Community sport and leisure facilities

Yarborough Leisure Centre

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About Yarborough Leisure Centre

Yarborough Leisure Centre is managed by Active Nation in partnership and on behalf of the City Council. The leisure centre offers a wide range of facilities something for every age and ability. These facilities are available to members, sports clubs and to the general public.

For more information see the Yarborough Leisure Centre website

Yarborough Leisure Centre swimming pool reopens following significant investment

The main swimming pool at Yarborough Leisure Centre has reopened following extensive works to the building’s ceiling. 

Opening on 2 January, 2023, the pool, which is owned by City of Lincoln Council and managed by Active Nation, is now welcoming returning and new swimmers as New Years’ resolutions of getting active kick in.

A significant sum has been invested into the pool, which has seen a brand new ceiling, with works above the ceiling carried out, new lighting, a new air handling unit and further ventilation relocation works above the pool edge to allow for future maintenance.

To celebrate the opening, Active Nation is offering everyone a chance to get swimming for just a £1 joining fee throughout January. 

Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council said: “I’d like to thank our specialist contractors for their hard work to ensure the main pool was completed as quickly as possible for members of the public. 

“As a city council, we understand the physical and mental benefits of swimming and staying active, which is why we were committed to seeing this pool reopen when we are aware many across the country are closing. 

“As Lincoln’s only public pool, we are absolutely delighted to now see the pool open and in use and look forward to welcoming back members new and returning to Yarborough Leisure Centre.”
Harriet Barker, Acting Business Manager at Active Nation added: “It has been great to see the main pool back open and being able to welcome our supporters back into our venue for swimming. 

“We are looking forward to more supporters returning to our pool programme activities and continuing to inspire the nation to improve their health and well-being.”

Updates on the Swimming Pool

We have now finalised the programme of works with our specialist contractors and are progressing to repairs on site.

With all projects such as this, we would usually spend months on the planning process prior to closure. This ensures that the works create as little disruption as possible. However, as we had to close the main pool suddenly following a routine inspection, this work has had to be done after closure rather than before.

The teaching pool will remain open throughout the works and we will strive to complete the repairs above the main pool by Christmas this year but, as this is an exceptionally complex and challenging project, that date can only be confirmed as we move further into the works over the coming months.

We are focused on delivering improved leisure facilities that continue to inspire and offer opportunities for all and Yarborough plays a crucial role in this. It is an incredibly important asset to the community and alongside our partners, Active Nation, we thank our members and users of the pool for their continued patience.

Project Timeline 

Week commencing 2nd January 2023

Monday 2nd January sees the reopening of the pool. For further details go to the Active Nation website or Social Media pages. 

20th of December 2022 - 2nd January 2023 

The partition between both pools is to be removed and the pool areas to undergo a deep clean and routine maintenance.

Yarborough swimming pool being cleaned
Yarborough swimming pool ready for cleaning

3rd of December - 17th of December 2022

16th of December the additional ventilation installation is complete.

ventilation unit installed on leisure centre roof

6th of December the additional ventilation unit is craned on to the pool roof for installation.

ventilation unit being craned onto the roof

First week in December and the scaffolding is completely removed.

Scaffolding has been removed from around the swimming pool


3 November - 2 December 2022

The pool scaffolding continues to be removed. 

Scaffolding works

Scaffolding removed from the viewing gallery with the new ceiling clearly visible

Scaffolding being dismantled

Scaffolding still to be dismantled on the 16th of November 22

20 - 2 November 2022

Completion of the ceiling and lighting, cleaning of the area prior to working surface being removed. The picture shows two of the three layers of work surface removed, indicating the scaffolding dismantling will commence next.

Top of the scaffolding works


24 October Active Nation video can be viewed on facebook.

Announcement on official reopening date of the 2nd of December. For re-opening offers please go to Active Nation Yarborough Face Book Page

13-19 October 2022

Ceiling and lighting installation nearly completed.

Ceiling and lighting works



22 September - 12 October 2022

Ventilation ducts for the roof void, electrics for the new pool lighting, new ceiling grid begin to be installed.

ventilation ducts


roof ventilation



Roof ducting


15-21 September 2022

Clear up of the existing ceiling debris is completed and the removal of redundant equipment is underway. 

Building works


8 - 14 September 2022

Ceiling being removed



Cllr Bob Bushell gives update on Yarborough Leisure Centre Pool from City of Lincoln Council on Vimeo.

1-7 September 2022

Scaffolding boarding covered with a waterproof/dustproof membrane, followed by boarding for a robust, level working surface.







18 - 24 August 2022

The scaffolding continues with the boarding being put into place under the ceiling, the second photo shows the size and complexity of the build.

Yarbrough pool scaffolding works
Yarborough pool scaffolding works

11 - 17 August 2022

The scaffolding continues to be built filling the lower levels of the pool hall.

Yarbrough pool ladders and scaffolding
Yarbrough Pool scaffolding and ventilation pipe

10 August 2022

The scaffolders are making great progress and are now in week two of the build.

Scaffolding works at Yarborough Leisure centre
Scaffolding works at Yarborough Leisure Centre

1 August 2022 

The scaffolders have arrived on site to build the bespoke scaffolding cage.

Scaffolding cage

28th July 2022 

The work has started with the protective boarding for the poolside being laid.

Poolside works yarborough leisure centre
Poolside works at yarborough leisure centre