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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Woodhouse Close gym

Whatever your level of fitness, or your goals, in our gym you can exercise in a way that best suits you. Our gym staff will help you develop a training programme and, with ongoing support, we'll help you achieve your goals.


We are encouraging and recommending you continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in our leisure centres, to protect our staff and each other.

Gym opening hours

  • Monday 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Thursday 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Friday 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Sunday 8.30am to 3.30pm

Book a gym session

Please check how busy gyms are before you set off. You do not need to book gym sessions in advance. 

You will need to book online for fitness classes and lane swimming.


Remember to bring your thrive membership card with you so that you can swipe to enter the gym and  before you set off for your session. 

Non members

If you don't have a leisure membership, you can still attend the leisure centre and pay for your session when you arrive. Please  before you set off for your session. 

Lost cards (members and non members)

If you've lost your card, please ask reception for a replacement when you visit the centre.  

Information about your session

You can stay as long as you like for your gym session and we ask that you are considerate during busy periods. 

Our staff in the gym will assist you and monitor gym areas. This may mean that some areas within the gym may become full and you may need to wait before you can access certain areas. 

You no longer need to book in advance for weights sessions.  

Our changing and shower facilities are now open. 

How to use the leisure centres safely

To help keep you and our staff safe we have updated guidance for our leisure centres. 

We have signs in place to help you move safely around the centre and have a regular cleaning regime in place along with extra hand sanitiser and cleaning stations. We recommend that you continue to wear a face covering whilst moving around the leisure centre. 

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.


If you are attending the gym please  before you set off. You no longer need to book in advance for weight rooms. 

Our changing and shower facilities are now open. 


If you are attending a lane swimming session you will continue to  in advance of your session.

If you are attending a general swim or a fun, inflatable or wave slide and splash session you can just turn up for your sessions, places will be allocated on a first come and first served basis. 

Our changing cubicles, showers and vanity areas are now open. 

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.

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.


Our leisure centres have now reopened and we have contacted members to let them know their membership options.

If you are interested in becoming a member, see our  page for more information or contact one of our centres to arrange an induction.

Young lifestyle memberships

Young lifestyle members can now book any session in the gym, this now does not have to be a specific young lifestyle session.

Functional training suite

 Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow you to perform your regular, daily life activities more easily and without injury. It targets your core muscles of the abdomen and lower back.

Join today

Take out a gym membership and enjoy unlimited gym use during opening times, public swimming sessions and group exercise classes. Sign-up for a gym or swim membership online - the quickest and easiest way to join.

Membership prices

 Monthly payment
Standard 12 month Direct Debit contract£26.00
Standard non contract (pay monthly)£36.00 plus £20.00 joining fee
*Current offer £26.00 - save £10 per month plus no joining fee!
Annual paid in full£312.00
Concession 12 month Direct Debit contract£17.00
Concession annual paid in full£204.00
Corporate 12 month Direct Debit contract£21.50

Membership includes:

  • Free 1:1 personal programme
  • Free sauna and steam where available
  • £1 swimming Freeman's Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe and Teesdale leisure centres
  • Discounted group exercise classes at Freeman's Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon- Sunnydale and Teesdale leisure centres

With this membership, you'll have the same access to Abbey, Chester-le-Street, Meadowfield and Riverside leisure centres. See our Leisure memberships - terms and conditions for more information.

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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