Due to a regional swimming gala all the swimming pools at Darwen Leisure Centre will be closed  on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October 2021. There will be no swimming lessons on Saturday 16th October.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.


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BwD Leisure Blackburn (Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre) provides you with an incredible health and fitness offering plus affordable memberships to suit everyone, including student memberships. Facilities on offer include a 25-metre pool, a learner small pool with a moveable floor, two flumes and a children’s water play zone.

There is also a spacious 80 station fitness suite, a dance/aerobics studio with a sprung floor with over 50 classes per week, separate Spinning studio sauna and steam rooms and two four-court sports halls.

Swimming Pool Admission Policy for Children

Children aged under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  An adult is someone who is 16 years or over.  Only two children aged 1-8 can be accompany one responsible adult.  Children under 1 require one to one supervision, unless it is a specified Parent and Toddler session where you can take in two children per adult.

Children under 8 years must not be left alone on poolside or on the spectator galleries.  This includes babies and young children in prams.

Changing Room and Locker Information

The changing room is in a family/communal style – there are no separate male and female areas.  This gives flexibility, as it allows parents with children of a different gender, easy changing.  There are group changing rooms for schools, which can be sectioned off from the rest of the changing area.

There are large family changing cubicles and all other cubicles are much larger than normal so that each one can fit one adult and one child.  There are several baby changing units.  There are individual enclosed showers and general shower areas.

All lockers in the centre operate by using £1 coins which are returnable.  Keys for the lockers are on a wrist band which you can take with you when you swim.  Re-usable locker tokens can be purchased at reception for £1 each.

Disabled Facilities

Access to both the small pool and the large pool can be made via small sloping steps or if required a pool hoist or pool pod is available to lower bathers into the water.  These can be used either standing or in a wheelchair.  The leisure centre has large disabled changing rooms with the use of a hoist in the Wet Change Village.  Lockers in the pool changing area and upstairs are accessible for wheelchair users.  A lift is also available between floors.  For more information please contact the leisure centre who will be happy to discuss on the telephone or arrange a visit to have a look around the facilities.


Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre has two fun flumes.  The first, a family slide, is low speed.  The minimum height for use is 1.2m, although smaller children may use it if accompanied by an adult.  The second slide has a medium speed and the minimum height for use is 1.4m.  Both slides exit into water at a depth of 0.18m.  Please be aware that flash lighting is in use on both slides.



Parking arrangements have changed at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre.

Following a change to the parking system used by Blackburn College, these are the available parking options for gym members only using Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and those attending our swimming lessons.

6.45am – 6pm Monday – Saturday USE: Feilden Street: up to 3 hours free parking, please give your registration details to the receptionist on your entry who will update the ANPR system to allow a full discount on your exit.

4:30pm – Close USE: College Car Park – for 2 hours free parking, you MUST enter your registration on the screen inside the Sports and Leisure Centre. The college car park is operating an ANPR system and failure to enter your registration into the system could result in a penalty notice.

Centre Location


A: Feilden Street, Blackburn BB2 1LQ
T: 01254 585555

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 6:30am — 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am — 5:00pm