Northumberland Outdoor Play, Pursuits and Nature

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Amble Links Beach
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Amble Links Beach
There are two main beaches at Amble separated by a headland and rocks at Pan Point. The beach that many visitors will see is the small sandy beach between the pier and promenade. Known locally as the "Little Shore" it is well used but can have a lot of "flotsam" washed up by the tide after stormy weather and high tides....
Eshottheugh Animal Park - Morpeth
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Eshottheugh Animal Park - Morpeth
COME AND VISIT ESHOTTHEUGH ANIMAL PARK ON A FAMILY DAY OUT! Situated within 15 acres of the picturesque heart of Northumberland, you will find a wide range of animals from friendly Donkeys & Goats to more exotic species like Wallabies, Raccoons & Meerkats... We also have an outdoor play area for the kids with pedal tractors. NEW for...
Adventure Northumberland
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Adventure Northumberland
Adventure Northumberland provides a great choice of land and water based outdoor adventure activities for families and groups of all ages and sizes. We're ideally placed between the stunning Northumberland Coast an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Northumberland National Park. Try your hand at kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking...
Alnwick Castle
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Alnwick Castle
To many people, their first sight of this glorious medieval castle can seem foreboding, and certainly its history lacks nothing in drama and intrigue. Some of you may recognise us as a film location, for everything from Harry Potter to Elizabeth to Becket to Blackadder. Yet I am proud that today Alnwick Castle is very much a living castle, at the...
The Alnwick Garden
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The Alnwick Garden
The Garden has a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year, with music, performances, storytelling, workshops, exhibitions, classes, tours and much more. Every visit is different with something new to experience, and much of the programme is free for visitors.
Anglers Arms
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Anglers Arms
Dating back to the 18th century, the original coaching inn once provided refreshment and a place to rest for coaches heading to and from Scotland. The Anglers Arms has been a welcome sight for travellers for almost 300 years! Conveniently situated in the picturesque hamlet of Weldon Bridge which although only a convenient distance from the...
Woodhorn Grange
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Woodhorn Grange
PLAYZONE(Indoor Play Building) OPENING TIMES    From pub opening until approximately 9pm. PARTY PACKAGES    £4.95 & £5.95 per child. Please ring for further details. CHARGES    FREE (adult supervision is required).
Woodhorn Northumberland Museum and Archives
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Woodhorn Northumberland Museum and Archives
You’ll be surprised how much there is to see at Woodhorn. Allow yourself a couple of hours for a visit - more if there's a special event taking place. Open 5 days a week all year round and with a varied exhibitions and events programme, you will want to come back time and time again. It’s great for all ages and there’s always...
The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre
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The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre
Welcome to The Sanctuary Wildlfe Centre. The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre outside Morpeth is probably the largest wildlife rescue centre in the north-east of England. Currently home to over 150 animals, The Sanctuary cares for injured and abandoned British wildlife as well as many unwanted farm and pet animals. Our aims are to care for...

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Whitehouse Farm Centre
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Whitehouse Farm Centre
Whitehouse Farm is a 40 acre farm centre that has been entertaining and educating visitors since it opened it's doors in May 1997. The farm is a great place for families, school and group visits of all ages enabling visitors to see, handle and feed  a wide variety of animals from  traditional breeds to...
Golden Gate Boat Trips
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Golden Gate Boat Trips
Welcome to Seahouses, gateway to the beautiful Farne Islands. Discover the beautiful Farne Islands and tour the famous Longstone Lighthouse aboard The Golden Gate The Golden Gate is the only vessel licensed to land on Longstone Island See Grey Seals - Puffins - Shags
Farne Islands Boat Trips
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Farne Islands Boat Trips
The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent Castle of Bamburgh. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. Inner Farne (Tour 1) Duration: 2½ hours Adult...
Seaton Delaval Hall - Whitley Bay
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Seaton Delaval Hall - Whitley Bay
Seaton Delaval Hall is an English baroque house, built between 1718 and 1728 for Admiral George Delaval.  The house is regarded as the finest example of design by Sir John Vanbrugh; who also built Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.  Of particular note are the Coach House with a collection of interesting vehicles and a restored Ice House....
St Marys Lighthouse - Whitley Bay
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St Marys Lighthouse - Whitley Bay
Reached between the tides via a short causeway from the car park, St. Mary's has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island. Visitors can climb the 137 steps inside the tower to the lantern room to enjoy spectacular views along the North East coast of England. If you cannot manage the steps, a live video facility...
Whitley Bay South Beach
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Whitley Bay South Beach
St Mary's Island, Lighthouse and Visitor Centre is close to the town. Cross the short tidal causeway,  climb the 137 steps inside the tower and experience spectacular coastal views.   Live video facilities allow visitors to experience these panoramic views, but at the comfort of ground level.   Also available are various...
Belsay Hall - Castle and Gardens
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Belsay Hall - Castle and Gardens
With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in north-east England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower. Then it’s on to Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired...
