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.

Just Click here

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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Top Tips: Dive into your 5-a-day

Top Tip 1: 5 reasons to eat your 5 portions of fruit and veg a day

1. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and include healthy nutrients such as float, vitamin C and potassium.
2. They are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent a range of digestion problems, including constipation.
3. A diet high in fibre can reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
4. They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some other cancers.
5. Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.

Top Tip 2: Exercise doesn’t have to be high impact – go swimming
If getting hot and sweaty puts you off the gym, then why not try a low impact alternative like swimming?
Swimming is a great workout for getting in cardio and toning your body. It is one of the few sports that doesn’t cause any stress to the skeletal system, yet water resistance has a similar effect to using a lightweight on a resistance machine at the gym.

Not only that, but research suggests that swimming actually boosts endorphins in the body, which creates that feel-good feeling.

Health and vitality goals from the Valley Leisure Team

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.


Eat well, move more, live longer.

Valley Leisure have teamed up with Change4Life to create a 6-week healthy lifestyle course to help children and their families. Top Kids will see the 8 healthy behaviours advocated by the national Change4Life programme brought to life through a course of six fun and interactive sessions.

Who can take part in this programme?

The course is aimed at children aged 5-11 years old and their parents/guardians. It is designed to inform families on how to eat better, move more and achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What will Top Kids sessions include?

Each session is delivered over 2hours, 4-6pm. The programme will be taught by Level 2 instructors, coaches or teachers, as well as a qualified chef with experience in obesity awareness, Change4Life awareness and motivational training.  Each session will be made up of the following:

  • ‘Top Tips for Top Kids’ – Healthy living information and awareness
  • ‘Up and About’ – Fun family activities including exercise and games
  • ‘Me Size Meals’ – Understanding portion sizing and healthy eating recipes

What is the cost of this course and when is the next one available?

The cost of this course is just £5 per session, per child. This means that adults come along for free! The £30 fee (for the 6 weeks) must be paid upfront.

The programme will run at Andover Leisure Centre, with the next available course starting on Wednesday 8th June.

What will my family gain?

Participants will not only feel and look better, but gain free recipes, supporting materials, t-shirts and water bottles. Families can also take advantage of the Top Kids Rewards Programme. Families who attend 5 out of the 6 sessions will receive a FREE family adventure golf session at Charlton Lakeside Pavilion; those who attend all six session will receive a FREE family swim.

If you would like to find out more information or sign up to the programme, then please contact Andover Leisure Centre on 01264 347100.

Your Bank holiday ‘To Do’ List

Hurray! We have another extended weekend to look forward too! Those of us who are lucky enough to have this Monday off (and maybe even half term) might be scratching our heads over what to do…and as always, it really depends on the weather. We’ve come up with some great ideas for you to consider when deciding how to entertain the family this weekend, come rain or shine.

Bring out the swimsuit

Make a splash at The Rapids: Why not take the whole family for a Fun Swim at The Rapids this weekend? There’s a great range of facilities available for a whole range of ages. From the toddler and baby area to the flume, there really is something for everyone – even a Costa for Nan and Grandad. Come on down on the day, or book in advance and skip the queues by purchasing Fast Track tickets, which can be ordered HERE.


Inflatables Session at Andover Leisure Centre: Have a fun and exciting swim with your family and friends on the inflatables at Andover Leisure Centre Swimming Pool. The Monster Island inflatable lets you conquer the castle by slaying the dragon, defeating the knight and descending down the slide. There is also the Commando Chute which is a duel slide that allows you to race your friends to the bottom – first one wins! Inflatable sessions run every Saturday and Sunday, for all times visit our online timetable. Plan your day in advance and book your place on the inflatable swim session online.


Walk and a picnic

Another one for the entire family, why not take in the fresh air and go for a walk. Not only does this get you moving, but team it up with a picnic and you’ve got yourself a day out! For your picnic, why not experiment with some easy and healthy recipes, we love this recipe from Change 4 Life for a new potato and tuna salad. This recipe is to serve four adults, so you might want to alter the recipe if there are a lot of you going, just take in mind that children’s portions will be smaller.



