Recreation and Leisure

Walking/Rambling, Horse Riding and Cycling

Horsham District Council (HDC) has an excellent source of information for routes, maps and journey planning.
Click here to go directly to their website.

You can also Click HERE for a list of Guided Health Walks in the local area.

Cycling Routes

Local resident Max Woodcock, a keen cyclist, has put together a guide for two off road bike roads around the parish. CLICK HERE to see it.

‘The Bald Explorer – The Quest for England’

Film maker and amateur historian, Richard Vobes is enthusiastically exploring Britain’s great heritage, traditions and legends. In May 2020 Richard visited Thakeham, you can see his videos here:

In Search of Sussex – In Which I Go To Thakeham in West Sussex

Children’s Playgrounds

Our main High Bar Lane playground has equipment suitable for all ages and has been recently improved with a new ‘megatower’ feature, refurbishment of existing equipment and rubberised floor surfacing.  For toddlers and younger ages there is a also a small park on Furze Common Road and a new playground on Abingworth Crescent, near the new Village Hall.


Other Recreation Spaces/Pitches

The Parish Council also manages the open recreation spaces of Abingworth Football Fields (two football fields, plus Changing Room facilities), and the Glebe Field (off The Street). Please note that use of these facilities are subject to our Policy on Use of Recreational Spaces.   

The Glebe Field – Summer 2020


Enquiries regarding bookings of the Abingworth Football fields should be directed to the Thakeham Village Hall Trust.  Enquiries about booking the Glebe Field, e.g. as a venue for community events, should be direct to the Parish Clerk.  




Community Coffee Morning

Catch up with old friends or meet new neighbours. Everyone is welcome at the community coffee mornings.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month in Thakeham Village Hall.
10:00am – 11:30am

Purple Bus Youth Club Activities

The Purple Bus is a FREE mobile youth provision operated by Sussex clubs for young people in the rural communities of Sussex.

Weekly club at the Football Changing Rooms (Abingworth), Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm ; TERM TIME ONLY. For children in school years 5 – 11.

Find out more at: or email: – M: 07305 511674.
Registered Charity No: 1142272

Friday Night Youth Club

A FREE youth club for 11-18 year olds on Friday evenings, 7:30pm – 9pm at Thakeham Village Hall.
There’s a free Coffee shop & other refreshments
Chill-out Zones
Film Nights
Crafting and Cookery
Sports and Gaming
…and much more!
The club will be run by Youth Thakeham-Sullington, contact them by email if you have any questions.

Thakeham Gardener’s Club

This friendly club has a variety of interesting speakers each month, some of whom bring slides and also plants for us to buy at very low cost. The club holds a Flower Show in August and two Plant Sales in May and October, all of which are well attended. The subscription for 2019 is £10.
Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month (except January), starting at 7:30pm.

Contact: ​Janet Greenhill (Chairman) Tel: 01903 744980
Contact: Linda Turk (Membership Secretary) Tel: 01403 741068

Thakeham Bellringer’s Club

The Thakeham group is based in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church but there is no obligation to attend Church.

Practice takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm. Visiting ringers from other groups are always welcome.

To enquire about joining our group, or just find out more, see the Facebook page, contact Christine Hounslow (01798 815993 or Roger Watts (01798 813775

Thakeham Bridge Club

This popular bridge club was founded in 1980 by four friends who played bridge socially and then decided to form a formal club.
The club now has a membership of over one hundred enthusiastic players who enjoy the challenge and reward of the game.
Takes place in Thakeham Village Hall on:
Tuesday Evenings 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday afternoons 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Harold Linfield  Tel: 01798 812276 or visit the website here.

Short Mat Bowls​

They are forming a new club and are holding roll-ups each Monday evening. All ages are welcome including children who have the ability to bowl a wood. If you are new to short mat bowls, or have never heard of it but would like to give it a go, please bring your slippers with you to protect the mat.
Short mat bowls has become very popular over the last 25 years and  we hope to move forward very soon and form the club officially.
Monday Evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Thakeham Village Hall.
£2.50 per person
Contact: Barbara Weir Tel: 07539 850848

Thakeham Table Tennis

The club’s focus is on developing skill levels for players of all age groups from beginners to advanced. Guided by the principles of Table Tennis England and a UK level 2 Coach, the club aims to develop all aspects of the game. Please bring playing shoes, a bat if you have one and a drinks water bottle.
Takes place within Thakeham Village Hall on:
Tuesday (Adults) 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday (All Ages) 10:30am – 12:30pm

Find out more on the website here.

Thakeham Morris Dance

Running in Thakeham since 1991, we practice the Cotswold style of Morris Dancing augmented with a few dances from the Thakeham tradition.
Indoor practice runs from September to April on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 8:00pm. During May to September we dance out at pubs and events etc.
Contact: Derek Johnson Tel: 01903 743041
or find out more on the website here.

Sports Clubs

Football:  the parish has two full-size pitches located at the Abingworth site which is the new home to Thakeham Village FC.

Cricket: The new cricket pavilion and pitch was officially opened in May 2019. The fantastic facilities are home to West Chiltington & Thakeham Cricket Club.