Southsea’s Pyramids to host ukactive’s South-East England Member Network event

This month, leaders, activity providers and fitness professionals across Hampshire will gather at Southsea’s Pyramids on Thursday 11 July 2024 for a networking event to encourage greater participation in physical activity.

The event is run by ukactive, the UK’s trade body for gyms and leisure centres that has the mission to get more people, more active, more often. The organisation represents over 4,000 members across the UK.

Representatives from Portsmouth’s local leisure, sport, and fitness facilities will come together for a day to ask questions, share concerns and discuss operational challenges to consider how fitness can be encouraged across the city and South-East England.

There will be several interactive workshops, engaging presentations and valuable networking opportunities within the venue’s event facilities overlooking Southsea Beach and The Solent.

Pyramids is owned by Portsmouth City Council and is operated by registered charity and social enterprise BH Live.

Alan Higginson, Centre Manager at Pyramids shared:

“It’s fantastic to be bringing ukactive’s South-East England networking event to Portsmouth . Our team is incredibly passionate about inspiring more people of all ages and abilities across the city to get active through our facilities, activities, initiatives and schemes.

“One of BH Live’s charitable aims is to increase community participation in sport and leisure – it’s amazing to be working with ukactive, another non-profit organisation, to align our two missions.”

Danny Melling, ukactive’s Interim Director of Membership Experience, said:

“Our Regional Member Network events are a great opportunity for our members to come together to share their experiences and understand how ukactive are supporting the UKs physical activity sector to help keep more people active and accessing services.

“We’re thrilled that BH Live is working with us to host this event and it will be a valuable opportunity for operators in the area to come together, network and share ideas on how we can keep supporting more people to keep active within our facilities.”

Natalie Brahma- Pearl, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, who own Pyramids said:

“As a council we work hard to support and encourage healthy lifestyles in all our communities, and consistently promote positive physical health and activity. For this reason I’m delighted that ukactive have chosen Portsmouth to hold this event, and I look forward to hearing the ideas and initiatives that are generated during the day.”

In 2020/21, Pyramids was completely revamped by Portsmouth City Council, transforming dated event spaces and swimming facilities into more modern, sustainable and attractive facilities with wide appeal. BH Live helped to oversee the project by providing additional operational support.

The centre is now home to a spacious and accessible gym boasting the latest Technogym equipment, an exercise referral service to support customers with long-term health needs, and a variety of fitness studios where more than 70 group classes are delivered every week including HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Les MillsTM classes, yoga and Pilates. The centre is also home to Exploria, an expansive themed play and bounce attraction which has welcomed more than 250,000 attendances since opening and celebrated its 3000th party.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about BH Live please contact:

Daisy Saunders, PR & Communications Executive

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.

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BH Live is a leisure and cultural trust, established in 2010 as a ‘non profit distributing organisation’ (NPDO) for public benefit to promote participation in leisure and cultural events. BH Live is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity. Charity No: 1138311. Company No: 07092112.  VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, is a Private Company Limited by Shares and a wholly owned subsidiary of BH Live. Company No: 07175626. VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. Registered Office: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH. Registered in England and Wales.

About ukactive

ukactive is the UK’s trade body for the physical activity sector, bringing together more than 4,000 member organisations and partners in our shared ambition to get More People, More Active, More Often. From gyms, leisure centres, studios, sports bodies and other activity providers, to major health bodies, consumer brands, tech firms and equipment manufacturers, our community collaborates across the private, public and third sectors. ukactive facilitates high-impact partnerships, conceives and drives breakthrough campaigns, conducts critical research and lobbies the Government to recognise the power of the physical activity sector to address today’s biggest issues – including ‘levelling up’ health, reducing the burden on the NHS and social care, reducing crime, revitalising our high streets and communities, tackling loneliness and driving our physical and mental recovery from COVID-19. For more information, please contact the ukactive press office at or call 020 7400 8631.

These leisure centres are owned by Portsmouth City Council and run by registered charity BH Live.

  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre – Portsmouth’s flagship leisure and event venue. Located in the heart of Hilsea, Mountbatten is located just a short distance from Portsmouth’s city centre. Its large well equipped gym, accessible by lift, has multiple zones with something to suit every activity preference and level of fitness. Dedicated training areas have lots of cardio kit to choose from, free weights, functional fitness spaces and more. With health and wellbeing professionals on hand, there is also an exercise referral team to offer guidance and support if recovering from an illness, injury or long term health condition. Group exercise classes run seven days a week and include Les Mills™ BodyPump, BodyCombat, Sprint, Grit, Group Cycle, Bootcamp, Shapes, yoga, Pilates, aqua, group cycle, circuits, and more.There is a 50 metre swimming pool (divided into two) with regular public swimming sessions, lane swimming, pool-based classes and lessons. There is also a smaller teaching pool for little ones and lessons. Mountbatten is home to AquaDash – a large pool inflatable course – great fun for young people, team building away days, and parties. Spa facilities include a sauna, spa bath and steam room.

Mountbatten offers a broad health and wellbeing programme which focuses on helping people with long-term conditions to stay active and build their confidence in one one-on-one or group settings

Mountbatten is also home to a Clip ‘N Climb leisure attraction and an eight-court sports hall where multi-sport activities and events are held throughout the year in partnership with local clubs and schools. An outdoor velodrome and athletics track hosts regular training, events and competitions throughout the year.

