubs on your weekend or short break away as there are many courses offering pay and play.
With miles of open space, there is plenty of opportunity for a family-fun kick-about - or check out the fixture list for Guildford City Football Club and watch a home game.