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More free swimming for youngsters

Posted by Communications Team on 14 October 2019 | Comments

Two Suffolk councils are to extend their free swims offer during the October half term and Christmas holidays, following successful summer take up.

During October half term and the Christmas holidays this year, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are extending their free swims offer for under 17s to help promote healthier and active lifestyles in the districts.

This follows a successful free swim offer over the summer holidays which saw thousands of under 17s take part, equating to more than 14,000 swims across the two districts.

Free swimming will now also be available during the October half term from 19 - 27 October 2019, and the Christmas holidays from 20 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 inclusive at the following centres:


  • Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury
  • Hadleigh Pool and Leisure

New users in Babergh will need to sign up for an Abbeycroft Leisure Free Swimming Membership in order to claim their free swim.

Mid Suffolk:

  • Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket
  • Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre

Customers are advised to check the pool programme on their centre’s website for the times of free swimming sessions and terms and conditions.

Cllr Derek Davis, Cabinet Member for Communities for Babergh District Council, said:

“It’s fantastic we’ve been able to extend this offer of free swimming in the district to help get our younger residents and their families active during the school holidays.

“We saw an amazing take up over the summer and I hope that we will see even more of our residents taking part over the coming months.”

Cllr Julie Flatman, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing for Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

“With such a successful summer take up on our free swims offer for under 17s, it’s amazing news that we’re able to offer this again over the half term and Christmas too.

“To take part, all residents need to do is head to one of our Everyone Active centres in Stowmarket or Stradbroke. We hope to see our younger residents head to the pool to remain active during the school holidays.”

Tracey Loynds, Development Director at Abbeycroft Leisure, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to support Babergh with the free swimming initiatives again, encouraging youngsters to exercise for free over the holidays. 

“All you need to do to take part, is sign up for our Free Swimming Membership via our website.”

Anselm Gurney, Contract Manager at Everyone Active’s Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, said:

“Encouraging residents in Mid Suffolk to take up swimming and exercise is so important for their health and wellbeing and it’s great news we’re able to support this initiative again.

“By continuing this campaign, we hope it inspires younger residents to give swimming a go and carry on into adulthood too.”

Any children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult in the pool. Swimming lessons are not available as part of this offer.

You can find the full terms and conditions on our website.