Published on 7th September 2018

children playing in shallow swimming pool

The final touches to a £2.5 million refurbishment of Leisure at Cheltenham will need the new splash pool to close for five days between Monday 10 and Friday 14 September

The planned closure will allow final works to take place following the opening of the exciting new Splash Pad, a large aquatic play space for children. All facilities at the pool will return to normal opening hours on Saturday 15 September.

Greg Chesters, Sport and leisure manager at The Cheltenham Trust, said: “Since the opening of the Splash Pad, our brand-new facility has been popular with children and their families visiting the pool. Youngsters now have an exciting new play area that can help build their water confidence and have fun.

“Unfortunately, we must make some finishing touches to the work and close the pool for a short time. Normal opening hours will resume on Saturday the 15 September”.

The redevelopment is being delivered in partnership by The Cheltenham Trust, which manages the Leisure at Cheltenham facilities, and Cheltenham Borough Council. Funding has also been contributed by Sport England towards the swimming facilities as part of its Swim Local programme.

The refurbishment is in response to an almost 47% increase in membership using the health and fitness facilities over the last three years, as well as making sure the centre caters for customers with disabilities.

The Splash Pad pool is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Entry is free for adults and costs £5 per child or £3 for those aged 1 and under.

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Attracting over 570,000 visits per year, Leisure at welcomes a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.  As well as local customers, competition events attract audiences from the UK and internationally.  Through this project the Trust is seeking to grow new audiences by some 5% and to increase the dwell time of existing audiences to improve health and wellbeing, offering great experiences for all the family whatever their age.   

The Cheltenham Trust is an independent registered charity responsible for the town’s £300m iconic cultural and leisure sites which also include the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Rooms and The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum.   It took over the running of these facilities from Cheltenham Borough Council in 2014.

The redevelopment is part of the Trust’s broader vision to develop the diversity of experiences within the town that encourage public participation in diverse experiences that touch and inspire people be it through Sport, Culture, Play, Competition, Heritage, Learning, Health and Wellbeing.

The vast majority of services will run as normal while the redevelopment is underway, and customers will be kept up to date with regular newsletters and information displayed within the building and on the website.