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Leisure, parks, events & venues - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

COVID-19 outdoor access guidance Updated 9 April

Please follow Government advice:

  • One outing for exercise per day - walk, run or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
  • Stay local - please do not travel in your car to take exercise; please make use of the paths, open spaces and quiet roads in your own local area.
  • Keep your distance - stay at least 2 m away from other people when out and about and, if possible, try to avoid busy times on popular paths or places
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control, do not let them approach others and as always pick up and remove all waste. 
  • If you're cycling on shared paths, keep your 2m distance and:
    • Slow down and take your time around others
    • Stop so others can pass if necessary
  • Avoid contact – try to avoid touching surfaces and if possible plan a route that does not require you to open gates
  • Respect the health and safety of farmers and others working the land – please follow all reasonable requests and signs to avoid particular areas, such as farmyards, fields with pregnant or young livestock, and other busy working areas
  • And remember, wash your hands before and after any trips outside

Update, 6 April

Our partners at KA Leisure are keen to keep North Ayrshire stay active during the current lockdown.

They  will continue to bring you a variety of tips, ideas and advice on how to keep active or get active in and around your home. These are all available on their new web section at . 

Check out the online fitness class schedule, or the variety of fun activities for the whole family which will keep the kids entertained and their page dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

KA Leisure would also like to remind customers that there is support available to you with regards to your mental health. Our partners SAMH have lots of useful information on their website.

Update, 24 March

Making Waves Festival

Due to COVID-19 our Making Waves Festival scheduled for 18 and 19 July has been cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners including Event Scotland to look into rescheduling the event for summer 2021.

Year of Coast and Waters

Two of the events that were part of the Year of Coast and Waters schedule in North Ayrshire have been cancelled or postponed:

Signal at Dusk was due to take place from 21 May – 24 May at Irvine Beach, it’s been postponed until September.

The Fife Regatta was due to take place from 4 June – 12 June starting and finishing in Largs. This has been cancelled.

Update, 23 March

New guidance on play parks, car parks, public toilets and open spaces

We have become concerned about the large number of people who have been gathering in various locations across North Ayrshire.

Despite well-publicised guidance calling for social distancing, large numbers of people are continuing to gather in parks, seafronts and other locations.

As a result, North Ayrshire Council has today (Monday, March 23) agreed that we will:

  • close all play parks to prevent parents and children touching the same play equipment, in an effort to reduce the possibility of transmission of Coronavirus
  • close Largs seafront car park to discourage the large numbers of people who have disregarded advice to stay indoors and have gathered in the promenade area in large numbers
  • close all public toilets which remain under Council ownership
  • monitor usage of Eglinton Country Park and Irvine Beach Park with the decision on access remaining subject to review

While we would encourage people to continue to exercise and go outside, this should be done in a safe manner which restricts the possibility of close contact with others.


Update, 20 March

Leisure facilities

The Harbour Arts Centre, Heritage Centre and Irvine Townhouse are closed for the foreseeable future.  If you have a wedding arranged at the Townhouse our Registration Team are doing their best to fulfil these bookings, please contact your Registrar to discuss.

Halls and community centres will be closed to external lets from close of business Friday 20 March.

Eglinton Country Park remains open as a public space but the cafe, visitors centre and toilets are now closed.

Greenwood Conference Centre will remain open for back office work until 4.30pm on Friday 27 March.

We note there are significant equalities issues in the closure of our public North Ayrshire Libraries and other facilities. We considered these issues, and the lack of available time to consult, and took the view that, notwithstanding such impacts, closure was a proportionate and necessary step.

Update, 18 March

KA leisure venues to close

Following the most recent public health advice from the Scottish and UK governments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, it is with regret that we have to announce that as of 10pm on Wednesday 18 March, all KA Leisure venues are closed and all activities and events will be cancelled until further notice.

We appreciate the disappointment and disruption this will cause to all our customers and ask for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

All membership fees and class subscriptions will be frozen automatically throughout the closure, so customers do not need to take any action.

During this time we anticipate a high volume of enquiries and it may take a few days for us to respond. We will keep you updated through our channels as we receive further information.

These are unprecedented times for us all and we appreciate our customers patience during this time.

Please be assured that the health and well being of KA Leisure customers and employees remains our priority. For more KA Leisure updates visit: