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Autism Hour

Autism Hour at Bridport Leisure Centre every Tuesday from 2.30pm – 3.30pm

For one hour each week come and enjoy a sensory-friendly environment. Participants will have exclusive use of both pools and the changing rooms without external distractions.

Trained staff will be on hand to welcome you and ensure this session caters for the needs of autistic participants and their families or carers. Concessionary rates apply and carers swim for free.


What will Autism hour offer?

Autism hour will enable participants to enjoy a safe and sensory-friendly environment without external distractions. Enjoy swimming and splashing in both our main and learner pool with the option of sensory interaction with our range of soft play items.

During the session the poolside area of the Leisure Centre, including the changing rooms, will remain closed to the general public, allowing participants to have sole use of this area. The changing rooms will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the session and for 30 minutes afterwards to provide a comfortable space.

Will trained staff be on hand?

Trained staff will be on hand to welcome you and ensure this regular session caters for the needs of autistic participants and their families or carers.

Our staff have recently undertaken Autism Awareness Award Level 1 training with The Golden Butterfly organisation.

How much does it cost?

Participants will be charged our concessionary swimming rate and carers (no maximum number) swim for FREE. Max Cards are welcome.

What should I bring?

Please remember to bring your swimwear, towels, toiletries, £1 coin or locker coin and a water bottle. Swimming accessories including goggles, swimming aids and hats as well as swimwear for adults and children are available to buy from reception.

Any questions?

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01308 427464 to speak to a member of our team, or please email info@bridportleisure.com. Alternatively visit our website at www.bridportleisure.com. We welcome all enquires and are here to meet your needs and answer any questions you may have. Our friendly Lifeguards and Duty Managers will be happy to help on the day if you have any questions.

About Bridport Leisure Centre

Bridport Leisure Centre is run by Bridport & West Dorset Sports Trust Ltd as a strictly non-profit making organisation (Registered Charity No. 267781). The centre provides a range of recreational facilities and activities to the people of West Dorset, with the overall aim of enhancing the quality of life for the community.

For more information, please contact Bridport Leisure Centre on 01308 427464.