Phase one of the demolition has been completed at Abbey Fields, and some archaeological finds are now being investigated. Visit the archaeological finds page for a 3D model, images and further details.

Future plans for sports and leisure facilities in Kenilworth

The redevelopment of Kenilworth’s Leisure centres is well underway. The exciting plans will see the transformation of the old and outdated facilities into something far more in keeping with their beautiful locations, providing the local community with some of the best and most accessible sports facilities in the country.

This is the second phase of Warwick District Council’s Leisure Development Programme, which has already seen improvements to both Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre in Leamington Spa and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick.

The new Castle Farm Leisure Centre is now complete and opened to the public in December 2023. It replaces the old recreation centre with larger, much-improved facilities encompassing an 80-station gym, two fitness studios, a dedicated group cycling studio, a six-court sports hall and new pétanque terrain as well as both indoor and outdoor changing rooms the centre has a fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ facility, with a hoist and bed to meet the needs of the profoundly disabled which can be used by any visitor to the adjacent park or town. The centre also incorporates a new HQ for Kenilworth Scouts and Guides. 

Plans for the new swimming facility at Abbey Fields include a second indoor pool with an adjoining sun terrace, as well as a new conservatory café area directly accessible by park users. 

Phase one of the demolition of the old Abbey Fields swimming pool building was completed in summer 2023. This stage revealed extensive archaeological finds on site. This led to the project being halted whilst the Council’s project team analysed the options available to allow them to continue with the build whilst protecting the medieval remains and the implications this would have on the timeline and investment needed. In February 2024, in agreement with the Council’s Cabinet and Group Leaders from all political parties, a new contract was negotiated and signed with the main contractor, Kier, allowing the work to recommence, with an estimated completion in summer 2026.

Further information on the specific developments can be viewed by clicking the links below:

What happens next?

Abbey Fields - Phase one of the demolition has been completed, and some archaeological finds are now being investigated. Further updates will be provided when they are available.

How do I find out more?

As our project progresses, we will keep you up to date via our website:

If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please email: leisurekenilworth@warwickdc.gov.uk.

Photo updates

Castle Farm Leisure Centre images taken December 2023.