Alert Icon Penarth Leisure Centre is getting a vital roof refurbishment. Expect disruptions during the three-phase project starting late October 2023, continuing into early 2024. The pool will be unavailable during phase one, but alternatives are available. Click to read more.

Penarth Leisure Centre Roof Replacement

UPDATED: 19 October 
What’s Happening?

Due to the age of Penarth Leisure Centre it’s now necessary to completely refurbish the roof to ensure it’s safe and secure for the years ahead.

This project will strengthen the infrastructure of the building to ensure the longevity of the Leisure Centre’s purpose, to provide sports, leisure and fitness facilities to the local community and visitors.

Whilst this is positive news, it does come with some significant disruption over the duration of the project. The project is three phases and in phase one we are not going to be able to operate the pool unfortunately. This phase will start week commencing the 30 October and will continue into early 2024. I am pleased to say that we have some great alternatives in place while Penarth pool is out of action.

Is Penarth Leisure Centre Still Open?

Yes. Very much so. 

There should be very little disruption to the day-to-day running of the Leisure Centre. It’s only the pool that is affected throughout phase one. There may of course be some added building work noise, but we aim to keep this to a minimum where possible. 

What are the main facilities people can still use?

The only area is the centre that is not operating during this first phase is the pool.  All other areas are running as normal, these are:

  • Our recently refurbished gym and free weights area
  • Fitness classes will all run, as usual, apart from Aqua fit. We have added extra classes to the program at Cardiff International Pool on Monday and Friday at 12.30pm and your membership has been upgraded for free to include use of this centre. More details on how to upgrade for free will be sent out shortly
  • The Health Suite will continue to operate, and we are going to enhance the opening times to open 7 days a week, from week commencing the 30 October
  • The Sports Hall will continue as normal
  • Squash and all our dry side activities will continue

Link to timetable page here

What will happen to pool use, and Swimming Lessons?

For safety reasons we will no longer be able to use the pool area for our Learn to Swim program. As an alternative, we are delighted to announce that we have now secured sufficient pool space at Cardiff International Pool to lift our entire program to this location. I’m sure you will agree this is the perfect alternative and is only a few minutes away from Penarth Leisure Centre. There is plenty of free parking right next to the centre. 

The programmed work in phase one will take several months to complete so we are expecting this change to remain in place into early 2024 before you can return to Penarth.

Your swimming lesson time/s, program and instructor will remain exactly the same, but from Monday the 30 October we will be operating from Cardiff International Pool. More information available here

What do I need to do to ensure my children are booked in at Cardiff International Pool?

You don’t need to do anything. Your child’s progress will still be on the Course Pro Swimming Portal. You’ll just go to Cardiff International Pool from the week commencing the 30 October instead. 

We will be sending out reminders and what to expect on your first visit in early October.

What about Lane Swimming?

Your membership at Penarth means you are also able to use other Centres within the Vale of Glamorgan.  This includes Barry and Llantwit Major, these pools will be operating as usual.

We will also be able to use Cardiff International Pool for free from the 30 October.  You will be able to use the App or website to book your lane swims. Cardiff has both 25m and 50m sessions so you will have a bit of extra choice.

Once you have signed up you will be able to use the App or website to book your lane swims. Cardiff has both 25m and 50m sessions so you will have a bit of extra choice.

We are enhancing our Barry lane swim program and opening later on certain days to allow extra space for customers. Added sessions can be viewed here.

What if I already pay for Cardiff International Pool as part of my membership?

That’s fine. It’s great to see you using all our centres.  

Given you are already paying the upgrade we will be making a reduction of £8 to your Direct Debit from the 1st November onwards, on a temporary basis, until we can welcome you back to Penarth Pool.

This will be done automatically for you; there is no need for you to do anything.

I go to Aqua Fit, what do I do?

Don’t worry we have this covered. Barry Leisure Centre offers Aqua Fit three times a week, and this is included in your membership already. We are also adding another Aqua fit lesson for you on Wednesdays at 1:15pm that you will be welcome to join.

If Barry is not for you, then you could visit Cardiff International Pool where they run a class on a Tuesday evening (term time only). We will be adding two more classes in Cardiff on a Monday and Friday at 12.30pm, and the instructors you have in Penarth will be on poolside to welcome you!

We use Penarth Pool as a club, what alternatives are in place for us?

We have reviewed our entire pool program and are contacting all our clubs now to offer them alternative sites, times and dates to ensure they can continue to swim and exercise while the pool in Penarth is out of action.

What if I am a primary school who usually takes their class to Penarth to learn to swim?

That’s fine, you should have already been contacted. If you haven’t, please let us know immediately, call: 01446 403 000, or contact us here

What changes will we see at Penarth?

Hoardings have already been erected around our building over the last few months. The site compound is now in place and in the coming weeks we will scaffolding going up around the centre. This is to ensure the safety for everybody whilst work is carried out.  

Subject to weather conditions we hope to start phase one, of three, the week commencing 30 October. This will affect the pool only to start with and will lightly impact the pool until early 2024.  

Phase two and three will impact other areas and as the project progresses. We will provide regular updates. 

The ceilings will remain untouched internally, and the existing roof covering will be overlaid in manageable sections to minimise the risk of disruption from the weather. The outer edges of the roof will also be replaced as the work progresses.

The car park will mostly be unaffected, but we have lost access to the pathway and parking bays alongside the Sports Hall. The one-way system will remain in place and all the line markings for the current car park will be refreshed in the next few weeks.


Where do I go at Cardiff Internation Pool?

Please see the video walk through below of Cardiff International Pool.



How will we know what’s going on?

We will continually update customers via email (where relevant) and via:

Thank you 

I hope this gives you an overview of the plans so far. 

I’d like to thank you in advance for your understanding while these improvements are made. I’m sure you’ll agree these upgrade works will be a great benefit to our community. 

Should you have any queries or questions please speak to the team locally and we will do our best to help.

Nic Beggs and the team,
Penarth Leisure Centre