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October Half Term holiday activities

Need some entertainment during the school holidays this October?

We have lots of fun activities on offer across our Active Nottingham leisure centres. See below what is happening:

Clifton Leisure Centre: 17-28 October 2022

Swimming

Pre-booking is required for both the Swim for Fun and Swim for Fun with Flume sessions. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance via the Active Nottingham app or here. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.

Little Treasures Soft Play

A two-story play frame packed full of challenges for your child. Pirates and princesses can explore the Octopus lair and the fun hanging features of the biff snakes – a unique and challenging under-the-sea adventure. Suitable for toddlers as well as children, with different designated areas to keep everyone on the hunt for treasure!

Little Treasures is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and weekends from 9am – 3pm.

Pre-booking is required. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance via the Active Nottingham app or here. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.

Birthday Parties

Don’t forget, Clifton has recently upgraded its party room to make your child’s birthday extra special. They have a range of children’s party packages available, perfect for any celebrations you might be having.


Ken Martin Leisure Centre: 

Pool Parties

Join us by the pool this half-term and dream of sunnier climates. Come along to Ken Martin and enjoy music by the pool and splash about with our inflatables.

When are the pool parties? Every weekday during the October half-term – 17 – 28 October 2022. Session times:

Swimming: Tuesday 18 to Friday 28 October 2022

Pre-booking is required for both the pool party and Swim for Fun sessions. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance via the Active Nottingham app or here. So grab your swimming clothes, get booking and we’ll see you by the pool. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.


Harvey Hadden Sports Village: 17 – 28 October 2022

Pool Parties

Join us by the pool this October Half Term with friends and family and splash about with our pool inflatables.

When are the pool parties? Monday to Friday, between 17 and 28 October. Session times:

Week commencing 17 October 2022:

Monday 17 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
Tuesday 18 October
Pool depth - 0.96m
Wednesday 19 October
Pool depth - 0.96m
Thursday 20 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
Friday 21 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
1.15-2.15pm1.30-2.30pm1.30-2.30pm1.15-2.15pm9.30-10.30am
2.30-3.30pm2.30-3.30pm2.30-3.30pm2.30-3.30pm10.30-11.30am
11.30-12.30pm
1-2pm
2-3pm

Week commencing 24 October 2022:

Monday 24 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
Tuesday 25 October
Pool depth - 0.96m
Wednesday 26 October
Pool depth - 0.96m
Thursday 27 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
Friday 28 October
Pool depth - 1.24m
9.30-10.30am1.30-2.30pm1.30-2.30pm1.15-2.15pm9.30-10.30am
10.30-11.30am2.30-3.30pm2.30-3.30pm2.30-3.30pm10.30-11.30am
11.30-12.30pm11.30-12.30pm
1-2pm1-2pm
2-3pm2-3pm

Rollerblading

Rollerblading is a fun activity for both children and adults to enjoy. Over time it will help to develop agility, balance, coordination and speed. Rollerblades and safety equipment will be provided – but feel free to bring your own rollerblades if you have them!

Currently available at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Cycle Circuit every Tuesday.

Pre-booking is required for all pool parties and rollerblading sessions. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance via the Active Nottingham app or here. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.


Southglade Leisure Centre: 17 – 28 October 2022

Hunter the giant inflatable is floating in the pool at Southglade Leisure Centre

Pool Parties

Join us by the pool this October half-term with friends and family and splash about with our inflatables.

When are the pool parties? Every Tuesday and Thursday, between 17 and 28 October. Session times:

Pre-booking is required. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.

Swim for Fun with Flume

A great way to work on your swimming skills whilst enjoying our great flume ride! (Height restrictions apply – 1.2meters minimum, single riders only).

When are the Swim for Fun with Flume sessions? Session times are listed below, including Pool Party times:

Monday 17 & 24 OctoberTuesday 18 & 25 OctoberWednesday 19 & 26 OctoberThursday 20 & 27 October Friday 21 & 28 October
1.15-2.15pm
Swim for Fun with Flume
10.30-11.30am
Swim for Fun with Flume
10.30-11.30am
Swim for Fun with Flume
1.15-2.15pm
Pool Party
1.15-2.15pm
Swim for Fun with Flume
2.30-3.30pm
Swim for Fun with Flume
1.15-2.15pm
Pool Party
1.15-2.15pm
Swim for Fun with Flume
2.30-3.30pm
Pool Party
2.30-3.30pm
Swim for Fun with Flume
2.30-3.30pm
Pool Party
2.30-3.30pm
Swim for Fun with Flume

Pre-booking is required. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.


Victoria Leisure Centre: 17 – 28 October 2022

Join friends and family at Victoria Leisure Centre this October Half Term with their Swim for Fun sessions.

Monday 17 & 24 OctoberTuesday 18 & 25 OctoberWednesday 19 & 26 OctoberFriday 28 October
12.15-1.15pm
Swim for Fun (small pool)
1.30-2.30pm
Swim for Fun (main pool)
9.30-10.30am
Swim for Fun (small pool)
10-11am
Swim for Fun (small pool)
1.30-2.30pm
Swim for Fun (main pool)

Pre-booking is required. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.


Djanogly Community Leisure Centre: 17 – 30 October 2022

Join friends and family at Djanogly Community Leisure Centre this October Half Term for their Swim for Fun, Swim for All and Splash About sessions.

