Free swims scheme enters final fortnight

Published Friday, 17th August 2018

Children in Hartlepool are being urged to make the most of a free swims scheme as it enters its final fortnight.

The Hartlepool Borough Council scheme – now in its sixth year – enables children under the age of 16 to swim free of charge during the school summer holidays.

It runs until Friday August 31st and so far this year a total of 6,296 children have either used the free buses which come as part of the scheme or made their own way to the town’s Mill House Leisure Centre.

Craig Mitchelson, Facilities Manager at the leisure centre, said: “Everyone is having a great time and enjoying themselves. The free buses have been absolutely packed.

“The slide and the diving boards have been in action and we have had some extremely positive feedback as a result.

“The scheme reflects the Council’s on-going commitment to promoting healthier lifestyles for local families and we’d like to thank everyone for their support.

“There’s still two weeks of the scheme left and it would be great if we could get close to last year’s figure of 10,000 free swims which set a new record. So, if you want to come down it would be great to see you.”

The scheme runs Monday-Friday, 10am-1.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Priority is given to children travelling on the free buses but children not on buses can access free swims until the last admission at 1.30pm.

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents can accompany children on the buses for free, but a charge for swimming applies.

More information, including bus pick up points and times, can be found at