“ Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3ST. Tel: +44(0)1792 649126. „
Swansea Leisure centre was once one of Wales premier and busiest days out for the family, it had such a pull due to the lack of local amenities and also the amount of tourists that visit the area. The Leisure centre is situated in the city centre next to the marina are. It was originally opened in the 70's and was in fact opened by the Queen, sadly the once very popular building started to go down hill and age, it was eventually closed down in 2003 and was almost on the verge of being knocked down completely. After much deliberation from the council, Swansea once premier attraction had a lease of lif and work started and the place was refurbished and reopened in March of 2008. What does the cntre have to offer? With a water park the envy of most holiday destinations and incorporating the world's first deep water standing wave machine - the Boardrider, the largest health and fitness gym in Wales, the first interactive audio visual play zone structure; 30ft climbing wall, health spa, dance studios, various catering outlets and a large multi-purpose sports hall, the centre really has regained its reputation Many of the city folkes really hated to see the centre degrade and now the city once again has something to be proud of. The first time I went to Swansea Leisure Centre was back in 1988 and it was spectacular then, in all honesty I really think it has improved, heres to another 25 years of Swansea and its Leisure Centre.
Swansea Leisure Centre is a fine attraction, even more so during the wetter days! It is situated about 300 yards away from the central bus station, and about 10 minutes walk from the train station, and is a few minutes walk away from Swansea Marina and the seafront The Centre has its own car-park, and vouchers can be purchased from the reception area for 70p a visit. The centre has a large swimming pool with something of a tropical feel, developed in the shape of a beach, where the water gets deeper as you make your way into the pool. The pool is something of a weird shape, and is as suitable for the fun swimmer as the serious swimmer, having an area within it that offers length swimming (c 33-1/3m), although during bad weather it can get very busy. There is a pool suitable for the children, offering a number of small static slides and toys to play with. The pool also houses a large curvy slide that runs outside the building and a large diving, whirlpool. In addition to the swimming, the centre offers Five a Side Football, Bowls, Short Tennis, Squash, Table Tennis and a Health Suite. FOR THE KIDS There is a numebr of facilities suitable for children within the centre, including a Creche,(6 months to pre-school) where you can leave youe children when swimming or enjoying other activities, a Jolly Roger Play facility, a soft supervised play area for the 8 and under. This can be hired out for childrens parties on certain days. There is also a childrens Satuday morning club. The Swimming pool is an ideal place for Children's parties, where for a reasonable charge you can hire out part or all of the swimming pool for a special occasion, you also get the services of the LC lifeguards. There is a restaurant where you order food for afterwards, and enjoy a coffee whilst you watch the kids enjoy themselves in safety, for the more energetic parents, you are welcome to join in. The Leisure c entre was opened in 1977 and looks a bit worn and dated in places, but was a showpiece of its time when it opened in 1977, and was the first leisure centre in Wales to have a wave machine, which still operates today. PRICES Pricing to get into the centre varies depending on the activity and the time of year and and also whether you benefit from other discounts, including Student ID, Passport to Leisure, OAP, plus various membership schemes or simply a child, so to include prices for all activities would form an opinion in itself. A guide to swimming prices are: Off peak Standard price - £2.70 Concessionary - £1.90 Passport to Leisure - £1.10 Under 4's free all year round. Peak (see further down in op for details of Peak and Off-Peak) Standard price - £3.20 Concessionary - £2.30 Passport to Leisure - £1.30 For more information on prices visit: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/leisure/LeisCentre/prices.htm There is a shop on site selling a range of sportswear and sports equipment, including swimwear and swimming aids. There are always activities running in the centre to suit ages up to and including the over 60's. These can vary according to the season and local demand. Swansea Leisure Centre was in the top 20 of attractions by visitor numbers in the whole of the UK, and the best in Wales. For further information about this Centre and other Council run facilities, check out their website at www.swansea.gov.uk For the forthcoming season there is a useful link on the Swansea Bay Summer Festival icon. If you want to give compliments or criticism of the facilities there is a Feedback option which is regularly monitored Opening Hours of Leisure Centre: September to May: Weekdays - 6.30am - 9.30pm Weekends - 9.00am - 10.00pm June to August Weekdays Weekdays - 6.30am - 10.00pm Weekends - 9.0 0am - 09.30pm The swimming pool is not open during all these times, and full details can be found at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/leisure/ LeisCentre/leisurepool.htm DETAILS Swansea Leisure Centre Oystermouth Road, Swansea. SA1 3ST Tel Enquiries : Swansea (01792) 649126 Tel Bookings : Swansea (01792) 649121 Fax: Swansea (01792) 457231
Swansea leisure centre is situated in Swansea’s city centre and has something for all. One of the main features of the centre is the huge swimming pool. The depth of the water goes to around 2 metres and goes shallower for areas for toddlers to paddle. There is also a small area with a pirate ship and water games for children 8 and under. If you wish to have a good swim at Swansea Leisure the best time to go is during the day when all the children are in school and the slides are turned off and the lanes are put out. The pool can become very crowded during school holidays though and trying to swim is impossible, instead you can ride one of the 3 slides or even the Space Bowl. Tow of the slides are simple slides straight into the water, the waterfall slide is one of those winding ones that goes and out of the building – the slide is very safe for young children to use as it ends up in a trough rather than landing you in the pool. For the more experienced and daring swimmer there is the Space Bowl, it’s a massive big bowl where you spin around a few times and then your plunged into 3 metres of water. Also every hour or so the swimming pool has the wave machine which is very fun, if you don’t like the waves, don’t worry they only go on in parts of the pool. The leisure centre also has a gym, a very modest fee is payable to become a member – this member fee also allows access to the pool and other facilities. There are also squash courts and sports halls. If you feel a bit peckish after your swim or workout you can put all the calories back on by visiting the café, the food is basic, things like burgers, chips etc The leisure centre is very good value and definitely worth a look, but the leisure centre isn’t modern its quite and old building, the pool is starting to show its age but changing rooms and gyms have all been re-furbished and look very smart. Prices: Adult Swim £2.65 < br>Childs Swim £1.85 Under 4's free Car Park token 70p *Students can get discounts by just showing their student cards and also there’s a free-swimming session for students on a Wednesday afternoon. You also get your moneys worth, you can almost stay in the pool for as long as you want, when they call your band out you usually cant understand what they say because the tannoy is muffled, so just stay in as long as you like!