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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.

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Exercise classes 

Whether you want to stretch and tone, go high energy or invigorate yourself with a mind and body experience, there are fitness classes to suit you. Book a class or activity online (you can also book online for use of our squash courts), or look up class timetables online.

Join online - memberships

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


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 - Term-time (PDF, 255.2kb)  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
18 April 2018large pool9.30am - 11.30am
26 April 2018large pool11.30am - 2.00pm
26 April 2018small pool12.00pm - 1.00pm
25 May 2018large pool12.00pm - 4.00pm
24 June 2018large pooluntil 12.00pm
22/23 September 2018both poolsall day
14 October 2018large pooluntil 12.00pm
25 November 2018large pooluntil 12.00pm
16 December 2018large pooluntil 12.00pm


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.

Courts and pitches 

Slam dunk or score a victory when you hire our sports hall - you can book the sports hall when you book a class or activity online

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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