There are a variety of Leisure Facilities in the town of Killingworth for residents who enjoy keeping fit and these include gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools so there is something to suit everyone. The Lakeside Swimming Pool and Sports centre is among the most recent of these establishments since it was opened in 2006 and it is located alongside the lake in the park, next to the local high school. This was a much needed improvement as the previous facility had been demolished some years previously and the town only had a small gym located within the White Swan Centre prior to this. The centre itself was built with the rest of the town in the late 1960’s and contained 100,000 square feet of space that was originally used as office space. It was named by local school children after the swans that frequented the nearby lake and at one point housed 600 employees, however by the 1990’s the building like much of the local economy fell into decline and was unused for many years until its renovation in more recent times.
The swimming pool facilities here are now run by the local Municipal and is open to the public all year round. It is rectangular in shape, has six lanes and is twenty five metres long with heated water that is chorine free with a controlled temperature of 84F. At least one lifeguard is always on duty for you and your family’s safety and additional facilities for swimmers include private lessons, showers, locker rooms and a snack bar but other amenities include a double sized sports hall and a fitness centre. The hall is available for hire and offers a variety of different sports that include badminton, tennis, squash, 5-a-side football, gymnastics and trampolines while the fitness centre includes a fully equipped Contours Gym with regular fitness classes such as Aerobics, Pilates and Zumba. There is also a soft play area and crèche facilities to keep younger children entertained while their parents enjoy some adult time and exercise. Admission rates are £3.70 for adults and £2.50 for children and OAPs with opening hours from 7.15 am Monday to Friday and from 8.15am until 4pm on weekends while closing times on weekdays will vary depending on the time of year.
The Riverside Leisure Centre is also within easy access of Killingworth in the nearby town of Morpeth and it also has a wide range of health and fitness facilities on offer that include a fully equipped Harpers gym. This comes complete with a selection of free weights, an air conditioned studio with sprung floor where a wide variety of different types of exercise classes are held suite all abilities and preferences. It also has a multi-purpose sports hall which caters for badminton, basketball, football and short tennis while the adjacent Carlisle Park offers outdoor facilities that include tennis courts and crazy golf facilities as well as two immaculate bowling greens. There is also a swimming pool on site that offers a varied timetable with activities and hours to suit both adults and children.