Free swimming for children and young people this Christmas at Dorchester Sports Centre

  • Posted:
  • Category: Centre
3 young children swimming

Dorset Council residents under the age of 16 are able to access free swimming from 17th December to the 1st of January at Dorchester Sports Centre.

This opportunity follows on from the success of the free swimming available over this years summer holiday that saw over 1300 children take up the offer. Dorset council and 1610 are delighted to be able to provide this same opportunity once more to ensure all families have access to physical and social holiday activities.

There is no restriction to the number of times children and young people can access this offer however, there will be a requirement to provide proof of living in the Dorset Council area.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said: ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide swimming to children and young people over this years school holidays.  It is an important and fun way  for children and young people to have access to enriching physical activities and increase their confidence in and around the water. A huge thank you to the swimming pools and leisure centres participating, who have made their facilities available for our families.’

Advance booking is recommended before travelling to avoid disappointment. The offer does not extend to a free adult swim when accompanying children.

Families who are looking for a wider range of holiday activities can also take part in Winter in Dorset, a wide and vibrant collection of enriching activities that all include a nutritious meal. Young people who are eligible for benefit-related Free school meals, can access all Winter in Dorset free of charge

If you have any questions regarding the free summer swimming offer at Dorchester Sports centre please contact, or for more information on 'Winter in Dorset', please contact

Terms and Conditions

  • Offer valid from 17th December - 1st January
  • Children MUST be from the Dorset Council postcode area
  • The offer applies to children aged 0-15 years
  • Parents must pay normal admission rate
  • This offer only applies to Just Swim/Just Lane sessions
  • Normal pool ratios apply
Dorset Council Logo Winter in Dorset logo