Dive into May half-term fun with 10p swims for children

There’s good news for families this May half-term as Westmorland and Furness Council’s leisure centres offer 10p swims for children.

Young people aged under 16 will be able to take advantage of the special offer at the council’s swimming pools in Appleby, Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, Kendal, Penrith and Ulverston.

Each leisure centre will allocate 2 hours per day for 10p swims during May half-term from Monday 27 February to Friday 31 May 2024.

At Kendal, Penrith and Ulverston leisure centres, 10p swims will also be available for 2 hours per day on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2024. At Appleby leisure centre, 10p swims will be available for 2 hours on Saturday 1 June 2024.

Booking ahead is strongly advised by contacting the leisure centres directly or booking through the Better UK app.

Director for Thriving Communities, Steph Cordon, said:

“Supporting active, healthy and happy lives is one of our priorities as a caring council, as well as supporting people in need and reducing inequality.

“Swimming is one of the healthiest activities that children can take part in and it’s an important life skill, especially in an area like ours with so many lakes and rivers.

“We hope these 10p swims will encourage our young people to be active over May half-term as well as supporting families with the cost of living crisis. Many residents are having to make difficult day-to-day decisions and leisure activities may be a luxury that some parents simply cannot afford. Hopefully this half-term holiday discount will enable lots of youngsters to enjoy a swim without putting too much strain on the family budget.”

The scheme has been approved by the council’s three Locality Boards for Eden, Furness and South Lakeland at a cost of around £11,000.

The May half-term 10p swims are in addition to the council’s Holiday and Activity Food Programme which offers free activities over the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays to children of families supported by benefits-related free school meals.

Barrow Park Leisure Centre:
Every week day between 11.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Dalton Leisure Centre:
Monday to Friday: 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Call 01229 481942 to book. Some sessions are fully booked.

Bookings for Ulverston, Kendal, Penrith and Appleby must be made through the Better UK app under Swim For All sessions.

Ulverston Leisure Centre:
Monday to Friday: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Saturday:12.00pm to 2.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Kendal Leisure Centre:
Monday to Friday: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am to 1.00pm

Penrith Leisure Centre:
Monday to Wednesday: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Thursday to Sunday: 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Appleby Leisure Centre:
Monday to Friday: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Saturday: 2.00pm to 4.00pm

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