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Free swimming during the summer holidays

Published June 28, 2021 3.00pm


We are offering free swimming for young people aged 18 years and under during the summer holidays.

We know children have missed out on swimming this past year and we are keen to support them back into our pools by offering free swimming during the summer holidays. Free swimming is available to all children aged 18 years and under. Some of our fun sessions are also supported by Fun and food and will offer healthy snacks at the end of the session. 

Apply for a free Thrive card for your child before visiting for your free swim.

 

What's available

Children and young people aged 18 years and under can attend any of our general swim, inflatable and fun sessions free of charge. Please note that inflatable sessions are suitable for children aged 8 years and above.

Sessions are available at Chester-le-Street poolFreeman's Quay poolThe Louisa Centre poolNewton Aycliffe poolPeterlee poolSpennymoor poolTeesdale poolWolsingham pool and Woodhouse Close pool, please see your local pool timetable for dates and times. An online traffic light system will be in place to let you know how busy the sessions are. 

Adults who qualify for a concessional rate can also swim free if your child is a non swimmer and needs support in the pool. View Leisure centre pricing guide for concessionary information. 

View Our swimming pools to see our full swimming programme. 

Fun and Food Sessions

Some of our fun sessions are supported by Fun and food and offer free healthy food at the end of your session. View Our swimming pools for additional fun session, which include swim only.

The following sessions include Fun and Food:

DayTimeSessionVenue
Monday10.00am - 12.00 noonInflatable sessionWolsingham Leisure Centre
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionPeterlee Leisure Centre
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmInflatable sessionWoodhouse Close Leisure Complex
Monday1.15pm - 3.15pmInflatable sessionThe Louisa Centre
Monday1.30pm - 3.30pmFun sessionChester-le-Street Leisure Centre
Monday1.30pm - 3.30pmInflatable sessionFreeman's Quay Leisure Centre
Monday2.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Monday3.00pm - 4.00pmFun session and inflatableTeesdale Leisure Centre
Tuesday10.00am - 12.00 noonFun sessionWolsingham Leisure Centre
Tuesday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionPeterlee Leisure Centre
Tuesday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionWoodhouse Close Leisure Complex
Tuesday1.30pm - 2.30pmInflatable sessionNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Tuesday3.00pm - 4.00pmFun session and inflatableTeesdale Leisure Centre
Wednesday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionPeterlee Leisure Centre
Wednesday1.00pm - 3.00pmInflatable sessionWoodhouse Close Leisure Centre 
Wednesday1.15pm - 3.15pmFun sessionThe Louisa Centre
Wednesday1.30pm - 3.30pmInflatable sessionChester-le-Street Leisure Centre
Wednesday1.30pm - 3.30pmFun sessionFreeman's Quay Leisure Centre
Wednesday2.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Wednesday3.00pm - 4.00pmFun session and inflatableTeesdale Leisure Centre
Thursday10.00am - 12.00 noonFun sessionWolsingham Leisure Centre
Thursday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionPeterlee Leisure Centre
Thursday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionWoodhouse Close Leisure Centre
Thursday1.30pm - 2.30pmInflatable sessionNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Thursday3.00pm - 4.00pmFun session and inflatableTeesdale Leisure Centre
Friday10.00am - 12.00 noonFun sessionWolsingham Leisure Centre
Friday1.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionPeterlee Leisure Centre
Friday1.00pm - 3.00pmInflatable sessionWoodhouse Close Leisure Centre
Friday1.15pm - 3.15pmInflatable sessionThe Louisa Centre
Friday1.30pm - 3.30pmFun sessionChester-le-Street Leisure Centre
Friday1.30pm - 3.30pmInflatableFreeman's Quay Leisure Centre
Friday2.00pm - 3.00pmFun sessionNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Thrive card

Your child will need access to a free concessionary Thrive card to access the swimming sessions. You can apply for online and pick up your card when you visit for your session. You will only need to apply once for a Thrive card. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Free swimming is available to people 18 years and under and supervisors/ carers on concessions.
  • Normal pool admission and supervision policy applies. 
  • Free swimming is only available from Monday 19 July until Friday 3 September.
  • Offer is available at the following Durham County Council pools: Peterlee, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Woodhouse Close, Teesdale, Freemans Quay, Chester le street, Wolsingham and The Louisa Centre.
  • Offer only applicable for general swim, fun sessions, inflatable sessions, and waves, slide and splash (Spennymoor only) in both the main and small pool.
  • Excludes lane swims.
  • Free thrive cards given to all concessions.
  • No bookings are necessary, first come first served at the pools.
  • Healthy food will be available after specified fun and inflatable sessions only.
  • No cash alternative is available.
  • Free swimming is available to County Durham residents only. 
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