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In line with national restrictions, our leisure centres are currently closed. We look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able to reopen.

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Group exercise classes at Riverside

Whether you are new to classes or you're a regular, we have a group exercise class to help you reach your fitness goals in a fun, friendly environment. 

You can find out the differences in the classes that we run.

Group exercise classes at Riverside


In line with tier 4 restrictions, our leisure centres will be closed from midnight 19 December, until further notice. While we remain in tier 4, our  OnDemand exercise classes will be free of charge. 

What to expect when you visit

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


  • You must book a class 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).


  • We will have a reduced timetable to begin with
  • We will reduce the number of people allowed in each class
  • There will be marked out spots on the floors in the studios to help maintain social distancing, please do not move these markings
  • You will not be able to use the water stations, so bring your own drink
  • You will not be able to bring towels (except for Group Cycling classes). We will provide paper towel in all classes. 
  • You should not bring bags with you. If you have to, you must bring £1 coin to use a locker by studio 1

  • Only the person with the booking for the class will be allowed access to the centre.

  • You will not be allowed entrance to any class if it has already started. 

  • 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 
  • Toilets will still be available
  • A Changing Places toilet area will be located by studio 1 on the first floor
  • You will be able to use the accessible toilet by the gym


  • We will be cleaning in between sessions
  • As part of your cool down, you will clean equipment and put it away
  • We will provide hand sanitiser and there will be cleaning stations around the studios 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.
  • You will enter via the river entrance only. You will queue on the cafe terrace and wait to be called in
  • If you have a buggy or accessible needs, you will be able to make your way straight in to reception
  • If you are using the creche, please read the specific instructions for the creche
  • You should only arrive 15 minutes before your session time to avoid queuing congestion
  • You will go up the purple stairs towards the ice rink. At the top of the stairs,  follow the signs and turn right through the clear link door
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception
  • We have increased the time between classes to avoid queuing. Please go straight into the studio when you arrive, and leave the centre straight after your class.
  • Follow the signs and one-way system around the centre to get to and from your activity
  • When you exit, you will go down the green stairs and out via the car park exit
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.

Most of our classes are for those 14 years plus. Classes marked with a * are for over 16s only.



ourChelmsford Lite card

30 minute class

Standard: £6.10

Discounted: £5.60


45 minute class

Standard: £7.10

Discounted: £6.40

60 minute class

Standard: £8.10

Discounted: £7.30

Virtual class

Standard: £3.10


ourChelmsford Plus card

30 minute class

Standard: £5.10

Discounted: £4.60


45 minute class

Standard: £6.10

Discounted: £5.40

60 minute class

Standard: £7.10

Discounted: £6.30

Virtual class

Standard: £2.80


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

Monthly memberships


  • 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

Things you need to know

Classes explained

You can learn more about the differences between each of the classes

Attending the class

  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception to get through the barriers. 
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception. Only one person will be allowed in the lift, unless you are with a child, parent or carer.
  • You will not be allowed entrance to any class if it has already started. 
  • Equipment will be provided, however we recommend that if you have your own exercise mat you bring it for floor-based exercise classes


Move It! Teen Gym sessions

  • We will be running Move It! teen gym sessions for people aged between 10 and 13 years.
  • You will need to book a session in advance online. 
  • We will restrict the number of people in the Move It Junior gym session.

Young at Heart sessions

  •  Young at Heart group exercise classes at Riverside Leisure Centre are sessions to help prevent falls, and to keep you moving. 
  • You can find out more about Young at Heart.



Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables


  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2021.

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


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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

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