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Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Activity 4 Seasons
If you want to learn to canoe or kayak, rock climb or coasteer get in contact with Activity 4 Seasons. If you want to develop your skills or indeed just want to enjoy the fantastic local area let them guide you.
Adventure Northumberland provides the widest choice of outdoor adventure activities in Northumberland both land and water based. Based in Alnwick, they are ideally placed between the stunning Northumberland coast.
Adventure Sunderland is Sunderlands’ activity centre overlooking Roker beach. The marine centre offers a wide range of watersport activities such as surfing and kayaking to both organised groups and individuals alike.
Based at Slaley Hall Hotel, Allout Adventures have use of over 1000 acres of countryside for the exhilarating outdoor activities. Activities include clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery, seaways, paintball and much more!
One of the largest and most iconic inhabited castles in England, Alnwick Castle has witnessed battles, rebellions, tragedy and romance, and has been home to a variety of interesting people – from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter.
Expect a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art, with a changing calendar of exhibitions and activities designed to give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice.
Beamish Museum is a world famous open air museum set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. The living and working museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s.
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Take in dramatic views and see the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Known as ‘Banna’ and garrisoned by Roman auxiliary soldiers, it has the best preserved defences of any major fort along the Wall.
Blue Reef Aquarium
At Blue Reef Aquarium you can enjoy close encounters with hundreds of incredible creatures from around the world. Come face to face with everything from adorable seals and otters to sharks, seahorses and stingrays!
Boards and Bikes
Boards and Bikes is a unique mobile adventure service, they bring the fun to you, delivering the bikes, wetsuits, boards and all of the equipment you need to have a good time. It is based in north Northumberland.
Bradley Gardens is a hidden gem situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley. Just 9 miles from the heart of Newcastle, this tranquil 18th century walled garden has now been brought back to its former glory and is continuing to flourish.
Cheeseburn supports creative projects and presents sculpture in the elegant grounds of Cheeseburn Grange.It provides a showcase for sculpture, design and art, where the public can encounter new and established work.
Chesters Roman Fort
Discover the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain at Chesters Roman Fort with a myriad of unique Roman finds on display, and the chance to learn about the man who saved the Wall from destruction.
Hop on and off Stagecoach’s open-top City Sightseeing buses in Newcastle and Gateshead. The Newcastle Gateshead sightseeing tour will show you all of the fantastic sights and sounds of this vibrant north east area.
Coquet Shorebase Trust
The Coquet Shorebase Trust utilise water based activities in their charitable activity and in the courses that they offer which include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, power boating and raft building.
Corbridge Roman Town
Not all the sites on Hadrian’s Wall were heavily-guarded fortresses, Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base. Today at the town you can still walk through the town’s streets and experience a time-capsule of Roman life.
Cragside House & Gardens
Cragside House & Gardens is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland, here you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and crammed full of ingenious gadgets.
Drive your dream car at Croft Circuit. With over 20 years experience and the latest supercars and single seat racing cars, a driving experience at Croft is a unique and memorable present for any petrol head.
Durham Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality. It forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features breathtaking Romanesque architecture. Guided tours and self-guided tour leaflets are available.
Why walk on your own, when you can walk with a guide on your visit to Northumberland, you’ll go further? Discover and see more and you’ll never get lost when you walk with Footsteps in Northumberland.
Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Bring the family to explore the architectural gem that is the chapel, spot wildlife and take part in outdoor adventure activities.
Go Ape! Matfen Hall
Located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen, swing through the trees and fly down the zip wires while lapping up some of the finest scenery in Northumberland at Go Ape!
Hadrian’s Wall Walks
Join Hadrian’s Wall Walks and you can walk along Hadrian’s Wall, one of the greatest feats of construction by one of the greatest empires of the world with a local guide to explain the hidden history!
Dating back to 674 AD, Hexham Abbey offers you a unique visitor experience. Your free entry includes open access to a host of treasures in the Abbey, plus the new interactive exhibition and visitor centre.
High House Farm Brewery
High House Farm Brewery is situated a stone’s throw away from Hadrian’s Wall in a grade II listed granary building. At the heart of the complex is a working microbrewery offering free exhibition and brewery tours.
Housesteads Roman Fort
Explore the most complete, visible example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, discover objects of Roman life in the museum and venture out along the Housesteads Trail to experience some of the most tranquil parts of the National Park.
Hylton Castle was built by Sir William Hylton in about 1400, the last Hylton died in 1746 and a century later it was bought by a local man, William Briggs. Today the castle is free for visitors and is open everyday.
KA Adventure Sports
Based in Beadnell, KA Adventure Sports is a recognised school in kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding and coasteering. The activities all taking place in the most superb locations along the Northumberland coastline.
Karting North East
With a highly experienced and dedicated team, Karting North East offer the UK’s leading Karting experience and much more, with paintball, rage rally, archery and tomahawks and off road 4×4 also available on site.
Killhope is a fully restored 19th century Victorian lead mining site where you can experience the life of the mining families of the Pennine dales. Visit the working waterwheel and underground then warm up in the café afterwards.
