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beeZ Card

beez leisure card

The beeZ card is Blackburn with Darwen Borough Councilís leisure card. The card allows you to access leisure centres and leisure facilities across the borough, including activities as part of the re:fresh free leisure scheme.

beeZ cards are free to people who live, work, attend full time education or who have a GP within Blackburn or Darwen and give access to free re:fresh activities. However if you are attending paid casual activities you can obtain a 10% discount by purchasing an annual beeZ membership for £10.00 (adult/junior/oap).  Please note this membership is also available to non-residents.

Other benefits of this membership are:

  • Loyalty points for every paid activity attended
  • Ability to book classes/courts up to 7 days in advance
  • Discounts on tickets at Darwen Library Theatre and King Georgeís Hall, subject to availability.
  • 10% off the cost of food and hot drinks at Blakey's Cafe Bar (bar drinks not included).

How to apply

You can apply online for a beeZ card or you can pick up an application form from any council leisure centre or from Blackburn and Darwen town halls and libraries.  Completed application forms will need to be returned to a council leisure centre. If you qualify for a free beeZ card you will need to show proof of eligibility.

Click here to fill in an online application.  Please note that applications may take up to 10 working days to be processed.

Have you had a beeZ card, but canít find it?

All customers who are eligible for the re:fresh scheme are entitled to one free replacement beeZ card.  Any further replacement cards will have to be paid for, at a cost of £3.75.

If you don't qualify for re:fresh, there is a £3.75 replacement fee for lost cards. If your membership has expired, you will need to pay the price of an annual beeZ membership.

Concession Memberships

If you are a resident in Blackburn or Darwen and in receipt of any of the benefits listed below you will qualify for a concession membership. This membership entitles you to 30% off the price of paid activities at off-peak times (Mon-Fri: 8.30am-4.30pm and Sat & Sun: 9am-5pm). 



Proof required

30% Discount

Housing benefit
Council tax benefit
Income support
Job seekers allowance
Employment and Support Allowance
Pension Credit
Incapacity benefit
Disability Living Allowance

You will need to
provide the most
recent award letter you have
received for the
benefit(s) you are
in receipt of.

Disabled plus 1

Carers Allowance
letter or confirmation
letter from GP


To qualify for a concession membership as described above, you must provide the appropriate proof. Concession memberships last for one year, to renew your membership you will need to re-show your proof every year at any council leisure centre reception.

Over 75 Membership

Anyone aged 75 or over is entitled to a free beeZ card and an over 75 concession membership, including non-residents. The membership is free and allows access to leisure facilities for free at peak times (some restrictions may apply). To apply for this membership you will need to show proof of age at any council leisure centre; this can be a passport, driving license, birth certificate or a bus pass.

High Performance Athlete Membership

The high performance athlete membership is also free and entitles the holder to a free beeZ card and free use of all appropriate sports facilities available at council leisure centres, on a casual basis. To qualify a person needs to:

  • Be a member of a borough based club
  • Compete at Regional, National or International level
  • Be approaching international honours or considered by the sports governing body to be capable of attaining this level
  • Compete at Amateur Status.

Application forms are available from all council leisure centres, once completed they should be returned to:

The beeZ Team
Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall Street

A letter will be sent confirming whether the application has been successful or not.

Contact the beeZ Team

Telephone: (01254) 708080


Click here to complete an online enquiry form.

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