Published: Friday, 14 May 2021

Oxford’s public leisure centres are getting ready for the new rules next week, with the ice rink reopening and indoor group exercise back on at Ferry Leisure Centre and Leys Pools & Leisure Centre.

Available activities

This news means that residents in Oxford can enjoy classes like zumba, yoga, pilates, body pump, indoor cycle from Monday 17 May.  

Also available are:

  • Open ice skating sessions at the ice rink
  • Soft play area at Leys Leisure from 20 May
  • Women only swimming sessions at the Leys, Ferry and Barton leisure centres

Timetables and bookings

Find out about opening times, what’s on at a local centre and how to book from our leisure centres web page.

Bookings can be made up to seven days in advance, via the Fusion Lifestyle app or visit the Fusion website to register and use the online booking facility.

A range of membership options are available, including concessions for people on benefits, or you can pay per session without membership.

Covid-safe rules

Oxford City Council and Fusion Lifestyle have been working hard to make sure public leisure centres are ready to open safely under the new rules.   Those planning to visit will still need to:

  • book and pay online, to ensure contact is minimised at each centre
  • check-in on the NHS app or give contact details for track and trace
  • arrive in suitable clothes ready to work out or swim, as the changing rooms remain closed 

These measures, combined with meticulous cleaning routines, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to use the facilities when they return to the centre.

The smaller classrooms at Barton Leisure Centre means groups exercise is expected to restart there after further restrictions lift on 21 June.

“Bringing indoor group exercise back is a really positive step for people’s wellbeing and for our leisure industry.  Our leisure centres are in the heart of our residential areas, providing great value for communities, and we’re looking forward to the buzz next week when group exercise is back on the timetable. We’re delighted the ice rink is able to reopen too, whether you’re a serious skater or just looking for a family activity, it’s a really special facility to have in Oxford. Fusion have worked hard to get everything ready to reopen safely so you can feel confident rediscovering everything the centres have to offer.”

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council 

“It’s a really positive step to be able to restart indoor group exercise classes and reopen the ice-rink.  We know how popular group exercise is and our instructors can’t wait to get back to offering the full timetable of classes.”

Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion

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