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What’s happening in Harrow? Local activities and things to do

Harrow does have somewhat of a bad reputation for crime as of late, and there are too many chicken shops—it’s kind of true!. However, there are also some really good things happening in the borough.

Harrow spans 50km, covering all the smaller districts and towns. Additionally, there is our town centre which is about to see a large Regeneration Project undertaken, pledging additional homes and support for local businesses.

Asides this, I’ve taken some time to update my research and shortlist a to-do guide and resources; 

Sports and Fitness

There are various gyms across the borough with prices that range from £17.99-39.99 per month with various offers and have weightlifting platforms, cables and free weights. Some of the gyms include Anytime Fitness, Golds, Buzz Gym and more.

Some of the best Youth Football clubs in Harrow include the following –

Parkfield Youth FC: With over 300 registered girls and boys, Parkfield is Harrow’s largest club. Notable alumni include Jerome Thomas and Adrian Marriappa. They compete in local leagues and regularly tour abroad. Address: Uxbridge Road Pinner, Harrow HA3 6PU. See more at https://parkfieldyouthfc.co.uk/

Forest United Youth FC: A community-oriented club, welcoming children of all ages year-round. Training on Saturdays, matches on Sundays. Address: John Billam Sports Ground, Woodcock Hill, Harrow HA3 0PQ.

Bessingby Park Rangers FC: Founded in 1973, offering a pressure-free environment for children. Boasts 21 teams and a refurbished clubhouse. Address: Field End Centre, Yeading Avenue, Rayners Lane, Harrow.

Pinner Albion FC: Established in 1972, prioritising enjoyment, team participation, and development. Competes in the Harrow Youth Football League. Address: Headstone Manor Recreation Ground Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX.

Wealdstone Youth FC: Provides football training for ages 4-18, with top facilities and notable alumni like Stuart Pearce. Address: Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ.

Ruislip Rangers FC: Founded in 1969, one of Middlesex’s largest clubs with over 800 players. Offers various teams and a rich history documented in a recent book. Address: 25 Kings College Rd, Ruislip HA4 7JY.

Harrow St Marys Youth FC: Serving the community for over 40 years, focuses on developing technical ability and good character in a fun, safe environment. Address: Roxborough Rd, Harrow HA1 1PB. Check out their official website for details here – https://www.harrowstmarysyouthfc.com/

MA/MMA/Kickboxing 

In Harrow, residents can choose from traditional martial arts like karate and judo in MA classes or explore mixed martial arts (MMA) for a more versatile approach. With three main centers in the area, students have access to expert instruction and a supportive environment to pursue their martial arts interests.

Three of the main centres are –

Premier Kickboxing: Find out more about them here – https://premierkickboxing.co.uk/ 

Revival MMA: See more here – https://revivalmma.co.uk/ 

Modern Combat Marial Arts: See further info here – https://www.moderncombatmartialarts.com/ 

Boxing   

As we have looked at recently, Harrow has some incredible emerging boxing talents. If you’re interested in getting involved yourself two of the main places to take lessons include: 

Armour Training: See further info here – https://www.armourtrainingacademy.com/  

Harrow ABC: You can check out their website with further details here – https://www.facebook.com/HarrowABC  

Gymnastics  

The gymnastics club in Wealdstone offers membership and drop in sessions for kids and adults, check out their official website here –  http://www.harrowschoolofgymnastics.co.uk/ 

American Football lessons and games can be found with the Wembley Stallions. Boys and Girls aged 13 and over are welcome, this is ideal for both youth and adults wanting to learn. Find out more here – http://wembleystallions.co.uk/about-club/  

Harrow Leisure Centre – A sports centre for swimming, gym, weight lifting, rock climbing, badminton, trampoline and softplay. Their official website is https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/harrow-leisure-centre/

There are also partner swimming pools and an athletics track at Bannister Sports Centre and Hatch End. 

Bouldering/Rockclimbing 

A large full scale climbing centre installed in the centre of Harrow. Find out more about it, including sessions, lessons and all prices at https://www.harrowall.co.uk.

There’s also a climbing wall at Harrow Leisure Centre who also offer lessons.  https://www.everyoneactive.com/content-hub/activities/climbing-everyone-active/ 

Running 

There is a weekly timed 5k that takes place every Saturday which you can join for free! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrow/ – An inclusive space that welcomes all ages and abilities.  There is also an established running club that you can join and train with them each week. https://metros.org.uk/  

Golf  

A kids mini golf in an outdoor dinosaur park can be found in Stanmore. See more here – https://adventureexperience.co.uk/jurassic-island/ 

Indoor mini golf and arcade games can be found in St George’s Shopping Centre in Harrow Town Centre. Here is their official website – https://www.puttstars.co.uk/harrow  

There is also a full outdoor course with lessons or hire options, check out http://playgolf-london.com/. They have batting cages if you want to practice your baseball swing, food and drink are also available on site. 

