Safe reopening of leisure centres – FAQs

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Leisure centres phased re-opening

All North Lincs Active leisure centres have re-opened to the public. All North Lincolnshire facilities and activities will be continuously reviewed and additional activities will be added to our programme as government and industry body guidance changes.

So that we can control the number of people accessing the leisure centres all activities must be booked in advance. See the booking section below for more information.

Visitors to North Lincs Active facilities are now required to wear a face covering except when exercising. Some people are exempt from wearing masks and more information can be found at www.gov.uk 

The NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app launched on 24 September and is available to download for Android and iPhone. The app will alert people when they have been near someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, allow people to check their symptoms, book a test and ‘check-in’ to places they visit using a QR code system. Everyone visiting our facilities is required to checkin and a QR code will be situated at all entrances for you to scan with the app. Those who don’t have the app or a smartphone, go to reception when you arrive to register your visit. Find our more and download the app here.

Opening times

Ancholme Leisure Centre

Monday to Friday 6am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 9am to 8pm

Axholme North Leisure Centre

Monday to Friday 7am to 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 12.30pm

Baysgarth Leisure Centre

Monday to Friday 6am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm

Epworth Leisure Centre

Monday to Friday 7am to 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4pm

The Pods

Monday to Friday 6am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5pm

Riddings Pool

Monday, Thursday and Friday 7am to 9pm, Tuesday 7am to 8.30pm, Wednesday 7am to 8pm, Saturday 7am to 1pm and Sunday 8am to 1pm

Winterton Gym

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 12 noon and 4pm to 8pm, Sunday 9am to 12 noon



All North Lincs Active leisure centres have been declared Covid safe.  Please don’t visit our facilities if you’re displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.

Keeping you safe is our number one priority and we’ve made some changes in the facilities to ensure this happens.

  • We have sanitiser stations as you enter and exit the buildings and inside the facilities
  • We’ve increased the cleaning regime throughout the day and we will be thoroughly cleaning areas and equipment between sessions
  • There are self-cleaning stations in gyms for you to wipe down equipment before and after using it
  • Buildings have been marked out to ensure social distancing. Please always follow instructions and directions and keep your distance from others
  • All activities must be booked in advance so we can monitor the number of people in the building
  • Gyms have been reconfigured to allow a safe space between equipment
  • The number of people who can access our facilities and activities has been reduced
  • Our dryside changing rooms will remain closed so please arrive workout ready
  • There will be no showers available. Please shower at home
  • Our first aid trained staff have undertaken additional training and sites have additional covid first aid PPE
  • All staff are undertaking CIMSPA covid safe training
  • Our gyms have been re-configured to maintain safe spaces between equipment and we’ve reduced the number of people in the areas.
  • All gyms have sanitising stations; please wipe down equipment before and after use. This is especially important at any touch points on the equipment, and this is in addition to the increased cleaning schedule that our gym staff will routinely be undertaking.
  • Please avoid working out face to face, and towels (sweat towels) will not be allowed to be taken into gyms, studios or sports halls
  • You’ll need to book a gym session in advance (1-hour duration) so we can control the number of people accessing our sites.
  • Our Dry side (Gym) changing rooms remain closed so please come ready to work out.
  • We’re running group fitness classes both outdoors, and indoors in larger spaces.
  • Class sizes have been reduced to allow for social distancing and no equipment is shared in the classes.
  • All equipment is sanitised before and after classes.
  • Our changing rooms remain closed so please come ready to work out. Classes must be booked in advance.
  • Social distancing guidelines must be followed throughout the class.
  • All North Lincs Active swimming pools have now re-opened.
  • We’ve reduced the number of people in our pools to allow for social distancing.
  • We currently have lane swimming and family swimming sessions programmed.
  • All swimming sessions are an hour long and must be booked in advance.
  • To minimise the amount of time spent in changing rooms please shower before arriving, have your swimming clothes on underneath your normal clothes, and shower at home after your swim.
  • Follow guidance on site regarding one-way systems and social distancing.

