Opening times:
Monday - Friday: 6am - 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am - 8pm

Swimming Timetable

It is with regret that we need to let you know that Atherton Leisure Centre will be running a reduced swimming program for the next 8 weeks from Monday 6th June. By making this hard decision we hope to be able to ensure a consistent pool service to customers.  These changes are enforced as a result of activeNewham experiencing a severe shortage of pool qualified employees at the current time. We are actively recruiting for lifeguards & other critical positions; you can find more information about our current vacancies on our Careers page. We plan to expand the pool program as soon as we have adequate staff. Our next planned review date is July 31st, prior to the school summer holidays commencing. We will be keeping you up to date with any further developments on our social media channels and via the activeNewham website. Information regarding the pool opening times and programme at other activeNewham operated swimming pools  can be found using the links below.
East Ham Leisure Centre
Newham Leisure Centre

Please note that from 26th August, the blue roll in the gym will be replaced with Wet Wipes. Thank you.

There is now limited seating at Atherton Leisure Centre for customers and for parents/guardians to wait whilst their children are swimming; however these are not for swimming lesson viewing purposes.

Please find the Soft Play FAQ's here .

Please note that the Creche is currently closed until further notice.


The lift at Atherton Leisure Centre is currently out of order due to a technical failure. Newham Council and activeNewham are talking with contractors to identity a permanent solution. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the breakdown of the lift, particulary to customers who are unable to access the gym and studios located on the first floor. We are working as quickly as we can to get the lift back into operation. In the meantime Atherton Leisure Centre users are reminded that they can use other activeNewham facilities at Newham Leisure Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre and Manor Park Fitness Centre. Any customers with access needs are advised to contact activeNewham before making a journey to the alternative facilities to make sure their requirements can be met. If you have any questions, please call 0300 124 0123 .


Gym with Programmable Area 750m²
Lower Gym with Programmable Area 207m²

Free Weight Area

Main Swimming Pool: 25m x 6 lanes

Teaching Pool: 20m x 10m

Group Cycle Room: 100m2

Two Fitness Studios:
100m² and 140m²

Fully Accessible Changing Room


Soft Play Area


At the Atherton Leisure Centre we are providing some of the most modern state-of-the-art equipment that is currently available.

Hammerstrength HD Elite Half-Rack




Group Exercise Classes

people exercising on bikes in Les mills exercise class

Les Mills

We have a huge variety of great Les Mills classes, click here to see what is available to you!

People exercising on treadmills


High Intensity Interval Training,' is a technique which involves short bursts of intensive exercise followed by low-intensity activity or rest.

equipment for synergy360


Gym floor 'fast classes' for between 12-15 people on the SYNRGY360 equipment. Click here for more information on the SYNRGY Classes that we provide. Click here to read more.

Boxersize equipment in gym


Boxercise uses professional boxing techniques and circuit training to create an intense workout.

Exercise ball and weights for pilates


A core discipline, good for back care and improving your posture by working on the deeper layers of the abdominal wall.

People stretching in yoga class


A flexibily discipline, focusing on mind, body and spirit.

people dancing in zumba class


A very popular and exciting high intensity dance workout to Latin music.

Ladies undertaking afro dance class

Afro Dance

A form of Cardio workout with high energy African dance

Ladies in Women only gym session

Women Only

We provide a number of women only sessions, check our timetable  to see when the next women’s class is.


Junior Gym

We provide a number of junior gym sessions, check our timetable  to see when the next junior session is. We have also recently introduced a brand new junior membership .

Atherton leisure centre swimming pool for lessons

Swimming Lessons

Les Mills born to move – Born to Move is an adventure of discovery, action and song for 6-7 and 8-12 year olds! These fun-fuelled classes help children explore how their bodies work. Find out more about these classes here

Swimming pool for aqua zumba

Aqua Zumba

A low impact option for the joints, classic Zumba moves, while surrounded in water to act as resistance.

Swimming pool for aqua fit

Aqua Fit

A group exercise workout session in the pool that allows you to exercise with reduced pressure on the joints.


Children's Activities


Our fantastic crèche is available for when parents want to work out. We have now extended our crèche hours to be open from 7pm - 9pm on Fridays!
Please note, due to the current COVID-19 situation, our creche is currently closed.

Children playing football on court

Coached football skills session

These sessions are designed to develop key football skills in young children while having fun.

child exercising with exercise ball for les mills born to move class

Les Mills born to move

Born to Move is an adventure of discovery, action and song for 6-7 and 8-12 year olds! These fun-fuelled classes help four and five year olds explore how their bodies work. There’s plenty of opportunity to develop self-awareness, balance, coordination and concentration skills as they interpret music, explore and move to a beat.

Soft play area for children at Atherton leisure centre

Soft play

Come along and explore our exciting soft play areas. For children under the age of 8.
Please note, due to the current COVID-19 situation, our soft play is currently closed.

Children at birthday party sat on table with deserts

Birthday parties

An action packed adventure of creative discovery and play at Atherton Leisure Centre. From soft play, to games and activities in the studios and much more!  Click here to discover more about our children's parties.

Kids Club logo

Kids Club

Join us during the school holidays for a week of fun filled activities. For children aged 5 - 11. Please click here for more.

Atherton leisure centre swimming pool


We have some of the best facilities in London, with large swimming pools and smaller teaching pools at all of our centres. For more information click here




Group Exercise Classes


Swimming Timetable

active Newham Swim Safely

active Newham operates A “Swim Safely” Procedures which is a comprehensive set of guidelines aimed at ensuring safe use of swimming pools.

Swim Safely Admission Rules:

  • Under 8’s must be accompanied by a competent adult swimmer (over 16yrs old and recommended to be able to swim at least 25 meters).
  • No more than two under 8’s or weak/non swimmers to each competent adult swimmer.
  • The competent adult swimmer must actively supervise the under 8’s
  • Weak/non swimmers, under 8’s, must be actively supervised in the water, all non-swimmers must remain in shallow water, and are not permitted past the relevant mark on poolside.  This includes anyone wearing armbands or using other swimming aids, as well as adults who are weak or non-swimmers.
  • Young people aged between 9 – 16 years must display they are able to competently swim 25 meters before they are allowed to swim outside the shallow water area.
  • Young people who have demonstrated they are able to swim 25 meters must wear the wristband given to them at all times.
  • It is strongly recommended that under 8’s and all non-swimmers wear armbands and /or another appropriate type of buoyancy aid.
Click here to read our swimming guidelines

Personal Trainers

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 6am - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 8pm

Atherton Leisure Centre
189 Romford Road
E15 4JF

0300 124 0123

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