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Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

Whether it's fitness, swimming or family fun that inspires your visit, Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre has a great range of activities including gym, exercise classes and two pools.

Price changes 

From 1 October 2015 prices are changing in our leisure centres. To find out about this and other changes please check our leisure centre changes page.


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?

View the latest Freeman's Quay Swimming Timetable (PDF, 231kb)

Our new pool programmes will commence from Monday 3 August. 

Learn to swim 

From babies to adults it's never too early or late to join our aqualearn swimming programme. Sign up 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.


Whatever your level of fitness, or your goals, in our gyms you can exercise in a way that best suits you. Our friendly gym staff will carry out a free Check4life health check, help you develop a training programme and, with ongoing support, we'll help you achieve your goals. 

Contact us to book a gym tour.

Freeman's Quay gym is run in partnership with Lifestyle Fitness.


Join today and enjoy a fully inclusive health and fitness package offering use of the gym, exercise classes and swimming. 

Contact us for more information or visit the Lifestyle Fitness website to join online.

GX exercise classes 

Whether you want to stretch and tone, go high energy to burn calories or invigorate yourself with a mind and body experience, there's a GX exercise class to suit you. 

View the latest Freemans Quay GX group exercise class timetable (PDF, 179kb).

Courts and pitches 

Slam dunk or score a victory when you hire our sports hall. Book today and enjoy a game of badminton, basketball, football, netball, table tennis and volleyball. 

Children and young people 

Sports clubs, gym membership for young people and holiday activities - there's lots for your family to do! 

Download the Schools out timetable - Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre (PDF, 440kb) for Summer 2015. 

Children's parties

Splash into your birthday, dance with your friends at a disco or why not try a dodgeball or football party. A variety of exclusive packages are available for up to 50 children. 

Hire a room 

Host your meeting, event, sport or club activity in our sports hall or studio and we'll include room set up for free. 

Opening times and location

Monday6.30am - 10.30pm
Tuesday6.30am - 10.30pm
Wednesday6.30am - 10.30pm 
Thursday6.30am - 10.30pm 
Friday6.30am - 10.30pm
Saturday8.00am - 7.30pm 
Sunday8.00am - 7.30pm 
Public holidaysClosed 


  • 140 station air conditioned fitness suite
  • online booking
  • free weights and functional training rig
  • 25 metre pool
  • tepidarium (16+ only)
  • swimming lessons 
  • sports hall 
  • studio 
  • male and female changing rooms (with hairdryers)
  • mixed swimming changing rooms (with hairdryers)
  • lockers - £1.00 refundable 
  • disabled changing room with hoist 
  • disabled access throughout the building 
  • baby change 
  • free water fountain 
  • sport equipment and cycle hire 
  • vending machines selling snacks and hot and cold drinks 
  • gym and swim items for sales from high street brands Adidas and Speedo 
  • private physiotherapist

Swimming galas

Freeman's Quay regularly hosts swimming galas for the swimming club and local schools. This sometimes means disruption to swimming times. Please note:  All timetables are subject to change without notice. We advise customers to check with individual centres to confirm session availability in advance.

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