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Countdown is on to the opening of Exeter’s new leisure centre

Published: 1 April 2022

Countdown is on to the opening of Exeter’s new leisure centre The countdown is on

The countdown is on to the opening of Exeter’s state-of-the-art new leisure centre St Sidwell’s Point.

The UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre, next to the new Exeter Bus Station, will open at 10am on Friday 29 April.

St Sidwell’s Point has three pools, a gym with more than 100 stations, a premium spa, three group exercise studios, a soft play area, creche and cafe.

There is an eight-lane, 25m main pool and a four-lane, 20m learner pool, both with moveable floors, making learning to swim accessible to all who visit. There is also a confidence pool for youngsters.

Due a special filtration process the pools will have exceptional water quality with minimal chemical content, which will greatly improve the experience for swimmers compared to a standard pool.

St Sidwell’s Point is fully accessible. Each of the swimming pool changing rooms feature an accessible changing area. There is a dedicated ‘changing places’ room featuring a ceiling hoist, changing bed, shower facilities and toilet.

SSP Pool

Accessible toilets are located on every level. There is a dedicated lifting platform installed in both main pools, and in addition there are steps and handrail access.

Drowning detection technology will also in operating at the pools.

The best and most cost-effective way to enjoy the pools at St Sidwell’s Point is to become an Exeter Leisure member.

Membership is just £25 a month for swimming at St Sidwell’s Point, and the same membership can also be used to swim at Riverside or Northbrook. Additional activities like the gym can added to the membership for an extra £5 a month.

The easiest way to buy membership is on the Exeter Leisure app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play:

Download in the app store

Download on Google Play

All the information, including details of Junior Membership and Family Membership, is also available on the Council’s website. Memberships can also be bought online.

Occasional swimmers - or anyone who wants to try out the new pools before becoming a member - are welcome at St Sidwell’s Point.

The cost of a casual swim at St Sidwell’s Point, Riverside or Northbrook is just £4.50. For children it is just £3.20, and for children under three-years-old it is free. Please note that payment should be made by card rather than cash.

The opening hours for St Sidwell’s Point are:

Monday to Friday - 6.30am to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday - 8am to 8pm

Leisure App

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