A warm welcome from Better

We understand how challenging the winter months can be, especially with the rising cost of living. That's why, since 2022, we've been offering a comforting space in our participating leisure centres and libraries. For a few hours a day in a leisure centre near you and throughout the day at libraries you can relax in our comfortable seating, charge your phone or device, enjoy free Wi-Fi, and even freshen up with a hot shower. And to make your visit even more comforting, Brakes, a renowned wholesale food service provider, is kindly providing complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. We're here to support you with these small comforts during these challenging times.

Leisure centres

Throughout the winter months, Better customers and non-customers are welcome to come to a Warm Space session in over 70 leisure centres locations in the UK.

What do the Warm Space sessions offer? 
Well, as the name suggests, these sessions offer a warm welcome, comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, free tea, coffee and biscuits plus the chance to charge your phone and take a shower. 

When and where will the Warm Space sessions take place?
It depends on the location. From two to five times a week, you can pop down mid-afternoon to join a Warm Space session in the leisure centre's cafe. If there is no cafe on site, you'll find them in a studio. 

How long are the Warm Space sessions?
Again, it depends on the location. Most are between two to three hours long although some sessions are longer.  

Which leisure centres are hosting Warm Space sessions?

South of England


Basingstoke & Newbury

Basingstoke Sports Centre


Meadway Sports Centre

South Oxfordshire

Didcot Wave

South Oxfordshire

Park Sports Centre

South Oxfordshire

Thame Leisure Centre
South Oxfordshire Henley Leisure Centre


Delta Tennis Centre


Haydon Centre and Gym

Vale of White Horse

Faringdon Leisure Centre

Vale of White Horse

White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre

West Oxfordshire

Chipping Norton Leisure Centre

West Oxfordshire

Carterton Leisure Centre
South West
Bath & North East Somerset

Odd Down Sport Ground


Bodmin Leisure Centre


St Austell Leisure Centre


St Ives Leisure Centre


Bude Leisure Centre


Newquay Leisure World
 South East

Reigate & Banstead

Tadworth Leisure & Community

Epsom & Ewell

Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa

Mole Valley

Dorking Sports Centre





GLL are pleased to welcome library members and non-members to their Warm Spaces available in 65 libraries this winter. 

What do the Warm Space sessions in the library offer? 
Come to our libraries for a warm, comfortable and welcoming space to sit.  You can also access free Wi-Fi, books, magazines and newspapers, use PC terminals and charge devices at no cost. Library staff are also on hand to offer ‘sign posting’ advice on relevant utility and cost of living grants.

As well as the above, participating libraries are expanding their programmes of free onsite activities. From reading and crafting groups to board game sessions, yoga and ‘rattle & rhyme’ activities for mothers and babies, there's something for everyone this winter.

You can also grab free tea, coffee and biscuits at all 65 locations. 

When and where will the Warm Space sessions take place?
You'll find a Warm Space in 65 libraries, and they are open as long as the library is open. Discover Better libraries close to you below. 

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Stay Well This Winter

As the winter season approaches, it's important to take extra care of your health. We've gathered some key tips to help you stay well and protect yourself during the colder months.

Get Vaccinated: Secure your health against the flu with a free vaccination if you're over 65 or have a chronic health condition. Also, consider the pneumococcal vaccine for added protection.

Seek Advice Early: Feeling unwell? Head to your nearest pharmacy for prompt advice and treatment.

Stay Warm: Keep your living space heated to at least 18ºC and dress in multiple light layers for better warmth retention.

Stay Active: Keep moving while indoors to maintain warmth and overall wellbeing.

Prevent Flu Spread: Remember to use tissues, wash your hands regularly, and dispose of tissues immediately to help stop the spread of flu.

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