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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.

Join online

Sign-up for an annual gym or swim membership online

See our leisure centre memberships page for more information about our memberships, including prices.

Book online

View our Icon for pdf Freemans Quay Leisure Centre GX Timetable (PDF, 2.9mb)  for classes taking place and book a class or activity online (you can also book online for badminton, basketball, football, table tennis and volleyball).

Latest news

Find the latest sport and fitness news, including offers.


Please note: the aquafit class listed as starting at 12.15pm actually starts at 12 noon. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  Icon for pdf Freeman's Quay Swimming Timetable (PDF, 5.0mb)  or  Icon for pdf Freeman's Quay Swimming Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 654.7kb) .

Learn to swim 

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.

Dementia Friendly Swimming 

If you are living with dementia or care for someone who does, come along and take part in one of our Dementia friendly swimming sessions.

Future pool closures

Our pools will be temporarily closed for events on these dates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

DateAreaTime closed
17 January 2018large pool11.30am - 4.00pm
17 and 18 Februaryboth poolsall day
23 Marchlarge pool11.30am - 4.00pm


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 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. 

Choose a membership today - see our Leisure centre memberships information.

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. Visit our Book online to find out the latest timetable information for GX classes.

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!

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 

Please note: last entry is one hour before closing.


  • 140 station air conditioned fitness suite
  • 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 
  • vending machines selling snacks and hot and cold drinks 
  • gym and swim items for sales from high street brands Adidas and Speedo 
  • private physiotherapist

An access guide for this leisure centre is available at Disabled Go: Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

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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