Bramley Baths AGM

Everyone’s welcome to the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 19 January, 3pm-5pm at Bramley Villagers Sports and Social Club on Broad Lane.

This is our first official AGM, and we’d like with your help to make it productive, social, conversational and family-friendly. The AGM is an opportunity for Bramley Baths supporters to get involved, ask questions of the Board and Management, and contribute to the future development of this community enterprise.

Children are very welcome, and we’ll be asking young people to get involved by sharing their thoughts and ideas about Bramley Baths.

Bring a plate of food along to share if you can and stay on from 5pm-7pm for live music.

Bramley Baths Online


Bramley Baths has a new website – where you can find all details about the centre including timetables, prices and information about swimming lessons, pool parties and hiring the rooms or spaces for your own events.


This site will be evolving to present more news from the Friends. If you’d like to be involved in writing articles, posting content, taking photographs or making video about the activities the Friends are involved in – please get in touch via

Autumn Half Term at Bramley Baths

Fancy abit of a splash this half term? Enroll tidders and tadpoles for a crash courses in the pool; bring the kids for a spooky evening swim, send them on a treasure hunt, or send them to the circus with stilt-walking, juggling, balloon-twisting instructor Nicky Noodles. There are also plenty of extra kids swims with sharky – the big hungry pool inflatable.

And to start the week in spooky style – a one-off-screening on Sunday 27 October of Ghostbusters.(PG)

Here’s the timetable for the week – enjoy!



Swim-Along-Cinema is Back


There’s something weird in the neighbourhood…who you gonna call? 


I Love West Leeds Festival and Bramley Baths have teamed up to get the half term Halloween week off to a spooky start. Brace yourselves, for a special one-night-only screening of Ghostbusters (PG). There are plenty of ghosts, Bill Murray (!), and lots to laugh along to – but you won’t be still for long – expect plenty of audience participation. Tickets are available for the pool, or for seats on the side of the pool (where you can dangle your feet in while you watch).

If you’re watching from the pool, you’re welcome to get out during the film, get dry and stretch your legs on the balcony. Snacks and drinks will be available from the haunted tuck-shop.

Sunday 27 October 2013, 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

Adults £5.00 / Children £3.00


Tickets available in person at Bramley Baths / or by phone 0113 214 6000

(no reservations due to capacity, please pay when you book – thanks!)

And…if you’d like to dress up as your favourite ghostbuster…. be our guest.


Open Afternoon & Mermaid Gala


Photo by Lizzie Coombes taken in the pool with Yorkshire Life Aquatic. Come and hunt for other mermaid sightings displayed around the building on 29 September.

Sunday 29 September, 12.30-4.30pm, £1 entry per person.

This Autumn, Bramley Baths is combining a fun afternoon for all ages, with a chance to see the work of Yorkshire Life Aquatic, who have been developing a pool-performance inspired by synchronised swimming and the golden age of Hollywood. It’s a chance to invite new visitors to the baths, and for all those who support the baths, to get together for swimming, steam, demonstrations, a bike-surgery and plenty of cake made by the Friends.

Join us for:

  • Yorkshire Life Aquatic Performances (1pm and 4pm)
  • Mermaid photography exhibition by Lizzie Coombes
  • Swimming Stories (sound installation with members of Bramley Elderly Action)
  • A seaside photo booth
  • Kids shark inflatable (2.30pm-3.30pm)
  • General Swim (1.30pm-2.15pm)
  • Mini-steam (adults)
  • Gym tours
  • CPR and fitness demonstrations
  • A pirate ride
  • Bike repair surgery with The Pedallers’ Arms
  • …and a cake stall run by the Friends.

You don’t need a ticket, just come on down. Fliers and posters are available at Bramley Baths if you’d like to share details with friends or neighbours – especially people in West Leeds who haven’t visited the baths recently.


We’re Recruiting: Duty Manager for Bramley Baths

We’re looking for a Duty Manager to join the team at Bramley Baths this Autumn – an exciting role working with a passionate team in very friendly surroundings, helping to reach the aims of this community enterprise, which are to provide accessible, affordable fitness, health and fun to more people in the surrounding area.

This is a full time role for an experienced leisure industry professional. The closing date for applications is 19 September at 5pm. To apply please read the full job advert below, the job description and download an application form.

To discuss the position please contact Danny Whiteley, Centre Development Manager: or call 0113 214 6000. Completed applications to be returned by email to or by post to Danny Whiteley, Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3DF no later than 5.00 pm on Thursday 19th September 2013.

Click on the blue links below to read or download:

1. Full Job Advert – Duty Manager

2. Duty Manager Job Description.

3. Application Form

Mermaid Lessons & Extended Women-Only Swim

This Monday evening (12 August), we’re holding the first of four Mermaid Lessons in the pool, 8-9pm during an extended women-only swim (it usually finishes at 8pm). The class is led by Zoe Parker of Yorkshire Life Aquatic, the chief-Mermaid who has been in the pool choreographing mermaid-moves in preparation for performances (on dry land and in our pool) this summer.

The lessons are part of Yorkshire Life Aquatic‘s adventures, inspired by synchronized swimming, by the golden era of Hollywood and swimming icon of the big screen Esther Williams (here’s a tribute clip to her). The Mermaid lessons are experimental and offer gentle exercise in the water for women and their daughters aged 12+ who are interested in trying something just a little bit different, and dare I say it, fun and vintage-inspired.

We’re taking bookings for the classes. Bring your daughter if she’s aged 12+. The first class is Free, but places are limited so email or call Reception on 0113 214 6000.

Mermaid Lessons
Mon 12 August, Mon 19 August, Mon 2 September, Mon 9 September
First lesson on Mon 12 August is free. Booking required for all classes as numbers are limited.
(phone 0113 214 6000, call in, or email
The lessons are for !2+ (under 16’s need to come with an adult).

Joe’s Animation


This clever and funny animation about Bramley Baths was made by Joe aged 13. Thank you to the-very-talented Joe, for what he taught himself to do with his games console, and to his Mum for posting this here. If any of you reading this knows someone at Aardman – they should know about Joe…!

Gardening Group Begins

Pauline's Pots

The fledgling gardening group, some experienced, some novices, and some very young helpers met up on Saturday 27 July to spend a rain-free hour planting a selection of young veg and fruit plants in the garden at Bramley Baths. Donated by Sassy Divas and All Hands On Deck; pumpkin for Halloween, rhubarb to refer to Bramley’s history, beans, courgette, strawberries, and three types of mint (who knew there were different flavors of mint?) grown at B Whiteley’s Farm in Pudsey – orange mint, chocolate mint, spearmint…..

The big Albenga tomatoes are ripening (and starting to look like prize-winners to us!) in their pots on the balcony and lots of people have pitched in to keep them watered. Basil seeds have been added to see how they fair in the hothouse around the pool. It’s easy to help water the tomatoes, just check the blackboard, and if it hasn’t been ticked off for the day yet, give them a drink.  Help yourselves to the ripe ones, they’re there for everyone to enjoy.

A lovely laid-back start to something we hope more people will enjoy getting involved with. If you’re interested in joining in, volunteering can be as much or as little as you like – and novices like me, are already learning alot from experienced gardeners like Pauline, Alison, Marie and Kevin. Email if you’re interested.


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