The gym is the best thing about the Dome! It's way better than the Sugden gym in Manchester, which i was a member of. The staff are very friendly and helpful and are willing to help you with anything. There is music and flatscreen TVs surrounding the place so that you don't get bored on the rower lol. The free weights area is also great and the people in there are suprisingly very friendly, unlike at some gyms where it's just full of people who think they're 'ard. Also with the membership you get free access to classes, sports hall and the pool, which is good value for money.
Where the Dome looses marks though is the Pool. It is lacking in a full pool for swimming.
Donny Dome isn't bad, but it's a little dated and shabby. It gets its name from the small glass dome on the roof, rather than the shape of the building itself which is distinctly 80s!
I haven't skated there, but swam with the kids many times. From a parents perspective, it's far too cold! The main pools aren't too bad but the baby pool is absolutely freezing and it's a little dark and dreary as well.
The changing rooms are a bit hit-and-miss: pretty much what you get in any swimming pool of this era, and a little dirty. They're mixed male & female but there aren't many that are big enough for parents and kids to share.
They seem to open the big slides and outdoor pool at random times - perhaps there is a pattern to it, but whenever I've been there I've been told that certain features are closed due to staffing. A bit disappointing when you've paid to take the kids there and the particular slide they want is closed.
I understand, however, that it is currently closed for refurbishment (Nov 08) so I'm really hoping that it is greatly improved when it re-opens as the basics are there and eldest loves it.
It's worth a visit, but go with fairly low expectations and hopefully be pleasantly surprised by it!
This is one of doncasters best attractions,there is a wide range of activities to do,they have a swimming pool with huge slides a lagoon out side were you just float along, and a kids pool with fountins, slides ect
they also have an ice ring were they hold discos in the evening and have theams such as foam parties
there are plenty of other sports and activities such as a fitness room,climbing wall, badminton spa, saunas and Jacuzzis,
lastly they hold Shows and concerts there,with acts such as comidians like chubby brown ect and concerts were they have had loads of different famous people perform .the building itself is state of the art and its an all round clean friendly and entertaining place
The Dome is probably the only rink in the UK where there are two tiers with ice ramps on either side connecting the upper and lower rinks. This means you can, if confident/slighly fearless, build a great speed on the decline ramp which hopefully will then propel you up the inclined slope. Or you can just stay in the top or bottom rink and mill about trying to stay upright. The slope element also provides for comedic moments as the less experienced try to get up the other side resembling constestants on gladiators trying to make it up the travellator gripping the sides for life (I am a meany I know!) whilst the speed freaks pass by.
It can be packed with tweens and teens (great if you are one) but it is also great for people of all ages with a slight daredevil streak/broken bone wish who want more than a simple square rink! And who doesn't? Having two different skating areas means it's doesn't get too busy and adds a different dimension (literally) to the ice skating experience.
The music is pop and there are big tv screens to crank up the youthful atomophere.
As part of the leisure complex, there is also a fun swimming pool with slides and sports halls and refreshments.
Worth a visit if you are up for fun and something a bit different.
The pool at the dome is great there are 3 to choose from and there are some really good slides. The outside part is good in the summer. In the dome they also have the ice rink which is good for the kids to burn of some energy.
Having had high hopes for Doncaster Leisure Centre, i have to say we were a little disappointed. After waiting in the queue for the ice rink, many people pushed their way to the front, there were no staff about to ask these people to wait their turn. We then went swimming, where we found the changing rooms to be dirty, the showers were cold, the dryer out of order and the door locks did not lock. The pool was cold and cloudy and we lost count of the number of plasters we saw! Overall, it passed the time, but not worth the money we paid.
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