Leisure centres

Leisure centre

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Covid-19 update

In line with government advice, and Tier 4 guidelines all leisure centres are now closed 

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We have invested millions to inspire people. This investment will make sure residents have fit for purpose, high quality and accessible facilities to begin or continue sport achievements.

We continue to provide free swimming for under 18’s, over 60’s and disabled residents plus a carer who live in the borough. Members of the armed forces also benefit from free swimming.

All our leisure centres offer a range of activities across various sites and there has never been a better time to try out the many sports and facilities on offer close to where you live.

Chingford leisure centre Click to get info

Chingford Leisure Centre offers 31 station gym(at present), cardio and resistance equipment and a free weights area. Junior gym sessions are also available. The programme and all activities are available to view and book online via the Better UK app or at www.Better.org.uk Centre and attendance rules apply.

Larkswood Leisure Park, New Road, Chingford E4 9EY

  • Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 10pm 
  • Saturday to Sunday: 8am to 5pm

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Leyton leisure centre Click to get info

Leyton Gym offers a state-of-the-art 102 station gym, cardio and resistance equipment and a spacious free weights area. Junior gym sessions are also available. The programme and all activities are available to view and book online via the Better UK app or the Better UK website. Centre and attendance rules apply.

763 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB

For centre programme opening times visit Better UK’s website or download the Better UK app

View all activities at Leyton leisure centre

Disabled access guide: Leyton leisure centre

Leyton gym Click to get info

Leyton Gym offers a state-of-the-art 102 station gym, cardio and resistance equipment and a spacious free weights area. Junior gym sessions are also available. The programme and all activities are available to view and book online via the Better UK app or the Better UK website. Centre and attendance rules apply.

787 High Road, Leyton, E10 7AA.

  • Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 10pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm

 For centre programme opening times visit Better UK’s website or download the Better UK app.

View all activities at Leyton leisure centre

There is something for everyone at the recently refurbished Leytonstone Leisure Centre, we offer:

  • A state-of-the-art gym on two floors with a large free weights area
  • A pool perfect for fitness swimming
  • Inflatable obstacle course during Aqua Splash swimming sessions for families
  • Teaching pool perfect for swimming lessons
  • Two badminton court sports hall
  • Group Exercise studios
  • Ofsted registered créche
  • An indoor soft play area for under 6s

View all activities at Leytonstone leisure centre

Disabled access guide: Leytonstone leisure centre

The centre is home to a recently refurbished gym, Sports Hall, Gymnastics Hall, changing facilities and a fast track entry system. There is also red crumb 5 a side pitch that is perfect for all activities.

Markhouse Road, Walthamstow E17 8RN

Monday to Thursday 7am to 9pm

Friday 7am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm

 View all activities at Walthamstow leisure centre or download the Better UK app

Free swimming Click to get info

Borough residents under 18 can swim for free outside of term time. To take advantage of this offer visit your local leisure centre and register for just £5. (Please note that any accompanying adults pay the usual fee).

Borough residents over 60 are also entitled to free swimming at during off peak times (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and 1pm onwards at weekends). To take advantage of this, residents must apply for a pay and play card, which costs £7.40 per annum. You will need to bring along proof of age and address.

If you are registered disabled you and a carer can now also swim for free during off peak times (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and 1pm onwards at weekends at any of the Waltham Forest leisure centres. To apply visit your local leisure centre to register with the relevant proof.

If you are a member of the Armed Forces you can also swim for free by simply producing your ID card.

Get all the information you need to know about all the holiday activities on offer at your local leisure centre on the Better website.

You can also sign up for reminders and updates to be emailed straight to your inbox as soon as the next holiday’s information is available.

There are plenty of free family activities, sports, arts, relaxation and more in our parks.

More on events and activities in our parks.

Outdoor playing fields Click to get info

Ainsley Wood sports ground

Ainslie Wood Sports Ground, Ainslie Wood Road, Chingford E4 9DD

Outdoor grass pitches for football

Blades and Salisbury Hall playing fields

Blades and Salisbury Hall Playing Fields, Walthamstow Avenue, Chingford E4 8ST

Outdoor grass pitch and all-weather pitches for cricket and football

Parking and changing facilities available

Britannia playing fields

Britannia Sports Ground, Billet Road, Walthamstow E17 5DN

Outdoor grass pitches for cricket and football

Changing facilities available

For information about outdoor playing fields telephone Parks and Open Spaces Email: greenspace.hire@walthamforest.gov.uk