Residents in Bournemouth and Poole will soon be able to get back into the water as BH Live announces plans to reopen swimming pools in September.

Updated Tuesday 25 August 2020 – Pool-based activities including lane swimming, Wet & Wacky fun sessions and selected aqua classes are set to resume at Littledown, Stokewood, Pelhams and Corfe Mullen from week commencing Monday 7 September 2020. Swimming lessons will also be restarting.

Operating to Swim England guidelines, pool capacities will be limited at first to promote social distancing. All pool-based activities will have to be booked in advance either via the centre’s website or BH Live Active’s mobile app. Sessions and booking details will be available from Thursday 3 September 2020. Members will be able to book up to seven days in advance and non-members up to five days in advance.

Swim Bournemouth will also be resuming their training sessions.

“We know that our customers are looking forward to getting back into the pools and we are keen to get them back open again as soon as possible too,”

says Rob Cunningham, BH Live’s Head of Leisure.

Pool sessions will be available in timed slots which will be regularly reviewed to meet demand. To help minimise time spent in the changing rooms and maintain water quality customers will be asked to arrive swim ready – showered and with swimwear underneath clothing. They will also be encouraged shower afterwards at home.

Rob Cunningham explains,

“A number of new procedures will be in place and our team will be available in centre to help customers adjust. While some of these safety measures may feel a bit different to what people have been accustomed to in the past, we ask our customers to work with us, support us and to play their part in helping us get back to a more familiar service as soon as possible.”

The swimming pool at Queen’s Park and waterslides at Littledown remain closed for now.


Notes to Editors:

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

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About Littledown Centre

Littledown is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Set in 47 acres of parkland, Littledown has some of the finest leisure, swimming, football and gym facilities in the country.

It is ranked among the top performing leisure centres in the UK, is accredited by quality scheme QUEST and is a National Fitness Award winner for the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year (2016) and finalist for the Best Group Exercise Gym of the Year (2017).

It has more than 1.2 million attendances a year and is home to clubs including BH Live’s Swimming Academy, Swim Bournemouth, Littledown Juniors Football Club and Play Football.

The venue has one of the largest gyms in the UK with personal training, an exercise referral and children’s activity programme. Hundreds of weekly group exercise classes are offered including the Les Mills programme.

Indoor facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, 17-metre teaching pool, waterslides, a splash pool and spa. There is a large sports hall for events and multi-sport activities including trampolining, badminton, table tennis, football and gymnastics.

The venue also has a café, bar and an Ofsted registered crèche.

Outdoor facilities include ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure at Littledown Park (2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence), six floodlit 3G rubber crumb training pitches, grass football pitches, parkland for recreation and events, a cricket pitch and pavilion, lake, children’s playground, a paddling pool (open summer months only), outdoor catering, leisure orienteering course and free customer parking for up to three hours (Monday-Friday).

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About Stokewood Leisure Centre

Stokewood is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This community venue, in the Winton/Charminster area of Bournemouth, opened as a public baths in 1930 and has 300,000 attendances a year.

It has a 22.8-metre swimming pool, sauna, group exercise and spin studios offering 70+ weekly group exercise classes, personal training and a gym.

Swimming lessons run with BH Live’s Swimming Academy and the venue is also home to local sports clubs for triathlon, water polo, lifeguard training and karate.

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About Pelhams Park Leisure Centre

Pelhams is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Located in north Bournemouth, it two swimming pools, a sanarium, gym, group exercise and spin studios with 130+ weekly classes, a FeelGood Factory and Terrace Café with a soft play facility.

Hundreds of people are learning to swim at Pelhams with BH Live’s Swimming Academy.

It has three outdoor tennis courts and eight floodlit 3G rubber crumb artificial training pitches running Play Football leagues. The team works closely with the local community and health groups to provide fitness and social activities for all.

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About Sir David English Sports Centre

Sir David English is operated by BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth School Charitable Trust.

It is a community sports venue with a multi-purpose sports hall, gym and a multi-functional studio offering 50+ weekly group exercise classes and sports club activities. There is also a sauna and steam room.

It has three outdoor six-a-side 3G rubber crumb training pitches, eight netball courts and four tennis courts where teams regularly train and compete. The venue promotes grassroots sports development and works closely with local sports clubs and neighbouring schools to encourage young people to be active.

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About BH Live Active, Queen’s Park

Based in the Queen’s Park area of Bournemouth, the venue has a gym, group exercise and spin studios with more than a hundred weekly classes, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Terrace Café and crèche.

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About BH Live Active, Corfe Mullen

BH Live Active, Corfe Mullen, situated in East Dorset, is a vibrant community hub with a pool, gym, group exercise studios, a Terrace Café with soft play and tennis courts. It also offers a learn-to-swim programme for adults and children, together with an 813 Club and Kids’ Zone, to encourage families to take part in physical activity together.

  • Winner of Sporta’s Impact of New Facility 2017 award
  • Finalist for the Newcomer of the Year National Fitness 2017 award

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