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St Peter's leisure centre to re-open

Release date: 
Wednesday, 22 July, 2020

Burnley Leisure, the charitable trust operating leisure facilities and cultural services throughout East Lancashire, is delighted to announce the safe reopening of its flagship gym, swim and multi-sports facility on Saturday (July 25th).

Staff at St Peter’s leisure centre have been busy preparing to open its doors once more in line Government Covid-19 safety guidelines.

The centre was forced to close due to lockdown on March 20th.

News of this huge boost to the trust’s ongoing emergence from lockdown follows the re-opening of Burnley Leisure’s Prairie Sports Village and Townley Golf Club in May.

It’s great news for the Burnley community who will be able to gym, swim and keep fit safely once again as the charity ‘welcomes home’ it’s members and users to what will be a friendly and reassuring environment.

Staff and customer safety are of paramount importance to Burnley Leisure and they’re currently implementing a programme of social distancing, protection and sanitisation measures as well as new regular cleaning regimes.

The gym is being reconfigured so users can safely return to the equipment while observing social distancing and a ‘do your bit, clean your kit’ policy will be in place to keep equipment sanitised.

Swimmers will again be able to make a splash. The pool is set to re-open for lane swimming with fast, medium and slow lanes available and customers are being advised to arrive ‘beach ready’ and shower/change at home.

Group exercise classes are set to resume and although they will have reduced capacity, the Burnley Leisure team has devised creative ways to ensure the energy, connection and inspiring vibe is maintained while adhering to safety measures.

Racquet sports will also be centre court with badminton, family group-only basketball, pickleball, short tennis and table tennis sessions available.

All resumed activities must be pre-booked ahead of arrival and can be done so either online at or by calling 01282 664444.

The first seven days of opening will be restricted to members only to give priority to those who have continued to support Burnley Leisure throughout recent months. The leisure trust is currently contacting and updating those with memberships.

Gym changing rooms remain closed at this time with social distancing measures in place in other changing facilities, toilets and showers.

For more information about the new safety measures, restrictions and new policies click here 

Members and users are urged to read this ahead of arriving at the centre.

Padiham Leisure Centre will unfortunately stay closed until the trust is allowed to safely re-open the site to comply to the current guidance on social distancing.

Anthony Preston, Chair of Trustee’s at Burnley Leisure, said: “The reopening of St Peter’s leisure centre is fantastic news for all our customers, staff and the community we support.

“We’re delighted to be able to continue a phased re-opening of our facilities which have been much missed by so many and we can’t wait to welcome home our members and users once again.

“While the centre will look a little different in these ‘new normal’ times, the one thing that definitely hasn’t changed is the warm welcome and personal touch our Burnley Leisure staff are renowned for.

“We strive to install reassurance and confidence in all of our operations and to give our customers the peace of mind that our activities will be operated in a safe and trusted environment.

“Physical activity has a proven link to good health and wellbeing and it’s more important than ever that we continue to provide the facilities to help people to be more active now and, in the future, following this pandemic.

“We’d like to reassure all our loyal customers we’re currently working hard to prepare the site and although we share their disappointment at this time we hope to bring them good news in the coming weeks.

“The safety of our staff and customers is our first priority and we’d like to thank everyone for their amazing support during these difficult circumstances.”

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