Great news - under 18s can swim free of charge throughout the school holidays!

Free swimming will be on offer from 24 July to 5 September at Dunston, Heworth and Gateshead Leisure Centres and Birtley Swimming Centre.

As usual, children under 8 will need to be accompanied in the water by an adult (max. 2 children per responsible person aged 16+) and we recommend that swimmers under 5 are supervised on a one to one basis.

If they don't already have one, each child will need to register for a free GO Gateshead card and all swim sessions must be pre-booked. You can book your session up to seven days in advance, or immediately beforehand if spaces are available, but please don't arrive at a leisure centre without a booking as no bookings can be taken at reception.

Please book online if you can. Otherwise, you can call 0191 433 7111 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm at the weekend. It's a very busy time for our teams, but they're working hard to answer calls as quickly as possible.

There are plenty of "swim for all" sessions planned throughout the summer holidays, but capacity at each session is limited to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable swim. We understand that plans change, but if you can no longer use your booking please cancel it so that someone else can take your place.

Despite the lifting of government restrictions, most of our Covid-19 safety measures will continue to apply at our leisure centres for the time being. Read more about  visiting our leisure centres from 19 July.