Sport and Leisure

Sale offers a wealth of rewarding leisure, sport and cultural experiences for residents, visitors and local employees.

Waterside Arts Centre

The Waterside Arts Centre is a vibrant venue in a stunning waterside location, next to the Bridgewater Canal. The Centre provides an excellent programme of exciting entertainment with exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, plays, performances and arts activities throughout the seasons. It is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. On days with evening performances, the Centre will remain open until 7pm. Ticket office will remain open until 8pm.

The Centre also has a variety of flexible arts and events spaces for hire, including a 350 seat theatre, exhibition gallery, creative learning spaces and unique outdoor events plaza with bars and restaurants. To find out more, visit their website.

Sale Nomads

Sale Nomads is a very active and well established amateur dramatics club and provides the popular mini-pantomime as part of the Switch On activities in November.

Leisure & Sports Centres

Sale Leisure Centre and LA Fitness within the town are popular with young and old alike. They provide a myriad of great sports facilities and state of the art equipment and Sale Leisure Centre is Trafford’s centre of excellence for swimming. Walton Park Sports Centre is located next to the Bridgewater Canal and is the headquarters for Trafford Rowing Club. The centre also boasts three carpeted five a side football pitches and is also Trafford’s centre of excellence for gymnastics.

Trafford Water Sports Centre, at Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX is situated next to the M60 at the northern edge of the town, and is a main attraction for water sports and wild life enthusiasts and for walkers, ramblers and fishing. The Centre offers courses for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and personal watercraft. Equipment hire is available for most activities with the exception of powerboats and personal watercraft. There are both water ski and jet ski clubs on site. Corporate hospitality and development training are available for businesses.

The popular Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service and the Visitor Centre which organises a full programme of events and activities during the year, seasonally changing displays is based close by. Check out their website  for full details.

Sale is also home to Sale Cruising Club, a long established canal cruising club with moorings on the nearby Bridgewater Canal.


Winner of the prestigious ‘National Green Flag Award’, the beautiful Walkden Gardens, offering peace and tranquillity, are situated at the corner of Marsland Road and Derbyshire Road, close to the centre of Sale. A variety of outdoor ‘rooms’ off the main ornamental walkway surrounds a large theatre lawn within which public events are held. The Friends of Walkden Gardens are helping to restore the gardens to their former glory. The grade II Victorian dovecote which belonged to Sale Old Hall has recently found a new home in the gardens. Sale Old Hall, built in 1603, was demolished in 1930. The 30 feet high octagonal dovecote designed by Thomas Worthington, whose work includes the Albert Memorial in Albert Square, Manchester is all that remains. Visit the Parks section of the Council website for more information about this and other parks.

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