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.

Established in 2008, re:fresh continues to provide a programme of subsidised leisure to a wide range of the borough’s population, helping to turn around poor local health statistics, many of which were linked to physical inactivity.

As part of the programme those who qualify can access our fantastic pool facilities for just £1 per session.

As well as adult discounts we also offer discounts for family swims and juniors during school holidays.

To qualify users must be aged 16 or over and live, work, have a GP or be in full time education in Blackburn with Darwen.

You can register for the re:fresh membership online or by visiting any of our leisure centres – please note you will be asked to provide proof of qualification upon application or when collecting your leisure card.


What type of swimming sessions are available:

re:fresh Public Swim: Open to all for general swimming.

re:fresh Lengths Only Swim: Laned swim session open to those who can competently swim lengths.

re:fresh Ladies Only Swim: Open to ladies, girls and boys under 8 for general swimming.

re:fresh Ladies Lengths Only Swim: Laned swim session open to ladies and girls who can competently swim lengths.

re:fresh Family Swim: General swimming session open to families.  Please note a family consist of one adult and up to four children or two adults and up to three children.  Children will require their own leisure card and will pay the discounted rate of 50p when accompanied by an adult.  Children’s leisure card applications can be processed on site.

re:fresh Parent & Toddler Swim: Exclusive swim sessions for parents & under 5’s in the small pool with floats and aquatic toys.  Up to two children under four years can be accompanied in the water by one adult (16+).  This session cost just £2 with the adults leisure card.

To view our latest pool timetables please visit our Leisure Centre pages:

Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre

Darwen Leisure Centre