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West Lothian Leisure offers local warm spaces

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new warm spaces initiative, offering free-to-access facilities to the local community, many of whom may be struggling to heat their homes this winter due to growing energy bills.

The initiative launched today (22nd January) and will welcome the community to seating areas and café spaces at Xcite Bathgate, and Linlithgow facilities, with members of the public under no obligation to make a purchase or be a West Lothian Leisure member.
Guests are welcome to use the free WIFI, spend a bit of time chatting with staff or use our sharing libraries at both venues where you can borrow, bring or swap books!
Our ‘Winter Warmer’ lunchtime deal is back as well. This deal of soup and a roll with a cup of tea or instant coffee has been reduced to only £1 this year due to our suppliers, Food Options, and George Anderson, kindly donating the supplies for this deal. This will be running from 1.30pm-4.30pm from Monday to Friday
Locals keen to support the initiative can also choose to ‘pay it forward’ by buying a Winter Warmer deal for someone in need – which will then be passed on, free of charge, to the next guest who asks for the offer.

Ben Lamb, Chief Executive of West Lothian Leisure, said,

“Opening some of our facilities as warm spaces for the community just made perfect sense.  We too are experiencing increased energy bills to heat our centres, and so we want to make sure that we are supporting our communities during this bitterly cold weather.  Staying warm is fundamental to good health and a positive mental wellbeing, so despite this being a slightly different approach than we might normally take to achieve those outcomes, it is still exactly the type of local action we are all about.   Our warm spaces and Winter Warmer deal will be available  from 22nd January, so I’d highly recommend that anyone looking for a warm welcome or a chance to get out of the house as temperatures drop takes advantage by coming along for a visit.” 


We took the decision to introduce warm spaces to the community following the widespread rise in energy bills.  West Lothian Council have a number of other locations across the region which are offering a similar warm welcome.  CLICK HERE for full details.   

If you have been impacted by the current cost-of-living crisis or are needing some extra help with living costs, CLICK HERE for more details on the help that is available in West Lothian.