FlowRider

Temporary soft-play closure
Due to an event, the GO Bears Den soft-play at Gateshead Leisure Centre will be closed until 3.30pm on Thursday 20 December. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 or 107cm for bodyboarding
  • at least 4ft 4in / 132cm for surfing
  • physically fit and cleared by a GP if you're under medical supervision
  • not under the influence of alcohol

What do I need?

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

  • 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 or 107cm for bodyboarding
    • at least 4ft 4in / 132cm for surfing
    • physically fit and cleared by a GP if you're under medical supervision
    • not under the influence of alcohol

    What do I need?

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

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