Recreation and Play Facilities

There are many recreation areas and play facilities across the district catering for a range of ages and interests. These include a number of skate parks offering riding experiences for skateboarders, bladers and BMX-ers.

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), with the help of external funding, is constantly striving to develop and improve play spaces and facilities that challenge and appeal to young people.

Where they're located

The facilities below are managed by MVDC.

Additional facilities are provided by local Parish Councils. Please contact the relevant parish for details.

Many of these recreation areas and open spaces are available for hire by community groups and individuals wishing to hold special events.

MVDC is always looking at the need for further recreation facilities in the district. If funds have been allocated for acquisition, this is indicated, otherwise MVDC will look to provide land as and when opportunities become available. As part of the planning process consultation and analysis, a need for the following further play areas in South Dorking and recreation space in Ashtead has been identified.

If you would like to make an enquiry about our recreation and play facilities, please call 01306 885001.


Ashtead Recreation Ground

  • Location: South of Barnett Wood Lane near the village pond
  • Facilities: Children's playground and skate park. There is a hard court available (booked through Ashtead FC). The football pitch is under license to Ashtead Football Club and the tennis courts to Ashtead Tennis Players Club. Two of these courts are available for public use, while fees are collected by the tennis club
  • There are three car parks available for visitors to the recreation ground, one off Barnett Wood lane, one off Greville Park Road and one off Woodfield Lane by the tennis club.

Beare Green

Mere Bank Recreation Ground

  • Location: Access from Willow Close, Merebank and Hawkesmoore Drive
  • Facilities: Toddlers playground and adventure playground for older children. Full sized hard court area with basketball hoops


Chrystie Recreation Ground

  • Location: South of the village centre on Dorking Road
  • Facilities: Children's playground (adjacent to the Bookham Boy's Club building) and home of the Bookham football, bowling and tennis clubs

Lower Road Recreation Ground

  • Location: Lower Road to the west of the village
  • Facilities: Small car park with a large children's playground adjacent. A skate park and basketball half court lies in the south-western corner of the site. The ground is home to Bookham Colts FC


Brockham Recreation Ground

  • Location: Middle Street
  • Facilities: Children's playground (corner of the site) and a multi-use games area, goal area and youth shelter

The Big Field

  • Location: South of the A25 Reigate Road
  • Facilities: There are three football pitches and changing pavilion which are under licence to the Dorking Rugby Football Club. The field is owned by the National Trust but managed by a local committee on which this council sits.


Meadowbank Recreation Ground

  • Location: Dorking town centre with access from  Mill Lane, Ashcombe Road, London Road and Fairfield Drive
  • Facilities: Children's playground and skate/BMX park, multi use games area and aerial swing. In addition there are facilities for football and cricket. 

Pippbrook Grounds

  • Location: Between A24 Reigate Road and London Road
  • Facilities: The gardens behind Pippbrook were originally the grounds of Pippbrook House, the listed Victorian Gothic style building. Within the grounds are a number of tennis courts, managed by Dorking Sports Centre, a bowling green and pavilion of Pippbrook Bowling Club.

Pixham Sports Ground

  • Location: South side of Pixham Lane
  • Facilities: Home to Dorking Cricket Club, Dorking Athletics Club and Old Dorkinians Football Club. The ground is council owned but managed by the Pixham Sports Association.


Cannon Court Recreation Ground

  • Location: A small open space with access from Cannon Grove and Cannonside
  • Facilities: Children's playground and tennis courts which are leased and managed by the Leatherhead Tennis Club.

Cock Lane Recreation Ground

  • Location: Adjoining Cock Lane
  • Facilities: Large children's playground, a multi sports court and tennis court, all available free of charge.

Kennel Lane Recreation Ground

  • Location: Accessed from Hazel Way, Gatesden Road and Ashwood Park, as well as the public footpath from Bell Lane
  • Facilities: Children's playground and football pitch. The pitch is licensed to Bookham FC. There is a small pond at the bottom of the field, which is part of the surface water drainage system for the area. 


Fortyfoot Recreation Ground

  • Location: Between Fortyfoot Road and the main A24
  • Facilities: Small children's playground and football pitch. The bowling green is the home of Leatherhead Bowling Club. There is an informal woodland area with a number of paths.

Kingston Road Recreation Ground

  • Location: Leatherhead KT22 7PZ. When travelling North from the town centre follow the A245 towards junction 9, at the first roundabout leave the A245 and take the first exit along the Kingston Road (B2430), cross the railway bridge, pass through the mini roundabout, the playground is on your right.
  • Facilities: Children's playground, skate park, football pitch and pavilion, as well as a sensory garden and environmental area. 

Leatherhead Leisure Centre

  • Location: Guildford Road, Leatherhead KT22 9BL, situated in more than 30 acres of parkland close to the River Mole
  • Facilities: Leisure centre with first class facilities including a state of the art gym, multi-use games area and cafe. For full details of facilities at the leisure centre, visit their website (see 'Internet Links'). The parkland includes the sports grounds for the Leatherhead cricket and football clubs, a large skate park located near the main entrance to the centre and a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which is available for hire through the leisure centre.

North Holmwood

King George V Playing Field

  • Location: A24 Deepdene Avenue. Close to Chart Downs, Goodwyns and Holmwood Park estates with access available from all three, as well as from the main A24
  • Facilities: Large children's playground and one full sized and one mini football pitch. There is also a  concrete skate park with a sunken bowl area, range of street features as well as a teen shelter and changing pavilion.


Cradhurst Recreation Ground

  • Location: North of Westcott Street with access available from Cradhurst Close, Springfield Road, as well as via the public footpath that runs northwards from the main A25 road
  • Facilities: Children's playground on site and a teen area with half pipe, football goals, half court and climbing boulders.