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Warning: Customer notice: The pool at Spennymoor leisure will be closed from Monday 15th January onwards due to transformation works, we apologise for any inconvenience.
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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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If you love to swim then check out our thrive active and thrive Move memberships allowing you to swim at any of our leisure centres with a pool.

Contract and non-contract options are available. Join now or contact us to find out which options suits you best.

Swimming pools

Across County Durham we have ten main pools, plus training and learner pools. This includes a leisure pool with waves and a slide at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. Each has a varied timetable offering lots of different activities including lane swimming, water based fitness classes, fun activities for families and swimming lessons.

Membership type General swimming cost
non thrive card holder £4.40
thrive card holder £4
concession / child £3
under one year old £1
family/group swim (maximum of four) £12
additional sauna/stream room £1.50
Splashtots and Ready, Sett, Splash swim sessions (price includes one adult and one child) £4 plus £1 for each additional child


Swimming lessons

From babies, tots and kids to adults, 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.

Your family's safety in the pool

Before you visit with your family, check out the admissions policy at our pools to make sure everyone is safe in the water.

Inclusive swimming

Our leisure centres offer a range of facilities for people who need extra support when coming to the swimming pool. If you require a carer during your visit, they can swim for free.

  • Changing places: Our changing places offer toilet and washing facilities with equipment such as a hoist, adult sized changing bench and space for carers. These are located in our town centres and are open for anyone to use. Changing places are available at Freeman’s Quay, the Louisa Centre, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe
  • Pool hoist: All of our swimming pools have a hoist and staff will be on hand to assist you into the water. Spennymoor has a submersible wheelchair to allow you access straight into the water from the shallow waters into your preferred depth. All of our facilities have accessible changing rooms or cubicles.
  • Staff assistance: Our staff are always on hand to assist you with any additional requirements or support on your visit. You are welcome to contact the leisure centre beforehand to discuss your needs and so that we can ensure equipment is set up in advance.
  • Splashability: Sessions are for anyone with a special education or disability need, and their carers and family. Find out more on our inclusive activities page. They are available at Spennymoor and the Louisa Centre.

Swimming clubs

A number of swimming clubs meet at pools across the County. Check out what’s available in your local centre.