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FREE swimming for millions of people throughout England
FREE swimming for millions of people throughout England

FREE swimming for millions of people throughout England

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are giving FREE swimming to millions of people throughout England.

The following is an extract from the dcms web site
"We are giving 20 million people the chance to swim for free in pools the length and breadth of England.
From 1 April 2009, almost 300 local councils are providing swimming free of charge for people aged 60 and over and more than 200 are offering free swimming to those aged 16 and under, too.
Swimming is the countrys most popular sporting activity. The Governments free swimming initiative is an important part of our plans to secure a long-term legacy from London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - and to get two million people more active and more healthy.
It is a partnership between the Government, local councils of all political colours, Sport England and swimming's governing body."

Hope this proves to be of value to many of you. I for one have two young kids so will be making the most of this!

Please note -
I understand that some local authorities may charge a very small fee to cover admin (I know of some at £1.50 and some at £2.00) however there are also some that are 100% free and even if you do have to pay the admin fee just think of the savings you will make over the coming years!!!

Please do not vote cold if your local authority is not listed as this deal is in my opinion a fantastic opportunity for those that can make use of it.

You can use the dcms web site to find out if your local authority is participating by going to this web site:
culture.gov.uk/wha…spx

Alternatively I will try to add the full list broken down by region below.

If your local authority is not listed, it has chosen not to participate in the Governments Free Swimming Programme.

27 Comments

Original Poster

Region – EAST
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Babergh
Braintree
Broadland
Broxbourne
Castle Point
Colchester
East Cambridgeshire
Fenland
Forest Heath
Great Yarmouth
Kings Lynn & West Norfolk
Mid Bedfordshire
Mid Suffolk
Peterborough UA
South Bedfordshire
South Cambridgeshire
Southend UA
St Albans
St Edmundsbury
Stevenage
Tendring
Three Rivers
Uttlesford
Waveney
Welwyn Hatfield
Luton UA

60 and over ONLY
Bedford
Breckland
Cambridge
East Hertfordshire
Epping Forest
Huntingdonshire
North Norfolk
South Norfolk
Suffolk Coastal
Thurrock UA

Original Poster

Region – EAST MIDLANDS
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Amber Valley
Ashfield
Bassetlaw
Blaby
Bolsover
Boston
Charnwood
Chesterfield
Corby
Daventry
Derby UA
Derbyshire Dales
East Lindsey
Erewash
Harborough
High Peak
Hinckley & Bosworth
Kettering
Leicester UA
Lincoln
Melton
Newark & Sherwood
North East Derbyshire
North Kesteven
North West Leicestershire
Northampton
Nottingham UA
Oadby & Wigston
Rutland UA
South Derbyshire
South Holland
South Kesteven
Wellingborough
West Lindsey

60 and over ONLY
Broxtowe
Gedling
Mansfield
Rushcliffe

Original Poster

Region – LONDON
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Barking & Dagenham
Bexley
Brent
Camden
City of London
Ealing
Enfield
Greenwich
Hackney
Haringey
Harrow
Havering
Islington
Kensington & Chelsea
Kingston Upon Thames
Lambeth
Lewisham
Merton
Newham
Redbridge
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Wandsworth

60 and over ONLY
Barnet
Croydon
Hammersmith & Fulham
Hillingdon
Hounslow
Richmond Upon Thames
Sutton

Original Poster

Region – NORTH EAST
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Chester-Le-Street
Derwentside
Durham
Easington
Gateshead
Hartlepool UA
Middlesbrough UA
Newcastle Upon Tyne
North Tyneside
Redcar & Cleveland UA
Sedgefield
South Tyneside
Stockton-On-Tees UA
Sunderland
Teesdale
Wear Valley

60 and over ONLY
Alnwick
Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Blyth Valley
Castle Morpeth
Darlington UA
Tynedale
Wansbeck

Original Poster

Region – NORTH WEST
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Allerdale
Barrow-in-Furness
Blackburn with Darwen UA
Blackpool UA
Bolton
Burnley
Bury
Carlisle
Chester
Chorley
Congleton
Crewe & Nantwich
Ellesmere Port & Neston
Fylde
Halton UA
Hyndburn
Knowsley
Liverpool
Macclesfield
Manchester
Oldham
Pendle
Preston
Ribble Valley
Rochdale
Salford
Sefton
South Lakeland
St Helens
Vale Royal
Warrington UA
Wigan
Wirral
Wyre

60 and over ONLY
Copeland
Eden
Lancaster
South Ribble
Stockport
Tameside
West Lancashire

