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The River Thames

The River Thames dominates Marlow's leisure facilities with sailing, rowing,  canoeing, pleasure boat trips and coarse fishing. There is public access to the  river as well as car parking at Higginson Park on Pound Lane and Gossmore Lane.  Public mooring is available in Higginson Park and Gossmore Lane, and a public  slipway for small power boats and dinghies with stepped masts is found at the  end of St Peter Street. Extensive riverside open spaces are found at Pergola  Field, Riverwoods and Gossmore Lane.

THE THAMES  PATH, a new National Trail, which was officially launched on 24 July 1996,  passes through Marlow. This path follows the River Thames, mostly along the old  Thames towpath, from its source in the middle of a Cotswold meadow near  Cirencester to the Thames Barrier in London. Unlike the other 11 long-distance  paths in Britain, the Thames route is the first to follow a river for its entire  length and pass through the heart of dense urban areas. A combination of level  going and easy access by public transport makes it the most family-friendly, and  presents an ideal opportunity for inexperienced hikers to break in their walking  legs. With 13.5 million people living within 40 miles of somewhere on the trail,  the Thames Path is expected to become the most heavily trod trail in  Britain.

PLEASURE BOAT TRIPS on the River Thames are  run by Salter's Steamers (tel:  01865 243421) and go to Henley and return, departing at 1.30pm from Higginson  Park, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May until September and to  Windsor and return via Cookham and Maidenhead, departing at 9.30am from  Higginson Park, on Mondays and Fridays from May until September. Short 40  minutes out-and-back trips run from Higginson Park from 11am on Saturdays and  Sundays and daily in high season subject to weather and boat availability.  Alcoholic and soft drinks, tea, coffee and light snacks served on board.  Toilets. Disabled passengers can be carried (please advise in advance). Group  bookings welcome. Bookings can be made at Marlow Tourist Information  Office in the High Street.

Court Garden Leisure Complex

Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AE
Tel: 01628 405200

Close by the Thames is Court Garden, a beautiful 18th century house now fully  equipped with conference facilities, The Shelley Theatre and Garden Cafe Bar.  This house now forms part of Court Garden Leisure Complex which has squash  courts, tennis courts, putting greens, a 15m swimming pool, badminton courts,  Lifestyles fitness studio, aerobics and step classes, sunbeds, a creche and much  more. The centre is open 7 days a week, 9am-10pm.

Sports Clubs and Classes


Aerobics Class
Including legs, bums and tums every Tuesday from 10 - 11am  at Wesley Hall, Methodist Church, Spittal Street, Marlow. Creche. Everybody  welcome; bring trainers and a towel/mat. Turn up early or contact Caroline  Dewell on 01628 826544. (Your Marlow webmaster can recommend Caroline's  classes!)

Thighs, Tums and Bums Class
Held at 6pm on Tuesdays at Liston Hall.  Contact Sue Sheppard on 01494 472500.


Marlow Angling Club


Marlow Striders
Meet at Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow on Tuesdays  and Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 9.30am. Further details from Brian Haynes on  01628 484497.


Marlow 82 Club
Court Garden Leisure Centre, Pound Lane


Marlow Bowls Club
Higginson Park, Marlow (private)


Longridge Scout and Guide Canoe Club

Marlow Canoe Club


Marlow Cricket Club
c/o Marlow  Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow
For membership information contact Hon  Secretary Keith Hillier, tel: 01628 522863, email
The 1st  XI competes in the Feeder West Division of the Home Counties Premier League. The  2nd and 3rd XI's compete in the Thames Valley League.

Marlow Park Cricket Club
The Pavilion, Higginson Park, Marlow

Little Marlow Cricket  Club
The Recreation Ground, Church Road, Little Marlow, Bucks SL7 5RQ


Oasis Fitness Centre
Globe Park, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, SL7 1LU
Tel:  01628 475709


Marlow Football Club  Ltd
Alfred Davis Ground, Oak Tree Road, Marlow, SL7 3ED
Tel: 01628  483970


Booker Gliding Centre, Wycombe Air Park, Marlow, Bucks.
Trial  lessons and training in gliders. Flights often pass over Marlow - what better  way of seeing the town!