Due to Government, Swim England and STA guidelines regarding keeping you safe in our leisure centres, we unfortunately can’t resume SwimLincs lessons just yet.

We know how keen a lot of you are for your children to get back into the water, so until the full SwimLincs timetable can start again we’ve come up with an interim five-week course to help bridge the gap.

Your SwimLincs direct debit payments won’t resume until the full programme starts again. This is a separate five-week course that’s designed to reintroduce your child back into the water and develop stroke technique and stamina. The courses start week beginning 14 September and cost £24.50 for the five weeks. Payment is required at the time of booking.

You can book on to the course from 3 September by telephoning the leisure centres. This course is only available for current SwimLincs customers. Please note that places are limited due to us having to manage social distancing in the pool.

Five-week swimming course

Due to social distancing numbers have been significantly reduced. The five-week course has been designed to introduce your child back into the water and to develop stroke technique and stamina. The lesson delivery will not be measured against the SwimLincs criteria. Your child will have the opportunity to gain a distance badge on the last week of the course. Please be aware that your child may not be at the same level as they were prior to the suspension of SwimLincs.

Our five-week courses start week beginning 14 September. The following classes are available to book from 3 September:

  • Non-swimmers (only available at Ancholme Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre and The Pods for children aged 4+)
  • Beginners
  • Improvers
  • Stamina and stroke development (suitable for intermediate upwards)


Ancholme Swimming Lessons

Axholme North Swiming Lessons

Baysgarth Swimming Lessons

Riddings Pool Swimming Lessons

The Pods Swimming Lessons

Will all SwimLincs members automatically have a place on the course?

Places are limited on these courses due to us having to manage social distancing in our swimming pools and buildings, therefore we can’t guarantee your child a place.

How will the five-week course be delivered safely?

Class numbers have been reduced to comply with social distancing guidelines and children will be positioned in the pool so they are 2m apart. Your child will be given their own equipment to use during the lesson and no equipment will be shared. All equipment will be sanitised before and after use.  Where possible swimming teachers will teach from poolside and will maintain social distancing during the lesson unless an emergency occurs. If you feel your child needs support in the water please contact the SwimLincs team to discuss options by emailing swimlincs@northlincs.gov.uk.

Your child will need to arrive at the pool swim ready. Only rinse showers are available and no hairdryers are in operation. Only one parent/guardian can access the changing rooms with your child.  Please follow directions on site regarding one-way systems. The swimming lessons will have staggered start and finish times to ease congestion within the changing rooms.  To comply with social distancing measures spectators will be limited to one adult per child.  Please avoid bringing other siblings who are not swimming to spectate.

Will my child retain their place when the SwimLincs programme starts again?

Yes, when we re-start the full SwimLincs programme your child will resume their place in the class that they were in prior to the classes being suspended.

When will SwimLincs direct debit payments start again?

SwimLincs direct debit payments will continue to be suspended until the full SwimLincs programme re-starts. We’ll contact you when we have more information on when this will be.

How do I book the five-week course?

We will take bookings from 3 September. To book your place telephone the leisure centre directly. At times our phone lines are busy so if you have trouble getting through please email the leisure centre with your contact details so we can call you back.

Ancholme Leisure Centre

01652 652031     swimlincs@northlincs.gov.uk

Axholme North Leisure Centre

01724 298234     axholmenorth.leisurecentre@northlincs.gov.uk

Baysgarth Leisure Centre

01652 632511     baysgarth.leisurecentre@northlincs.gov.uk

The Pods

01724 291900     swimlincs@northlincs.gov.uk

Riddings Pool

01724 280666     riddings.pool@northlincs.gov.uk

Health Suites and spas will remain closed until further notice.

