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.

For more information on this simply click the link




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Sweet treats – indulge in the goodness

At the beginning of this month the Toning Centre at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex launched their ‘Toning Coffee Morning’ event. This event takes place on the first Friday of every month, between 10am – 11:30am.

Carrot cake, biscuits and even a low-fat fruit loaf were baked in preparation for the coffee morning, but is it possible to bake healthy yet indulgent cakes at home? The short answer, YES.

Here’s a recipe for mouth-watering Apple and Cinnamon Turnovers with no refined sugar:

Ingredients (makes four large, or eight small turnovers)
Four large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
375g puff pastry
1 egg, beaten

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Cover a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Put the apples, honey and cinnamon into a saucepan, stir and gently heat through until the apples are starting to soften. Add 1 tbsp water if the mixture starts to stick.

You can use the mixture as it is, or mash it together (I did the latter).

Roll out your puff pastry into a large rectangle, or if you’re lazy buy the ready rolled variety). Cut into four or eight smaller rectangles, depending on whether you would like to make large or small turnovers.

Put a few spoonfuls of apple mixture into the centre of each rectangle, being careful not to overfill. Press the edges together and lightly brush with beaten egg.

Place on the baking tray and bake for around 15 minutes in the centre of the oven until golden brown.


This recipe is by food blogger Mandy Mazliah. You can find this recipe and others on her blog here.

If you would like to attend a coffee morning, they run on the first Friday of every month between 10am – 11:30am. For more information about the Toning Centre, please visit the Valley Leisure website at or call the Toning team on 01794 835568.

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

Tuesday Tips: Cut it out

Top Tip 1: Avoid (or cut back on) refined sugar

Start with the obvious sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks, or that sneaky sugar in your tea or coffee. You don’t have to go cold turkey overnight, just gently limit the amount you eat over a period of time and occasionally treat yourself. Too much sugar stores fat, and can imbalance hormones, attribute to age, onset diabetes and many more ailments.
Top Tip 2: Move more
Exercise does not start and finish in the gym, studio class or pool. The government recommended amount of exercise per week is 150 minutes of moderate exercise for adults. This can be split into 5x 30 minutes or 2x 60 minutes and 1x 30 minutes. The best way to organise yourself is to plan ahead. Try to get yourself into a regular routine so for example, exercising every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

If you can’t make it to the gym for whatever reason, exercise at home. Go for a 30 minute walk or march on the spot for 5 minute intervals if you have been sitting for a long time. A pedometer can be a useful tool to boost your fitness programme and measure your steps each day, helping you to set daily goals and try to achieve a personal best each time.

You can also ask the fitness team for an exercise plan to do at home in short bursts for the days you cannot make the gym.

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.


6 weird and wonderful tennis facts

Nothing says ‘Great British Summer’ quite like watching tennis and drinking Pimms, and with Wimbledon in full swing, we thought we would grace you with some weird and wonderful tennis facts.


1. Apparently, over 24 tons of strawberries are ordered each year for the Wimbledon championships.

2. The longest match recorded in history took place at Wimbledon in 2010 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. It lasted for over 11 hours and three full days!


3. You can burn between 400-600 calories an hour: singles tennis is known to burn more calories than other types of physical activity including leisurely cycling, weightlifting and even dancing. Pass us the racket already!


4. Tennis balls were originally white. The balls changed to the neon yellow colour we all resemble with tennis in 1986. Apparently, the ball was too hard to view on television.

5. Andy Murray’s dog, Maggie May is Twitter famous. Okay, so this isn’t strictly tennis, but Maggie May is probably the most famous tennis dog with over 30,000 Twitter followers. Not only that, but Maggie has just released her first book “How to look after your human”. Who knew you could be so jealous of a dog right?!

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6. Tim Henman was the first person to ever be disqualified from Wimbledon. In 1995 he lost his temper and smashed a ball straight into the ball girls face. Ouch!andy murray

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