Harleyford Golf & Country Lodge
Harleyford Estate, Henley Road,  Marlow
Tel: 01628 487878
Visitors welcome with a handicap and at the  club's discretion.


Marlow Hockey Club
c/o Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7.
We  run 4 men's teams and 2 women's teams. Also a strong junior colts section. We  would welcome players of any level to come and play for a social club - contact  Margot Nicholls on 01628 521830.


Marlow Petanque Club
Meets at Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow on  Thursday evenings at 8pm.
For further information, tel: 01628 521783


Marlow Rowing Club
Marlow  Bridge Lane, Marlow. Note: provision for disabled persons.
Club's Tel: 01628  482366 (answering machine).
Steve Redgrave is Marlow Rowing Club's most famous  member.

Sir William Borlase's Grammar  School Boat Club


Marlow Rugby Football  Club
Riverwoods, Marlow
Tel: 01628 483911


Bisham Abbey Sailing School
At Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, on the  River Thames near Marlow. Tel: 01628 474960
Dinghy courses, weekdays or  weekends for adults and juniors.
Navigation courses - intensive shore-based  plus the new RYA Inland Waters Helmsman's Course and RYA Powerboat, levels 1  & 2.

Marlow Sailing  Club
Located approximately 2 miles upstream of the town of Marlow,  between Temple Lock and the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey.


Marlow Rifle & Pistol Club
Meets at Court Garden Leisure Centre, Pound  Lane, and at the army training grounds in Bisley, near Woking.


Bisham Abbey Squash  Club
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Bisham, Near Marlow,  Buckinghamshire
For further details either phone (01628) 783625 or e-mail


Court Garden Leisure Complex, Marlow.


Marlow Lawn Tennis Club
Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre
Near Marlow. Tel: 01628 476911 Ext  238
Junior summer tennis courses - intensive courses of 3-5 days for 8-16  year olds, structured for beginners, improvers and advanced.
Housewives  groups available.

Water Sports

Marlow Water Ski  Club
Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow. Tel: 01628 473453. Email
Slalom,  wakeboard, kneeboard, barefoot, Ski Nautique. Guests welcome.

Westhorpe Water Sports Club
Westhorpe Farm House, Westhorpe, Marlow. Tel:  01628 486617
Sailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing and windsurfing.

Westhorpe Water Ski Club
Westhorpe Farm, Little Marlow, Marlow. Tel: 01628  472330

Interest Groups

Age Concern

Age Concern holds a workshop on Tuesdays from 2-4pm at Liston Hall
The  Phoenix Group for stroke patients meets on Mondays from 2-4pm at Liston Hall


Marlow Antiques Society
Meets at 8pm on Thursdays in All Saints Church  Hall, The Causeway, Marlow


Marlow Archaeological Society
As well as our regular talks, outings and  workshops, we plan regular field walks in the Marlow area, gathering artefacts  which tell us how people lived here thousands of years ago.
To become a  member contact: Membership Secretary , Marlow Archaeological Society, 9  Spinfield Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2JT

Art and Craft

Marlow Art & Crafts Society
Painting class held on Monday mornings in  term time at Liston Hall

Rainbow Art Children's Club
Meets on Monday afternoons in the Thames Room,  Liston Hall

Marlow Floral Arts Club
Meets from 7.30-10pm on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of  each month in the Pugin Rooms, St Peter's Church.
Tel: 01628 487568 for more  information.


