Leisure Facilities

The Sanctuary leisure club is a state of the art facility offering the following facilities:

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Hot tub
  • Gymnasium
  • Exercise studio
Sanctuary Health & Fitness Club

Guests of the hotel can enjoy use of the facilities during their stay and our team of expert instructors are always on-hand to help and advise.

The Gym
At the Sanctuary we have a fully equipped state of the art Fitness area with high performance cardio equipment including Treadmills, Bikes, Rowers, Stepper and Cross trainers.
We have Resistance machines to work every Body part and a free weights and stretching area with gradual weights up to 40 Kg Dumbbells and 250Kg Barbells.
Our fitness team are all trained to NVQ level 3 fitness instructors/personal trainers or higher and will provide all members with expert advice and one on programmes designed to meet your specific needs.

The Pool
The Pool is 10 meters in length and 1.35 meters deep, It is set at a warm temperature between 29-30 degrees. It also has the children's pool which is shallow.
The Spa is set at 40 degrees and seats up to 8 people with relaxing bubbles or more powerful side jets.
We also have a Steam room with essence lights and eucalyptus scent, and a Sauna for those who prefer dry heat.

Alasdair’s aqua classes are fast and energetic, and can often be very full! He makes the most of the water’s natural cushioning effect, which is great for those of you with sore knees or hips, as you’ll doing things you might not be able to manage on land! These classes always give you as much of a cardiovascular workout as possible and often also include some resistance work at the end, using water dumbbells or noodles to train specific muscle groups against the natural resistance of the water. Exercises you may be doing in these classes include star jumps, tuck jumps, and even kung fu kicks! Suitable for 16-70 year olds.

For enquiries please contact Sanctuary direct on 01539 739588 or send an email

Sanctuary Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 7am - 10pm
Friday: 7am - 9pm
Weekends:  8am - 8pm

NB Swimming lessons take place in the pool Wednesday - Saturday at varying times,
please contact Sanctuary reception 01539 739588 for times.

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Sanctuary Health & Fitness Club Membership

Come and experience The Sanctuary first hand and take advantage of our fantastic membership offers. Also as a member of The Sanctuary you will benefit from a 10% discount on any food and drink purchased in the bar.

Membership categoryDescriptionMonthly Subscription by DDAnnual Subscription
Swim only Use of all wet facilities £29 £290
Gold Saver - Single Fitness suite and pool anytime £32 N/A
Gold Single Fitness suite and pool anytime £40 £400
Gold Couple Fitness suite and pool anytime £69 £690
(2 adults, 2 children)
Adults: Fitness suite and pool anytime
Children: Pool only 8am - 8pm
£85 £850
Bronze (Student) Fitness suite and pool anytime £30 £300
Child swim (3-15 years) Pool only 8am - 8pm any day £16 £160

Day membership also available: £8 Adults (or £5 if signing in with a current member); £4 Children.

Class Timetable

Parent & Baby Swim with Danielle
Parent & Baby Swim with Danielle
Aqua with Al
Aqua with Al
Aqua with Al
Aqua with Al

For any enquiries please contact Sanctuary direct on 01539 739588 or send an email

Meet The Team

Meet the team at the Sanctuary Health and Fitness Club.

John Rogers

John Rogers

About John:
John is Manager at The Sanctuary, he has worked here since 2007. He is a fully qualified Personal trainer and advanced fitness instructor, specializing in strength and conditioning training and weight management. He enjoys supporting both Blackpool and Liverpool FC in his spare time.

Snowboarding, Football, Weight Lifting.

Diploma in Personal training
CYQ Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor
CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Fit Pro 10 Minute Gym Award
Medicine Ball Instructor
Kettle Bell Instructor
1st Aid At Work

Alasdair Russell

Alasdair Russell

About Alasdair:
Alasdair has been a member of staff since August 2007 and remained so despite studying in Louisiana for a year and completing a degree at the University of Central Lancashire. He now runs a Sports Injury Clinic in Kendal, and works with athletes at Sedbergh School, as well as instructing and teaching classes here at the Sanctuary.

Middle Distance Running (1500m, 3km steeplechase and cross country), British Athletics, Cardiovascular programming, Classes, Sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Sports Therapy Degree (BSc Hons)
Life Guard (American Red Cross)
NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Sports First Aid
Fit Pro 10minute Gym
Community Sports Leadership Award

Jenny Miller

Jenny Miller

About Jenny:
Jenny has worked here since the Sanctuary opened. She works predominately as a freelance classes instructor but also as a casual member of the gym team.

Boxing for the Kendal squad, outdoor sports.

