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BACK in business! The Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture will lead East Lindsey out of lockdown with a rolling re-opening of its leading leisure, sport, and family entertainment venues.

The first two to swing open their doors again on Monday March 29, are expected to be the outdoor pool at Magna Vitae’s leisure, entertainment and fitness venue in Skegness, and Louth’s London Road Pavilion. Both will operate with the appropriate guidance in place, in line with Government advice. With arrangements still being made, booking is not available yet but look at on Magna Vitae’s website or social media for more details.

These will be followed on Monday April 12 by the fitness suites and indoor pools at Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre and Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite and the gym at Skegness Pool & Fitness Suite, and Station Sports, Mablethorpe.  Again, Government guidelines will apply with individual and single household bookings, which will be open nearer the time, taken online.

Back in Skegness, plans are also in place to re-open the high-wire outdoor adventure Altitude44 and Café Magna, which also sit on the Magna Vitae complex on Grand Parade, on April 12.  And from May 17, the team at The Embassy Theatre are planning ‘stage to screen’ in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, after a COVID closure that has lasted more than a year. Group exercise classes at all Magna Vitae’s venues are also being planned from this date – again following Government advice with booking open in the coming weeks.

“We can’t wait,” said Executive Director, Aeneas Richardson.

“to see people coming back into our venues again, smiling and enjoying what we offer, will be fantastic for everyone. Seeing our normally busy and vibrant venues closed has been sad for all concerned. We of course understand why this was required but hope now to be back for good to help everyone live a great life once again!” he added.

And users of the centres, which are amongst the most popular sports and leisure venues in Lincolnshire, are equally as keen to get back.

Bob Wells, chairman of Louth’s swimming club The Dolphins, said they had worked with Magna Vitae since lockdown to ensure members were keeping fit and ready to go with virtual sessions:

“We can’t wait and the work we have done with the team at Meridian over the last year will make it easy. We have a great partnership with Magna Vitae and they have been exceptionally good over this last year,” he said.

Support has also come from Magna Vitae partners at East Lindsey District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Partnerships Cllr Graham Marsh, said: “Magna Vitae has quality attractions, leisure and fitness venues, which make a significant different to the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors. When we look at people coming out of lockdown the re-opening of such community venues will be vital.”

Over the last year, the community and fitness teams at Magna Vitae has built up a strong virtual audience, switching some of its popular community groups and classes online. As well as working with The Dolphins, more than 30 schools have received weekly downloads, 16 care homes have used the online service, and around more than 800 people have joined virtual exercise classes.

For more up-to-date information keep a look out on our website follow Magna Vitae on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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