Because of government guidance on coronavirus a number of our buildings are now closed and events listed on our site are subject to change or cancellation. Changes to council services, advice and support we can provide, the latest local news and links to Government advice is available on our dedicated coronavirus information page. Go to our coronavirus information page

Libraries, leisure centres and arts service changes

All Havering libraries and leisure centres are closed. Havering Music School and Fairkytes Arts Centre are closed. The pre-school on the Fairkytes site is open on in line with government guidance on schools. Our arts and sports events and activity programmes are all cancelled. Our ebooks and audio books, and some online resources, have been extended to temporary members.

Havering Music School virtual lessons

The music school will be offering virtual lessons. Go to the music school website for more details

Free leisure activities for over fifties

We are offering residents over the age of 50, the chance to swim, play badminton or squash for free at off peak times at:

You will need to become an Everyone Active member to enter the leisure centres.

Apply to become an Everyone Active member

Alternatively, you can do this by picking up a card from reception when you arrive.

Free swimming

Sapphire ice and leisure centre (Romford): Mondays between 3pm and 4pm

Hornchurch leisure centre:

Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Saturdays between 4.35pm and 6pm
Sundays between 12.05pm to 1pm

Central Park leisure centre: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Chafford Sports complex: Thursdays between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Only a limited number of swimmers can be accommodated at the Chafford Sports Complex. The centre runs a 'first come, first served' policy.

Free badminton and squash

Along with the free swimming, there is also free badminton (Hornchurch Leisure Centre and Central Park Leisure Centre) and free squash (Hornchurch Leisure Centre only), subject to timings.


Hornchurch leisure centre: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1.30pm and 2.45pm

Central Park leisure centre: Mondays and Wednesdays between 11am and 1pm


Hornchurch leisure centre: Mondays between 2.20pm and 3.40pm

The squash courts offer two 40 minute sessions.

Please note: The Management reserves the right to change or cancel any of these sessions without prior notice, although notice will be provided in advance where possible to do so.

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