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Free swimming

The free swimming programme gives under 16's access to swimming pools for free during specific sessions during all Wiltshire school holidays.

The dates in 2020 that free swimming will apply is as follows: 

  • Monday 17 February - Friday 21 February 
  • Monday 6 April - Friday 17 April 
  • Tuesday 26 May - Friday 29 May 
  • Thursday 23 July - Sunday 30 August 
  • Thursday 22 October - Friday 30 October 
  • Monday 21 December - Thursday 31 December

We are closed on bank holidays and only one free swim per day is allowed.

What's included:

Some changes have happened with the free swimming provision as from February 2019. The following will now apply:
  • Each leisure centre will aim to run at least four 'Fun and Floats' sessions per week that are included in free swimming and therefore will cost nothing to attend. 
  • Inflatable sessions., instructor led sessions and AquaTots will not be included as part of free swimming - an entry fee will need to be paid for these sessions in order to take part. 

Certain All welcome, Family swim, Lane swim and Funky swim's will be free for under 16's. For full details see each leisure centre's timetable. 

Please present your free swimming card at reception each time you visit in order to get access to sessions for free. 

Registering for a free swim card

All under 16’s need to apply for a free swim membership card, you can collect an application form from:

  • Wiltshire Council swimming pools
  • Places Leisure swimming pools
  • Download Places Leisure free swimming application form, fill in and give to your chosen Places Leisure pool

Download a free swim card application form

Free swimming application forms at Wiltshire Council leisure centres are available to pick up from the leisure centre receptions. The form to apply for free swimming at Places Leisure swimming pools can be downloaded below.

Please note:

  • One form will cover all Wiltshire Council pools
  • One form will cover all Places Leisure pools
  • To use both Wiltshire council and Places Leisure pools you will need to complete a Wiltshire Council (collect from site) form and a Places Leisure form (collect from site or online) 
  • A parent / guardian must accompany you when registering
  • Under eights should be accompanied by a responsible adult in free swimming sessions. Our ratio is no more than two children under the age of eight to every responsible adult. 

Wiltshire Council sites
PFP sites
Devizes Leisure Centre
Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool
Durrington Swimming and Fitness Centre
Lime Kiln Leisure Centre
Five Rivers Community Campus
Melksham Blue Pool
Marlborough Leisure Centre
The Activity Zone
Pewsey Leisure Centre
The Olympiad Leisure Centre
Springfield Community Campus
Trowbridge Sports Centre
Calne Leisure CentreWarminster Sports Centre

Westbury Swimming Pool

Cricklade Leisure Centre will continue to run the free swimming programme.

Contact Cricklade Leisure Centre directly for further information 01793 750011


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Last updated: 24 February 2020 | Last reviewed: 24 February 2020