Lifestyles customer update

What to expect when visiting Lifestyles centres after the lifting of national Covid-19 restrictions.

50m pool at Liverpool Aquatics

Following the government's lifting of restrictions we will be altering our centre programmes from Monday 26th July.

Alsop, Austin Rawlinson, Cardinal Heenan, Ellergreen, Garston and Liverpool Aquatics Centre remain open and we are working on a recovery plan to open up further sites in due course.

Park Road is open for Tiny Gym and Animal Academy sessions. 

Indoor activities

Group fitness classes

Following customer feedback online bookings will remain in place for classes. You can book online up to 7 days in advance from 7am. We have also increased capacity for all classes, though not to pre-Covid numbers.

We have added more classes to our timetables and there is no longer a limit on the number of classes you can attend each day.


You no longer need to book a gym slot - just turn up during our opening hours. Although we have not returned to full capacity, we have increased capacity. We ask customers to continue to wipe down equipment after each use to help keep everybody safe.

Some gym areas may close earlier than other centre facilities. Check centre pages to see where this is applicable under 'opening hours'.

Exercise for Health (GP Referrals)

The Exercise for Health scheme will remain suspended for a short period.

Swimming pools, steam and sauna

Our pools will remain at reduced capacity to safely control numbers in our pools. 

All sauna and steam rooms remain closed until further notice. We will continue to review this monthly.

Family swims

Family swims will remain bookable online up to 7 days in advance from 7am. These cost £7.70 and allows access for 2 adults and 2 children. You can include up to 6 people in the booking with additional charges per person. We will review family sessions over the next few weeks and alter according to demand.

All children attending sessions must be registered at a centre and a membership card will be provided. If you wish your account to be set up for online bookings you must provide a valid email address. 

Public swims

Our public swims will still be available to book online across centres, but we will also be open for walk-ins. The timetables on our website show when sessions are full so please check as walk-in sessions are subject to availability.

  • All swimmers must be signed up to a membership or our free casual membership to access swim sessions. You can register online and we can issue a card on arrival. Registering before attending a centre will help staff process registrations quickly and avoid the build up of queues. 
  • Children can now attend public swims but we can only take bookings in person for children at centres at present.
  • Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 basis. Children between 4 and 7 must be accompanied on a maximum 2 children to 1 adult basis.
  • Children up to the age of 8 can swim for free, then the cost is £2.30 until they reach 18 when adult prices will apply.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons for existing learners will continue with a reduced programme for adults and children at Alsop, Ellergreen, Garston and Liverpool Aquatics. Read our Swim Academy update for more information about swimming lessons.

We will not be taking any new bookings or enquiries for swim lessons or new learners at present. We will keep you updated via this website and hope to open to new customers soon.

Outdoor activities


Liverpool Tennis Centre is open for outdoor court bookings and Cardio Tennis classes. Summer Tennis Camps will start in August and the coaching programme will resume in September. Indoor courts remain closed whilst the centre is being used as the main Covid test site. See the Tennis Centre customer update for more information.

Football pitches

Outdoor pitches at Liverpool Aquatics are open for online bookings only. Check availability and book online for courts and pitches

Outdoor pitches at Ellergreen and Walton are open for phone bookings. Contact Ellergreen for availability and bookings for the Walton site. View pitch hire information and prices.

Pitches at other sites remain closed until further notice.

Outdoor track at Wavertree Sports Park

The outdoor running track is open and you can check availability and book your session online. See Wavertree Sports Park for more information.

Outdoor classes

Some centres continue to run outdoor sessions - check centre timetables for more information.

Please note that outdoor classes are weather permitting and may be cancelled at short notice. We will update social media as soon as possible if sessions are cancelled due to bad weather, or contact a centre to check before travelling.

For outdoor classes in hot conditions, we advise customers to bring plenty of water, apply sun cream and wear suitable clothing.

Children's parties

We are not hosting or taking bookings for children's pool or sports hall parties until further notice. 

We will continue to keep you updated via this website and social media. And you can still workout at home by subscribing to the Lifestyles YouTube channel and join our virtual classes to get you moving.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

For the centres that are open, you can access the pool, gym and classes. 

Sauna, steam and spa pools will remain closed for now.

The Exercise for Health (GP Referrals) will remain suspended for a short period.

  • All fitness classes must be booked online.
  • Gym access is walk in.
  • Family swims must be booked online.
  • Public swims can be booked online but we are also accepting walk-ins subject to availability. We advise you to check website timetables to see where sessions are full.

Sessions are available to book online up to 7 days in advance.


Activities are available to book online at the centres that are open or due to reopen up to 7 days in advance.

See our 'booking' page to find out how to set up an online account.

Check centre pages for up to date timetables and details of activities that must be booked.

If you receive an error when attempting to book online, it may be that your membership has lapsed in the system during lockdown.

To reactivate your online account email with your membership details.

Gym sessions are now walk in during opening hours.

Centre timetables show how long swim sessions are for. You must leave the facility when your session ends to allow for any cleaning and the next sessions to begin.

There may be some differences across centres so please check centre pages for up to date timetables.

Swimming lessons for existing learners will continue with a reduced programme for adults and children. Read our Swim Academy update for more information about swimming lessons.

We will not be taking any new bookings or enquiries for swim lessons or new learners at present.

Although it is not mandatory, we do encourage staff and customers to wear face coverings in communal areas such as changing rooms and toilets.

We don't expect you to wear face coverings whilst exercising but if you want to that's fine by us.

We will continue to offer one to one PT at Liverpool Aquatics Centre, with social distancing measures in place.

We will have more details on how to book this soon.

Yes. We are now accepting new members wishing to join us. 

Find a membership that's right for you 

We ask that you continue to use the hand sanitiser points in centres and be considerate of other users.

Please wipe down gym equipment after use to help us maintain high standards of cleanliness and to keep everybody safe.

Full contractual payments resumed on 1st June 2021.

If you wish to cancel your membership you can do this in line with the terms and conditions of your contract, and give two months’ notice.  You must complete a cancellation form in person at reception if you wish to cancel your Lifestyles membership.

In line with the council's current office protocols, we are putting together a recovery plan to open further sites and will have an updated shortly.


Please be mindful of others

We ask that you continue to be considerate of staff and customers. Although restrictions have been lifted, there has been a rise in infection rates in the region and we will continue to operate within Liverpool City Council's office protocols framework.

  • Please continue to wear face masks in communal areas such as toilets.
  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  • Continue to wash hands and use the sanitiser whilst on site.

As always, we will keep you posted via the website, social media, and our mailing list, if you have signed up to receive our e-bulletins.