News, events and schools' information for families across Bath and West Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council is going to great lengths to keep children active and entertained this half term with a free swimming offer.

Youngsters aged up to 16 can use the pool for free during specific sessions at Wiltshire Council and Places for People Leisure-managed sports centres.

They will need to claim a free membership card in advance by visiting or by collecting a form from participating swimming pools.

The offer runs from Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June.

Wiltshire Council is also offering intensive swimming lessons to build youngsters’ confidence in the water.

Courses are available at Calne Leisure Centre, Marlborough Leisure Centre, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre and Durrington Swimming Pool. Lessons are £22.20 for leisure centre members (£16.80 for concession members). More information is available at

The ever-popular Camp Activate sessions are running for five to 14-year-olds at Amesbury Sports Centre, Marlborough Leisure Centre, Calne Leisure Centre, Devizes Leisure Centre and Springfield Community Campus in Corsham. Activities include ultimate frisbee, arts and theatre, climbing, dancing, martial arts, arts and crafts and go karting. Camp Activate is £25 a day for a leisure card holder and £31 for a non-member. The day runs from 8.30am – 5pm. Full details and booking are available at

There is also a variety of Kids Zone activities running at The Nadder Centre in Tisbury throughout the week which can be found at

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure, said, “We are pleased to help parents and their children by offering a great range of fun and healthy events to keep them busy this half term.

“Free swimming is always a popular offer, and intensive swimming lessons are a brilliant way to help youngsters gain confidence in the water or to develop their ability if they are already used to swimming.”