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.

Relax and unwind.

Have you had a busy day or just finished a hard workout?  Why not finish it off with a lovely relaxing session in our sauna and steam rooms.

Located in the wet changing village at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre or in through the Dry Sports Changing Rooms at Darwen Leisure Centre the Sauna and Steam rooms are available for ladies and men only as well as mixed sessions.

Opening times:

 Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre
 Monday, Wednesday & Friday  Mixed  7am – 9pm
 Tuesday  Mixed  7am – 7.30pm
 Ladies Only  8pm – 9pm
 Thursday  Mixed  7am – 8pm
 Men Only  8pm – 9pm
 Saturday & Sunday  Mixed  9.30am – 4pm


 Darwen Leisure Centre
 Monday & Friday  Mixed  6.30am – 10am
 12pm – 1pm
 3pm – 9pm
 Men Only  10am – 12pm
 Ladies Only  1pm – 3pm
 Tuesday & Thursday  Mixed  6.30am – 9pm
 Wednesday  Mixed  6.30am – 10am
 12pm – 1pm
 3pm – 9pm
 Ladies Only  10am – 12pm
 Men Only  1pm – 3pm
 Saturday & Sunday  Mixed  9am – 4pm


The use of our Sauna and Steam Rooms is available as part of our All Inclusive memberships or on a pay as you go basis:

Adult £6.50
Senior £4.20