Free swimming

You probably know this already, but children aged three and under swim for free at swimming pools throughout Tower Hamlets that Better Leisure run. Once they turn four, you’re supposed to cough up (usually £4 or so), but did you know there are still opportunities to swim for free?

I couldn’t find any mention of it on the Better Leisure website, but:

  • On Saturday, you can turn up at your local pool and swim for free as a family from 12 noon afterwards.
  • On Friday, any Tower Hamlets resident can swim for free from 9am onwards.

To get your free swim, you need a pay and play membership card, but these cost just a few pounds a year. You can wrestle with the Better website and join your local swimming pool here, or pop along and speak to staff.

  • It’s not free, but women and girls can swim at women-only sessions for a small fee (currently £1.05).

Here’s the best list I’ve been able to find about free swimming in Tower Hamlets.

Enjoy your (free) swim!


More things to do this week…

If you’re looking for some free, fun things to do locally this week, here are a few options:

Wednesday 2 August, 12-3pm – Water Festival

There’s a Water Festival at Mile End Play Park Pavilion, so pack suitable clothing, towels, water pistols and anything else you might like to play with.

Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ


Saturday 5th August, 11am-4pm – A Great Day Out

There’s a whole day of activities and events at Victoria Park this Saturday. Turn up with your toddler and there will be loads to do.