Leisure centre is making waves

Families enjoy the swimming pool at Waves, Whitley Bay.
Families enjoy the swimming pool at Waves, Whitley Bay.

A popular leisure centre is celebrating after a record-breaking month.

Waves, in Whitley Bay, welcomed almost 11,000 more people in August compared the same time in 2013, taking visitors numbers up to 46,000 for last month alone.

Run by North Tyneside Council, the leisure centre provides gym, fitness, swimming and health spa facilities seven days a week.

And it also has a pirate ship, three slides, a wave machine, a soft play area and a café.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Promoting the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle is something that the council works really hard to do, so these figures are extremely encouraging.

“During a single day in August, Waves was welcoming 205 people per hour, compared to 125 per hour the year before, which is just phenomenal and demonstrates what a well-loved centre it is.

“With these figures and with the borough’s adults found to be the most active in the region, North Tyneside really is first for fitness.”

Encouraging more people to use the leisure facilities, the council is running a special offer until October 31.

Across all five North Tyneside leisure sites, those signing up to a Contours membership will receive the first month free, providing unlimited access to the gyms, 190 exercise classes, swimming pools and health spa facilities.