  • 1kg new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon-juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans tuna in water, drained
  • 5 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

What to do:

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the garlic, parsley, lemon juice, zest and olive oil to make the dressing.
  3. Drain the potatoes well and put them into a salad bowl. Pour over the dressing and stir it through so that the flavours are soaked up by the potatoes as they cool down.
  4. Flake the tuna fish into chunks and add to the potatoes with the spring onions, cucumber and tomatoes. Toss together gently and serve at once.

Nutritional information:

  • Per adult portion (i.e. ¼ recipe)
  • 311 kcals
  • 21g protein
  • 7g fat of which 1g saturates
  • 43g carbohydrate of which 5g sugars
  • 3g dietary fibre
  • 33mg sodium
  • 79mg salt

Because it’s a picnic, you need more than just a salad to serve everyone. You needs to provide snacks. Sticking with the healthy theme, we suggest that you cut up carrots, cucumber and pepper into batons; bring a pot of low fat hummus too for dipping. One picnic favourite is mini sausages – these can often be quite fatty and have a low pork percentage. Instead of getting shop bought mini sausages, buy venison sausages that have a high meat percentage (try to buy sausages that have over 80%) and cut them to make disks.

For a sweet treat, pack a range of fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, melon and grapes, team those up with some dark chocolate it you are after a real sugar fix.

There are loads more activities on offer at Andover Leisure Centre, The Rapids, Romsey Sports Centre, Charlton Lakeside and Knightwood Leisure Centre for you to try this weekend including golf, racket sports, crazy golf and more! To see our full range of facilities, just visit our website and pick the centre you want to go to.

Half Term Holiday – Whats on?

We are still in the midst of winter and there is still no denying that as we approach February half term, it is still cold to do most of the activities that your children might want to do. From toddlers to teens, you can count on us to provide a little indoor fun next week.

Fun Sessions at The Rapids


Ahoy there mateys! Bring your young scallywags down to The Rapids this half term for a swashbucklin’ good time. There is something for the whole family; toddlers can explore our shallow shipwreck island, all can ride the rapids with our flume and adults and kids alike can make a splash under our tipping bucket (there is even a Costa coffee for mum and dad!)

Fun sessions at The Rapids run daily from 10am during the half term period. For the full timetable, visit our website HERE.

Camp Valley’s Holiday Club at Andover Leisure Centre

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Valley Leisure’s Camp Valley Holiday Club is back this February half term providing a fun packed week of activities for young children. Following a successful 2014 which saw almost 1000 children come through the doors of the holiday club, Andover Leisure Centre are back again for 2015 with a variety of themed activities for children to enjoy.

Between the 16th and 20th of February, Camp Valley will be drawing on different parts of the world and teaching children about countries like Australia, Italy, China, America and Africa through a range of games and crafts.

Children, between the ages of five and eleven have the opportunity to take part in swimming, cooking, go-karting and using the climbing wall and the opportunity to join in the popular Roller Disco.

A full day at Camp Valley costs £25 and includes a hot lunch; there is also the choice of booking a half day at a discounted price. To book a place on the Camp Valley Holiday Club, call Andover Leisure Centre at 01264 347100. See the full schedule HERE.

Teen Fitness at Andover Leisure Centre

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Calling all teenagers! Our ‘Teen Fitness’ course is back and running daily between the 16th and 20th February. This offers young people ages 13 – 16 to have an intense workout using the equipment found in the gym. The week long programme is perfect for those who are eager to experience the gym environment at an age where they wouldn’t normally be able to. The courses consist of 5 x 1 hour sessions and run at 10am, 1pm and 4.30pm. It is £24.99 for the week, to book please call the centre on 01264 347100.

Swim Crash Course at Andover Leisure Centre and The Rapids

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The February Swim Crash Course is suitable for swimmers of all capabilities. There are a number of time slots available for the daily sessions that run according to capability. The sessions are also separated by capability and age so attendees feel comfortable amongst their peers.

For full details for our Andover sessions visit our events page HERE, and to book call the centre on 01264 347100. For full details for The Rapids sessions visit our events page HERE, and book by calling reception on 01794 830333.