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Changes to Events, Courses and Activities


On this page we will try to keep you updated with any changes to the activities, events, courses, clubs etc. for children/ young people and/ or parent carers that we hear about.

Even if not listed here, please do double check with organisations before attending to make sure they are still running.

Most Wiltshire Libraries Reopening from Monday 12th April 2021

Wiltshire Council has confirmed that 22 libraries and three mobile libraries will reopen for browsing from Monday 12th April 2021, alongside the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, following the Government's confirmation to proceed with Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown.

As lockdown is eased, opening hours and services will be increased in a phased way over the next few months. For individual opening times and days please check the links below.

Box, Durrington, Ludgershall, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Purton, Ramsbury and Tisbury will remain closed for now. The council is working with the libraries' volunteers to reopen these as soon as possible. Further updates will follow in due course.

The libraries will operate with COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and keep everyone as safe as possible. As part of safety precautions, 'browsing time' will be restricted to a maximum of 30 minutes to limit the number of people in a library at any one time. Library material borrowed before lockdown is due back from the beginning of May at the earliest.

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will have limited reopening from Tuesday 13 April between 9.30am to 5pm, but customers will need to book visits in advance. Spaces are limited due to social distancing requirements and to ensure customer and staff safety. Customers will be asked to order any documents they wish to consult in advance of their visit, as documents will be quarantined 72 hours before and after their visit.

Library opening times and contact details can be found on the Council [Library locations and opening times] webpage and [mobile library times] on the Mobile Libraries webpage. The online library content, will continue. Visit the Council’s [Active Communities resources] webpage for more information.

For further information about the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, people should visit the [History Centre website]; to book a visit people can email archives@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Leisure Centres to Reopen on Monday 12th April 2021

Wiltshire Council has confirmed that all 20 leisure centres in the county will reopen on Monday 12th April 2021.

All 10 of the Council managed leisure centres will reopen with gym, swimming and some racket sport court hire where available. Indoor group exercise classes are not permitted to resume until 17th May at the earliest, so most leisure centres will instead be offering some outdoor group exercise class programmes, with limited numbers. The Council's online class programme will continue until the end of May, for more information people can visit our [Online classes webpage].

The 10 leisure centres run by Places Leisure on the Council's behalf will also reopen with bookings for gym and swim available online on the Places Leisure website. For information about Places Leisure managed services, people should visit the [Places Leisure re-opening information hub].

The health and safety of visitors and the centre staff will remain a priority. The measures introduced after reopening in August 2020 will still be in place, including social distancing and increased hygiene measures. Customers must also continue to book online in advance, to help manage the number of people at each centre at any given time. Online booking for council-run centres is now available for members and will be available for non-members from 10th April.

The opening hours for council-run centres from 12th April are available on the Council's [COVID-19 reopening webpage], along with other details around what services are available, how to book and membership guidance for members.

The Council would usually review prices for activities and memberships in April, but when the centres reopen, all prices will remain the same as they were in January.

For more information, including membership details, FAQs and details relating to the reopening of sports development and physical activity sessions, people should visit the Council’s [COVID-19 reopening webpage].

For information about Places Leisure managed services, people should visit the [Places Leisure re-opening information hub].

Sports Development Service – Delivery suspended from Tuesday January 5th 2021

Following the latest Government announcement of a national lockdown being introduced from Tuesday (5t January), including the closure of gyms, leisure centres and suspension of community physical activity and sport delivery, Wiltshire Council’s sports development sessions will be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 5 January.

They will follow the Government’s updates closely and hope to have sessions back as soon as they are allowed to. Your lead sports development contact will be in touch to communicate further details once they are able to deliver activity again, however if you have any immediate queries or enquiries, please do get in contact by email sportsdevelopment@wiltshire.gov.uk

Bookwhen Guide - How to cancel a Barnardo's club session

Barnardo’s system for booking their activity clubs is called Bookwhen. The system can also be used to cancel sessions. Take a look at the following Bookwhen Guide which explains how to book or cancel a Barnardo’s club session.