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A look at if gyms are open on the early May bank holiday 2024

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THE early May bank holiday is an extra day off work for many people, but does that include gym employees?

With many fitness fans keen on maintaining their workout routine over the May bank holiday, here we take a look at the opening hours of the UK’s biggest gym chains.


Some want to keep up with their gym routine over the bank holiday weekendCredit: Getty

Are gyms open on the early May bank holiday 2024?

If you’re wondering if the early May bank holiday is going to put a pause on your fitness plans, the good news is we have all the information you need.

Whether you are a member of The Gym Group or Virgin Active, we have a list of gyms and opening times right here for you to browse.

The Gym Group

The Gym Group is a chain of 24/7 no-contract fitness clubs in the UK.

There are more than 229 gyms across the UK as of 2023.

The company’s gyms offer a range of cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as group exercise classes and personal training services.

The good news is that the gym will remain open during the early May bank holiday.


Founded by Scottish businessman Duncan Bannatyne, the Bannatyne Health Clubs chain began in 1997 with the first club built in North Yorkshire.

There are 69 locations across the UK, with gyms, spas, hotels, and beauty treatments on offer.

Those hoping to head to their local Bannatyne’s gym over the the early May bank holiday are in luck, as all locations are set to remain open.

However, they are expected to have different opening hours, so be sure to check with your local club.

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David Lloyd Clubs

David Lloyd Leisure currently operates 101 clubs in the UK, as well as a further 29 across Europe.

Those hoping to head to their local club should check its official social media channels for early May bank holiday opening hours updates.

For example, many David Lloyd Clubs have their own Facebook page with all the information you’ll need.

If you are a bit more old school, you can always phone your local facility to check whether it’s open this early May bank holiday.

Pure Gym

Pure Gym is Britain’s largest gym chain by membership, with more than 1,500,000 members registered in their gyms.

There are more than 300 Pure Gym facilities in the UK as of 2024.

Pure Gym will remain open over the the early May bank holiday.

Clubs offering 24/7 access are open as usual — simply scan in as you would if you were training outside of manned hours. 

Total Fitness

Total Fitness opened in 1993 after being established on the Isle of Man.

It has 15 health clubs across the north England and Wales, with a combined 80,000 members.

Total Fitness gyms will be open over the early May bank holiday.

Virgin Active

Virgin Active was founded in 1999 with their first club opening in Preston, Lancashire that year.

The popular fitness chain’s 2024 seasonal opening hours vary depending on your location.

Therefore, we recommend visiting your local gym’s website for specific dates and opening hours.

Everything you need to know about bank holidays

Make sure you read this before heading out on a bank holiday.

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