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Ultimate Guide: all the healthy things you can do in Horsham

When I moved to the Horsham district 11 years ago, it took me a while to locate and replace all of the health & wellbeing activities I had left behind in London.

So if you have recently moved to Horsham or are looking for ways to get healthy and stay fit in our town & surrounding villages, this guide will answer many of your questions!

Horsham is home to many excellent health and fitness options, including healthy places to shop & eat, gyms, yoga studios, sports clubs and running trails in parks, woods & country parks. In this blog post, we will outline all the different ways you can get active & live a healthy life in Horsham. Including:

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    We will also provide information on local events and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

    So whether you are a beginner or an experienced health & fitness enthusiast, there is something for everyone in Horsham!

    Healthy places to shop local & eat

    As we all know, eating healthy is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle.

    There are plenty of great places to shop & eat healthily in Horsham, including:

    Horsham Community Fridge

    Horsham Community Fridge is open to everyone & aims to redistribute FREE food that would otherwise go to waste. They foster a spirit of sharing & mutual support within our community. As well as their central location in Horsham, they make pop-up community fridge visits to the surrounding villages


    Weston’s Farm Shop

    Located in Itchingfield, near Christ’s Hospital, Weston’s Farm Shop is packed full of seasonal vegetables, meat from local butchers, as well as their own farmed animals & dairy products delight. It has recently added a coffee bar, which is a great stop for refreshments if you are cycling on the Downs Link 


    Newhouse Farm Shop

    Located on the outskirts of Horsham in a 16th-century Sussex barn, Newhouse Farm shop & Pick Your Own is certainly worth a visit! With lots of locally sourced products & a tearoom on site, we never fail to leave without a bag of goodies.


    Horsham Markets (Thursday & Saturday)

    The Horsham market contains a large & varied selection of stalls & food vendors in the Carfax every Thursday & Saturday.


    Vegan Fest Horsham

    On the last Saturday of each month, Vegan Fest Horsham comes to Piries Place. There is a great mix of stalls with plant-based foods, bakes & much more!


    Johansson’s Cafe Horsham

    This is a lovely independently run Swedish cafe on the Bishopric. In moderation, all foods can be enjoyed, so if you have a hankering for a lovingly made traditional Swedish cake or light bite (the scrambled eggs & salmon are delicious!), then you want to put Johanson’s on your list.


    Our favourite walks and parks

    Horsham is home to many beautiful parks and walking/running trails, perfect for getting some fresh air and exercise.

    Some of our favourites include:

    Warnham Nature Reserve

    The 92-acre site is owned and managed by Horsham District Council & was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17-acre millpond, marshes, grassland, reed beds, hedges and woodlands. The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife with over 400 species of plants, and over 100 species of birds, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, and all three species of Woodpecker.


    Horsham Park

    Awarded a Green Flag Award in 2021, this is an excellent place for a leisurely walk or a picnic in the sun. The park also has a playground, tennis courts and a basketball court, perfect for keeping the kids entertained.


    Southwater Country Park

    Southwater Country Park makes a perfect day out as it’s suitable for all ages and abilities – the cafe and visitor centre has toilets and serves food and drink all day. At the same time, watersports sessions are run on the lake. The park is located next to the Downs Link, a beautiful off-road trail popular with families. You can hire bikes from Southwater Watersports to make your day even more adventurous.


    St Leonard’s Woods

    This extensive, Forestry Commission-owned site provides a relaxing countryside retreat for walking, cycling and horseriding, just a few miles from the hustle and bustle of Horsham and Crawley. It is steeped in cultural history, with the 6th-century French hermit, St Leonard, reportedly slaying a fearsome dragon on the site!


    Sports clubs you can join

    If you or your children have a passion for team sports, why not join one of Horsham’s many sports clubs?

    There are a huge variety of sports clubs in Horsham, including:

    Local gyms

    If you are looking for a more traditional way to get fit, there are plenty of great gyms in the Horsham District.

    Some of our favourites include:

    Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club

    Located in Christ Hospital, this gym offers a wide range of over 60 classes a week, including Spin, as well as a gym and squash & tennis courts. They also have a swimming pool on site


    The Gym Group

    This gym is great for those on a budget, with no contract and no joining fee. They have a wide range of equipment and classes, making it easy to find something that you enjoy.


    Bodywise in Warnham

    A boutique health & fitness club with lots of yoga classes located in Warnham.


    Slinfold Golf & Country Club

    Slinfold Golf & Country Club combine luxury facilities with a non-intimidating atmosphere to create a truly exceptional health club and lifestyle experience. As the name suggests, there is a golf course on-site, as well as a swimming pool, gym & bar/restaurant.


    Mindfulness & Yoga Centers

    The Sussex Country Yurt

    Located in Warnham, this yurt hosts many different classes run by many different yoga teachers. It is a tranquil & peaceful setting for all of its classes.


    Sound Bath Healing

    If you are interested in Sound Bath, Camilla Hamblin runs classes at many different locations in the Horsham district


    Summerhouse Yoga

    Run by the fantastic yoga teacher Tracey Harris


    So there you have it, our guide to many of the healthy things you can do in Horsham! We hope this has inspired you to get out there and start living a healthier lifestyle. Remember, it’s never too late to start!

    Do you have any tips for living a healthy lifestyle? Or have you visited any locations or classes that you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out our blog for more great tips on how to live a healthy and happy life!

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