Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club

We are one of only 27 Real Tennis courts in the UK and 46 in the world. Built in 1894, the court is situated on Matthew Bank between Jesmond and South Gosforth and is only 2-3 miles north of the centre of Newcastle, close to Ilford Road metro. Most of the UK courts date from at least a century ago (1529-1911) but seven courts have been built since 1989 with the newest court, Wellington, built in 2016.

The building has been leased to the club by Newcastle Council and we have recently negotiated a 250 year lease with an option to take on the freehold.

Book a court

Why not book one of our courts to have a game of real tennis. Our online booking system allows you to quickly & easily book one of our courts.

Join our club

We are always on the lookout for new members and people who would like to try the game before making a decision about membership.

Fundraising

We have recently committed to substantial repairs to the building to ensure the future viability of the building and the club. Find out how you can help.

Learn more about real tennis

Real Tennis should not be confused with Lawn Tennis.  It is a different game altogether.

It is played indoors, the balls are hand made and solid like a cricket ball, the rackets are wooden with a very small sweet spot, you have to be athletic, dextrous, cerebral and super fit.  Play is continuous, there is no sitting down to get your breath back on changing ends, it could almost be considered an extreme sport.

Fancy a few free lessons?

If you would like to try Real Tennis we offer a series of three introductory lessons (no membership required) so you can find out if the game is for you.

Read about our club

Built in 1894, the court is situated on Matthew Bank between Jesmond and South Gosforth
and is only 2-3 miles north of the centre of Newcastle

20 years experience

Family run local business

Accredited & approved

We are proudly sponsored by