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Wokingham Leisure Centre welcomes its first customers

Wokingham Leisure Centre welcomes its first customers

25 July 2022
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Opening of the new Wokingham Leisure Centre @ Carnival Hub by the Mayor

Wokingham Leisure Centre at the multi-million pound Carnival Hub, Wokingham Borough Council’s new flagship community building, has officially opened its doors today (25 July) and welcomed customers for the very first time.

The new Carnival Hub brings together a large leisure centre and a new home for Wokingham library, along with flexible cultural use of the space.  It has been built on the site of the former 1990s swimming pool and leisure centre in Wellington Road, which was knocked down in spring 2020. 

What type of facilities are in the Hub? 

The new Wokingham Leisure Centre @ Carnival Hub, includes swimming pools, children’s splash pad, a health suite (sauna, salt and steam rooms), 120 fitness suite, fitness studios including group cycling studio, a café and a dual-purpose hall for sports or 400 seat-cultural performances.  There will also be a specialist gym for those with long term health conditions.

It will be one of the most energy-efficient leisure centres in the country as it includes installation of solar panels and air source heat pumps on the roof.  

Excited to welcome you to the Carnival Hub 

Cllr Ian Shenton, newly appointed executive member for environment, sport and leisure, said: “This is a really exciting moment for the residents of Wokingham Borough, who have been waiting patiently for this state of the art leisure facility to open its door in the heart of the town.   The new centre has something for everyone regardless of your age or fitness levels; and I hope it will exceed everyone’s expectations.”

New council leader Cllr Clive Jones said: “This new leisure facility will support our residents to remain active and pursue a healthy lifestyle. I am delighted that local people can now enjoy the many benefits the new leisure centre will bring.” 

Tony Penge, contract manager, Places Leisure, Wokingham said: “I’m just so pleased that the people of Wokingham can now use this amazing centre, customers will notice the high quality of the facilities, it's been so lovely to see people in the centre for the first time today.

“For regular users we’ve really tried hard to keep the cost of membership low, this includes up to 4 children free with an adult membership, that's the whole point of this, along with pay as you go sessions being available. If you’re in the town centre please come in and have a look. The team here have worked incredibly long hours over the last few weeks to be ready, they’ve done an incredible job. Everyone’s just really happy to welcome the local community to experience such an outstanding facility for sport and leisure.”

Visiting Wokingham Leisure Centre 

The regular opening hours of Wokingham Leisure Centre @ Carnival Hub will be open Monday to Friday 6am to 10.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 8 pm.

Timetables for the main pool, training pool and group workout can be viewed on the Places Leisure website.

For membership enquiries please visit:  Wokingham Leisure Centre (Formerly Carnival Pool) – Places Leisure

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