Fitness membership

Gym, Swim, Class - we've got something for everyone! Memberships from only £19.50 per month. Join now.

What's On at Middleton Arena

What's On at Middleton Arena

Events for everyone at the Arena - from comedy to live music and theatre

Heywood Civic Centre

Heywood Civic Centre

Coming soon - Hello Dolly, Route 62, Caliente Ensemble, Heywood Reunited, Roy Chubby Brown and Gaga - The Ultimate Tribute to Queen.



Low cost fitness classes and sports for adults across the Rochdale borough

More than Dance

More than Dance

Get active, get fit, get dancing. See our new sessions.

Rich Hall

Grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall returns to Middleton Arena with his brand new show.

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Middleton Arena

Middleton Arena opened to the public in January 2009. This £15 million new centre, with its award-winning design, swiftly became an iconic building within the town and one that has shown how high quality sports and leisure facilities can greatly increase levels of participation. At the heart of the centre is the 500 seat auditorium which provides a fully functioning theatre and music and conference centre with licensed bars and cafe. A four-court sports hall, swimming pools, squash courts and extensive fitness facilities complete the centre.

pdfMiddleton Arena - Centre Guide - April 2014

pdfMiddleton Arena - Fitness Timetable - January 2015

pdfMiddleton Arena - Pool Programme - April 2014 - please note, we operate a revised timetable during School Holidays & Special Events, see our Arena Pool Timetable page for details.

pdfMiddleton Arena - Indoor Cycling Programme

Follow this link to take a virtual tour of Middleton Arena.

Where to find us

Middleton Arena is located two minutes from the town centre, bus station and additional pay and display parking.

By car, Middleton is approx 5 minutes from the M60 (Junction 19) and M62 (Junction 19) and 15 minutes from Manchester City Centre.

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Opening Times


Sports Hall

Fitness Suite

Monday-Friday 7.30am-10.30pm Monday-Friday 6.30am-10.30pm
Saturday 8.30am-7.30pm Saturday 8.30am-8pm
Sunday 8.30am-6.30pm Sunday 8.30am-7pm

Squash Courts

Fruits of Life Cafe Bar

Monday-Friday 7am-10.20pm Monday, Thursday & Friday 9am-2pm
Saturday 9am-7pm Wednesday 9am-2.30pm
Sunday 9am-6.20pm Tuesday 9am-3pm
  Saturday 10am-2pm


Middleton Arena is fully accessible to public areas with lift to upper floors. Customers are invited to discuss any special needs. There is on-site parking for 90 cars with disabled and family parking bays available.

Car park access is via LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way with the main car park at the rear of the building.