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Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre reopened on Monday 27 July - only the gym and fitness classes are available at this stage and you must pre-book your visit.

Freeman's Quay pool closure

The swimming pool at at Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre is now open, following refurbishment works.


Our leisure centres have reopened. Gyms and fitness classes will be available at first and you must pre-book your visit. See Leisure centres re-opening information for full details.

Most of our swimming pools reopened on Monday 10 August but we are still looking at how we can safely restart swimming lessons. See Swimming pools re-opening information for full details.

Icon for pdf Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre pool reopens video transcript (PDF, 99.1kb)

Why was the pool closed? 

The swimming pool was closed to fix issues with the tiles coming off in the main pool, due to a defect in the original pool works in 2008. 

Whilst the pool was closed we also carried out refurbishment works in the swimming pool, changing, reception and studio areas. 

When will the swimming pools reopen? 

Both swimming pools are now open, visit Freeman's Quay pool for timetable information. 

The aqualearn programme will resume from Monday 4 November, after the half term break.  

What if I have a membership at Freeman's Quay? 

We have contacted all swim and aqualearn members to let them know their arrangements. If you haven't heard from us and are unsure of what will happen please contact us

Swim membership

Your usual membership terms and conditions apply from Monday 21 October. If you froze your membership, we have contacted you to restart your membership and payments.


We have contacted aqualearn customers to let you know of your specific arrangements and returning to Freeman's Quay from Monday 4 November.  

Gym membership 

If you hold a gym membership for Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre your usual terms and conditions will apply from Monday 21 October.

Progress updates 

Update 4 September 2019

The new tiling in both pools is now complete, the next step is cleaning the area and removing the scaffolding which is supporting the moveable pool floors. The scaffolding is to be removed by skilled divers once the area is cleaned.  

Work in the fitness studio is also complete, this includes a new floor and fresh look and feel. 

Update 21 August 2019

Work is moving along well and the tiling is almost compete. Once tiling is cured, work will commence on the pool floor to apply a resin coating.

Work is well under way in the changing village, refurbishing the toilets and revitalising cubicles and lockers. Work is also progressing on the look and feel of the building including new flooring and decorating.

Update 13 August 2019

The work on the pool is now well underway with the tiling removed and rendering complete, tillers arrived on site and began to tile the pools.

Painting is also ongoing throughout the building with good progress being made. Refurbishment of pool change and reception toilets is almost complete, requiring only the finishing touches with first floor toilets areas to follow.

Around the building carpet has been removed in preparation for the new flooring. The main hall and dance studio floors will also be sanded, relined and sealed week commencing 19 August.

Contact us
Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre
03000 268 488
Our address is:
  • Walkergate
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 1SW
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