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Our fully equipped, air-conditioned gym offers a range of fitness equipment for everyone.

Our members can choose from cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and rowers, resistance equipment including free weights and dedicated stretching areas and fitness aids such as Swiss balls.

For a fitness programme tailored to your needs, just ask a Better fitness instructor and they'll be happy to put together a workout to suit you.

Before using the gym you'll need to complete an induction, so our fitness instructors can check you are well enough to train. As well this gives you the opportunity to get advice about other activities the centre may offer which could help you achieve your fitness goals.

Re-focus sessions are available to you at any time, where our fitness instructors will mix up your fitness programme. Did you know that keeping your workout more varied and challenging will actually keep you much fitter?


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Events and Concerts

The main hall is a major venue for touring acts. With a standing capacity of 2,650 and seating capacity of 1,800. Bar and snack facilities are available at every concert.

Tickets to upcoming events can be obtained from reception, by calling 0118 937 5000.

For more information about our venue, please click here>>


Fitness Classes

To vary your workout why not try a fitness class. We now have an all new timetable at Rivermead Leisure Complex and Gym.

The programme includes all of our popular classes such as Group Cycle in our new air conditioned and themed lighting studio, Dance Aerobics and Yoga combined with a number of new classes located on Reading's only double octagon frame or in new functional training area.

The functional training area is a large astro-turfed space designed for high intensity classes such as Total Body Conditioning and Circuits.  All of the classes held in this area will utilise our new equipment such as kettlebells, plyometric boxes, battle ropes and more. 

The double octagon frame will have 10 activity stations designed for core and body weight exercises that will be fantastic for those wanting to improve their all round fitness and conditioning.  Classes being held on the frame wil include Functional Circuits, Core Function and Stamina and Endurance.



Swimming is great at any age.  Whether you want to improve your technique, get fit, meet new friends, compete or have fun, you're sure to find a pool session that you'll love.

Our Lagoon Pool is primarily designed as a fun pool with a gently sloping beach area. We also have a small baby pool with a slide alongside the main pool. The waves operate throughout our Swim For All and Swim For Families sessions. Poolside seating is available.

Timetabled sessions in the leisure pool include:

  • Swim for all
  • Family Swim
  • Aqua Mobility 
  • Swim for 50+
  • Disability Swim
  • Water Workout
  • Tots Waterworld


Racquet Sports

Racquet sports are a great way to stay fit and have a catch up with friends at the same time. Courts may be booked for play during centre opening times and racquets are available to hire. 


We have 10 courts availble to book on a daily basis. The courts are in demand so please book courts in advance (up to 6 days ahead) to secure your game.

Table Tennis

We have 4 tables available at various times throughout the day. Prior booking is advised.


Squash is a brilliant way to work out, let off steam and perfect if you have a competitive streak! There are 3 squash courts available at the centre, complete with a viewing area. The courts are in demand so please book courts in advance (up to 6 days ahead) to secure your game.

The Sports Halls

Main Sports Hall

A multi-sport arena featuring 10 badminton courts, basketball court and 2 volleyball courts. Event seating for up to 2000 people is also available.

Bowls Hall

Used by Rivermead Indoor Bowls Club from September to April each Year. This very successful club operates the six rink green which is also available to non members to use at certain times by arrangement. Between April and September the area is converted into a usable activity and event space.

For more infomration on the Rivermead Bowls Club click here

Thames Suite

A recently refurbished multifunctional space used for small events, corporate hire and fitness classes.  The space can be divided into two separate rooms if required.

All three areas are available for private hire

Children's Facilities


Creche for under 5's gives you the chance to take part in leisure activities, knowing your children are well-cared for. You can leave your child for up to 2 hours. Booking is essential and places are limited so we're afraid no-shows (including Prepaid members) will result in the full charge being made.

Our Creche Play & Learn is Ofsted registered. This means that the Creche is regulated and inspected to ensure the care of the children who attend is of an excellent standard.

Tots Water World

A drop in session for adults and children under 5. A water-based version of Toddlers World, which can be used as a stepping stone to swimming lessons.



Outside Sports

We have four floodlit astro-turf 5 a side football pitches available for hire throughout the day and evening.

This area can also be set up for hockey if required.

Bookings are now made through our partner PlayFootball, and you can make your booking online HERE, or you can call 0333 577 4625. Online bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance and bookings can be made by phone during the following times:

8am-8pm Monday to Friday

9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday


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BETTER Coffee Corner

Why not sit down and relax with a coffee and a croissant in our Better Coffee Corner. With a relaxing atmosphere, free wifi, television, and a viewing area overlooking the leisure pool it is the perfect place to get refreshed after a workout, watch your child swim, or simply grab lunch!

As a not for profit social enterprise we are committed to providing locally sourced, ethically produced products. All of our paper products are made from recycled materials, our water is provided by Belu, a social enterprise who donate 100% of their profits to Water Aid.

Also, every time you buy a hot drink from a Better Coffee Corner we will donate 2p of the cost to the GLL Sports Foundation the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, helping athletes across the country to reach their potential and achieve sporting success.