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Social Activities @ YMCA Hawker

Out and about with YMCA Hawker

Join us for a range of excursions, walks, meet-ups and more.

YMCA Walks

Our fortnightly walks start from YMCA Hawker, leaving promptly at 10am and returning mid-afternoon. They are free of charge and you will need to pay for your own expenses, such as transport and refreshments.

Monday February 13; In the Footsteps of Oliver Twist                         

We travel by train to Waterloo then take the bus to the Old Bailey from where our walk takes us to Oliver’s London.   Our final stop is the Dickens Museum in the house where he wrote Oliver Twist  (entrance fee £6 if you wish to go in.)  From there we go to catch the bus back to Waterloo.  [About 3.5 miles, flat and paved.]

Monday February 27; Woodberry Wetlands and Stoke Newington                

We head to Finsbury Park by bus and underground, then through the newly opened Wetlands Centre and on to Stoke Newington where we lunch.  You may like to visit Abney Park Cemetery before returning home.  [About 4 miles, flat and mostly paved.]

Monday March 13; A New Look at The Olympic Park                                      

We travel by train and overground to enjoy an exploration of the changes in the Olympic Park, lunching in Stratford before our return.  [About 4 miles, flat and paved.]

Monday March 27; Springtime Delights                                                            

After crossing Kingston Bridge, we walk through Home Park to the wild spring gardens of Hampton Court and back to the bridge where we lunch. [About 4 miles, flattish but may be muddy.]

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good enough health to participate in these walks, led by Group Leader, Jill.


Excursions  are a great way of getting out and about, visiting beautiful places as well as socialising with friends and meeting new people. Join us on a monthly excursion with pick up from YMCA Hawker by arrangement.  Trips are limited to 14 spaces so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Thursday 16 February: Hall Place and Gardens 

Sitting on the banks of the River Cray in Bexley, Hall Place is a stunning Tudor House with beautiful grounds to match. It was built in 1537 by wealthy merchant and former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The house has undergone a few renovations over the years due to various owners which have only added to the beauty and history of the house. The gardens include the remains of a watermill and a highly fashionable pleasure garden amongst other things. On site you can also enjoy a butterfly jungle, plant shop, gift shop and the delicacies offered at the Riverside café whilst looking out over the gardens and river.

Senior Social Members, £ 21; Non-members, £24

Thursday 23 March: Capel Manor Gardens 

First established in the late 13th century, the beautiful gardens stretch over 30 acres. They surround a picturesque Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. There is so much to enjoy over the day including but not limited to a Japanese garden, The Queen Mother’s garden, Sunflower Street, Le Jardin De Vincent, Growing Together in Faith garden, Koi Pond and Italianate Maze. For a break from exploring you can enjoy hot and cold food and drink in the Terrace restaurant or peruse the Hessayon visitor centre and gift shop. Bring your best walking shoes to make the most of exploring.

Senior Social Members, £ 20; Non-members, £23

An annual senior social membership fee of £25 is required to be eligible for the discounted members rate (see below).

Fitness classes

Exercise is important during all life stages and our Health and Wellbeing Team would be happy to help you find a class right for you. See our YMCA Social Activities Programme for more information.

For up to date prices please contact Reception on 020 8390 0148

Senior Social Membership

The Senior Social Membership costs £25 a year and as well as the fitness class discount, includes a 15% discount on senior trips and activities and on food and drink in the cafe at YMCA Hawker (excluding pre-packaged items).

An Active Kingston Card is available to anyone aged over 60 and living in the Kingston Borough. It entitles you to discounted use of leisure Centres in the Borough during certain hours. YMCA Hawker is an issuing Centre.