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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.

The Louisa Centre

The Louisa centre will reopen on Wednesday 2 December - only the gym and swimming pool will be available at this stage and you must pre-book your visit.


Our leisure centres will reopen on 2 December. Only the gyms and swimming pools will be open at first, but we will be launching a virtual fitness class program beginning Monday 30 November. 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.

Book a gym session

You can only return to your leisure centre if you login or register to book your gym or weights session online in advance (you can book up to seven days in advance). This includes Young Lifestyle member sessions.

You can also contact your leisure centre to book over the phone if you have a leisure membership only. 

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 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 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 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.

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 gym or weights session online to cancel your session.

How to use the leisure centres safely

See our Leisure centres re-opening information for information on how to use your leisure centre safely.

Join online - memberships

Sign up to a gym, swim or fitness class membership online visit Leisure centre memberships.

Courts hire and activities 

Contact us to book one of courts or activities. You can book for:

  • cricket nets
  • 5 a-side football
  • netball
  • badminton / short tennis
  • snooker

Children and young people 

Sports clubs, gym membership for young people and holiday activities - there's lots for your family to do! Visit The Louisa Centre for more information.

Children's parties

Choose from our range of fun party options including sports, fun & games, pool parties and soft play. Some parties even come with their very own Party Coach who will entertain and lead the children in 60 minutes of party fun. Visit The Louisa Centre for more information.


  • Double side (two 5 a side courts) sports hall
  • Large spectator gallery
  • 25 metre main swimming pool
  • Learner swimming pool
  • Swimming spectator gallery (300 capacity)
  • Practice hall
  • Aerobics studio
  • Large rehabilitation gym
  • Shooting/Archery range
  • Board room
  • Two meeting rooms 
  • Two children's soft play areas
  • Full day care nursery
  • Café facilities
  • Library
  • Customer Access Point
  • Changing Places facilities
  • Social Services/Pathways facilities
  • Snooker and pool
  • Kitchen/catering facilities
  • Water fountain
  • Male and female changing
  • Disabled access
  • Mixed swimming changing rooms
  • Lockers
  • Baby changing
  • Sports equipment for sale
  • Vending machines
  • Office space

Find us


There is a free town centre car park available near the leisure centre.

Contact us
Louisa Centre
03000 262 444
Our address is:
  • Front Street
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH9 0TE
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