Leisure In Preston


There are many ways to embrace leisure activities in Preston.  From visiting the gym or going for a swim, to more adventurous ways such as rock climbing or joining a Zumba class.  There really is something to suit everyone, residents and visitors alike.  So, give yourself some time off and have a look at this.

West View Leisure Centre & Fulwood Leisure Centre

These are the two biggest and most popular leisure centres in our city.  Both West View (located in Ribbleton) and Fulwood Leisure Centre (located in Fulwood) provide a wide range of activities and high quality service.  They are dedicated to putting customers first.  Here is a brief overview of all the services both leisure centres have to offer.


The gyms at both West View and Fulwood leisure centres have everything you need for your workout.  Once you have an induction and are a member, and regular gym user, you are entitled to a fitness membership, which gives you unlimited access to all the equipment on offer.  All the cardio vascular equipment has built in TV’s with a choice of different channels, which provides endless entertainment to your workout.  There are also the traditional work out options: a weights room and resistance machines.  Each gym provides personal trainer sessions which are available to book.

Fulwood Leisure Centre also offers a beginners gym course.  This is an eight week course, which gives you the confidence and knowledge of being a member of the gym of your choice.  Places on this course are limited, and a discounted membership is available if you complete the course.

A full list of opening times and prices can be found on the council website.

Exercise Classes

Both West View and Fulwood leisure centres offer over 150 exercise classes a week.  With classes for every interest and level of fitness, you are truly spoilt for choice.  You have to be 16 to attend any class, but there are a range of family based classes suitable for ages 12 and over.  If you enjoy a particular exercise class so much, you can sign up for a leisure membership.

Some of these classes include: ‘Body Attack’, a rapid calorie burner that increases your general endurance and body strength; ‘Fab Abs’, a popular class which targets the abdominal area to help tone your stomach; and ‘Zumba’, a class which combines Latin and International Music with dance, to make exercise social, enjoyable and fun.

A full list of all the exercise classes available, along with opening times and prices, can be found on the council website.


Swimming targets almost all exercise groups and is a perfect leisure activity.  A leisure swim is available at both West View and Fulwood leisure centres, along with other swims such as adults only, female/male specific and shallow aqua aerobics.  Swimming lessons are available for both adults and children, for different stages of swimming ability.  They are delivered in ten week blocks throughout the year.

Both West View and Fulwood leisure centres have accessible changing areas, a pool hoist, a range of swimming equipment which is available for purchase, viewing areas for both pools and open and private showers.  Lockers are also available at a refundable deposit of £1.

Both leisure centres offer a swimming membership, which provides access to all applicable swimming sessions.  West View Leisure Centre is also home to Preston Swimming Club and Preston Divers Club which you are available to join as a member.

A full list of all swimming sessions available along with times and prices can be found on the council website.

Preston is also home to a local football league, pottery classes, and a rowing club, along with other leisure activities, making Preston a highly versatile city.

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