Surf's up at Heworth Leisure Centre.

Gateshead is the home of North East surfing and body-boarding. We might not have a coastline or sea breeze, but we have FlowRider® and that means waves for days!

FlowRider® is the ultimate surfing and body-boarding experience suitable for children and adults, and holds up to eight people at a time, so all your friends can all get involved.

Forget Malibu Beach and the Gold Coast, Heworth Leisure Centre is where the real surf is!

How does FlowRider® work?

FlowRider®'s innovative design helps to simulate an authentic surfing environment thanks to high-powered submersible pumps that generate a three-inch sheet of water.

The shallow depth makes waves safe for children and adults to ride, with a soft rubber membrane to cushion falls.

Who can surf?

FlowRider® is a widely accessible attraction for swimmers and non-swimmers, but there are some restrictions.

You must be:

  • aged five or above.
  • at least 3ft 6in / 107cm for bodyboarding.
  • at least 4ft 4in / 132cm for surfing.
  • physically fit and cleared by a GP if you're under medical supervision. Special precautions must be taken with pregnancy, back problems, bone illnesses such as osteoporosis, and heart problems.
  • not under the influence of alcohol.
  • up for having fun and getting wet!

What do I need?

Shorts and a t-shirt to wear over your swimsuit, and a towel. We'll take care of the boards and swimsuits.

How much does it cost?

FlowRider prices
GO Gateshead Access card holder£10.00

I'm ready to ride the waves. How do I book?

FlowRider® is available for general bookings by contacting us on 0191 433 5715 or via the contact form.

Group bookings for up to eight riders can be made up to 12 weeks in advance.

Your first FlowRider® booking will include a safety session so that you can make the most of your time on the waves. Each session lasts for one hour.

This seems like a great ride for party!

Funny you should say that. FlowRider is available for children's parties of up to eight people. There'll be a qualified instructor-led safety session, after which you can enjoy a full hour of riding the waves. Bodyboards and surf boards are provided, and there's a viewing gallery for the non-surfers to watch the action.

Children's parties cost £10 per person for up to eight riders.

Restrictions: Riders must be aged five or above. Minimum height for bodyboarding is 3ft 6in/107cm. Minimum height for surfing is 4ft 4in/132cm. Riders must wear shorts and t-shirts over their swimsuits when using the FlowRider®.

For further details or to book your birthday party please contact the team at Heworth Leisure Centre on 0191 433 5715 or get in touch using the contact form.

Book now