BH Live pledges investment into local leisure centre

BH Live, the charity that operates leisure centres and venues across the BCP region is investing more than a quarter of a million pounds to revamp the changing facilities at Stokewood Leisure Centre.

Stokewood Leisure Centre opened in 1930 and is a popular community leisure centre situated in the Winton/Charminster area of Bournemouth.

Serving the local community, the centre is managed by BH Live, in partnership with BCP Council.

The work, commissioned and funded by the charity will see the centre’s poolside changing rooms refurbished with new shower facilities, toilets and vanity units.

Furthermore, new flooring and the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting will complete the new look areas.

Work will begin in the new year and is estimated to take up to 12 weeks. It will be phased to minimise disruption.

The centre will be open and all activities operating as usual.

During the works, customers will be able to access changing and locker facilities however they will be required to arrive ready to train or swim, and shower at home while the renovation is underway.

This year more than £1m is being spent by the charity to improve local leisure and cultural facilities across the BCP region. This project is one that will make a big difference to the overall experience at Stokewood Leisure Centre.

Rob Cunningham, BH Live’s Associate Director for Leisure said,

“Stokewood is a thriving community leisure centre – a hub of activity seven days a week and much loved by local people, schools, clubs and community groups. We think this will be very welcome news indeed – we can’t wait to get started.”

Stokewood Leisure Centre has a gym over two floors, exercise studios running daily classes, a swimming pool and spa facilities. Activities are accessible via a BH Live Active multisite membership or on a pay-as-you-go basis. BH Live also offer concessions for people on low income and discounted health and wellbeing programme for people living with long-term health conditions.

Other local leisure facilities available as part of BH Live Active’ multisite membership include Littledown, Queen’s Park, Pelhams, Sir David English and Corfe Mullen.

Facilities vary at each centre. See for more information and ask in centre.


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About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a registered charity and social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Our social objectives are to:

  • Encourage more people to take part in physical activity – by providing leisure facilities to encourage active communities and improve health and wellbeing.
  • Attract bigger entertainment audiences – with a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
  • Deliver economic benefit – by hosting major conferences, exhibitions and events that benefit the local, regional and international economy.

With more than five million visits a year we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

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About Stokewood Leisure Centre

Stokewood is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This community venue, in the Winton/Charminster area of Bournemouth, opened as a public baths in 1930. It has circa 300,000 attendances a year.

Facilities include a 22.8-metre swimming pool, sauna, group exercise and spin studio offering daily group exercise classes, personal training and a well-equipped gym over two floors with lift access.

Swimming lessons run with BH Live’s Swimming Academy and the venue is also home to local sports clubs including triathlon, water polo, lifeguard training and karate.

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