Sports and leisure centres

Sports and leisure centres offer a range of activities for children and families helping to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.  They offer children the opportunity to learn a new skill, make friends, burn off some energy and engage in sport and play. 

For information on sports and leisure activities in South Gloucestershire see below.

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Active Lifestyle Centres

Circadian Trust works in close partnership with South Gloucestershire Council to manage leisure facilities across South Gloucestershire.  There are five Active Lifestyle Centres across South Gloucestershire. These are situated in Yate, Thornbury, Kingswood, Longwell Green and Bradley Stoke.

See the Active Lifestyles website for more information on what is available at each of the Active Lifestyle Centres, when these activities are available and how much it costs to become a member.

See below for more information about activities at the five Active Lifestyle Centres:

Children’s activities - The Active Lifestyle Centres offer a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities on a weekly basis. All activities are run by qualified instructors who specialise in their chosen sport.  See the Active Lifestyles website for timetable information.

Children’s courses - Children’s courses are taught by qualified coaches who have a real passion for teaching children and their chosen sport.  This includes sports such as badminton, football, squash and fencing.

Xheight Adventure Climb - XHeight Adventure Climb features 16 challenging themed walls and our thrill-seeking 5 metre high Giants Staircase. Each wall is different and offers a unique climbing experience. XHeight is suitable for children aged 5 years and over, teenagers and adults of all ages.

Children’s parties - Active Lifestyle Centres understand how important birthday parties are. They offer a fantastic range of parties, staff and in-house catering.  For example, themed parties include soft play parties, Explore Adventure Play parties, pool parties and active parties. 

Explore Adventure Play - Explore Adventure Play is suitable for children aged 0-9 years, and features its own dedicated adventure play area for toddlers.

Softplay - Softplay opens daily offering a range of fun and challenging activities.

Swimstars lessons - Active Lifestyle Centres offer the Learn to Swim programme. This follows Swim England’s world-leading syllabus.  This has been designed to ensure swimming lessons for all ages meet a high and consistent standard.

Activities for the holidays - Active Lifestyle Centre holiday day camps offer a wide range of fun activities catering for boys and girls from school years 1 to 7. All day camps offer guaranteed full day care, and provide an opportunity for children in the school holidays to keep active, learn new skills, make new friends, and have some fun outside of school.

Accessibility for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

The Active Lifestyle Centres aim to make their centres inclusive for everyone:       

  • The pools are accessible to everyone at all times.  In addition, they also offer set sessions for people with disabilities.

  • The gyms are accessible to everyone aged over 11 years (and at secondary school). They offer a range of equipment which has been designed or adapted for people with different levels of mobility.  

  • There are also social sessions and groups such as MS, Parkinson and Osteoarthritis classes.   

For more information on facilities for disabled people at our Active Lifestyle Centres see our Active Lifestyles website.

Further Information

  • Buds and Suds is a voluntary group established to assist and advise people interested in participating in or setting up disability or inclusive sports clubs or sessions. They also have a list of local sports activities especially for disabled people.

  • The Wellaware website has more information on leisure and sport activities for children and families.

  • Search our directory for further clubs and activities.

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