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Fun sessions in the pool

Enjoy fun sessions with your kids at Riverside Leisure Centre.

Fun sessions at Riverside

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We have a range of fun and exciting sessions in our main pool and learner pool.

  • Musical splash with toys and nursery rhymes: a fun and relaxed session in the learner pool with your toddler.
  • Family Fun session with toys for under 8 years: make a splash with small floats and toys in the learner pool. This session also includes the splash zone and the flume (height restrictions apply).
  • Family Fun session with floats: bring down the family to a fun splash session with floats and toys in the main pool (variable depth). This session also includes the flume (height restrictions apply).
  • Inspired by Disney Fun session for 3 to 11 years: a family interactive session in the learner pool with Disney's most-loved characters, games and activities inspired by Disney films.
  • Sensory Fun session: a multi-sensory experience in the learner pool with a variety of engaging lighting and projection effects fully controlled by you. 
  • School Holiday Inflatable Fun: twin track pool inflatable for 8 years +



ourChelmsford Lite

Family Fun, Inspired by Disney, Musical Splash

Standard: £5

Discounted: £4.50

Under 5s: £1.50

School Holiday Inflatable Fun

Standard: £7.70

Discounted: £7

Under 5s: £1.50

ourChelmsford Plus

Family Fun, Inspired by Disney, Musical Splash

Standard: £4

Discounted: £3.50

Under 5s: Free

School Holiday Inflatable Fun

Standard: £6.70

Discounted: £6

Under 5s: Free

  • One ticket must be purchased per person for all sessions.
  • As these are special sessions, family tickets are not available.


Not an ourChelmsford card holder? 

You can get an ourChelmsford Lite card for free

Things you need to know


The pools complex, including the changing area, is a shoe-free zone. This includes flip flops.


To keep everyone safe, we operate adult to child ratios and maximum capacity at our swimming pools. 

Children that are seven years and under can’t use the pool by themselves.  

A person 16 years or over can accompany: 

  • One child that is under four years 
  • Two children that are under four years if they are wearing buoyancy aids, such as armbands or a float suit 
  • Two children that are between four and seven years. 


Swimming with children

Swim nappies

Children who usually wear nappies, must wear a swim nappy in the pool. You can purchase these from reception for £1.70 each.

Baby changing
The group changing areas have baby changing facilities available.  


Booking and entrance

Family Fun
  • You will purchase a ticket for either the main pool session, or the learner pool session. Wristbands will be issued on the day.
  • Online booking for Family Fun sessions is limited to 40 tickets to the main pool and 25 for the learner pool. 60 further tickets for the main pool and 25 for the learner pool will be available at reception on the day 

All other fun sessions
  • You can book online for these fun sessions with an ourChelmsford card, or you can just come along to reception and purchase your ticket.
  • If you have pre booked, you will need to collect your wristband from reception. You will then be able to tab through the barriers with your ourChelmsford card, sticker, fob or wristband.  
  • If you need to pay for your session you will need to go to reception or a kiosk to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card. Please collect your wristband from reception.
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barriers. 

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There are individual cubicles, a male group changing area and a female group changing area.
  • A Changing Places area and accessible changing facilities are available.
  • If you want to use a locker, you will need a £1 coin to release the key. You will get the £1 back when you return the key.  

What to bring

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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables
You can view our Christmas opening hours.

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

You can also give us your feedback about the new centre.

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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