Pool closure

On Thursday 30 May 2024, the main pool will open at 7am (rather than 6am) for maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Girl outside in splash pool having fun

Inflatable fun and family fun sessions

Sunday 16 June, 1pm to 2pm

Free to members, discounts for all

Bring the whole family for our fantastic inflatable family fun pool session to celebrate Riverside's fifth anniversary.

Dive, float, climb and swim your way across our fabulous pools with flumes, toys and inflatables to keep everyone happy!

The family inflatable session is suitable for anyone who can swim 25 metres. Family fun is open to everyone of all ages and abilities.

Free for members, with special discounts for non-members!

Free swim sessions for all

Tuesday 11 June at 3.05pm and Thursday 13 June at 2.35 pm

Non-members and members alike can enjoy a free swim on us! Book online or on the app.

Inflatable fun, family fun and free swim sessions

At least one member of your party must have an ourChelmsford account before being able to make bookings online.

The quickest and easiest way to book is using our free Chelmsford City Sports app, available to download from Google Play or the App store.

How to book

You will have to book in advance by:


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

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. 

Family Fun

  • You need to purchase tickets for either the main pool session, or the learner pool session. We will issue wristbands on the day for the learner pool.

Inflatable fun

  • We will give your child a wristband after they have completed a swim test.

Free swim sessions

  • Just go to reception and they will waive the charge for these sessions.
  • 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.  


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

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