Address: Park Lane, Fareham
Phone Number: 01329 233652
Fareham Leisure centre is found near the town centre not far from the motorway. It is a twenty minute walk from the train station and buses stop nearby. There is a large free car park (although this can get busy) with disabled and parent and baby parking.
The leisure centre is easily accessible with automatic doors and a gate for disabled users and those with buggys. In the large entrance there is a well equipped shop incase you have forgotten anything. The reception staff are very helpful and friendly they can book you into classes as well as taking payments for activities.
There are two pools at the centre. There is a small children's pool which has steps into the shallow end. It is in here that classes are often held. There are baskets of toys and floatds for little ones to use. This pool is over looked by the cafe. There is also a large 25m pool which is often busy. It is in here that sometimes lane swimming takes place, aquafit, large inflatables and many more activities. It would be worth checking the timetable to make sure the pool is available. Also if you have little ones the pool can be very cold so it would be worth popping them in a wetsuit if they feel the cold.
Swimming lessons are available for all ages. I must say that I was not impressed with the classes. Each week my son would have a different teacher, 6 -8 children in the class way too many. My son would say no and the teacher would let him get away with not doing anything!
The changing rooms are mixed sex and plenty of cubicals including disabled and family large cubicles. There are plenty of showers male, female and family. There are lots of lockers which you will need £1 to use. There are also buggy lockers where you can safetly keep your buggy whilst you swim. By the exit of the changing rooms there is a larged mirrored area with a number of free hairdryers.
The cafe has plenty of tables and seating some of which overlooks the small pool ideal if your children have swim classes. It serves hot and cold food as well as the usual tea and coffee.
The gym is very well equipped with very helpful staff who are more than willing to give advice. They always are adding and upgrading equipment. There are powerplates which are free to use as part of the gym. There are tvs to watch so remember to bring your headphones.
There is a dedicated room for Spin classes with plenty of bikes as this is a popular activity. There are a number of rooms used for exercise classes including a studio. There is a wide range of classes including body combat, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, circuits etc.
There is a large sports hall where badminton, football etc is often played.
These are for hire for squash and at certain times they are used for parties.
Changing facilities for gym/classes
There are separate male, female and disabled changing rooms. Obviously this is based on the female changing rooms but in there there are plenty of lockers £1 which you get back, 5 changing cubicles, sowers, toilets and hairdryers.
There is a creche for babies up to toddlers. This is run by qualified staff although I only used this once as they didn't seem the friendliest and my little one was not happy to go back. The creche is always busy so always book beforehand.
There are lots of activities for children. My son loved Active Ants which was 5yrs and under. This is held in the sports hall where they put out tunnels, ball pits, bouncy castle, climbing frames etc. they do a lot of classes for children including gymnastics, dance and trampolining. During the holidays they run an activity scheme. They also run children's birthday parties starting from £100. There is also a play park outside by the car park which is ideal in the summer months.
The leisure centre is quite pricey so if you are going to regularly it would be worth finding out what deals they have.
Gym session peak time £7.20
Exercise class £5.80
Badminton £9.95 per court
1 hour creche £4.05
I went to use the leisure centre last week (Read I went to join the gym and didn't) and I was quite disappointed at what I found. Yes, they offer the Everyone Active card, yes it gives you discounts, but it's still quite expensive.
Take the gym. I wanted to go PAYG, but for me to even try it cost me nearly £20, for some reason I wasn't told WHY I'd need to pay this. Even more laughable was the "offer" they had on (Join the gym for a £1 with an Everyone Active card) but wasn't offered on the student membership, although it's nearly the same as the normal membership, just costs a little less. Now I myself found the deceiving, and quite nasty, as I would have to have paid out quite a substancial sum for something I probably wouldn't use all the much. So, yes, I declined, without even being able to see the facilities properly