The Sands Leisure Centre

Newmarket Road, Carlisle, CA1 1JQ

More than just a leisure centre, the Sands is a huge conference and entertainment venue with a range of sporting facilities. Here you can work out in the 100 station gym with top of the range equipment, take a fitness class, play a sport in the hall, or reach new heights on the climbing wall. After, grab refreshments in the No 10 café, and in the evening you can watch high profile bands, comedians, and touring West End shows in the theatre.

The Sands is located on the northern edge of Carlisle City Centre, overlooking the River Eden, with footpaths along the river leading from here to Hadrian’s Wall, making the centre a popular stopping point for walkers. Pay and display parking is available next to the centre.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01228 633 766 / Website
Membership Cost:
£24-56.95 / Month
One Off Cost:


The Sands Leisure Centre Gym

The gym at the Sands Leisure Centre is one of the largest in Cumbria, with state of the art equipment featuring smart device connectivity. The gym was completely refurbished in 2011, and is now a bright, modern large space, with specific “training zones” tailored to meet various fitness needs.

Many of the top of the range cardiovascular machines have touch screen TVs that can either be used to entertain you, or as part of your workout with a number of challenges available. There is a huge selection of resistance and strength training equipment, including free weights. Non-members can attend on a pay-as-you-go basis, costing £5.10 per session.

Fitness Classes

Each week, 62 different fitness classes take place at The Sands, ensuring that you will find something that appeals to you. Along with the fitness suite and sports hall, the centre has a dedicated 26-station spinning studio. In addition to spinning, classes at the centre include aerobics, interval training, Pilates, yoga, circuits, social dancing, Zumba, and much more.

You can attend the classes on a one-off basis, but you do need to book in advance to guarantee your spot. Classes cost between £2.80 and £5.10 per class for non-members.


The Sands Centre has a large sports hall with the capacity to set up 6 badminton courts. Adults can hire a Badminton court for a game. The sports hall also hosts a number of taster sessions and courses for children under 18 in gymnastics, football, and trampolining. Roller discos are also held here regularly.

There are two Squash courts available at the centre, complete with maple sprung floors, and all equipment is available to hire.

Climbing Wall

Cumbria is home to a vast number of climbing challenges, and these are complemented by indoor climbing walls in the area, including one at the Sands Centre. The walls here are up to 7m high and cover approximately 60 sq m of surface, so have plenty of space to test your limits. There are overhanging sections, and there is also a bouldering wall, which presents a different style of challenge. You can sign up for a course, or attend on a one-off basis, and you will be given a safety briefing and all the equipment you need. Sessions start at £6.20 per person.

Features for Kids

Along with the regular courses in gymnastics, trampolining, and football that are held in the sports hall, the centre holds school holiday sessions for these activities in the school holidays that can be attended on a one off basis.

Other Features

The Sands Centre is Cumbria’s premier venue for entertainment, and regularly plays host to renowned artists from music, comedy, and theatre. The venue also hosts community events, such as charity fundraisers and table-top sales.

You can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink at the No.10 Cafe Bar in the centre, with views overlooking the riverside and park. Classic hot dishes are served alongside lighter bites and sandwiches. There is also a children’s menu.


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