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Gym at Dovedale

Whatever your fitness focus, you can enjoy a quiet gym experience at Dovedale Sports Centre, with all the equipment you need. 

Our gym is open to those aged 16 and over.

Gym at Dovedale

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What to expect when you visit

To keep staff and customers safe, there are some changes to how we operate.


  • You must  book a gym session in advance on the website or via our app.
  • If you have not booked in advance, you will not be able to use the centre.
  • Booking limits apply ( terms and conditions).

Sessions in the gym

  • Sessions will be for one hour only.
  • You will be able to use a station for 15 minutes only.
  • We will restrict the number of people allowed in the gym at any time.
  • We will mark some pieces of equipment as out of use to ensure social distancing.
  • You cannot move equipment such as benches around the gym.
  • You will not be able to use the water stations, please bring enough water for your workout.
  • You will follow a one-way system around the gym.
  • Please listen to guidance and instructions from the gym team while you use the gym.
  • You will only be allowed entry up to 30 minutes after your session start time. After this you will not be able to join the session.
  • Social distancing should be observed at all times.

Face coverings

  • You will need to wear a face covering inside our leisure centres whenever you aren't exercising, unless you have an exemption.  Find out more about face coverings.
  • We recommend that you do not wear a face covering during exercise. Please leave it with your possessions during your activity.

Showers and changing rooms

  • You will not be able to use the changing rooms. Please come ready for your session.
  • There will be no lockers available. There are cages in the gym which can be used, but these are not lockable. 
  • An accessible toilet on the ground floor will be available.


  • We will be cleaning in between sessions.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser and there will be cleaning stations around the gym for you to use before and after you use equipment.

When you arrive and leave

  • Before you arrive, you can download the NHS COVID-19 app. You can open the app and scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the centre on arrival.
  • We will not open the doors until five minutes before your session begins. If you arrive early for your session, please remain in your car. 
  • You will use the normal entrance to get to the gym.
  • To exit, follow the one-way system up the stairs, along the mezzanine floor onto the squash court viewing balcony, down the second set of steps and exit via the squash court fire exit. 
  • You must leave the centre promptly once your session has finished.
Monthly Members
  • You will need to book a session in advance.
  • You will need to check in for your session at reception.
  • If you do not check-in, we will charge you the full amount for the session.
  • Please make sure that you have registered your email address with us in order to book online. 

Timetable - open during centre opening hours

Prices for the gym

our Chelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £6.70

Discounted: £6.10

Off peak prices

Standard: £6

All discounted: £5

ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £5.70

Discounted: £5.10

Off peak prices

Standard: £5

All discounted: £4

Save money by upgrading to an ourChelmsford Plus or monthly Premium membership.

Monthly memberships

Things you need to know


  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can cancel online or via the app
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. This includes monthly members


  • If you are a monthly member, you can book up to 10 days in advance

  • If you are an ourChelmsford Plus cardholder, you can book 7 days in advance

  • If you are an ourChelmsford Lite cardholder, you can book 2 days in advance


  • We will not be able to conduct inductions due to social distancing guidelines.
  • You will be required to complete a Par-Q medical questionnaire before you start using the gym. 
  • If you have any questions while you are in the gym, our instructors will be available to answer them.

About the gym

Suitable for

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Wear trainers

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 Bring a drink

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Bank holidays, closed


  • Gym
  • Exercise studio
  • Multi use sports hall
  • Squash courts
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible changing
  • Free parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2022.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


Contact form

Dovedale Sports Centre
Vicarage Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre. 

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