Family fun at Riverside bowl Andover

Riverside Bowl is a fantastic newly refurbished entertainment venue for Andover and the surrounding area, it is not just a Bowling venue, it also offers Glo-Golf, Snooker and Pool, together with an American Diner and the free use of stylish new meeting rooms for local community groups. These can also be booked at a reasonable price for corporate events and children’s parties.

Run by Valley Leisure a charity with the community at its heart.

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Halloween Treats this Half Term!

The countdown to Halloween half-term is now less than four weeks away, scary right?

But if you haven’t got anything planned for the kids, don’t worry. We have you covered, with a range of fang-tastic adventures for children of all ages!

Halloween Pool Disco 


Join us on Friday 28th October at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex!

Ride the rapids, zoom the flume and splash your way into an evening of spooky Halloween fun! Full of fun and excitement for the whole family, with a coloured pool, disco lights and music.

Buy tickets here

Holiday Club


Suitable for children aged 5-11 years, Holiday Club is an activity day full of fun. It includes activities such as trampolining, go-kart racing and even sumo suit fun! Children can also partake in a swimming session every day.

Book online now

Adventure Club

Adventure Club is a great way for children aged 8-14 years to explore the outdoors at Charlton Lakeside. Activities include climbing, canoeing and archery. But be warned, Adventure Club will only run for a couple of days throughout the half-term!

Book your place here

Fast Track

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If you are looking for a fun day out for the whole family, then our Fast Track service at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex is perfect for you! Plan your day, beat the queues and get a free session on the Adventure Golf course after your swim.

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Roller Disco

Get your skates on and roll down to Andover Leisure Centre for the Roller Disco! As per usual, this will be running each Saturday this month, between 4.30-6.30pm.

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We’re going green for Macmillan

Go green this week and support Macmillan with their annual ‘Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning’ taking place on Friday 30th September.

To support this, Valley Leisure will be hosting coffee mornings throughout the week at our two main centres – Andover Leisure Centre and Romsey Rapids Sports Complex.

Do you want to show your support and get involved? Come along!

Andover Leisure Centre BAKE OFF! Friday 30th September: The staff at Andover Leisure Centre are baking for Macmillan! Goodies made by the staff will be available throughout the day to buy at the leisure centre.

Active Community Coffee Morning at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex, Wednesday 28th September (10am – 12:30pm): We’ll be creating a selection of ‘Naughty & Nice’ cakes. Will you take our taste test and tell the difference? You can also grab yourself a FREE Health MOT, get useful information about exercise and Macmillan support and join in a taster session. Here’s a breakdown of the morning:

  • 10:35am – 11:15am: Body Balance
  • 11:20am – 11;50am: Zumba Gold
  • 11:55am – 12:25am: Pilates

Fun days out this summer

School’s out for summer, so now what?!

We know how daunting it can be trying to think of fun and creative ways to get the kids out this summer without breaking the bank, so we’ve created a ‘Best of Valley Leisure’ guide to help you come rain or shine.


Creche ☀

Suitable for: 3 months to 5 years

1 – 2 hour stays (children 12 months or under can only stay for a maximum of one hour)

Available at Andover Leisure Centre and Romsey Rapids Sports Complex


Holiday Club ☀

Suitable for: 5 – 11 years

Day club from 8:30am – 5:30pm and includes activities such as go-karting, trampolining, climbing wall, inflatables and an every day swim.

Available at Andover Leisure Centre.

*Hot, healthy lunch included.


Adventure Club ☀

Suitable for: 8 – 14 years

Adventure day club from 9am – 5pm and includes activities such as orienteering, raft building, climbing, canoeing and even bushcraft.

Available at Charlton Lakeside.

– Don’t worry, if the weather isn’t great then Adventure Club still runs! There may just be a little rejigging of activities.

*Hot, healthy lunch included.


Fast Track ☀

Suitable for: All the family

Plan your day, beat the queues and receive a free found of Adventure Golf! Bookable online during weekends and school holidays, multiple time slots available.

Available at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex.


Pay-as-you-go Options:

If you’re looking for something to do as a family, or just for a spontaneous day out, we also have a great range of pay-as-you-go options. Head down to Charlton Lakeside for activities such as canoeing, kayaking and climbing (weather and day dependant), or if it’s a rainy day then bring the fun inside with Merlin’s Kingdom soft and adventure play at Andover Leisure Centre or swimming at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex.


Don’t forget, we have a range of FREE activities available at some of our centres:

Charlton Lakeside: Play park, woodland footpaths and lakes.

Romsey Rapids Sports Complex: Play park and outdoor table tennis.

Knightwood Leisure Centre: BMX track and woodland paths.


Just keep swimming – the benefits and challenges

We don’t often think of swimming as an exercise routine, or a valid way to lose weight, but studies and research suggest that swimming can in-fact benefit you more than you think.