Open to members and non members a Terrace Café has free customer WiFi and a children’s soft play facility. Here you can buy all sorts of snacks, meals and drinks.

From August 2024, ANPR will be in operation. There is free customer parking for up to four hours seven days a week with accessible spaces for Blue Badge holders. Charges apply for longer stays – see car park signage for details.

Find out more at

Get social with us: X & Facebook @mountbattenlc | Instagram @bhliveactive

  • Pyramids Centre – BH Live Active, Pyramids is situated in Southsea overlooking the beach and Solent. There is something to suit every activity preference and level of fitness. The centre has state-of-the-art Technogym fitness equipment in an airy spacious gym with a wide range of functional fitness, strength and cardio activities. There is a dedicated assessment area for those who are new to exercise complete with fitness tracking technology to help set activity goals.

Pyramids has four activity studios. The Glasshouse and Solent each have stunning seaviews. There is also the region’s only dedicated HIIT studio running circuits style HIT classes and a Technogym Group cycle studio. Group exercise classes run seven days a week including Group Cycling, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Yoga, Pilates and classes as part of the Les MillsTM programme including BodyPump, BodyCombat and Core.

As part of BH Live Active’s multisite membership, members can also use the gym, pools and classes at Mountbatten and Charter.

Next to Pyramids is a public car park with 154 parking spaces including six accessible spaces.  Up to 90 minutes of free parking is available for customers attending the gym or a class – ask or register in centre. There is also free roadside parking along Clarance Esplanade after 6pm. This car park adjacent to Pyramids is managed by Portsmouth City Council and parking charges apply. – see website for details

Find out more at

Get social with us: X and Instagram @bhliveactive | Facebook @Pyramids.Centre

  • Exploria – Exploria at Pyramids in Southsea opened in 2021. It is Portsmouth’s largest indoor soft play and bounce attraction. With a range of exciting experiences, Exploria stimulates play for children aged 6 months and upwards. A tantalising sense of wonder and extreme fun across three connected worlds gives children plenty of action to amaze and delight. Everything, from floor to ceiling, evokes a sense of mystery with lots of jumps, leaps and thrills. All safely rightsized to inspire juniors, toddlers and babies alike.

The bounce zone is great for burning off tons of energy. The diving tower with air bag is perfect for the bravest of explorers. There are interactive games, themed slides. agility parkour, battle beams and foam pits too. Our play zone features ball pits, spider’s web and cargo climbing, a rope bridge skywalk, bash bags, tunnels, rollers, beams plus a dodge ball shoot out.  And the baby and toddler zone has all things Exploria, but downsized for little ones of preschool age. There are quieter SEN play and bounce sessions plus a dedicated sensory room with stimulating lights, sound and touch.  Four themed party rooms based on Volcanos, an underwater world, Mayan Ruins and Egyptian tomb – great for celebrating special occasions and birthdays, A dedicated Exploria café serves delicious snacks, light bites and drinks. And there’s toilets, accessible facilities, baby change, lockers, and a buggy park too. Exploria can accommodate school group bookings too – a great way to reward a class or year group.

For more and to book online visit

Get social with us on Facebook & Instagram @exploriauk

Exploria is located at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3ST.

There is a pay and display public car park with 154 parking spaces including six accessible spaces. This car park is managed by Portsmouth City Council and parking charges apply. – see website for details

  “Great fun, good place to go with family and kids. nice, clean, friendly. I recommend this place for families and kids.”

  • Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre – Located in Hilsea, a five-minute drive from Portsmouth city centre and next to Mountbatten, Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre is one the leading gymnastics facilities in the country.

A purpose-built gymnastics training facility provides young people and adults the opportunity to develop to a competition level with an artistic and acrobatic gymnastics club programme.

For more visit

Get social with us:

Facebook @PortsmouthGymnasticsCentre | X & Instagram @bhliveactive

  • Portsmouth Tennis Centre – Situated in the north of Portsmouth (Hilsea) next to Mountbatten. Portsmouth Tennis Centre consists of four indoor courts and six floodlit outdoor courts.

There is a comprehensive coaching programme caters for all ages and abilities. Sessions are available for tots, juniors, adults and also includes variations of the sport such as cardio tennis and touch tennis.

For more visit

Get social with us:

X @PortsTennis | Facebook  @PortsmouthTC | Instagram@PortsmouthTennisCentre

  • Wimbledon Park Sports Centre – Located a five-minute drive from Portsmouth city centre, Wimbledon Park Sports Centre has a large sports hall with access to activities such as badminton and indoor sports.

For more visit

Get social with us:

Facebook @WimbledonParkSportsCentre | X & Instagram @bhliveactive

  • Charter Community Sports Centre – Located in Portsmouth’s busy university district, a five-minute drive from Portsmouth city centre, Charter Community Sports Centre offers access to swimming, gym, group exercise classes and sports hall activities. There is also an outdoor multi-use games area.

For more visit

Get social with us: Facebook @CharterCommunitySC | X & Instagram @bhliveactive