Taking part in sporting, recreational and social activities is an ideal way to relax away from your academic work and meet new people.

Facilities at the Cranfield campus include our sports centre, which incorporates a fitness centre and aerobics studio, playing fields, sports pitches and several tennis courts, while Shrivenham has its own golf course, outdoor heated swimming pool and riding stables.

At Cranfield, the fitness centre contains an extensive range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights and an aerobics studio. The centre prides itself on offering excellent value for money, while catering for the varied needs of its members. So whether you want to lift weights or improve your general fitness, this is the place for you.

A number of our sports clubs also operate within the multi-purpose area of the gym and compete in inter-university and local leagues.

Cranfield Fitness Centre
Cranfield Fitness Centre

Gym and dance studio

Our well-equipped Fitness Centre is split between a free weights room and a general purpose gym with a range of resistance and cardiovascular machines including:

    • Treadmill's
    • Stationary bikes
    • Elliptical machines 
    • Rowing machines
    • A wide range of Olympic weights and plate loaded machines.
Our dance studio is equipped with handrails, full mirrors, PA system and purpose-built flooring and hosts a wide range of fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and boxercise.

Playing field and multi-use games area

Our grassed, multi-use playing field features full-sized football, rugby and cricket pitches and is also ideal for training, while our multi-use games area features two floodlit, fully-fenced, five-a-side pitches with synthetic artificial turf.

Racket sports

Our facilities include:

  • Eight badminton courts, located in the sports centre
  • Four outdoor and floodlit tennis courts, two of which are newly resurfaced
  • Two squash courts located at Mitchell Hall, which include a viewing gallery for spectators, male and female changing rooms and shower facilities. 

Equipment for hire, such as rackets and balls, from the sports centre reception.

Relaxation, therapy and classes

At Cranfield a range of therapeutic and professional services are offered by external companies operating at our sports centre. We have a physiotherapy service where qualified sports therapists are able to treat sports and non-sports related injuries.  A range of fitness classes are held during lunchtimes or in the evenings in our dance studio, such as yoga, pilates and boxercise. 

Opening times and fees

If you would like to book our facilities or hire equipment, there are peak and off-peak rates, as well as special rates for regular hire. The sports centre is open each day:

Monday-Thursday: 7am-11pm

Friday: 7am-10pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10am-9pm

Membership packages for students:

Pay as you go: £6.00 per session

Flexible monthly package deals:

  • 3 months: £50
  • 6 months: £85
  • 12 months: £145