If you’re already a keen swimmer, then why not take part in the Swimathon? This is a national campaign which challenges people of all abilities to get involved in the sport, and fundraise for charity.

We are taking part! Andover Leisure Centre is proud to be hosting the Swimathon 2016 event! Click here to sign up today, either on your own, or in a team.


*The ‘8 reasons to swim’ post above is a shared blog piece. Please click here to visit the original post.

Charity Events 2016

You hear the term ‘charity event’ and you’re automatically associated with the classic runs, marathons or cycling races. But if you’re looking for something a little different, then look no further – we have searched far and wide to bring you the weirdest, quirkiest and most comfortable ways to get involved, take part and raise money for some great causes.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning/Night-in

You may have seen the advertisements for Macmillan’s coffee morning campaign, which will be officially taking place on 25th of September. We say ‘officially’, because this is an event that can be held any time throughout the year. You can sign up online, grab some friends and host your own, or alternatively attend a public event near you.macmillanlogo

Alternatively, if you aren’t a morning person, then you could always partake in Macmillan’s Night-In. Grab your girls, some cocktails and the classic chick-flicks and enjoy a night in, whilst doing your part for charity.

Zombie Evacuation

If you’ve already planned what you’ll do in a zombie apocalypse (don’t pretend you haven’t), or are looking for a more unconventional fun run, then why not take part in a Zombie Evacuation Race?zombie-4.jpg

This is a 5k run, and each ‘evacuee’ starts with 3 lifebelts and your aim is to prevent those merciless zombies from hypothetically biting you 3 times. When you reach the safe zone at the end of the course you will be recognised as either a survivor (with at least one life belt) or infected (no lifebelts).

This seems like a pretty crazy and fun way to give to charity, and even better, you can choose from a range of charities. The only downside is there are limited locations.

Fight for Survival

If you think you’re fit enough to be a marine or you just love a challenge, then sign up for The Commando Series obstacle. Based in Kent, this course is an endurance challenge which mirrors exact replicas of the Royal Marine Commando Training CentreCommando-289.jpg including the dreaded Sheep Dip and dark Castle caves. What makes it even more unique, is that you have the opportunity to camp overnight, take a survival training course and learn how to hunt, build shelters and make fires. All proceedings go to the Royal Marine’s Charitable Trust Fund.

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Here come the girls! Pretty Muddy is an 5k or 10k obstacle course packed full of fun, laughs and lots of mud. Set up by Cancer Research UK, this type of course is a more fun, light-hearted way to partake in their charity events rather than the classic runs. Cancer Research have added even more locations this year, so you’ll be sure to find an event near you.

Walk it

If high-intense sports aren’t your thing, then why not attend a walk? Walking is a great way to stay active, get outdoors and it will bememorywalk.jpg even more rewarding if you are doing it for a good cause! Many charities hold walking events, from Alzheimer’s Society to British Heart Foundation, our advice would be to research a charity close to your heart and see if they have one of these events on.


Stop Thinking, Start Doing.

If you are anything like us, then you completely stuffed yourself over the festive period, and now you’re suffering the consequences.

Make 2016 your year to improve your lifestyle and wellbeing. 45% of women and 33% of men are not active enough for good health*. At Valley Leisure, our aim is to get more people, more active, so stop thinking about it, and start taking action!


Les Mills

If you’re serious about getting fit in 2016, then why not join us for our Les Mills launch. It’s completely FREE, and you’ll get a 4 hour master-class in six areas: Bodyattack, Bodycombat, Bodystep, Bodybalance, Bodyjam and GRIT.

Launch Date: 2/01/2016
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Andover Leisure Centre
*This launch is FREE. Though spaces are limited. Please call 01264 347100 to book your space today.



Gain stamina, strength and flexibility. PureStretch aims to encourage people to stretch muscles to improve posture, increase the range of movement and decrease the risks of injury.

Launch Date: 5/01/2016
Time: 6pm (1 hour class)
Andover Leisure Centre – Studio 2

*Members can book on to this class from 29/12/2015, non-members from 31/12/2015piyo1


Sweat, stretch, and strengthen—all in one workout! This unique total-body conditioning workout inspired by the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates and the strength and flexibility training of flowing yoga movements.

Launch Date: 7/01/2016
Time: 6pm/6:15pm (TBC)
Andover Leisure Centre – Studio TBC

*Members can book on to this class from 31/12/2015, non-members from 2/01/2016


Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is perfect for active older adults, who are looking to improve balance, motion and coordination at a lower-intensity. The class will focus on elements of cardio, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance; so come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

Launch Date: 11/01/2016
Time: 9am – 10:30am and 10:30am – 12pm
Crosfield Hall, Romsey and Andover Leisure Centre

*This is a FREE LAUNCH. Contact Natalie Austin, Zumba Programme Manager to book your place. Phone: 07493160027 Email:

*Public Health England (October 2014) Everybody Active, Every Day.