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Leisure memberships - terms and conditions


We offer different memberships across our gyms and pools - see below our terms and conditions.

There are different terms and conditions, depending on your membership type (gym, swimming, Young Lifestyle, Student) and contract (whether you sign up for a 12 month contract, or pay monthly (no contract). 

Gym memberships

Our gym memberships give you access to up to five gyms (depending on your membership), free swimming and a wide range of Group Exercise fitness classes. 

We have three gym membership groups. The group membership you have determines which leisure centres you have unlimited access to (ie during opening and public swim times). These groups are:

  • Group 1 (Freeman's Quay (Durham City), Newton Aycliffe, Shildon-Sunnydale, Spennymoor, Teesdale (Barnard Castle))
  • Group 2 (Shildon-Sunnydale, Teesdale)
  • Group 3 (Abbey, Meadowfield, Chester-le-Street, Woodhouse Close, Riverside)

Each membership also includes:

  • Free 1:1 personal programme
  • Free sauna and steam where available
  • £1 swimming at leisure centres not included in your group
  • Discounted group exercise classes at leisure centres not included in your group

Group 1 Leisure Membership

Unlimited gym use during opening times, swimming - where available - during public swimming times and group exercise classes at the following leisure centres:

  • Freeman's Quay (Durham City)
  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Shildon-Sunnydale
  • Spennymoor
  • Teesdale (Barnard Castle)

Group 1 Terms and Conditions

Before you sign up to our Group 1 leisure membership, please download and read the following terms and conditions.

Group 2 leisure membership

Unlimited gym use during opening times, swimming - where available- during public swimming times and group exercise classes at the following leisure centres:

  • Shildon-Sunnydale
  • Teesdale (Barnard Castle)

Group 2 Terms and Conditions

Before you sign up to our Group 2 leisure membership, please download and read the following terms and conditions.

Group 3 leisure membership

Unlimited gym use during opening times, swimming - where available - during public swimming times and group exercise classes at the following leisure centres:

  • Abbey (Durham)
  • Chester le Street
  • Meadowfield
  • Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex (Bishop Auckland)
  • Riverside Leisure Complex (Chester le Street)

Group 3 Terms and Conditions

Before you sign up to our Group 2 leisure membership, please download and read the following terms and conditions.

Swimming membership

A swimming membership gives you unlimited swimming (during public swimming times) at any of our pools at Freemans Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Teesdale, Chester-le-Street leisure centres and Woodhouse Close leisure complex.

Swimming membership Terms and Conditions

Before you sign up to our Swimming membership, please download and read the following terms and conditions.

Young Lifestyle membership

If you're between 11 and 15 years old, our Young Lifestyle gym membership will give you access to the gym and some group fitness classes* at one of our leisure centres (you choose) and swimming across our six pools.

Choose your leisure centre for gym and group fitness classes

When you sign up to a Young Lifestyle membership, you choose one leisure centre that you want to use for gym and group fitness classes*. You can choose from Freemans Quay, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon- Sunnydale, Spennymoor, Teesdale (Barnard Castle), Abbey (Durham), Chester le Street and Meadowfield leisure centres, Woodhouse Close (Bishop Auckland) and Riverside (Chester le Street) leisure complexes.

* Some group fitness classes have an age limit, check with your leisure centre for confirmation.

Swimming pool access

Membership includes unlimited swimming (during public swimming times) at Freemans Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Teesdale, Chester-le-Street leisure centres and Woodhouse Close leisure complex.

This membership does not allow use of sauna and steam room facilities at our pools.

Young Lifestyle Terms and Conditions

Before you sign up to our Young Lifestyle membership, please download and read the following terms and conditions.

Introduce a friend

When you recommend a friend to sign up to a 12 month contract you will get an extra month added to your membership free of charge. Download our Icon for pdf Introduce a friend Terms and Condition (PDF, 170.9kb) .

Thrive card

You can use our Culture and sport card (Thrive) card to gain access to exclusive discounts at our leisure centres.

Read our  Icon for pdf Thrive leisure card terms and conditions (PDF, 60.1kb)  and  Icon for pdf Thrive pass terms and conditions (PDF, 61.2kb) .

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