The Council has received formal notice that a small number of lifeguards are to go on strike on the following dates:

Saturday, January 11 2020

Tuesday, January 14 2020

Saturday, January 18 2020

Tuesday, January 21 2020

Saturday, January 25 2020

Tuesday, January 28 2020

The industrial action relates to a dispute over a pay grading review and involves up to 13 members of the Unite union. An offer to continue talks to end the action has been made.

Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the swimming programme.

Any changes will be publicised on the leisure centres’ social media channels:

Blackburn Leisure Centre – Facebook

Darwen Leisure Centre – Facebook

Any groups affected will be contacted directly.

Denise Park, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“Our lifeguards are highly valued members of staff and they perform an important role.  All Council roles are assessed using a recognised nationally agreed job evaluation scheme and we regret that these officers are unhappy with the outcome of their pay and grading assessment.”

The Council currently employs 25 lifeguards at both sites.

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.


The nearest car park to this Centre is Feilden Street multi-storey which is open Monday – Friday 7am – 8pm.

Gym members using the facilities can park free on this car park for up to 3 hours.  Please take your parking ticket to reception to be validated.

Centre Location


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

Opening Times

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