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Warning: From Monday 29 of April 2024, both swimming pools at The Louisa Centre will be closed until further notice.
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Warning: From 20 May a programme of refurbishment work will begin at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre. Disruption will be minimal with all facilities and classes operating as usual.
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Holiday activities

Leisure centre offer a range of holiday activities from multi-sport camps to swimming crash courses.

Contact your local leisure centre for their holiday programme.


  • Swimming lessons: From babies, tots to kids, our learn to swim programme will teach all the skills needed to enjoy water safely and with confidence. Whether you are a beginner or looking to develop your swimming technique find out more today and see where your journey can take you.
  • Free Weekend Swimming for 18’s and under: Leisure centres are offering one free fun session on a weekend.  Available for ages 18 years and under. Please be aware that some of our swim sessions have an age limit and supervision ratios apply. We may ask children to demonstrate they can swim 25 meters competently before allowing entry on the inflatable.
  • Swimming Crash Courses: Swimming crash courses are available at centre across the county.  Crash Courses are great for all swimmers, ranging from non-swimmers through to adults.   Our crash courses can be very helpful for children that have never been to a swimming lesson, by introducing them to the swimming lesson environment.   They also help children and adults to build their confidence in the water in a short period of time, as well as helping swimmers who are currently in lessons to progress and develop their skills more quickly enabling them to move up into the next stage. For Further details please ask reception at your local leisure centre.
  • Splashability: Sessions provide an opportunity for disabled children, young people and adults to take part in an exclusive swimming session for free if you live in County Durham. The sessions take place on Sundays at the Louisa Centre and Spennymoor.
  • Swimming clubsA number of swimming clubs meet at pools across the county. If your youngster is interested in taking their swimming to the next level, check out what’s available in your local centre.


The thrive active junior membership is for 11 to 15 year olds and provides access to the gym during specific time periods and unlimited general swimming. 14 and 15 year olds can also access some exercise classes if accompanied by an adult.

Memberships are available at all centres and you can sign up at our leisure centres with a parent or guardian.

Soft play, Tivity Tots and Toddler Time

  • Soft play: Crammed with slides, challenges and lots of fun our new soft play centre at Abbey Adventure is an exciting play area for young children of a variety of ages. There’s also more to come as our largest soft play area is open at Peterlee Leisure Centre. We also have soft play at the Louisa Centre and two smaller facilities at Chester-le-Street and Teesdale Leisure Centres.
  • Tivity Tots and Toddler Time: At Teesdale and Spennymoor we hold soft play sessions in the centre’s main hall. With soft play obstacles and childrens’ toys to play with, it’s an ideal way to entertain little ones and meet other parents.

Move Hub

The Move Hub, located at Abbey Leisure Centre, offers the chance to start a fitness journey in a gentle way. Whether you are recovering from injury, wish to get in shape, improve mobility, tone up or improve strength we can help start you on a new path to improving your health and wellbeing.

The Move Hub is installed with the latest power assisted equipment to give users a helping hand and is suitable for people who need support to get moving or those recovering from an illness and need support to be more active. The equipment is simple to use and offers a same and comfortable exercise with an assistive action to help you move for longer.

Our staff are on hand to to discuss your fitness goals and help you get started, we’ll also support you throughout your journey.

Memberships are available for 11-15 year olds, including swimming and age appropriate classes.

Abbey Adventure

Bounce, climb, slide and leap around three different fantastic play zones in Abbey Adventure. Crammed with the latest state of the art play equipment, for a single price, kids can take part in the soft play, trampoline parkours and Tag Zone challenge. Get your tag wristband, collect points and rise to the top of the leader board!

Ten pin bowling

Whether it’s your first time swinging a bowling ball or you’re a bowling pro, friend’s, family and bowling ‘frenemies’ can enjoy hours of fun at Strike ten-pin bowling alley. Our eight lane centre is a great place to bowl day and night.


A range of sports based sessions take place at different centres.

  • Netball coaching: Taking place on a Monday at Consett Leisure Centre, this session is run in partnership with Consett Steelers Netball Club and offers coaching for all ages from juniors to seniors.
  • Gymnastics: Taking place at Consett and Teesdale Leisure Centres, the fun sessions teach the basic skills in gymnastics and children also work towards the British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards.

Multi-sensory room

Exclusively available at Spennymoor Leisure Centre, the multi-sensory room provides a safe, welcoming space with equipment and different zones that stimulate sight, sound and touch.

Children and young people’s activities