Cranfield University at Shrivenham has its own fitness centres, outdoor sports pitches, tennis, badminton and squash courts, a golf course, stables, and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

The surrounding areas also offer a number of attractions and worthwhile places to explore nearby, including the historic university city of Oxford and the market town of Swindon.

Swimming pool

The UK Defence Academy’s heated outdoor swimming pool is open from May until September. The fully supervised pool is available for use by staff, students and their families and also offers swimming lessons for adults and children.

The Defence Academy Golf Club

The Defence Academy Golf Club, established in 1956, is an attractive 18-hole course within the confines of the campus. The 18 different holes are achieved by a combination of 14 greens and 18 tees, making each hole unique. Find out more on the club's website.

The Saddle Club

The Saddle Club offers equestrian opportunities for all military, students, civilian staff, and their families, working in the Defence Academy. A wide range of livery services are available for members with their own horses/ponies. Find out more on the club's website.

Community sports

Please visit our Shrivenham Community page for details.

Places to visit

Shrivenham is in Oxfordshire, home to beautiful gardens, stately homes, rolling hills and picture-book villages, including the Cotswolds, Bronze Age art and the stunning architecture and history of Oxford itself.

There’s Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; the Bodleian Library, one of the finest in the world; Didcot Railway Centre with its unique collection of steam engines; and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Closer to Shrivenham, just over the county border into Wiltshire, is Swindon, providing a combination of charming courtyards and alleyways from its time as a market town with the modern vibrant Swindon of today. Here you will find a number of shops - including the popular designer outlet - as well as cafés and bars. It is also home to Swindon Town Football Club and the County Ground stadium, which hosts regular matches.