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YMCA Hawker

Situated alongside the river Thames a few minutes outside of Kingston, YMCA Hawker is a buzzing family centre bursting with children’s activities, The Pod soft play centre, group exercise classes, a great gym and much more.

Children’s activities

Children, parents and carers will feel at home at YMCA Hawker. We have a range of great classes from dancing to cycling every day of the week for under 5s and older children. Little ones can also let off steam in The Pod – a fun two-floor soft play centre now open for late night bouncing every Thursday until Christmas.

Why not bring a ball and take advantage of the large playing fields and basketball hoops; borrow bats for a game of ping pong or hire a court for tennis? We run a range of tennis courses for players of any level.

Those looking for after-school care and holiday clubs need look no further; we run a range of playschemes that make full use of the facilities to provide fun and affordable childcare including Wild Play Days for kids who love to mess around in the woods.

If you would like to arrange a birthday party, The Pod soft play has a range of options for all budgets and we also offer dance and other themed parties on request.

For more information please download our Fun for Children leaflet.

Health and wellbeing

The YMCA Hawker fully-equipped gym is large and airy with both resistance and cardio-vascular equipment. Join as a member or pay-as-you-go and work out with views over the playing fields and the support of a friendly team of staff to help you achieve your goals. Members benefit from the Get Started programme, free fitness classes and a 15% discount in the cafe.

We run over 50 classes a week. From Zumba to Pilates and Line Dancing to Insanity, there is something for all ages and levels of fitness. View our timetable or read more about the range of classes.

You might also like to keep active buy joining us on one of our bi-monthly walks.  These excursions are free and open to all. We explore beautiful places in the community with like-minded friendly people of all ages.


Our idyllic riverside café serves a wide range of food at excellent prices. Enjoy a drink with friends as the children have fun in the outside play area. There is a special children’s menu and plenty of buggy space.

Proceeds from sales are used to fund YMCA projects that help vulnerable local people.

Room hire

Looking for a function room? Whether for a wedding, birthday party or business conference, YMCA Hawker offers catered or self-catered room hire including riverside restaurant, studio with sprung floor and bar, and stunning outside terrace and BBQ.  Hear about our happy customersexperiences.

Opening times

Monday to Friday : 6.30am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday : 8am – 8pm

Parking and directions

YMCA Hawker has ample parking and is a 15 minute walk or short bus journey from Kingston Station.