CYQ level 3 in Sports conditioning
CYQ level 3 in Exercise referral for clients with specific controlled conditions
Future fit personal training and advanced instruction
Future fit applied nutrition
Future fit nutrition & weight management
Future fit torso training & core stability
YMCA keiser cycle
YMCA supple strength
YMCA step aerobics
YMCA level 2 in health related exercise for children
YMCA level 2 gym instructor
Boxercise, Kick boxercise instructor
NVQ level 2 in sport recreation and allied occupations
Speedo shallow wave
IIHHT diploma in health & fitness
Emergency first aid at work certificate.

Graham Parsons

Graham Parsons

About Graham:
Graham has been a member of staff since June 2015, he is a fully qualified personal trainer for 2 years currently delivering sessions at Ulverston leisure and home sessions. He also teaches Insanity class. Graham is a very keen golfer having taken up the sport 2 years ago and bringing his handicap down to 5 in his 1st season. He is looking towards improving further and being a scratch /plus figure golfer.

Golf- playing of a handicap of 5, Keeping fit. Personal Training

Level 3 personal trainer
Official insanity instructor
Spinning instructor
Kettlebell instructor

Kathryn Melia

Kathryn Melia

About Kathryn:
Kathryn has been a member of staff since May 2011 after completing her NCFE level 2 in fitness instructing at LMC and is looking forward to gain ing further qualifications in the fitness industry. Kathryn is recently back from maternity leave.

Walking with the dogs, keeping fit , kettlebells

NCFE level 2 fitness instructor
1St Aid at work.

Adam Jennings

Adam Jennings

About Adam:
Adam has recently joined The Sanctuary Health and Fitness Club as the new apprentice starting a health and fitness instructor course at Kendal college in September.

Football (supporting Tottenham FC).
Playing football for Endmoor FC
Weightlifting and keeping fit

Working towards L2 Fitness instructor NVQ

Personal Training

Personal Training

Need help achieving your fitness goals?

Then take advantage of our fully qualified personal trainers and get a tailor made Personal Training package with this special offer:

Buy 5 PT sessions for £150 and get 1 month's Gold Gym Membership for FREE.

Call Sanctuary on 01539 739588 to get your bespoke fitness plan with 5 one hour sessions.

The Benefits of Personal Training

  • Motivation – Personal trainers wear many hats, serving not only as coach, but as an educator, confidant, role model and a major source of motivation and encouragement as well.
  • Consistency – Do you find it difficult to stick to your program? Scheduling regular appointments with a personal trainer helps eliminate any excuses you might come up with for not exercising.
  • Safety – Unsure about how to use the chest press machine at the gym or how to perform walking lunges without hurting your knees? A personal trainer will show you how to exercise safely (including which exercises to avoid) and instruct you on the proper and safe use of exercise equipment.
  • Individualized Instruction – What works for one person, may not work for another when it comes to choosing an exercise program. A personal trainer will develop the most effective program for you based on your fitness evaluation results and personal goals. Beginners in particular benefit from instruction on how to perform specific exercises and program planning.
  • Effective Workouts – Today's hectic lifestyles mean you don't have time to waste on ineffective exercise routines. Personal trainers help maximize your time by providing workouts designed to meet your goals quickly and efficiently.
  • Supervision – Personal attention during exercise is the primary function of personal trainers. Need someone to spot you while you do pull-ups? Looking for feedback on your running form? No problem-that's what your personal trainer is for-to observe, assist and, if necessary, correct as needed.
  • Sports-specific Training – Many amateur and professional athletes work with a personal trainer during the off-season to prepare themselves for in-season competition. Whether you want to shave some strokes off your golf score or beat your brother-in-law at tennis, a personal trainer can tailor your program to your sport of choice.
  • Injury Rehabilitation – Injuries and accidents can prevent you from participating in your favorite activities. An experienced personal trainer, however, can make the road to recovery a smooth one by recommending exercises that emphasize overall muscular balance to prevent future injuries.
  • Special-needs Training – Research confirms that individuals with health challenges such as diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis or heart disease benefit greatly from regular physical activity. These conditions, however, can make exercising safely a challenge. Many personal trainers are experienced in designing programs that address the special needs of these and other conditions.
  • Ego Boost – It's a fact-feeling good makes you look good, and vice versa. Not only can your personal trainer help you achieve your health and fitness goals, they provide you with positive feedback on your performance and bolster your confidence to take on new challenges.
Kids Pool Parties at Riverside Hotel


£10.00 per child, includes 1 hour swim and lunch


  • Enjoy exclusive use of our pool and wet facilities 12-1pm Saturdays only.
  • Minimum 8 children; maximum 20.
  • Minimum supervision of 1 adult per 10 children (depending on age)
  • NB there will be no lifeguard on duty.
  • If adults would like to swim, 1 adult is free of charge, additional adults are charged at £2.50pp.


Lunch is served at 1.30pm

Children’s Menu:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Sausage, Vegetables and Mash
  • Chicken Nuggets, Chips and Salad
  • Pizza, Chips and Salad
  • Ice Cream
  • Squash

Food must be preordered and full payment is required 1 week before the party.