Original Poster

Region – SOUTH EAST
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Brighton and Hove UA
Chichester
Chiltern
Eastleigh
Elmbridge
Gosport
Hart
Lewes
Medway UA
Milton Keynes UA
Mole Valley
New Forest
Oxford
Portsmouth UA
Runnymede
Rushmoor
Shepway
Slough UA
South Bucks
Southampton UA
Spelthorne
Thanet
Waverley
Winchester
Woking

60 and over ONLY
Aylesbury Vale
Canterbury
Dover
East Hampshire
Eastbourne
Gravesham
Guildford
Hastings
Reading UA
Rother
Wealden
West Berkshire UA
Windsor and Maidenhead UA

Original Poster

Region – SOUTH WEST
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Bristol, City of UA
Gloucester
Isles of Scilly
Kennet
North Dorset
North Wiltshire
Purbeck
Salisbury
Taunton Deane
West Dorset
West Wiltshire

60 and over ONLY
Bath & North East Somerset UA
Caradon
Carrick
Cotswold
Exeter
Kerrier
Mid Devon
North Cornwall
North Devon
North Somerset UA
Penwith
Plymouth UA
Restormel
Sedgemoor
South Gloucestershire UA
South Hams
South Somerset
Stroud
Swindon UA
Teignbridge
Tewkesbury
Torbay UA
West Devon

Thanks for the tip
I know where my son is heading soon :-D

Brilliant, I bet they will make a charge for admin though!!
Update....rang my local pool and they can just turn up to any public swimming session (proof of id only if they look 16), no plans to charge for an id card yet. Brill

Original Poster

Region – WEST MIDLANDS
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Birmingham
Bridgnorth
Cannock Chase
Coventry
Dudley
East Staffordshire
Herefordshire UA
Newcastle-Under-Lyme
North Shropshire
North Warwickshire
Nuneaton & Bedworth
Oswestry
Redditch
Rugby
Sandwell
Shrewsbury & Atcham
Solihull
South Shropshire
South Staffordshire
Stafford
Staffordshire Moorlands
Stoke-On-Trent UA
Tamworth
Telford and Wrekin UA
Walsall
Wolverhampton
Worcester

60 and over ONLY
Bromsgrove
Malvern Hills
Stratford-On-Avon
Warwick
Wychavon
Wyre Forest

Original Poster

Region – YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER
Note: UA = Unitary Authority

60 and over, and 16 and under
Barnsley
Bradford
Calderdale
Doncaster
Kirklees
Leeds
North Lincolnshire UA
Rotherham
Wakefield
York UA

60 and over ONLY
Craven
North East Lincolnshire UA
Richmondshire
Ryedale
Selby

once again not in swindon for children... shame.
heat added because it is great!

Spare a thought for the poor pool staff ! :geek:

i know i must be thick but can you just turn up or do you have to download vouchers or apply onlne for a ID card

Read my earlier post ....I rang the local pool and mine don't need anything unless the child looks over 16

took my girls tonight and you need nothing for proof and i watched free too.so as the pool just 2 minutes across the road it's really good for them.will do it every week now

I think Just turn up

In Herefordshire (Halo) you need to fill in a form (parents sig needed) then you get a card (credit card style) and they take kids or over 60s photo. When you go swimming they scan card and photo is on their comp screen (to check its correct child)

Great idea, but find it difficult to swim at any reasonable speed in my local pools. Kids playing, adults socialising and chatting, swim lane speeds dictated by the slowest swimmer...support the idea but wsadly not much swimming for exercise going on.

Rocking. Introduce this a few short months since they closed our local pool. Such generous souls...

Over 60's only here, No free kiddies swim for us, typical Lib Dem Council :x

Best to ring your local pool first as my leisure centre- Temple Park, south shields have set times. (Also they change term time/holidays). I rang first and glad i did!! Also asked how long it was running and they said they had funding for 2yrs!! :thumbsup:

government freebie. A big big surprise

dealslover;4841611

government freebie. A big big surprise


Hardly, they just recover costs through taxes inc. council tax.

I don't see why it only has to be for these age groups too - 16-60 year old's have the same needs too you know.

i dont see the point to be honest most over 60's either cant even walk to the pool yet alone swim and most under 16's will have to have an adult with them but then the adult will have to pay!

ilovepink;4855092

i dont see the point to be honest most over 60's either cant even walk to … i dont see the point to be honest most over 60's either cant even walk to the pool yet alone swim and most under 16's will have to have an adult with them but then the adult will have to pay!


We need a stupidity rank on here, never mind reputation.

Our nearest pool is a splash one, and there were queues out of the door this week, even with an hour turnaround you could be in a queue for 15 to 30 minutes if not more. Hope this plateaus out soon:?
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