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Chester-le-Street pool

Laps, lessons, floats and fun - swim at our two pools and enjoy time in the water. Swimming is a great low impact way to get fit and stay fit. Why not try our aqua classes or maybe just splash about with the kids?

New Aqua balance class starting from Monday 22 October. Classes will take place on Monday (6.15pm - 6.45pm) and Sunday (9.00am - 9.30am). Book a class or activity online or contact us.

Swimming timetable

Our newly refurbished pool facilities are now open. View the latest  Icon for pdf Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre - term time swimming timetable (PDF, 264.4kb)  (term time) or  Icon for pdf Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre - holiday swimming timetable (PDF, 845.5kb)  (school holidays). 

Changes to swimming timetable

  • Thursday evenings: large pool - three lanes are used by the swimming club.
  • Sunday mornings: large pool - Aqua Balance 8.15am - 8.45am, replaces Aqua Cycle classes at 9.00am.

The timetable is subject to change, and swim times may be disrupted due to activity set up - see our future pool closures information.  

Swim prices and activities

Save on every swim and aqua class, when you buy a thrive card. Call in or contact us for more information


General swim sessions are open to all ages and abilities, great for families to create their own fun.  

Non thrive card holder£4.20
thrive card holder£3.80
Child / concession£2.80
Under 1s£1.00
Family / group swim (up to four people)£11.00

Aqua classes

Visit our leisure system to book a class or activity online or to find out the latest timetable information. For more information about our aqua classes, see our Fitness classes page.

Aqua classes (30 minutes) - non thrive card holder / thrive card holder / concession£4.20 / £3.20 / £2.70
Aqua classes (45 minutes) - non thrive card holder / thrive card holder / concession£5.50 / £4.50 / £3.60
Aqua classes (60 minutes) - non thrive card holder / thrive card holder / concession£6.50 / £5.50 / £4.20

Family swim sessions

Splash tots

Age range: zero to five years

Help your baby or toddler develop their confidence, including toys for lots of fun.

Cost: £4.00 (includes one adult and one child)

Fun sessions

Age range: under eight's in the small pool and over eight's in the main pool.

Toys, rafts and floats are in the pool to create a splashing time for children to enjoy during fun sessions.

Adult non thrive card holder / thrive card holder£4.20 / £3.80

Ready, sett, splash

Age range: two to six years

Meet Brock the badger, Durham County Council's very own early year's mascot and his friends as he learns to have fun in the pool. Sessions include 30 minutes instructor led fun and games and 30 minutes of free play time.

Sessions are pay as you go and advance booking is not required.

Cost: £4.00 (includes one adult and one child)


Age range: eight to fourteen years and above (must be able to swim 25m)

Giant inflatable challenges are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained, can they make it across to the other side in one go?

Adult non thrive card holder / thrive card holder£4.20 / £3.80

Rookie lifeguards

Age range:  six years and above (Must be able to swim 25m in a recognised stroke)

Teaching and developing your child's skills and knowledge in water safety. Includes rescue, resuscitation and lifesaving while meeting new friends and having fun. Rookie Lifeguards work for bronze, silver and gold awards, developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK.

Cost: £19 per month (monthly direct debit)

Swimming lessons 

From babies to adults it's never too early or late to join our aqualearn swimming programme. Sign up for swimming lessons at any time and progress at your own pace. Prices start from just £19 per month which includes unlimited general swimming so you can practice what you learn as much as you like.

Contact us to sign up for swimming lessons today.

Join online - memberships

Sign-up for a gym or swim membership online or see our leisure centre memberships page for more information about our memberships, including prices. 

Children's parties

Splash into your birthday with a pool party - contact us for more information or to book.

Pool information and facilities

  • large (25 metre) pool, depth 1m to 2m
  • small pool, depth 0.7m - 1m
  • changing village with family changing facilities
  • lockers - £1.00 returnable 
  • disabled shower room
  • disabled access throughout the building 
  • baby change 
  • swim items for sales from high street brands Adidas and Speedo 

Your family's safety - supervising children

Your family's safety is a top priority. Children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult. You must also supervise children taking into account their swimming ability and the water depth. We operate an admissions policy to ensure a safe environment for everyone:

Pool typeChildren's ageNumber of adults
Pools below 1m depth0-7One adult per two children
All other pools
(Please note that this includes Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre's small pool due to its adjustable floor.)
0-3One adult per child
4-7One adult per two children

Future pool closures

There are no closures planned at the present time.

Contact us
Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre
03000 266 444
Our address is:
  • Burns Green
  • Chester-le-Street
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH3 3QH
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