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Swimming is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to have fun, relax, compete, get fit, stay active and feel great. Being able to swim can help save lives and can give you the confidence to enjoy other water-based activities.

What's available at our swimming pools?

We provide a wide range of activities across nine swimming pools, including:

We are also the home of several swimming and aquatic clubs across the county. The six leisure centres listed below have 25 metre pools and a learner pool, except Spennymoor which is a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide.

Swimming timetables

You can download each pool's swimming timetable below or use our leisure activity planner to help plan your swimming sessions.

Please note: Timetables are term-time unless specified. All timetables are subject to change without notice. Information about any changes to timetables and pool closures as a result of maintenance works, swimming competitions or for other reasons, is available on our news page. During the school holidays, our pool timetables vary. Please contact individual centres for details. 

Leisure centreSwimming timetableNotes
Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Swimming Pool Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Chester-le-Street Swimming Pool Timetable - holidays (PDF, 1Mb)

Freeman's Quay Leisure CentreFreeman's Quay Swimming Timetable (PDF, 231kb)

Please note: on Thursdays, four lanes will be booked out for Durham City Amateur Swimming Club between 8.00pm and 9.00pm

  • Friday 22 May: 12.00pm-4.00pm large pool closed for swimming gala
  • Sunday 21 June: 11.00am-12.00pm large pool close for an additional hour due to a swimming gala 
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Newton Aycliffe Term Time Swim Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Newton Aycliffe Holiday Swim Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Spennymoor Swimming Pool Term Time Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Spennymoor Swimming Pool Holiday Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

During peak periods the waves, slide and splash sessions will be limited to a minimum swim time of 50 minutes.

Teesdale Leisure Centre

Teesdale Swimming Pool Term Time Timetable (PDF, 677kb)

Teesdale Swimming Pool Holiday Timetable (PDF, 692kb)

Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex

Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Termtime (PDF, 1Mb)

Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 1Mb)


Other pools

The following swimming pools are operated by Leisure Works (Derwentside Trust for Sport and Arts) in conjunction with us. For more information please visit the Leisureworks website.

  • Belle Vue Swim Centre
  • Louisa Centre.

The following swimming pool is managed by Harpers Fitness (Leisure Connection Ltd) in partnership with us. For more information please visit the 1Life website.

  • Peterlee Leisure Centre.

There are also a number of School swimming pools offering various aquatic activities.

Admissions policy

Our pools operate an admissions policy to ensure a safe environment for all customers. All our pools follow the guidelines below:

  • Pools below 1m depth* - children aged 0-7 years. One adult per two children
  • All other pools - children aged 0-3 years. One adult per child; Children aged 4-7 years. One adult per two children

*Please note that Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre's small pool operates under the 'all other pools' policy due to the adjustable floor.

Other activities

  • Amateur swimming clubs operate out of most centres.
  • Our leisure centres offer a wide range of water-based activities, from water polo to kayaking, scuba diving to synchronised swimming, and sea-doos to octopush.

Contact individual leisure centres for more information, or use our activity finder to help plan your leisure time today

Dementia Friendly Swimming Programme 

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) have  launched a new dementia friendly swimming project aimed at enhancing the swimming experience of people living with dementia.

The project launched at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre in County Durham, the project will work with local authorities, health care professionals and community groups, with the aim of building a network of swimming pools that are safe and welcoming for people living with dementia and their carers in Chester le Street and Teesdale.

For more information about the project you can visit Amateur Swimming Association webpage. 

If you would like to help shape the Dementia Friendly Swimming Programme we are holding consultations in County Durham. For more information about the consultations you can view Dementia Friendly Swimming Project Consultations (PDF, 266kb) 

Take part in the consultations on Wednesday 25 March 10.00am - 11.20am at Chester le Street One Point Hub or in Teesdale, Glaxosmithkline Sports and Social Club Monday 27 April 10.00am-11.20am.

If you would like to take part please contact Chester le Street Leisure Centre to register your place at either event.

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