Getting out and about during a holiday is the best way to discover all the hidden gems and interesting places a new location holds. There are lots of things for families to do in Northumberland, from castle visits to days on the beach, but for those kids that have lots of energy it can be hard to find things that tire them out. This is where activity centres come in!
For the families out there with energetic kids, we have looked at the best outdoor activity centres in Northumberland for fun days out. Perfect for groups of friends too, and families of all ages, these activity companies welcome you in for hours of fun. Stay in our family-friendly cottages during your next break to Northumberland.
Go Ape, Morpeth
Go Ape at Matfen, Newcastle, is the first Go Ape centre to be built within the grounds of a stately country house, Matfen Hall. It is built on deciduous trees, 30ft-high in the treetops, so you will have fun flying through branches and swinging in the trees! You will be able to soak up all the glorious scenery here whilst trying your hand at some zip-lining and take on the tree-top challenge. It can get busy in the summer months, but there is nothing like the sound of laughter and adventure echoing around you whilst you build up the courage to take a leap! For those who don’t feel like being up high, there is a 27-hole golf course, a picnic area and a café where you can get some food or a hot coffee while the others play.
Website | Location: NE20 0RH | Cottages in Newcastle
The Bike Place, Kielder Forest
The Bike Place is a bike hire company set in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. There are hundreds of bikes on offer here for you and your friends/family to hire. Ranging from gravel bikes and hardtail bikes to the all-singing-all-dancing full suspension mountain bikes, there is something to suit every level of cycling. Exploring on two wheels is a lovely way to get to know new areas, and the sights of this national park are well worth experiencing from a bike. There is a huge network of trails throughout Kielder Forest including single tracks through the woodland and the easier Lakeside Way. Make the most of these Northumberland National Park activities and plan a day out today.
Website | Location: NE48 1BT | Kielder Forest cottages
Allout Adventures, Hexham
Quad biking, 4 X 4 off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, Segway adventure, archery - Allout Adventure has it all! If you are looking for a varied day out then this is a great place to bring your family with so many activities to try. Spend time and expend some energy by paintballing and quad biking or try your hand at some axe throwing and archery. After a day of fun, why not grab a takeaway or a pub meal to recharge the batteries and chat about your day?
Website | Location: NE47 0BX | Hexham cottages
Adventure Northumberland is an activity centre designed to get you into the wilderness to enjoy land and water-based activities! Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and coasteering are just a handful of the sports you can enjoy and be guided on by their helpful and enthusiastic members of staff. Explore the River Coquet by kayak or paddleboard and enjoy all the nature you will spot on the shores or try some cliff jumping and sea-level traversing to spend some exhilarating time on the ocean. This is a great place to come with friends and family to try new things together and have some fun!
Website | Location: NE66 2DE | Alnwick cottages
These activity centres provide great places for family and friends to get together and spend time trying new things. They provide entertainment for all levels in the one place, meaning families with kids of different ages will always have something to keep everyone entertained. Although there is plenty to get up to in the natural countryside, sometimes it is nice to mix it up and visit these establishments, designed to provide you with a fun-filled day out!
Stay in a family-friendly cottage in Northumberland
There are lots of other activities to try when staying in Northumberland. Being a county set on the coast, there are many beaches to visit and enjoy. If you are into surfing, check out our guide to the best surf spots in Northumberland. For those who like the peaceful sport of golf, we have listed some of the best golf courses in Northumberland to play on – get some of these on your bucket list. If you like cycling, we have looked out some great routes for Northumberland cycling too.
If you are looking to stay in Northumberland with your family, keep our family-friendly cottages in mind which offer the perfect base to return home to after days out adventuring. You will need a cosy home to come back to, somewhere you can take a hot shower and make a nice meal to feast on. Our self-catering cottages can do just that! Explore the collection today.
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