Do you need help with your visit? 

Our staff will show you around and offer any support you need. Please ask at Reception for details or contact us on:
01325 388406 - Dolphin Centre
01325 243177 - Eastbourne Sports Complex

The Council is committed to creating equal access for disabled people.  Please see details of the Changing Places Registration Scheme [link] for provision we provide at The Dolphin Centre.

Dolphin Centre Floor Plans for Accessibility

Paper versions of our floor plans can be obtained by contacting the Dolphin Centre on 01325 406000.

Dolphin Centre Pool Hoist

We have a pool hoist for both the Training Pool and Main Pool.  Please ask on poolside for use and assistance.

Dolphin Centre Changing Village

Our swimming pool changing facilities have been refurbished creating a new Wet Changing Village. This offers much improved access, which comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and a modern changing environment.   

Dolphin Centre Lift

The public lift will take all users to any of the four floors.

Dedicated Breastfeeding Area

The Dolphin Centre is proud to be a key town centre breastfeeding friendly location and has been awarded the Breastfeeding Friendly Accreditation. You are welcome to breastfeed your child/children anywhere within the Centre and our staff have received breastfeeding awareness training, so please do not hesitate to ask should you require any information.

We are aware that breastfeeding mothers may want to feed their child/children discretely and comfortably in private and we have a dedicated breastfeeding area within the Centre. This room can be found at the top of the first floor to the right-hand side, just before you go through to the bar bistro area.

The Breastfeeding Support group hold a session within the Dolphin Centre on Thursdays 9:30-11:30am, where advice and support is available. You can talk to a health visitor and other mums and get your baby weighed.


'Evac Chairs' are available at the Dolphin Centre.

Accessible parking

Dolphin Centre - There are parking spaces available for customers with disabilities in the Town Hall car park.
Eastbourne Sports Complex - There are free parking spaces available for all our customers, with dedicated spaces for people with disabilities

Sign language

Please call by minicom on 01325 380786 and let us know in advance so that trained staff are available for your visit.
An induction loop facility is in place within the Dolphin Centre's Central Hall and meeting rooms.

Telephone interpreting

If you visit us and your English is limited, we can offer telephone interpreting by facilitating one-to-one phone conversations, using the language of your choice, with a qualified interpreter.

Literature in large print or audiotape

All of our standard information is available at Reception.  If there is something else that you would like, we will do our utmost to provide it.

Healthy Darlington Everyone card

To find out if you are eligible for a concession on activities, visit our Healthy Darlington Everyone page or collect an application form from Reception.

Changing Room Key Fobs

Apply online for Changing Places Registration Scheme [online form, opens in new window]

Please read these documents/links before registering for the scheme.