Days Out in and around North Leeds

Pools & Leisure Centres

Alpamare – Scarborough

From serious adrenaline-fuelled family fun, to the space to relax and unwind with friends, it’s all under one roof at Alpamare Scarborough. Experience state-of-the-art water slides, enormous wave pools, family-friendly splash & play areas, beautiful gardens, food & drink and an Alpine-style wellness spa.

Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Tel: 01723 861431

Aqua Park North Yorkshire Water Park

New for 2017, the Aqua Park is a floating inflatable course including climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and blast bags.


How it works

  • Sessions on the Aqua Park run for one hour
  • A wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet is included in the ticket price and must be worn
  • Online bookings only
  • *Minimum age is 6 years old

Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road,Scarborough,YO13 9QU. Tel:01723 862771

Bridlington Leisure Centre

If you go for a day trip to the coast I have heard great reviews of the recently renovated Bridlington Leisure Centre and the Splash Zone.

The new exciting Splash Zone has two interactive slides and a fun play structure, tipping buckets and water toys. Aqua Smash and Slide Champ will have users of all ages going round and round again.

East Riding Leisure Bridlington, Promenade, Bridlington YO15 2QQ. Tel:  01262 606715

Calypso Cove – Barnsley

Barnsley is home to one of the best waterparks in the UK, in the form of Calypso Cove. There are four swimming pools for you to choose from – Still Waters is a standard 25 metre pool open for general swimming and lessons, Calypso Cove is an adventure pool with slides, water flumes and a wave machine.

Calypso Cove, The Metrodome Leisure Complex, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1AN.

Fearnville Leisure Centre – Swimming Timetable

Fearnvill Leisure Centre has a 25m pool and learner pool. It also has a great range of facilities including:

  • 19 station gym
  • 3 outdoor floodlit tennis courts
  • 4 court sports hall
  • Squash
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Dryside Male and Female changing rooms (no cubicles)
  • Wetside villiage style changing (Both including changing cubicles)
  • Baby Change Faciities

Fearnville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Lane, Ls8 3LF. Tel: 0113 378 1260

You can view the up to date swimming timetable on the Active website here.

Holt Park Leisure Centre – Swimming Timetable

Holt Park Active has a 25-metre pool and learner pool has excellent leisure facilities including:

  • Cafe
  • Education facilities
  • Fully accessible facilities
  • WiFi (free)
  • Dryside Male and Female changing rooms and Wetside villiage style changing rooms (Both including Changing Cubicles)
  • Baby Changing Facilities

🗺Holt Park Active: Holdall Approach, Ls16 7RX. Tel: 0113 378 1301

You can view the up to date swimming timetable on the Active website here.

Huddersfield Leisure Centre Splash Park & Slides

What a great place!  We had a visit in-between Christmas and New Year (2017) and had to drag the kids out!

It took us about 45 minutes from North Leeds even when Huddersfield were playing at home!

Credit: Huddersfield Leisure Centre

The Splash Park is ideal for all ages and is a nice size meaning that if you have confident swimmers you can see them on most parts of the splash park.  A key point to note is the two main slides have a height requirement of 1.2metre and they are strict on this.   The Splash Park operates a band system which gives you 90 minutes to enjoy the park but also means it is never too busy.

Huddersfield Splash Park has a fun pool for the younger ones which is warmer than the main pool and has a few ‘animals’ which the children can sit and slide on.

In the main pool there is a lazy river, toddler area with slide, “things” to turn and twist and a water bucket.  There are two slides (a water flume and Slidewinder) which you ride in inflatable rings (single and double), three water guns and an area where you can have free play.  We have been to a few “Waterparks” when on holiday and both my husband and daughter have not stopped talking about the Sidewinder! It doesn’t look that much from the ground but apparently, it feels almost vertical when you go down it!

One thing to note is there is a lot of squirting water, my two wanted their goggles on!  Apparently included in your entrance there is also another pool where you can do length swimming but we never made this!

There are plenty of lifeguards throughout the Splash Park who were very helpful and friendly. There is also a great little viewing area which means that swimming with adults isn’t a necessity if your children are competent and confident swimmers.

The shower and changing rooms were clean and we had no problem getting a changing room.  There are also hair dryers available. You need a £1 coin for the locker system.
It was not overly busy when we went but they do limit the number per session so you are best to pre-book to avoid disappointment.(especially in school holidays)
The cost for a family of 4 using the Splash Park for 90 minutes was £15.95.
In addition, you need to pay for parking at the Leisure Centre but its not expensive.
There was a cafe and snack bar (open when cafe shuts) onsite for refreshments.
There is also a climbing wall onsite.
Click here for the Splash Park timetable.

Pre-booking advised.  Website   Tel: 01484 766269.

Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4BP

Ilkley’s lido

Ilkley’s lido is a good day out when it’s hot – big outdoor swimming pool and plenty of space to sunbathe.

John Charles Centre for Sport

John Charles Centre For Sport is home to one of the best swimming pools in Leeds. It has a 50 metre pool and a 25 metre pool, but what makes this particular leisure centre different is the diving pool, which comes complete with five diving platforms and two springboards.

John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5DJ.

Kirkstall Leisure Centre – Swimming Pool Timetable

Kirkstall Leisure Centre has 25 metre pool and learner pool. It also has lots of other great sports facilities inluding:

  • 4 court sports hall
  • Squash league
  • 4 squash courts (including 2 glass back courts)
  • Dryside male (no cubicles) and female (cubicles available) changing rooms
  • Wetside male and female changing rooms (both have cubicles available)
  • Baby Change
  • Free WiFi

🗺 Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, LS5 3BE. Tel: 0113 378 2086

You can view the up to date swimming timetable on the Active website here.

Pudsey Leisure Centre – Swimming Timetable

Open seven days a week.  Facilities include 25m pool, 76 station gym,  4 court sports hall, meeting room, studio and free WiFi.  Court hire is available for badminton, basketball, football, netball and table tennis and a weekly timetable of classes & coached activities runs for children and adults.

Swimming Timetable

Market Place, Pudsey LS28 7BE. Tel: 0113 336 7686


Scott Hall Leisure Centre – Swimming Pool Timetable

25m pool and learner pool

Swimming pool timetable

Scott Hall Road, Leeds LS7 3DT. Tel: 0113 378 8001

Swimming at The Edge at the University of Leeds

Whether you want to perfect your stroke with a personal coach, join classes or just unwind in the eight-lane 25 metre pool you can enjot all this at The Edge.  There is also a steam room and sauna.

Pay per swim, no membership required.

The Edge, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT. Tel: 0113 343 5095.

Tadcaster Swimming Pool

As well as daily public swim sessions they also hold Inflatable and Crazy fun sessions (see timetable on website for sessions each week)

A small inflatable Viking Boat will keep children entertained in the main pool and there are toys, floats and music to add to the excitement.

Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool Trust, Westgate, Tadcaster, LS24 9AB. Tel: 01937 833001

Wetherby Leisure Centre Swim Timetable

Swimming pool timetable

Lodge Lane, Wetherby, LS22 5FN. Tel: 0113 378 1265