A community celebration event is set to mark the successful first six months of Kirkby Leisure Centre after it officially opened in August 2022. The weekend of 11&12 March will be open to all Ashfield residents for a range of free activities, with some special celebrity guests set to be confirmed very soon.

The state-of-the-art £15.5million leisure centre is run in partnership between Ashfield District Council and leisure operator Everyone Active. In January 2023 the Centre welcomed its 100,000th visitor and membership numbers continue to grow.

Activities will run from 9am–5.00pm on Saturday 11 March and include free gym and swimming sessions, soft play, indoor fun-climbing, cookery demonstrations, face painting and balloon modelling. On Sunday three family films including Matilda and Puss in Boots will be shown between 11.00-6.00pm. The full activity programme and details of how to book onto selected activities will be live in the coming weeks.

Lorenzo Clark, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said:

“We are delighted that Kirkby Leisure Centre has been a big success so far and believe the huge programme of activities and celebrity involvement will prove the ideal way to celebrate with the whole community. We want to show as many people as possible the state-of-the-art facility on their doorstep, which has something for everyone, no matter what your age, interests or ability.

“We look forward to welcoming the public on the weekend of 11/12 March giving them the chance to try out the fantastic facilities and putting on a weekend to remember.”

Leader of Ashfield District Council, Jason Zadrozny said:

“The Council promised to build this state-of-the-art centre complete with swimming pool in 2019 and it really is a dream come true to now have the centre open for the people of Ashfield to enjoy. It is an incredible facility that is already a huge asset to the community. We look forward to seeing many of our residents during the celebration weekend.”

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