Free under fives swimming launches at Pyramids, Portsmouth

Free under fives swimming launches at Pyramids

To promote water confidence and encourage more families to participate in physical activity together, we have introduced free swimming sessions for children under five years old at Pyramids, the region’s largest leisure and entertainment complex in Portsmouth.

“Family swimming is one of the most popular activities at Pyramids and the ambition is to encourage even more people to take to the water,

says Richard Neale, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager at Pyramids.

“When we began to manage Pyramids in 2013, one of the first things we did was to launch more family swimming sessions and a ‘learn to swim’ programme. Spending time in the supervised environment of a public swimming pool from a young age can help to build water confidence. Being an island nation, surrounded by coastal waters, rivers and lakes, this is a valuable skill for life which can go on to potentially save lives.

He adds,

“To complete to overall family experience, we have also introduced more child friendly food and healthier options in the café which has resulted in positive customer feedback.”

Swimming is still one of the most popular activities in the UK and getting into a pool from a young age can also help to build positive habits for adult life.

Richard Neale explains,

“Industry research tells us that children who regularly take part and enjoy physical activity are more likely to carry on into adulthood. Swimming is something that the whole family can enjoy together and we hope this initiative will make it an even more attractive activity and encourage more people to take part.”

Pyramids is also running a ‘swim for £1 on selected sessions’ offer for 5-15 year olds during January and February 2016.

To find out more about swimming at Pyramids visit or telephone 023 9320 0330.


For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive E: T: (01202) 451866

Notes to Editors:

Kids swim for £1 offer at Pyramids is throughout January & February 2016. Available during weekday Super Splash sessions only. Excludes February half term holidays. Available for children aged 5-15. Adults pay full price. Offer ends 29 February 2016.

Children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied in the water by an adult (aged 16+ years). Adult to child ratio: 1 adult to 2 children for all children under 8 years old.

About Pyramids

BH Live manages and operates Pyramids in partnership with Portsmouth City Council. This is Portsmouth’s flagship entertainment complex next to Southsea Beach. It has fun pools, flumes, waves and a three-level soft play adventure world. There is also a multipurpose gym, fitness classes and a beauty spa. Regular live music and public and private events are hosted in the venue. Find out more are

About BH Live

BH Live is the South Coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues – a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives. With nearly three million visits a year and £35 million turnover, the organisation is changing lives – and is at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2014/15, BH Live hosted more than 400 shows, sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment tickets, clocked up 2.2 million leisure centre visits and welcomed 93,000 conference and exhibition delegates which contributed an estimated £37 million to the local economy.