Skating & Bikes 

BMX, Blades, Skateboards – its all here at the outdoor craters and bowls. Find out more here – http://www.skateparkhunter.com/skatepark/uk/harrow-skatepark/  

Larger outdoor bike track for the more adventurous residents, see more here – https://capitalwestlondon.co.uk/new-bike-track-for-south-kenton/ 

Roller Disco – Every month at Bryon Hall, Wealdstone hosts it’s own roller disco!. This takes place in the afternoon for the kids and then changes to adults in the night, this finishes at 2am. Skate hire is available too –  https://www.facebook.com/sk8citylondon/ 

Bicycle lessons, organised rides and social events for various ages can be found at the Harrow Cycle Hub. See more details – https://www.harrowcyclehub.org/ 

Horticulture 

For all horticulture and allotment groups in Harrow you can see – http://www.harrowinleaf.org.uk/  

Local bee keepers selling raw honey can be found here – https://harrowbeekeepers.co.uk/index.php/about/ 

Who could forget fishing? fancy yourself as an angler? check out – http://www.hsac.co.uk/index.htm https://harrowangling.co.uk/fisheries  

Museums and Galleries

A small museum but a large collection of items relating to this history of Harrow can be found at Bentley Priory Museum. If you haven’t been here before, I would highly recommend checking it out. Find out more here –  https://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/  

Some parts of Harrow School are accessible to the public, there are some very pretty sights along Football Lane and the gallery is open for viewing. The school also offers a guided your which teaches you all about it’s rich history and notable alumni. See more at – http://www.harrowschool.org.uk/Old-Speech-Room-Gallery 

Art Gallery & Studio: A space in West Harrow where Multidisciplinary artists can host and display their work. Check out – http://www.usurp.org.uk/  

The Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner showcases the whimsical artworks of renowned illustrator William Heath Robinson, while Headstone Manor and Museum in North Harrow offers a fascinating glimpse into local history with its beautifully preserved medieval manor house and exhibits.

The Arc – This is a multi space, Ampitheatre , studio and café next to Harrow on the Hill station. See more at – https://www.harrowcommercialservices.co.uk/archousecafe 

Nightlife

The Junction – Often show live football matches and present the sunset comedy club every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.

The Trinity – A Harrow heavyweight that’s been around for a long time offering some lovely gins, comedy nights, DJs and Live bands. Open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Crystal Lounge – Based in Wealdstone, this late night Shisha bar is open until 2am.

Harrow Arts Centre – Platform for all of the arts, music, dance, film and small theatre productions showing. See what’s on and purchase tickets for shows at –  https://harrowarts.com/whats-on 

Volunteering Opportunities

If you want to give back to the community in your own time, there are some places to take a look. There are opportunities to work with mental health, animals and arts https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/search/voluntary-action-harrow 

You can see more volunteering opportunities in Harrow at this link.

Food

Here’s an updated list of some local gems I personally recommend for 2024:

Marketplace UK: Featuring eight indoor street food vendors offering a variety of cuisines such as Argentinian steak, tacos, and Japanese dishes. Ideal for both lunch and dinner. Visit Marketplace UK

Greenhill Place Market: Enjoy outdoor food kiosks with vendors serving Jamaican, Sri Lankan, and vegan cuisines. Explore Greenhill Place Market on Facebook

Nana’s Kitchen: Indulge in Ukrainian cuisine and homemade dishes at Nana’s Kitchen. Discover Nana’s Kitchen

Panda’s Kitchen: Delight in delicious Sichuan Chinese cuisine at Panda’s Kitchen. Experience Panda’s Kitchen

Eighty Six: Savor tapas, paella, and late-night cocktails at Eighty Six. Check out Eighty Six

The Seven: Experience modern Indian cuisine and pub vibes, complete with cocktails on tap at The Seven. Visit The Seven

Lokma Meze Grill: Dive into Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine at Lokma Meze Grill, a highly recommended restaurant. Explore Lokma Meze Grill

The Castle: Nestled on the hill, The Castle is perfect for a traditional Sunday roast. For their full menu, visit their official website. Discover The Castle

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