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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Gym memberships


A gym membership will give you access to our gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes. Where you choose to exercise will determine which membership group you choose to sign up to.

Our leisure centres have reopened. Only gyms and swimming pools that were operating prior to the recent lockdown will be open, but we will be launching a virtual fitness class programme soon. Classes will be streamed live on our facebook page @DurhamThriveActive. We will be monitoring government guidance closely and will restart fitness classes in our leisure centres as soon as we are able to.

See our Leisure centres re-opening information page for more information.

How to join

Gym membership groups

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 four gym membership groups, plus our Young Lifestyles membership. The group membership you have determines which leisure centres you have unlimited access to (ie during opening and general swim times). See below

GroupLeisure centres
Group 1Freeman's Quay (Durham City), Newton Aycliffe, Shildon-Sunnydale, Spennymoor, Teesdale (Barnard Castle)
Group 2Shildon-Sunnydale, Teesdale
Group 3Abbey, Meadowfield, Chester-le-Street, Woodhouse Close, Riverside
Group 4Consett, The Louisa Centre (Stanley)
Group 5Wolsingham
Young Lifestyle membershipAll leisure centres - available for 11 - 15 year olds

Membership offer

We're offering new members the chance to join thrive active on a standard non contract membership at a discounted rate and with no joining fee. You can become a gym member, with access to our gym facilities, fitness classes and pools from only £26 per month, saving £10 a month and no £20 joining fee. 

Your discount will automatically be applied when you apply online.

Group 1 Leisure Membership

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

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

      Type of contractMonthly payment
      Standard 12 month Direct Debit contract£34.50
      Standard non contract (pay monthly)£44.50 plus a £20.00 joining fee
      *Current offer £34.50 - save £10 per month plus no joining fee!
      Standard annual paid in full£414.00
      Concession 12 month Direct Debit contract£22.50
      Concession Annual paid in full£270.00
      Corporate 12 month Direct Debit contract£28.50

      Membership includes:

      • Free 1:1 personal programme
      • Free sauna and steam where available
      • £1 swimming at Chester-le-Street leisure centre and Woodhouse Close leisure complex
      • Discounted group exercise classes at Abbey, Meadowfield and Chester-le-Street leisure centres, Woodhouse Close and Riverside leisure complexes

      Group 2 leisure membership

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

      • Shildon-Sunnydale
      • Teesdale (Barnard Castle)

      Type of contractMonthly 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 where available
      • £1 swimming at Freeman's Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe and Chester-le-Street leisure centres, and Woodhouse Close leisure complex
      • Discounted group exercise classes at Freeman's Quay, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Abbey, Meadowfield and Chester-le-Street leisure centres, Woodhouse Close and Riverside leisure complexes.

      Group 3 leisure membership

      Unlimited gym use during opening times, swimming - where available - during general 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)

       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

      Group 4 leisure membership

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

      • Consett
      • The Louisa Centre (Stanley)

       Monthly payment
      Standard 12 month Direct Debit contract£32.50
      Standard non contract (pay monthly)£42.50 plus £20.00 joining fee
      *Current offer £32.50 - save £10 per month plus no joining fee!
      Annual paid in full membership£390.00
      Concession 12 month Direct Debit contract£21.50
      Concession annual paid in full£258.00
      Corporate 12 month Direct Debit contract£27.00

      Membership includes:

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

      Group 5 leisure membership

      Unlimited gym use during opening times, and group exercise classes at the following leisure centre:

      • Wolsingham

       Monthly payment
      Annual paid in full membership£360.00
      Concession annual paid in full£264.00

      Membership includes:

      • Fitness classes

       Contract types

      When you've chosen your gym membership, there are two different contract types, and you may pay less because you come under a concession.

      12 month contract

      If you commit to a 12 month gym contract, you sign up to the membership for 12 months, with your membership payment taken out of your account each month for a year. Download the Icon for pdf Gym standard contract direct debit payment - terms and conditions (PDF, 61.6kb) .

      No contract (pay monthly)

      If you do not want to commit to a 12 month gym membership, you can now take advantage of our no-contract membership. Download the Icon for pdf Non contract membership - direct debit payment terms (PDF, 50.2kb) .

      This offers you the flexibility to use the gym facilities for as long or as little as you want. You can take out a non-contract membership from as little as one to 12 months with a cancellation period of 30 days' notice.

      Who can join?

      All memberships detailed are for age 16 years and above. 

      Concessions include:

      • Under 19 years
      • Over 60 years
      • Registered disabled
      • A carer
      • In receipt of some benefits, including Income Support

      Visit Leisure centre pricing guide for a full list of eligibility criteria. 

      Terms and conditions

      Full details of our terms and conditions can be found on our Leisure memberships - terms and conditions page. To cancel your membership, please contact your leisure centre.

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