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PaddlePod Newcastle

Situated on the outskirts of Gosforth, and just a stone's throw from Great Park, Cramlington, and Killingworth, PaddlePod Newcastle is our largest facility - and it's also our head office. Whether you're visiting for a swimming lesson, or to enjoy our soft play, you'll always receive the warmest welcome here.

Silverbirch Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 5AB

A group of happy young children share a pizza and some drinks together

Facilities

25m swimming pool

Modern changing facilities

Comfortable viewing area

Vibrant cafe, serving a range of food and drinks

A fun and exciting soft play for children aged 0-5 years old

Spacious activity room, offering a range of children's classes

Free on-site parking

A young boy uses a yellow woggle to learn to swim with his mum

Swim @ PaddlePod Newcastle

At PaddlePod Newcastle, you'll find swimming lessons for babies, all the way up to adults. With over 450 lessons every week, there's something to suit everyone!

Play @ PaddlePod Newcastle

We believe that a trip to the soft play should be as enjoyable for grown-ups as it is for the kids. That's why we give you a free hot drink from our cafe whenever you bring the kids to play!

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Where are we?

Frequently asked questions

Got a question? You’ll find some of our more frequently asked questions below. If, though, we’ve missed anything, or if you want to know anything else about PaddlePod Newcastle, get in touch with us at [email protected].

Can you give me directions to PaddlePod Newcastle?

From the A1:

Take exit 79 (signposted Wideopen, Killingworth, Great Park, Gosforth). At the roundabout, take the exit onto Rotary Way (signposted Gosforth Park, Wideopen, Killingworth). Stay in the left lane, and take the second exit at the next roundabout (signposted Wideopen, Killingworth). Stay right onto the A1056 (Sandy Lane). Take the third exit at the roundabout (signposted Camperdown, Burradon, Killingworth). At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Station Road. Then, turn left at the mini roundabout onto Mylord Crescent. Take the first left onto Silverbirch Drive. PaddlePod Newcastle is the is on the right-hand side, towards the end of the road.

From the A19:

Leave the A19 at the junction for Killingworth, Seghill. Turn onto Killingworth Way, and follow the signs towards Killingworth. At the roundabout, take the second exit (signposted Wideopen, Burradon, Gosforth Park) onto the A1056. Take the third exit at the next roundabout (signposted Camperdown, Burradon, Killingworth). At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Station Road. Then, turn left at the mini roundabout onto Mylord Crescent. Take the first left onto Silverbirch Drive. PaddlePod Newcastle is the is on the right-hand side, towards the end of the road.

What are your opening hours

We are open seven days a week, and have over 450 swimming lessons for you to pick from. In addition, we also have a range of other classes - for children and adults - running from our activity room.

Our cafe and play area are open to the general public Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm; outside of these times, PaddlePod Newcastle is open to families attending our swimming or other classes only.

Is the swimming pool open to the general public?

During term-time, PaddlePod Newcastle is used to deliver Nemo Swimming and SwimNE swimming lessons; it is not currently available for public drop-in swimming sessions, but you can book in at any time to join lessons here.

Remember that our cafe and play areas are open to everyone - so feel free to pop in and use them whenever you want (Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm)

How can I book swimming lessons at PaddlePod @ Newcastle?

If you’re looking for baby, toddler or pre-school swimming lessons (suitable for children aged 0-4 years old), please contact Nemo Swimming at [email protected]. If you’re looking for swimming lessons for school-age children, or for adults, please contact SwimNE at [email protected]. Both clubs can also be contacted on 0191 281 7678.

More information on our swimming lessons can be found here.

Do I need to be a member to visit the cafe or play area?

The cafe and play areas are open to everyone Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm; outside of these times, these areas are open only to families attending swimming or other classes at PaddlePod.  

Is the activity room available to hire?

It sure is! If you’re a children’s activity provider, and looking for a modern, spacious venue to run your classes from, then we would love to hear from you. To arrange a look around, or for more information, please contact [email protected].