BwD Leisure Roadmap to Re-Opening

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown over the coming months, we have created our own guide to reopening of our leisure services, which we are pleased to share with you today.
While all dates are subject to change, and subject to activity specific guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that is yet to be published along with relevant National Governing Body guidance, we hope this is enough information to prove useful as we look ahead to restarting our services.

Step 1 – no earlier than 29th March

  • Outdoor organised sport – grassroots, clubs, leagues and block bookings only.  No casual bookings.
  • Outdoor fitness classes – booking required

Step 2 – no earlier than 12th April

  • Gym and Pool will reopen at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Darwen Leisure Centre for adults only – booking required
  • Swimming lessons
  • Direct debit payments for all adult fitness members and all track members to restart on the 1st May
  • New members accepted from 1st May

Step 3 – no earlier than 17th May

  • Indoor fitness classes – booking required
  • Junior pool sessions – booking required

Step 4 – no earlier than 21st June

  • All activities return


Frequently Asked Questions

Are these dates definite?

As with the Prime Minister’s announcement for the way out of lockdown all dates given are the earliest we are allowed to re-start activities and are subject to change.

What about my membership?

Although we will be re-opening on the 12th April, we will not be taking any payments until the 1st May when all memberships that were live prior to this current lockdown (excluding Junior Fitness) will re-start.  Direct debits for these members will be 50% of the usual fee for this month.  Any annual memberships will be extended to cover any time owed.

What if I’m not ready to come back?

Any gym member who feels they are not ready to return yet can freeze their membership free of charge.  You can email the Leisure Hub for more information at  Please be aware that the cut of date to freeze May’s payment is the 22nd April.

When will you start accepting new members?

New members will be able to join online from 1st May – more details to follow.

What about swimming lessons?

We are hoping to re-start swimming lessons after the Easter holidays – more details to follow.