La Chambre Sheffield: Hundreds of enquiries over re-opening of famous swingers sex club
Sheffield’s former La Chambre swingers club is still receiving hundreds of enquiries – two years after its Attercliffe site closed.
The club, which was run by husband and wife Barry and Marie Calvert, went out of business after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close for health reasons in 2022.
But Barry, who has now retired, said he is still receiving a large number of enquiries about the famous venue, and whether it will re-open, amounting to over 1,000 a year.
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He said: “Covid really finished us off because we had bills to pay. The church tried to shut us down, the powers that be tried to shut us down, but Covid did shut us down.
“But we still get many emails asking if we’re coming back. Two years after we closed we are still getting a couple of dozen every week.
“We were really well known. We were even listed in a magazine in Las Vegas as one one of the top places to visit in the world, along with places like the Pyramids.”
Although he says there is still great interest in the club, Barry and Marie no longer have any plans to re-open.
Barry said a friend from Nottingham had looked into the possibility of taking over the site, and also looked into other possible alternative sites in the city.
But Barry said he had been unable to find anywhere suitable and the cost of redeveloping a venue would have been too high.
He said the building was sold to the Canal and Rivers Trust and was expected to be re-developed as housing.
He said: “It would be very difficult in the current climate. To set up a new building would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. We did it over a 20 year period and spent over £250,000. It would be a nightmare in this day and age.”
Barry and Marie opened the club in the former Robin Hood pub on Attercliffe Road and the pair have written books about their escapades at La Chambre which had 25,000 members.
Barry believes the club put the city on the map and attracted visitors to boost the local economy.
“We had 25,000 members worldwide,” he said. “We filled the hotels of Attercliffe right through the week.”