Life Science Centre
Visit the Life Science Centre for fun, educational days out for kids, families and adults. The centre offers a combination of hands-on and display exhibits which have been designed to bring out your inner scientist.
Mineral House Crowne Plaza
Based in the heart of the city within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, you can relax, unwind and feel rejuvenated in the black tiled 10-metre swimming pool, spa, steam room and gymnasium at Mineral House.
With Navigate Northumberland you will not just wander the hills walking aimlessly, you will have an experience that will make you want to come back. On some walks you may see Buzzards above your heads.
Newcastle City Parks
Newcastle is home to many parks. These high quality green spaces include traditional Victorian parks, countryside sites and nature reserves. Visitors can enjoy walks, wildlife, picnics, play areas, events and activities.
North East Falconry
All of the courses are private experiences and are available to pay on the day or there’s the option of presenting one of the North East Falconry experiences as gift voucher, which is great unique present for all.
North East Guides
If you’re visiting Northumberland and looking for adventure, North East Guides deliver outdoor activity packages in various locations around the area. A stock of waterproofs, rucksacks and much more are available.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive guided birdwatching, wildlife, dark skies and photography tours based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Borders and whale and dolphin watching.
Northern Secrets offers a private Newcastle city walking tours in English and German. Tours are conducted by a guide who is friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Highlights include Old Newcastle and the Quayside.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is the North East’s biggest and best fun park. With over 50 rides, attractions, amusement arcades, game stalls, a quasar arena and a range of food outlets, it makes a fun packed day out with the family!
Old Low Light
The Old Low Light is the north east’s latest heritage centre, exploring the story of North Shields’ maritime history and the courageous communities for whom the river and sea has been an essential lifeline.
Penshaw Monument is a 70 foot high folly is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. During the summer you can climb to the very top via the secret staircase to enjoy the views.
Pirate Escape is an exciting and immersive live escape room game. After entering one of the pirate themed worlds you and your pirate crew will have 60 minutes to solve challenges and puzzles to find the treasure and escape.
Saddle Skedaddle are passionate about pedalling and believe there is no better way to soak up a country, its culture, see its wildlife and its people, than by bike! Travel in small guided parties of around 6-15 people.
If your idea of a getaway is peace and quiet then Sandhaven Beach is perfect for you, with long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes, it’s perfect to enjoy a picnic, relax and watch the world go by.
Seven Stories celebrates children’s books. How books are made, where they come from and how we can all enjoy and share them. The centre is situated Victorian mill and offers beautiful views of the Ouseburn River.
With Shepherds Walks you will not just be taken on a walk or course, you will be entertained and informed about the countryside and landscapes you pass through. This makes for an extra special experience.
Souter Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in South Shields. Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be actually designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse of its day.
South Tynedale Railway
At South Tynedale Railway you can ride on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the beautiful South Tyne Valley. It’s a great family day out, pay once and ride all day!
St Nicholas Cathedral
St Nicholas Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Newcastle and the “mother church” for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle. The Cathedral is a historically significant building and a spiritual place of quiet serenity.
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Visit the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens discover the history of the city from its prehistoric past to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens showcases the world’s spectacular natural beauty.
The massive 23-metre Sunderland Wall offers over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering. The centre offers a range of courses for both adults and children, and cater for everything from birthday parties to corporate events.
The Tanfield Railway is the world’s oldest railway and is a wonderful day out for all the family whatever the weather. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as steam drifts past your vintage carriage.
The Alnwick Garden
Featuring Europe’s largest wooden treehouse, the poison garden and the bamboo labyrinth, as well as water features and stunning rose and ornamental gardens, The Alnwick Garden offers the alternative day out.
The Diving Centre
The Diving Centre is a PADI 5 star IDC centre who offer a range of courses from beginner up to instructor, they have some of the best training facilities in the country with an on-site heated swimming pool.
The Dunes guarantee fun for families of all ages, there’s something for everyone at this fantastic, indoor, entertainment centre. Activities include a gigantic indoor soft play area, a bowling alley and three restaurants.
The Sill is a showcase of local pride and passion. It features exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a local food cafe, a world-class youth hostel, a rural business hub, and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce.
Wet ’n’ Wild
There’s nothing quite like a Wet ‘n’ Wild day out! The North East’s largest waterpark boasts 10 exciting thrill rides as well as newly improved Discovery Island play area for under 5s. There is also a shop and cafe available.
Whitley Bay Snooker Centre
Whitley Bay Snooker Centre offers something for absolutely everyone. It’s the professional snooker and pool place to be! It’s the centre with 6 Riley Aristocrat tables, one 3/4 table and three world class star tables.
Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway
Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway is a heritage railway running a combination of modern and ex-mining stock. The railway operates a fleet of three locomotives and three coaches that visitor can ride.
With over 12 activities available, there is something to suit everyone, whether you’re a seasoned gymnast or visiting for the first time, you’ll definitely leave the dome at Extreme Bounce with a smile on your face.