free swim and lunch


Sessions available from 18-29 December. Free swim and lunch is open to any children aged 5-16 that are eligible for free school meals.
Parents can now swim for free too with their child!


Funding for these sessions has been provided by the Department for Education in partnership with Babergh District Council, West Suffolk Council and is part of the Suffolk Holiday Activity Programme.


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Keep active, energised and fed this winter

We’re offering unlimited FREE swimming sessions plus lunch, to support children and young people ages 5-16 who are entitled to free school meals. Parents can now swim for FREE with their children, and are entitled to a FREE hot drink and snack.

The swim-and-lunch initiative will run throughout the winter holidays providing eligible children with FREE access to the following sessions at our participating pools.

  • Casual swim sessions
  • Wet N Wild’ (applicable to sites with flumes)
  • ‘Floats N Fun’
  • Each session will be up to an hour and includes a free lunch box
Eligibility for free swims and lunch

Child must be 16 or under
Must be in receipt of free school meals
Participating pools – Bury Leisure Centre, Haverhill Leisure Centre,  Hadleigh Pool & Leisure, Kingfisher Leisure in Sudbury, Newmarket Leisure Centre, and Mildenhall Leisure Centre.


The amount of sessions you can book per child is unlimited – however, each session has to booked separately.

Only children in receipt of free school meals can book via this link.

For any other siblings or friends – you will need to book a paid-for session via the ‘PAID FOR SWIMMING’ link at the bottom of this page.

Just follow the relevant ‘BOOK FREE SWIMMING AT’ link below – choose your date & time and follow the instructions to book.

You can then show your booking confirmation ticket or show confirmation on your phone to be eligible for the FREE packed lunch/Hot drink and snack.

If you’re unable to book online – you can contact us by email or call us on T 01284 757473

Children eating in christmas scene

When booking a ‘FREE School Meals Swim and Lunch- Child’ ticket please select 1 non-member per child (repeat booking for other child(s)). For ‘FREE School Meals Parent & Child’ ticket please select 1 non-member. The ratio for our Parent child ticket is 1 Parent:1 Child- if you have more children please book additional child(s) through ‘FREE School Meals Swim and Lunch- Child’.


Bury Leisure Centre

18 December- 14:30-15:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
19 December- 14:30-15:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
20 December- 13:30-14:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
21 December- 13:30-14:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
22 December- 13:30-14:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
23 December- 13:30-14:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)

Hadleigh Pool and Leisure

18 December- 12:30-13:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
20 December- 10:30-11:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
21 December- 12:00-13:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
22 December- 12:00-13:00 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
23 December- 12:00-13:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
28 December- 12:00-13:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)

Haverhill Leisure Centre

18 December- 11:30-12:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
19 December- 11:30-12:30 (Casual Swim), 13.30- 14.30 (Casual Swim)
20 December- 12:45-13:45 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
21 December- 12:15-13:15 (Casual Swim), 15:15- 16:15 (Casual Swim)
22 December- 12:00-13:00 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
23 December- 17:30-18:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)

Kingfisher Leisure Centre

18 December- 13:30-14:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
19 December- 13:00-14:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
20 December- 13:30-14:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
21 December- 13:00-14:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
28 December- 13:30-14:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)
29 December- 13:30-14:30 (Wet ‘n’ Wild)

Newmarket Leisure Centre

18 December- 13:45-14:45 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
19 December- 14:30-15:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
20 December- 15:30-16:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
21 December- 15:30-16:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
22 December- 15:30-16:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
23 December- 14:30-15:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)

Mildenhall Leisure Centre

18 December- 14:30-15:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
19 December- 13:30-14:30 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
20 December- 15:00-16:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
21 December- 15:00-16:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
22 December- 15:00-16:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)
23 December- 15:00-16:00 (Floats ‘n’ Fun)

Christmas Food and Activity Packs

This Christmas we are aware there is a limited number of sessions available for children to take part in.

To be able to support more families this Christmas, we are providing a food pack containing all of the ingredients, and recipes for a Christmas Dinner and Boxing Day Lunch.

We are also providing a pack of children and family friendly activities to keep the kids entertained and active during the holidays.


To book parents must email with the name of their school and the sessions they want to book. These packs are available for those based in: Brandon, Bury St. Edmunds, Haverhill, Newmarket, Mildenhall, and Hadleigh (Those based in Hadleigh must be signed up with Hadleigh Food Bank).

Please note that there are a limited number of packs available. Packs will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

**These packs are not available to families attending Explore Outdoor Family Park Cooking sessions**


PAID FOR Swimming

Book ‘casual or family swimming’ at any centre


Book sessions at Newmarket, Sudbury & Haverhill


Exhilarating fun in Haverhill


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