Mondays 17 & 24 OctoberTuesday 18 & 25 OctoberWednesday 19 & 26 OctoberThursday 20 & 27 OctoberFriday 21 & 28 October Saturday 22 & 29 OctoberSunday 23 & 30 October
10-11am,
2.30-3.15pm
Swim for All
8.15-9am,
10-10.45am,
2.30-3.15pm,
4.15-5pm
Swim for All
1.30-2.15pm
Swim for Fun
1.30-2.15pm
Swim for Fun
8.15-9am,
2.30-3.15pm,
6-7pm
Swim for All
2.15-3pm
Swim for Fun
1-1.45pm
Swim for Fun
1.30-2.15pm
Swim for Fun
11-11.45am,
1.30-2.15pm
Swim for Fun
2.30-3.15pm
Swim for All
8.15-9.15am,
2.30-3.15pm,
5.45-6.45pm,
Swim for All
1.30-2.15pm
Swim for Fun
3-3.45pm
Swim for All
2-2.45pm
Swim for All
10-10.45am
Splash About

Pre-booking is required. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.


Booking and times:

For Little Treasures, please visit Clifton Leisure Centre or call 0115 876 1600 to book.

*Activities per site may vary and are subject to availability. Pre-booking required. Timings are subject to change without prior notice. Please ensure you check the Active Nottingham app or timetable in advance for the most up-to-date timings.

Claire Henson Blog – Stay Safe, Stay Active, Start Small

Claire Henson

“Hello! I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Let me introduce myself, my name is Claire and I am a Mental Health First Aid England Instructor, founder of The Mind Map project and The Anxious Exercise Club and, programme lead for the Tricky to Talk programme at Nottingham Forest Community Trust.

I also live with a long-term anxiety condition which I manage day-to-day. Back in 2015, I had a relapse in my long term anxiety condition, which made leaving my home very difficult. Some days, it took all my strength to walk to the car to be able to go to work, and that did not leave me very productive for the rest of the day! I knew that activity and exercise were good for me and that it would ease the symptoms of my mental ill-health. But the anxious voice in my head was a lot louder when telling me that the outside was scary and there was no point in even trying.

Towards the end of 2015, I became more and more unwell, with long-term pain, muscle stiffness and overwhelming fatigue. I was referred to the hospital and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was given guidance on how to manage my condition and one of the overwhelming pieces of advice was to do more activity. I knew I had to listen to the doctors, but I also still had the anxious voice.

So I made a compromise. I walked to the post box and back. It was about 500 yards and I started doing it once a day. Then I walked to the church just next to the postbox and then onto the bench. Every week, I added a small chunk onto my walk and it didn’t feel unmanageable, even the anxious voice quietened down. I began a circuit each evening, I simply did three or four rounds of the circuit.

Claire's postbox

This simple activity allowed me to rebuild my life. It wasn’t instant, there wasn’t a miracle cure. I still live with a long term anxiety condition that I manage each day. But I do experience the benefits of what activity can bring to my life and how it helps me to manage my anxiety.

The reason I am talking about this today is that I am finding myself in a very similar situation as we live in the current lockdown situation. I’ve found exercising very difficult due to fear and anxiety. So I wanted to take some time to talk about getting active whilst living with a mental health condition and whilst living in lockdown.

Today, I went for a small walk.

It took some bargaining with the anxious voice, but I felt able to get up a little earlier and take a few steps outside. It wasn’t about distance or the number of steps I completed, it was about breathing and feeling the sunshine. It was about letting my whole body know that whilst these are extremely frightening times, these few small steps can benefit our mental wellbeing and help us to get through this time.

There is lots of information out there currently about how we can get active in our homes, which is fantastic. But it can also be overwhelming, so I hope this post, and future ones, will let you know you are not alone.”

Jack’s experience with our Visually Impaired Tennis sessions

 

Jack, aged 25, who has been visually impaired from birth, travels to the Nottingham Tennis Centre once a week to play Visually Impaired Tennis and train for Regional and National tournaments around the Country.

“Give it a go, you might be better than you think.”

The Friday evening session that he attends from 6-7pm is open to all ages and abilities, with the youngest player being just ten years old.

You don’t have to be a member to play and you don’t need any expensive equipment either, as the centre provides rackets and an “audible” foam ball, which is attached to a bell to help you find its location.

In many ways, the game is the same as the national game played by the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, it’s just played on a Junior Orange court with a lower net.

Jack and his fellow players are allowed one to three bounces of the ball, depending on their visual impairment, of which there are five categories: B1 (blind) through to B5 (almost fully sighted). Jack falls under B3, and so gets two bounces of the ball.

 

“It’s great fun and I’d love more people to play as it would give more variety at the tournaments I play in.”

Jack was just four years old when he started playing tennis after his Dad searched for a sport that they could play together. He’s really keen to create a legacy and encourage others to try it out too, at least once.

He’s so keen he even offers to mentor anyone who’s nervous about doing something new – offering to meet them at the Tennis Centre to welcome them and put them at ease.

For the last five years, Jack has regularly travelled to play both singles and doubles matches competitively in tournaments at Loughborough, Birmingham, Newcastle and London. His proudest achievement so far has been his recent reaching of the quarter finals, but he claims it’s not about winning – it’s about taking part and being active.

“There’s always someone better than the person at the top,  they just may not have started playing yet.”

Besides playing tennis and studying for his PHD at Derby University, Jack also loves walking and enjoys playing chess – something he modestly admits to being fairly good at, as he was once within the world’s top 7000 players.

 


Visually Impaired Tennis is just one of our specialist sessions.  Visit our Disability Activities page for other activities you can take part in.

If you live in Nottingham City and have a registered disability you can save up to 50% discount off activities, so join Active Nottingham today!