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This is more a rambling reminisce than a review. The review component, such as it is, is in the Review section below.

I have been inside the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum twice in my life – two days running back in the early 1980s but I remember the visits (especially the first one) as if they were yesterday.

My first visit was on chilly November evening when I decided to have a swim in the then fairly new and state of the art heated swimming pool.

About 10 minutes into my swim the centre’s alarms went off and an announcement came across the intercom system requesting everyone to vacate to building immediately due to a bomb scare. The changing rooms were locked.

Being at the height of “The Troubles” – Northern Ireland’s sectarian “war” which lasted from 1968 to 1998 everyone took the announcement seriously.

The hour after this was the most memorable (for all the wrong reasons) and embarrassing of my life as I stood on one of the sports fields in only a pair of speedos, absolutely freezing. Imagine the sight Dear Reader, or perhaps don’t imagine the sight Dear Reader. The ejected hung around in the hope that the scare was just that and we would be allowed back in any minute (this was what usually happened with bomb scares in those days).

After about an hour someone appeared and distributed blankets to the swimmers. Soon after my family arrived and picked me up.

My second and last visit to the Forum (apart from walking through its grounds on numerous occasions) was the following morning to retrieve my clothes. The bomb scare had thankfully been a false alarm.

Review

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The Fermanagh Lakeland Forum is a council run leisure centre with a 25 metre swimming pool, steam room, fitness suite (gym/circuit training, etc), sports hall, indoor children’s play area and squash courts.

I don’t recommend that you spend any time in here, not because I think you will encounter a bomb scare but rather because it would be time you could otherwise enjoy the beauty of County Fermanagh.

That said it does rain in Fermanagh (that’s why everything is beautiful and green) and it can be quite miserable when it does. In the event that it is a miserable day do consider calling into the Forum for a swim, a game of squash, an aerobics session, an hour in the gym or whatever else takes your fancy. An adult swim cost a very reasonable GBP2.80 (in 2015).

Opening hours vary a bit from day to day so rather than me listing them all here have a look at the Forum’s website  for details.

Practical details

Address: Broadmeadow, Enniskillen
Directions: Adjacent to the bus station and the Visitors Information Centre
Phone: 028 6632 4121
Website: http://www.fermanagh.gov.uk/sports-and-leisure/lakeland-forum-2.html


This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on many trips to Enniskillen. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Enniskillen Castle Complex – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – “Fare thee well Enniskillen, ………..”


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