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Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre reopened on Wednesday 29 July - only the gym is available at this stage and you must pre-book your visit. If you'd normally use the fitness classes at this centre, you can attend fitness classes at other leisure centres (you must book in advance).

Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex


Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre reopened on Wednesday 29 July - only the gym is available at this stage and you must pre-book your visit.

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Our leisure centres have reopened. Gyms and fitness classes will be available at first and you must pre-book your visit. See Leisure centres re-opening information for full details.

Most of our swimming pools reopened on Monday 10 August but we are still looking at how we can safely restart swimming lessons. See Swimming pools re-opening information for full details.

Opening times

Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex is open every day except public holidays. You must book a session before you can attend.

Book a class or gym session

You can only return to your leisure centre if you login or register to book your class, gym or weights session online in advance (you can book up to seven days in advance). This includes Young Lifestyle member sessions. To see available sessions and classes, select 'Classes'.

You can also contact your leisure centre to book over the phone if you have a leisure membership only. See our Fitness classes page to view our timetables.

Non members

If you don't have a leisure membership, you can still book and pay for your sessions online but you must have a Thrive card. Login or register to book your class, gym or weights session online.

If you don't have a Thrive card, you can order this online free of charge, using the promotion code COMEBACK. Simply request your leisure centre membership online and select 'Leisure Card Adult' (normally £5). Once you've placed your order, you'll be given your membership number so you can register to book your session and we'll give you your card next time you visit the centre.

Lost cards (members and non members)

If you've lost your card, please email csleisuremanagement@durham.gov.uk. We'll order a replacement card for you, and also give you your membership number so that you can login or register to book your session.

Information about your session

Gym slots are one hour in length. This includes time taken to enter and leave the building, and we aim to give you a workout time of 50 minutes.

You can book up to two sessions in a day, either fitness classes, gym or weights sessions or a combination of these. At the end of each session, you must leave the leisure centre and re-enter, following our entry procedure.

As part of our interim Covid-19 fitness class programmes, you can book any class in any leisure centre regardless of what group your membership is in. We have changed the names and descriptions of some of our fitness classes - see our Fitness classes.

Cancel if you can't attend

Please remember to cancel your class or session if you're not able to attend. If possible give a minimum of 12 hours notice, so that someone else can book the place. Login to your account, as if you are going to book your class, gym or weights session online to cancel your session.

How to use the leisure centres safely

We have extra staff in our leisure centres to support you in following the new arrangements.

We have signs in place to help you move safely around the centre and have a strict cleaning regime in place along with extra hand sanitiser and cleaning stations.

Some of our gym equipment has been moved and safety screens put in place to help you socially distance, and we are limiting the numbers of people and movement during classes.

What you must know before you arrive

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, you must:

  • Pre-book your gym sessions and classes (you can book up to seven days in advance).
  • Arrive five minutes before your session start time - if you arrive late, you will have to re-book a later session.
  • Arrive wearing clothing sutable for your activity - changing rooms and showers are closed and only a small number of lockers are available on request.
  • Bring your own mats and blocks for fitness classes and belts and chalk for the gym as these are not provided. Where available you can buy mats in our centres for £10.
  • Bring your own drink - water fountains are not available.
  • Do not bring towels or bags to either the gym or any fitness class.

Please do not attend if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 - see what to do if you think you have Coronavirus, which includes common symptoms.

Only wear a face covering if you want to - it isn't recommended while exercising because it may reduce your ability to breathe properly while exercising.

How to enter the building

  • Follow social distancing signs that are displayed outside and inside our leisure centres.
  • You may need to queue outside until your session is due to start. 
  • Our staff will give you guidance on entering the building.
  • On entering, you must sanitise your hands, scan your card and check-in with our team. When you check-in, we'll confirm that we have your correct details, so that we can support NHS test and trace.

How to clean the equipment

There will be instructions around the leisure centre explaining how to clean your equipment and our staff will be there to advise you.

  • Clean before and after you use a piece of equipment (if you are attending a fitness class, your coach will tell you when to clean).
  • Use the paper towel and cleaning product at the cleaning stations provided.
  • Spray the paper towel with the cleaning product.
  • Make sure you clean all touch points such as screens, handles and pads, starting from the top of the equipment and finishing on the seat. 
  • Put your dirty paper towel straight into the bins provided.
  • Please wipe the floor if any cleaning product is spilt and tell a member of our team.

How to leave the building

  • You must leave the building before the end of your booking slot - please make sure you are ready to leave ten minutes before the end. We will work with you to help you leave on time.
  • If you are attending a fitness class, your coach will tell you when to leave the building.

Additional support

If you require extra support to access our leisure centres, or if you attend with a carer please contact your leisure centre to arrange.

How we are keeping our buildings safe

We are continually reviewing government guidance to make sure that we operate in a covid-19 secure way. We are working with the council's building and facilities maintenance team to ensure the correct safety measures are in place to make our venues as safe as possible. Weekly checks are carried out and any changes needed, to keep members safe or in response to any change in government guidelines, are made. In addition to our weekly checks our staff carry out hourly checks of the building to ensure we are compliant and operating in a covid-19 secure way.

Facilities 

  • air conditioned gym
  • weights room
  • 25 metre pool
  • small pool
  • training pool
  • swimming lessons
  • sauna and steam room (16 years and above)
  • studio (upstairs and no lift available)
  • male and female changing rooms (with hairdryers)
  • lockers - £1.00 refundable
  • disabled changing room (ground floor)
  • free water fountains
  • baby change
  • vending machines selling snacks and cold drinks
  • gym and swim items for sale from high street brand Zoggs
  • private physiotherapy 

Find us

Parking

There is a free car park available at the leisure centre.

Hire a room 

Host your meeting, sport or club activity in our meeting room or studio and we'll include room set-up for free. Please note that the studio is upstairs and there is no lift available. 

Children and young people

Gym membership for young people, parent and toddler swimming, holiday activities, floats and inflatables and general swimming - there's lots for your family to do.

Contact us
Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex
03000 261 322
Our address is:
  • Woodhouse Lane
  • Bishop Auckland
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL14 6JX
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