Bridge Club
Meets in the Garden Room, Liston Hall on Wednesday evenings at  7.30pm
Contact Marlow Community Association on 01628 472558


NCH - Action for Children - Marlow Area Support Group

Tumble Tots
Meets on Friday mornings and afternoons in term time at Liston  Hall

Marlow and Maidenhead Childbirth Trust
Offers postnatal support as well as  holding regular social events and working mums' groups.
Tel: Sonia Winter on  01628 36536

Community, Housing and Residential Associations

Marlow Community Association
Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow. Tel: 01628  472558

Marlow Residents Association


Marlow Folk Dance Club
Meets at Liston Hall on 2nd and 4th Fridays from  8pm - 10.30pm
For further information, contact Margaret Davies on 01628  485722 or Janet Leavey on 01628 485657

Marlow Scottish Country Dance Club
Meets at Liston Hall at 8pm every 2nd  and 4th Wednesday
For further information, contact Clare Haslam on 01628  890658

Marlow School of Dance
Classes (mainly for children) in ballet, tap,  modern, jazz and Spanish
Contact: Valerie Bishop on 01494 8811281

Tea Dances
Old Time and Ballroom dancing to 'live' music at Liston Hall on  the 2nd Thursday each month from 3-5pm
Contact Marlow Community Association  on 01628 472558

Contemporary Dance Class by Joan Williams from 7-9pm on Tuesdays in Liston  Hall.

Dog Training

Dog Training Club
Meets at Liston Hall on Monday evenings from 6.30pm  until late
Contact Marlow Community Association on 01628 472558

Food and Drink

Marlow and District Winemakers
Meets on the 4th Thursday evening of the  month in the Garden Room, Liston Hall
For further information, phone 01628  474196


Marlow and District Horticultural Society
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each  month at 8pm at the British Legion Hall, Station Approach


The Alternative Club
Run by Vanessa Broadhurst, the club aims to inform  people of the source of most of the complementary therapies available in the  Thames Valley Area. Meets at 8pm on every fourth Wednesday of the month in the  Red Cross Centre behind the Doctors' House in Victoria Road, off Glade Road.  Speakers from various branches of the alternative therapy world. Admission is £4  at the door.

Marlow Society

The Marlow Society is a civic society dedicated to protecting the heritage of  Marlow and its environs. Its aims are to

  • promote high standards of planning and architecture
  • educate the public in local geography, history and architecture
  • conserve and develop features of historic and/or public interest within the  Marlow area.

Membership is open to all who support these aims. Members are also able to  enjoy the lectures and other events arranged by the society for a reduced  charge. Annual membership subscriptions are currently £10 for a household (2  adults and dependents at one address), £7 for individuals and £50 for companies.  Life membership is also available. Application forms are available from the  Membership Secretary, David Steele, Quarry Lodge, Quarry Wood, Marlow, SL7 1RF  (e-mail, tel: 01628 482959).  Further information is available from the Hon Secretary, Mr Geoff Giddings, on  01628 483766.

The Society organises both social meetings for Members and meetings open to  the public on matters of both contemporary and historic interest. Our Local  History Group produces highly regarded publications such as The Marlow Historian  and Snapshots of Marlow in 2000 - copies of which are available from the Tourist  Information Centre.

Model Clubs

Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club


Marlow Amateur Operatic  Society
Meets at Liston Hall at 8pm on Thursday evenings.

The  Marlow Town Band

We are a brass band that rehearse on Monday evenings in the Band Hall,  Wethered Road, Marlow. We perform at a number of events in the town during the  year including the Regatta, the carnival, and  several other times in Higginson Park.
We welcome any new players.

National Trust

The National Trust meets from 8-10pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at  Liston Hall.

Parent and Toddler

Parent and Toddler Group
Meets at Liston Hall from 10-12 on Thursday  mornings
Contact Marlow Community Association on 01628 472558


Marlow Camera Club
Meets at Bovingdon Green Village Hall, Chalkpit Lane,  Marlow each Tuesday from September to May at 7.45pm for 8pm and throughout the  summer at a variety of locations on alternate Tuesdays.
For further  information, please telephone the Secretary on 01296 623066.

