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The Prime Minister has announced a delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
See Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (14 June 2021) for details.

Woodhouse Close gym

Woodhouse Close gym is now open in accordance with Covid 19 guidance.

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. 


Our leisure centres are now open, in accordance with Covid-19 measures. Our current programme includes gym, swim and classes only. If you are attending the gym check how busy gyms are before you set off. If you are planning to swim or take part in a class you need to book online up to seven days in advance. 

For on-demand classes, daily workouts, challenges and run programmes download our Wellness app. Alternatively, see our information on how to keep active during lockdown.

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 outdoor fitness classes, swimming and some weights.


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 email and we'll order a replacement card for you. 

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 to ensure social distancing is maintained. This may mean that some areas within the gym may become full and you may need to wait before you can access certain areas. 

If you are attending for weights at Abbey, Chester-le-Street, Meadowfield and Spennymoor Leisure Centres please book online in advance of your visit. Weights areas in our other leisure centres are part of the gym and you are not required to book in advance. However, there may be a wait during busy periods. 

Cancel if you can't attend your weights session

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 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 outdoor class and swim sessions. If you are visiting the gym please  before your visit. 
  • Arrive five minutes before your session start time - if you arrive late, you will have to re-book a later session.
  • Arrive wearing clothing suitable for your activity - changing rooms and showers are closed and only a small number of lockers are available on request.
  • Bring your own belts and chalk for the gym as these are not provided.
  • Bring your own drink - water fountains are not available.
  • Do not bring towels or bags to either the gym or any fitness class.
  • Wear your mask in the centres and whilst moving around the gym. 

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.

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.
  • 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.

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

Our new functional training suite at Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex is now open. If you're a gym member, please come along and try out our new functional training suite - we'll be on hand to discuss the benefits of functional training with demonstrations of the equipment. 

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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