CaptureChildren and parents are being encouraged to get active this half term with a week of activities and free leisure centre passes.

As part of a continued commitment to improving the lifestyles of families Durham County Council’s 10 leisure centres are offering a range of events to keep youngsters entertained, including swimming crash courses, from 15 to 19 February.

And to make sure mums and dads stay active too, parents who book their child a place will receive a seven day pass to use the leisure centre too.

The offer is available at Abbey, Chester-le-Street, Freeman’s Quay, Meadowfield, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon-Sunnydale, Spennymoor and Teesdale leisure centres, and the Riverside and Woodhouse Close leisure complexes.

Among the activities available, leisure centres with swimming pools will offer Aqualearn classes for children of all abilities, from babies to junior lifeguards.

While for youngsters aged four and over the children’s crash courses in swimming will offer five lessons – one per day during half term.

Age restrictions apply to some activities but they are available to all children across county Durham.

For more information about the activities on offer contact your local leisure centre or visit www.durham.gov.uk/youngactivities