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Changes to Our Programme

Changes to our programme

Please see below for details of any general programme changes.
For exercise class changes please see our Class Changes page. For swimming programme changes see our Swimming Changes page.

During Reading school holidays and Bank Holidays our swimming pool timetables will change. Timetables are available to download on the bottom of our swimming page leading up to each holiday, and also to pick up in our Centres.

Easter Bank Holiday Opening hours

Meadway Sports Centre

Friday 19 April: Centre Closed
Saturday 20 April: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 21 April: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Monday 22 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm

Palmer Park Sports Stadium

Friday 19 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 20 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 21 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Monday 22 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm

South Reading Leisure Centre

Friday 19 April: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 20 April: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 21 April: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Monday 22 April: Centre Closed

Easter Bank Holiday Exercise Class Programme

Meadway Sports Centre:

Friday 19 April
No Classes

Saturday 20 April
Kettlefit 9.15 - 10.00am
LBT 10.00 - 11.00am

Sunday 21 April
Spin-er-cise 8.45 - 9.30am

Monday 22 April
Spin-er-cise 9.30 - 10.15am
Pilates 10.15 - 11.15am
Seated Yoga 11.30am - 12.30pm

Palmer Park Sports Stadium:

Friday 19 April
Yogalates 11.30am - 12.30pm
Gym Circuits & Abs 12.15 - 1.15pm

Saturday 20 April
Circuit Training 9.15 - 10.00am
Tai Chi 10.00 - 11.00am
Pilates 11.00am - 12noon
Spin-er-cise 10.30 - 11.15am
Pilates 12noon - 1.00pm

Sunday 21 April
Body Balance 9.15 - 10.00am
Zumba 10.00 - 11.00am
Hatha Yoga 11.00am - 12noon

Monday 22 April
Body Balance 9.15 - 10.15am
Pilates 12.30 - 1.30pm

South Reading Leisure Centre:

Friday 19 April
Kettlebells & Abs 9.30 - 10.00am
20,20,20 10.00 - 11.00am
Aquatone 11.15am - 12noon
Spin-er-cise Blast 12.30 - 1.00pm

Saturday 20 April
Spin-er-cise 9.15 - 10.00am
Bootcamp HIIT 10.15 - 11.15am

Sunday 21 April
Spin-er-cise 9.15 - 10.00am

Monday 22 April
No Classes

Two New Swimming Pools for Reading - Update

Reading Borough Council is progressing with its plans to build two modern new swimming pools for Reading.

A modern 8 lane 25 metre competition standard pool (including full diving facilities) will be built at the Rivermead site to replace Central Swimming Pool which will close on 31 January 2018. In east Reading, a new 25 metre community pool will be built in Palmer Park (linked to existing leisure facilities) and will replace Arthur Hill Pool.

Arthur Hill Pool and Central Swimming Pool were ageing and expensive to run facilities. They required major investment in order to bring them up to an acceptable standard, and even then they would have had a limited lifespan. Both centres are now closed.

The Council is choosing to team up with a leisure provider and invest in modern new sport facilities which residents will be able to use for many years to come. We are in the process of identifying delivery partner through a detailed procurement process, which is ongoing. We expect to be in a position to put in place a new leisure contract by Summer 2018 and that construction of both new pools will begin later in 2018. The current timetable is that both new pools will be open for public use by 2020.

In the meantime, the Council has built a 25-metre 5-lane demountable pool at Rivermead Leisure Complex (which is in addition to the existing swimming pool currently on the site). Rivermead is managed by GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited) in partnership with Reading Borough Council.

The demountable pool provides an additional swimming facility pending the construction of the two new pools. Temporary demountable pools of this kind are of a high standard and have successfully been used in other parts of the country. The demountable pool opened for public use on 15 January 2018, and was followed by the scheduled closure of Central Swimming Pool on 31 January 2018.

The above was laid out in a report to the Council’s Policy Committee in October last year

Consultation on Draft Palmer Park Development Framework - January 2019

The Council is consulting on plans for the future of Palmer Park. The Draft Palmer Park Development Framework is a planning document which looks in particular at how a new swimming pool could be accommodated within Palmer Park, as well as other options for improvement.

For further details and to download the consultation document visit:

Closing date: 22 February 2019