I'll start by saying that the kids loved it and it was for them that we made the trip.
However as an adult here is my opinion:
- good parking in adjacent multi storey means not having to wear lots of jumpers/coats, especially in winter
- good viewing of some parts of the pools if you are not swimming
- Lady in cafe was very helpful and smiley
- no signposting whatsoever. If I hadn't had a child in the car who had been before I'd have no idea where it was.
- leisure pool very small so it's like human soup
- all the pools are in the one place so I imagine when swimming galas are on in the main pool, the noise will be a nightmare and wonder how the competitors will hear what's going on
- if there is a gala on then the diving part of the pool becomes unavailable, squashing even more people into the miniscule leisure pool
- fixed seats and tables in viewing area, can only seat two so I had to sit at a separate table from my two friends
- one way system to enter pool area which is separated by the reception desk. I was there with a pile of kids so as I was directing them upstairs to my husband for some nosh, the door closed and I had to go right out past the main reception before I could get back in, running a risk of losing a child in those few seconds
- small cafe with appalling food choice. I thought leisure centres were supposed to promote healthier lifestyles. Apart from the lunchbox, the three choices of kids meals were hotdog, burger or chicken nuggets, all with chips. No pasta, no pizza, nothing remotely healthy. Very bad show. Even beans on toast would have been easy.
- In Old one the pools were vast. The main leisure pool was about three times the size of the new one. The main swimming pool was separate from the leisure pool, diving pool and flumes so all this would still be available if there was a gala on
- the cafe offered more food including daily specials. There was much more space even if a little tatty round the edges. And the views were nicer
- Lots of glass so I imagine that on a hot day this place feels like a hot house - it was hot enough the day we visited and it was cloudy then
- why, why, why do we even need a coin for the lockers? No one is going to nick a locker like they would a shopping trolley. Surely the incentive to get your clothes and belongings back is enough to not have to rifle around in your pockets for nine pound coins!!!
- why are lockers always tall and narrow? You can fit sod all in them - short wide ones would make much more sense (they do exist, I saw them once in Auchrannie Spa resort - no coins required either)
- the reception desk in the changing rooms is positioned so badly that the poor person on reception cannot get a clear view of who is coming through the door and the signs stating which colour you have to use is behind him so no-one ever sees it. The guy had to holler at everyone running past - green, green, you're all on green
- toilets on reception would have been good
I try to give an honest review, if you look at my others you'll see that I praise the good as well as slating the bad but it really is a shame when so much is invested in a new place and it's nowhere nearly as good as the old one in terms of practical use. Could have saved £30m by giving the old one a decent paint job and a makeover!
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