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From Monday 12 June some of our leisure centre activity prices will increase. This is in line with our annual fees and charges report to harmonise pricing across our leisure centres. Please ask staff for more information. 

Transformation of Abbey Leisure Centre

Find out about our exciting Leisure Transformation plans for Abbey Leisure Centre.

Earlier in the year we asked for your views on some proposed changes to Abbey Leisure Centre and refurbishment works are now underway. 

Refurbishment works

We are carrying out significant improvement works to the leisure centre including a fun new adventure play zone featuring soft play, an interactive tag obstacle course area and trampolines. This exciting new facility will encourage young people to be more physically active and have fun. 

A new fitness suite will be created by bringing together the existing fitness spaces into one dedicated area. The new area will include cardiovascular and weights equipment as well as separate group exercise studios. This will help us to make the most of space across the venue, allow us to add new equipment and technology to improve the overall centre experience.

A new wellbeing suite will include a specialist range of power assisted equipment that provides users with a 'helping hand' to enable them to exercise and maintain movement for longer periods of time. This suite will  provide a unique exercise and rehabilitation solution perfect for people who are older, suffering from long term health conditions, recovering from injury or who are returning to exercise. 

Works will also include refurbishment of the changing rooms and sauna. We will also be introducing a new food and drink facility serving healthy food options. 

We are also carrying out some additional works on the roof which have been identified following surveys and investigations. The additional roof repairs are necessary to prevent further water damage due to leaks. 


The leisure centre is planned to reopen in Summer 2023. 


If you are a member at Abbey Leisure Centre you can use the facilities at Chester-le-Street Leisure CentreConsett Leisure CentreFreeman's Quay Leisure CentreMeadowfield Leisure CentrePeterlee Leisure CentreSeaham Leisure Centre and Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex for free. We have contacted individual members with specific arrangements, if you have any queries please speak to a member of the team on your next visit or email 

Exercise class timetable

During the closure period, we are able to offer a fitness class programme in alternative locations, including the community centre situated next door to Abbey Leisure Centre. 

Remember you will still need to Sign up for or book a leisure centre activity online in advance. 

Monday9.15am - 10.00amNewton Hall Community CentrePilates
Monday10.15am - 11.00amMeadowfield Leisure CentreFunctional Training
Monday6.00pm - 7.00pmNewton Hall Community CentreBody Balance
Monday6.15pm - 7.00pmMeadowfield Leisure CentreCyclenergy
Tuesday8.15am - 9.00amChester-le-Street Leisure CentreCyclenergy
Tuesday9.15am - 10.00am Newton Hall Community CentreBody Balance
Tuesday10.30am - 11.45amNewton Hall Community CentreYoga
Tuesday12.00 noon - 12.45pmNewton Hall Community CentreGentle Exercise
Wednesday9.00am - 09.45amNewton Hall Community CentrePilates
Wednesday6.00pm - 6.30pmNewton Hall Community CentreMetafit
Thursday9.00am - 9.45amChester-le-Street Leisure CentreGentle Exercise
Thursday9.00am - 9.45amNewton Hall Community CentreBody Balance
Thursday 6.15pm - 7.00pmNewton Hall Community CentrePilates
Friday8.15am - 9.00amChester-le-Street Leisure CentreCyclenergy
Friday10.15am - 11.30amChester-le-Street Leisure CentreYoga
Friday3.45pm - 4.30pmNewton Hall Community CentreGentle Exercise
Saturday9.30am - 10.15amMeadowfield Leisure CentreCyclenergy


February 2023 

March 2023