  • Tennis, short tennis, table tennis and badminton sessions are available to book.
  • Squash is available at Ancholme Leisure Centre and Epworth Leisure Centre. A regular game of Squash can be played by members of the same household or bubble. For people from different households or support bubbles a socially distanced version of the game can be played. More information can be found here.
  • All activities must be booked in advance and please bring your own equipment with you as there will be no racket hire.
  • Both singles play and doubles play can now take place in groups of people from different households, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.
  • Our changing rooms remain closed so please come ready to play. Bookings are for 1-hour duration (hour includes set up and pack away)
  • The number of courts available will be reduced to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • Epworth Leisure Centre and Axholme North Leisure Centre are not currently taking community bookings for the 3G facilities. Ancholme Leisure Centre are not currently taking bookings for their outdoor pitch.
  • The facilities can be booked by clubs for coaching that complies with FA Covid safe guidelines.
  • When the FA guidance states that 5-a-side can be played safely we will open the facility for community bookings.
  • All Fitness+ and adult swim memberships will be reinstated on 1 September 2020. You don’t need to do anything, your membership will be reinstated automatically.
  • When we re-open we appreciate that some of the procedures we have put in place; amended capacities, and not all sites being open, may mean that your experience is different to what you have been used to. In recognition of this all annual and direct debit members will be able to access our facilities free of charge until 1 September.
  • If you’ve cancelled your direct debit in error and would like to reinstate your membership please contact DFC on 01908 422007 with your direct debit reference number and they’ll be able to re-activate your monthly payments from 1 September. If you’ve cancelled your direct debit with your bank and haven’t informed us please let us know by emailing memberships@northlincs.gov.uk
  • If you paid for a years’ membership the time that we have been closed until 1 September will be added on.
  • All casual gym memberships will have the time we have been closed added on. These memberships will reactivate when the centre re-opens.
  • Casual members can now book all sessions online using the booking portal.
  • Non-members can access certain activities at North Lincs Active facilities. These can be booked and paid for online and prices can be found on our website.
  • So we can keep in touch with our members, when you visit the centre please make sure we have your up to date contact details.
  • If you would like to become a member please contact us at memberships@northlincs.gov.uk so that we can arrange an appointment for you to visit your local centre for a look around and to find out more. Please don’t visit a centre without an appointment or a booking whilst we are controlling the amount of people on site.
  • If you have any questions regarding memberships please email memberships@northlincs.gov.uk
  • All activities must be booked in advance using our online booking website or by calling the leisure centre directly.
  • Members can book activities four days in advance, and non-members three days.
  • When you have made your booking and you arrive at the facility for your activity please check in using the self-service kiosk (where available) or at reception by giving your name or membership card number. It’s important that you do this so that we can monitor who is on site and are compliant with Covid secure regulations.
  • If you have booked an activity and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking no later than two hours before the start of the activity by contacting the leisure centre, or if it is a class booking, by completing our cancel a class online form.
  • Please bring your membership card with you when you visit our facilities so we can register your attendance.

The Café’s at The Pods, Ancholme Leisure Centre and Baysgarth Leisure Centre remain closed for the time being.

North Lincolnshire Council is collecting information to assist with the Government’s COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace programme and to help prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This information will be collected from people visiting council facilities and will be used to contact individuals who may have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The information collected will be deleted after 21 days. All personal data collected will be handled in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation / Data Protection Act 2018 and your personal data will only be shared with other organisations where we are allowed or required to do so.

The GDPR lawful bases we are relying on to use your personal data are:

The GDPR lawful bases we are relying on to use your special category health data are:

  • For the provision of social care, the provision of health care or treatment or the management of a heath or social care system – GDPR Article 9(2)(h)
  • For Public Health reasons, such as protecting against serious cross-border threats to health – GDPR Article 9(2)i)

Please see our Data Protection and Privacy webpage.

Industry body guidance

We’re closely following industry body guidance regarding the re-opening of our facilities and the re-introduction of activities.