Children will be able to swim for 10p at Westmorland and Furness Council's leisure centres during this half-term.

10p swims will be available for those under the age of 16 at various swimming pools across the region, including in Appleby, Barrow, Dalton, Kendal, Penrith, and Ulverston.

Each leisure centre is set to designate two hours every day to the special offer.

Having started on Monday, May 27, the offer continues until Friday, May 31.

In addition, the Kendal, Penrith, and Ulverston centres will offer the 10p swims for an extra two hours on June 1 and June 2.

Appleby Leisure Centre will have 10p swims for two hours on June 1.

Booking in advance is strongly advised to secure a spot, which can be done by contacting the centres directly or via the Better UK app.

Steph Cordon, Westmorland and Furness Council's director for thriving communities, said: "Supporting active, healthy and happy lives is one of our priorities as a caring council, as well as supporting people in need and reducing inequality.

“Swimming is one of the healthiest activities that children can take part in and it’s an important life skill, especially in an area like ours with so many lakes and rivers.

Ms Cordon hopes that the offer will push young people to remain active during the school break.

She said: “We hope these 10p swims will encourage our young people to be active over May half-term as well as supporting families with the cost of living crisis.

"Many residents are having to make difficult day-to-day decisions and leisure activities may be a luxury that some parents simply cannot afford.

"Hopefully this half-term holiday discount will enable lots of youngsters to enjoy a swim without putting too much strain on the family budget.”

The initiative is expected to cost approximately £11,000, approved by the council's three Locality Boards for Eden, Furness, and South Lakeland.

On top of the May half-term 10p swims, the council is also extending its Holiday and Activity Food Programme, offering free activities over Easter, summer, and Christmas holidays to children of families supported by benefits-related free school meals.