The Andover Leisure Centre has recently undergone a refurbishment of its gym facilities which makes it a much better place, I use the gym 3-4 times a week and find it comfortable and easy to use and the staff are always friendly and helpful. The only down side to the refurbishment is that they did not upgrade the ladies only area of the gym.
There are many classes run in the centres studios, if you are an all inclusive member then any classes are free and you get to book earlier than non members in order to secure a place. Members can now also book on-line which makes life easier. The classes are rated ABC etc in order to show which ones are most popular and the price bracket!
My daughter attends swimming lessons at the leisure centre and although the changing areas are quite dated and a lot of the cubicles broken the actual teachers and lessons are fantastic and excellent value for money (approx. £50 for ten weeks depending on levels). You can book one to one swimming lessons and there are lessons at all levels from babies to adults. They have recently introduced a 'dive school' for more advanced swimmers looking to improve their diving skills.
There is an excellent coffee shop within the building which is great whilst waiting for children to finish lessons.
Archies world is part of the leisure centre and includes a restaurant and a play area for children aged 18 months to 5 years. It also has a creche which you can use whilst visiting the gym or just while you go shopping!
The restaurant is pretty expensive for what you get and the service could be improved.
Archies also cater for childrens parties with a play time in Archies World, either a hot meal and dessert or a buffet style menu and a visit from Archie himself.
If you don't fancy an Archies party the leisure centre also offer parties for older children within the complex, either an activity party with party games such as parachutes, cat and mouse and ball games in one of the studios. There are also swim parties.
Although the gym, studio and lessons are good for a family trip out I would use Romsey Rapids which is part of the same chain and can be found on the same web pages.
This is sadly quite a run down leisure centre now. I have not tried the gym facilities so can't comment on them but it very much has an air of neglect. The swimming pools consist of one small one and one larger pool. One good thing they do do is have an hour or so where they put lots of toys in the pool for younger children but the pool always seems very cold so you can't stay for long!
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