Political Parties/Groups

Wycombe Conservative Association (Marlow Branch)

Wycombe & Marlow Green Party

Professional Organisations

The Rotary Club of Marlow (No. 7180, District 1090, RIBI)
Formed over 50  years ago, the club has over 40 members and, with a very active programme of  business, community and social events, is a well established part of the life of  Marlow town.
The club meets every Thursday at the T J O'Reilley's, Marlow  Bottom Road, Marlow Bottom at 12.45pm for 1pm. There is an evening club for  those who cannot make lunchtime meetings (contact Fred Platt on 01628 472306 for  details). For further information contact:

President 1999/2000 - Peter Bailey, Woodwinds, Henley Road, Marlow,  Bucks, SL7 2BZ (tel: 01628 476610)

Marlow Round Table


Marlow & District Railway Society
All meetings are held at: Royal  British Legion, Station Approach, Marlow at 7.45 for 8.00 pm. On the 3rd  Thursday of each month with the exception of August.

Our meetings in Year 2002:
Thursday 17 January - Members  Photographic Evening
Thursday 21 February - AGM followed by Bring and Buy  sale of books, video, etc
Thursday 21 March - Film Night - Frank Banfield - a  selection of old railway related 16mm movies
Thursday 18 April - The Waterloo  and City Railway (The Drain) John Liffin
Thursday 16 May - The Welsh Highland  Railway Project Ivan Moore
Thursday 20 June - The Blue Bell Railway extension  - Mike Mason
Thursday 21 July - Merchant Navy locomotives - Eric  Samuel
Thursday 19 September - Colour Rail - Ron White - Show of old  slides
Thursday 17 October - Through the lens pt 2 - Andrew Bell
Thursday  21 November - Pre war slide pt 2 - Chris Youett
Thursday 19 December - Xmas  gathering - Quiz /supper/raffle etc

River Thames

River Thames Society

Royal British Legion

Marlow R B L
The Branch Secretary, R B L Club, Station Approach,  Marlow

Social Clubs

Cameo Club (lunch by invitation for the housebound)
Meets at Liston Hall  every 3rd and 4th Wednesdays
Contact Marlow Community Association on 01628  472558

Four Seasons Club
Meets on 1st Wednesday morning of the month and 3rd  Thursday afternoon of the month at Liston Hall
Membership is open to all  Marlovians over 18. Membership details from Mr Ray Khan on 01628 474095.

Friday Club - social club for the elderly, transport available.
Held from  10am-3pm in the Garden Room at Liston Hall
Contact Marlow Community  Association on 01628 472558

South Bucks Plus Group
Meets  every Wednesday from 8.30pm at T J O'reillys, 61 Marlow Bottom Road,  Marlow.
18 Plus is a nationwide social and activities organisation for young  adults aged 18-35. It offers its members the chance to meet new people, make new  friends and enjoy a wide range of weekday and weekend activities on a local,  Area and National basis. It is non party political and non religious. There are  over 100 groups throughout the UK which hold regular weekly meetings and are run  by their members for their members. All the groups are part of the National  federation of 18 plus groups. 18 Plus is a non-profit making voluntary  organisation which raises money for charity.
National federation of 18 plus  groups: Head Office 8-10 Church Street Chambers, Church Street, Newent, Glos.  GL18 1PP. Telephone 01531 821210.
South Bucks Plus email -
Head  Office email -

The Rotaract Club of  Marlow
Rotaract is a social and community action group for 18 to 29 year  olds with clubs all over the world.

The Western Front Association, Thames Valley Branch
This branch has some  50 enthusiasts who meet to discuss the First World War.

Town Twinning

Marlow Town Twinning Association


The Marlow Entertainers

The Marlow Players

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers meetings are held on Wednesday mornings in Liston Hall

Women's Groups

Marlow Evening Townswomen's Guild
Meets at Liston Hall, Chapel Street,  Marlow on first Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm.

National Women's Register - Marlow Branch
Contact Isobel Momber, tel:  01628 476004

Young People's Clubs and Activities

Air Training Corps 1811 (Marlow) Squadron
ATC HQ, The Armoury, Institute  Road, Marlow, SL7 1BL. Tel: 01628 488104

12th Marlow Army Cadet Force

Marlow Sea Cadets

Girl Guides (Marlow District)

Scouts (Marlow  District)

Beaver Lodge Youth Club