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Swimming


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.

Join online

Sign-up for an annual gym or swim membership online - if you sign up for a swimming membership in November you can enjoy 25% off ( Icon for pdf Swim membership offer terms and conditions (PDF, 338.5kb) apply).

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

Book online

You can now book a class online, including one of our new aqua cycle and aqua jump classes at Newton Aycliffe leisure centre.

Our pools

Leisure centreSwimming timetable
Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

To allow us to complete refurbishment works, the pool is closed and will reopen in the New Year. Visit Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre to find out more. 

Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

Icon for pdf Freeman's Quay Swimming Timetable (PDF, 5.0mb)

Icon for pdf Freemans Quay holiday timetable (PDF, 654.7kb)

Please note - there are changes to our current timetable due to maintenance issues. Please contact us to check the pool is open before you arrive.

Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Icon for pdf Newton Aycliffe Swim Timetable - Term time (PDF, 277.5kb)

Icon for pdf Newton Aycliffe Swim Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 332.1kb)

Spennymoor Leisure Centre

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Icon for pdf Spennymoor Swimming Pool Timetable - Holiday (PDF, 394.4kb)

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

Teesdale Leisure Centre

Icon for pdf Teesdale Swimming Pool Term Time Timetable (PDF, 1.2mb)

Icon for pdf Teesdale Swimming Pool Holiday Timetable (PDF, 677.8kb)

Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex

Icon for pdf Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Termtime (PDF, 487.0kb)

Icon for pdf Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 506.1kb)

All timetables are subject to change without notice. Information about any changes to timetables and temporary pool closures can be found on the relevant leisure centre page. Please contact individual centres for details. 

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. Five leisure centres have 25 metre pools and a learner pool, and Spennymoor is a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide.

Other pools

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

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.

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
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