swimming is back!

July 22 2021

The Main Pool at The Stour Centre set to reopen on Monday 26 July!

Freedom Leisure and Ashford Borough Council are delighted to confirm that the main (25m) pool at The Stour Centre will reopen on Monday 26 July.

The newly refurbished Stour Centre, with its brand new facilities including an amazing multi-level soft-play and an exciting, interactive Clip and Climb, reopened to the public on 1 June. The reopening of the main pool will be hugely welcomed by many of the centres previous customers as well as our new members that joined this year and will be a great benefit to all visitors to The Stour Centre.

Cllr Matthew Forest portfolio holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure at Ashford Borough Council said: "We are very excited to announce the re-opening of the main pool which will greatly enhance the leisure offer at this fabulous newly refurbished facility and it will provide active recreation for everyone in order to support healthy lifestyles."

The team at the centre have put in place a balanced programme of sessions for the coming weeks during the summer school holidays so everyone can enjoy the pool. The first session at 6:30am on Monday 26 July will be a normal public swim session including the recommencement of lane swimming.

“We are so pleased to be re-opening the main pool. We know that swimming in Ashford has been missed by many, whether you enjoy swimming for fitness or spending leisure time with the family. We look forward to welcoming everyone back into the water very soon.”

Ivan Horsfall Turner, Managing Director | Freedom Leisure

Throughout the school holidays for our younger swimmers we have included new ‘fun splash sessions’ where we’ll be adding floats, balls and small inflatables to the session.

Wednesday and Saturday afternoons will see the return of our hugely popular Wibit inflatable obstacle course sessions which are amazing fun for the bigger kids! The first session will be Saturday 31 July from 2pm.

From Sunday 1 August the centre will also be starting swimming lessons. The main pool will be used for the lessons while the small shallow pool and leisure pool are being refurbished. Anyone interested in enrolling in lessons for both adults as well as children or to book a Wibit session please do contact The Stour Centre on (01233) 663503 or email thestourcentre@freedom-leisure.co.uk.

The re-opening of the main pool will see another milestone completed in the Stour Centre refurbishment project and the multi-million pound investment by Ashford Borough Council. Works will continue in the leisure and teaching pool area and although it is too early to confirm a definitive reopening date, it is likely to be later this year before this will be able to re-open.

We look forward to seeing you swimming very soon!