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  • 4.0 star rating
    13/6/2012

    Cocks Moor is a great place to spend a few hours with the kids.  The swimming area is just that, it's more about fun with water than vast swimming lanes.  There are water chutes, sprinklers and even a small slide for the very little ones.

    The shallow end is lovely and safe with a gentle gradient that slopes down to deeper water.  For children that are a little nervous around water it's great and feels very safe.

    During holidays and at weekends the wave machine operates as does the big slide.

    Also on offer during term time are stay and play sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  The price includes a swim session if you want to and at £2.35 per child is well worth it.  There are loads of inflatables, and a safe area for the very young.  It's a great and inexpensive way to spend a couple of hours and there are more structured activities available should you want to give them a try.

    Also, as a bribery for the way out,  there's a new play area on the way to the car park, which works as an excellent incentive to leave if you're struggling to get the kids home.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/5/2014

    I tried the gum here last week. It was OK.
    Some of the machines and equipment needed changing but it was generally clean and had plenty of running / cross training machines.
    i went during the day so i could use all the machines, but I can imagine it would be a nightmare after 5pm as it is quite small.
    If you are self conscious avoid the machines by the window or you will have the golfers staring at you as you walk past!

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2013
    1 check-in here

    Body Jam sessions are the best, if you're not big on exercise they are such good fun and a really motivating group. Would recommend to anyone

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/6/2012
    First to Review

    I've never been big on swimming. In fact, I have a phobia of deep water so luring me to a swimming pool is a touch task. However, my family has been going to Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre for years.

    It appealed to me as a child because its so spacious, has a huge slide and amazing wave machine. The pool is large and most of it is at a shallower incline. There is also a hot tub exclusively for adults and a baby section.

    There's a coffee shop just outside of the pool that can be accessed by spectators who can grab some food and watch swimmers at the tables and chairs provided. They have plenty of showers so you don't have to wait too long for your turn. There is also a large locker room area and generous changing rooms. There's a huge car park and prices are reasonable.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/6/2012

    Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre is generally well-equipped and well-maintained as leisure centres go. There's a good variety of facilities, including a gym, badminton courts, a pool and a golf course. It is the largest leisure centre in south Birmingham, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. This is all good.

    What's not so good, however, is the pool - in terms of actual swimming. It's a great pool for kids, replete with wave machine and flume slide and a baby pool, but it's a 'novelty' shape, so if you're one of those agressive swimmers that like to plough up and down as if Jaws is on your toes (as I do) then you'll probably find dodging the toddlers and pregnant ladies a little annoying. Obviously, they have particular times for families/ kids and more serious (it's a serious business, swimming...) swimmers in terms of pool use, but the times aren't always convenient.

    I'm sure that should I ever be pregnant/ with a child in tow, then I will find this to be the best place in the world. At the moment, however, it's just a bit of an annoying obstacle course.

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