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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.


Main pool

  • 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).
  • Family inflatable fun: one hour session which includes a large inflatable in the 2m side of the pool and small inflatables and floats in the moveable floor side of the pool. The flume will also be open. A safety talk and swim test will be carried out by the Lifeguard team before users are allowed on the inflatable.
  • School Holiday Inflatable Fun: twin track pool inflatable for 8 years +

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).
  • Sensory Fun session: a multi-sensory experience in the learner pool with a variety of engaging lighting and projection effects fully controlled by you. 


Timetable

We advise that you book fun sessions in advance. 

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Prices for ourChelmsford Lite cardholders

Family Fun (main pool)

1 hour session which includes mini inflatables, floats and the flume.

  • £20.30 for 4 people (including children)
  • £5.10 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.


Family Fun (learner pool)

1 hour session which includes toys, floats, splash zone and splash pad.

  • £20.30 for 4 people (including children)
  • £5.10 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.

Family inflatable fun (main pool)

1 hour session which includes a large inflatable in the 2m side of the pool and small inflatables and floats in the moveable floor side of the pool. The flume will also be open.

  • £23.00 for 4 people (including children)
  • £5.80 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.

A safety talk and swim test will be carried out by the Lifeguard team before users are allowed on the inflatable.


Musical Splash (learner pool)

Standard: £5.40

Discounted: £4.90

Under 5s: £1.70

You must book one space per person attending.


Spectators £1.80


Prices for ourChelmsford Plus cardholders

Family Fun (main pool)

1 hour session which includes mini inflatables, floats and the flume.

  • £16.20 for 4 people (including children)
  • £4.10 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.

 

Family Fun (learner pool)

1 hour session which includes toys, floats, splash zone and splash pad.

  • £16.20 for 4 people (including children)
  • £4.10 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.

Family inflatable fun (main pool)

Session includes a large inflatable in the 2m side of the pool and small inflatables and floats in the moveable floor side of the pool. The flume will also be open.

  • £18.90 for 4 people (including children)
  • £4.80 for single ticket or additional person (all ages)

Both ticket types are free for Family Membership holders.

A safety talk and swim test will be carried out by the Lifeguard team before users are allowed on the inflatable.

Musical Splash (learner pool)

Standard: £4.40

Discounted: £3.80

Under 5s: Free

You must book one space per person attending.

Spectators: Free

Not an ourChelmsford card holder? 

You can get an ourChelmsford Lite card for free. 

Things you need to know

Booking


Shoes

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


Safety

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 £1.50 each.

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

 


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 for the learner pool.

Inflatable fun
  • A wristband will be given after the swim test has been completed.


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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Riverside

Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Facilities

  • 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 2023.

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

Contact

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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1FG

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