GO APE Matfen - Tyne and Wear
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GO APE Matfen - Tyne and Wear
If you like the idea of an amazing high wire forest tree top course then Go Ape could be just your thing. We have Tarzan swings, rope bridges, ladders, tunnels and zip lines suspended up to 40 feet high in the tree tops. Go Ape is an award-winning confidence course with branches throughout the UK.  The Go Ape course will appeal to a...
Bamburgh Beach
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Bamburgh Beach
Bamburgh beach stretches from Harkness Rocks, north of the village, down towards Seahouses. The beach is dominated by the famous castle, while a short distance out to sea are views of the Farne Islands. The beach is busy all year round and used by walkers and kite flyers as well as children with buckets and spades. Photographers visit very...
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park - Alnwick
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Chillingham Wild Cattle Park - Alnwick
The Chillingham cattle are said to be the only survivors of the wild herds which once roamed freely through the forests of Great Britain. Today they live in a beautiful enclosed 365 acre parkland at Chillingham in Northumberland which has been their home since the 13th century. In  December 2010 the herd numbers 93 animals. Chillingham...
Cragside
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Cragside
Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and estate – the wonder of its age 'The palace of a modern magician', inventor Lord Armstrong Victorian England's most technologically-advanced mansion Possibly the largest rock garden in Europe and a tricky rhododendron maze One of the red squirrel's last strongholds Fantastic...
Heddon-on-the-Wall - Hadrian's Wall
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Heddon-on-the-Wall - Hadrian's Wall
A consolidated stretch of Wall, up to two metres thick in places. It was probably completed in AD 122 or 123. Read more about the history of Heddon-on-the-Wall. Before You Go Parking: There is no dedicated car park but it is possible to park in streets nearby. Plan a Great Day Out This stretch of Hadrian's Wall is just over 10 miles away...
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
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Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out.
Longsands Beach - Tynemouth
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Longsands Beach - Tynemouth
Golden sandy beach with rocks, dunes and cliffs. 10 minute walk from Cullercoats Metro station (north) and Tynemouth Metro station (south). Accessible at the north and south by access road and steps from the seafront. Blue Flag award. Dogs banned from 1st May to 30th September on Tynemouth Longsands south from Beach Road to the former outdoor...
The Fenton Centre
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The Fenton Centre
The Fenton Centre is a unique visitor experience located in the heart of the north Northumberland countryside. Opened in 2005, the centre provides an educational and recreational resource to allow exploration of the cultural heritage and natural diversity of life in the countryside - from times past, present and the implications for the future....
River Escapes - North Shields
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River Escapes - North Shields
Escape the everyday and do something different; be it for business or pleasure. A River Escapes cruise is perfect for any occasion - a sightseeing trip, a corporate event, an exclusive celebration or an upbeat evening party.
Urban Wave
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Urban Wave
The Urban Wave is a new all year round sports activity that can simulate popular boarding such as surfing, wake-boarding, body-boarding and snow-boarding without getting wet! This is the only surf simulator of its type in the UK which uses a full rotating platform of soft brushes which gives the rider the ability to carve simple or difficult...
Newburn Activity Centre - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Newburn Activity Centre - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newburn Activity Centre is found fifteen minutes away from Newcastle City centre on the banks of the River Tyne in the beautiful Tyne Valley. At Newburn we offer a wide variety of indoor & outdoor activities that will appeal to novices and experts, children and adults, individuals, groups, families or schools. Our indoor facilities boast a...
Saltwell Park - Gateshead
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Saltwell Park - Gateshead
Nestling in the heart of Gateshead’s urban centre is Saltwell Park, one of the borough’s hidden gems. Step through the gates and enter a different world. This enchanting park has cast its spell on visitors since 1876, and is still captivating visitors today. The park has over two million visitors each year. 
Tanfield Railway - Gateshead
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Tanfield Railway - Gateshead
Less than half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham,steam trains run every Sunday and Bank Holiday on a picturesque six mile round trip from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield near Stanley.A great day out for families and history fans alike,Europe's oldest working engine shed and the world's...
Gibside - Gateshead
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Gibside - Gateshead
Stunning 18th-century landscape park and nature reserve A taste of the country on the edge of the city… Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces while exploring our elegant buildings and ruins. Gibside is a Georgian 'grand design' on a spectacular scale; the vision of coal baron George...
Roker Park
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Roker Park
Roker Park by the coast is home to many leisure features such as children's railway, play area and model boating lake. Roker Park right next to the coast has almost seven hectares of leisure features including: Floral displays Model boating lake Water features Model railway Bowling greens Tennis courts Basketball court Kick about area ...
Highland Cattle Centre
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Highland Cattle Centre
At the Highland Cattle Centre, there's so much for families, individuals, birthday parties to see, touch, and do!  Experience the magic of our fold (herd) of award winning, friendly Highland Cattle as well as the livestock and whole host of animals who live on our thriving working farm. Enjoy our comb a coo walk meet our...
Planetrees Roman Wall - Hadrian's Wall
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Planetrees Roman Wall - Hadrian's Wall
Not far east of Chesters Roman Fort in Northumberland is a 15 metre-long stretch of Hadrian's Wall at Planetrees. This length of wall is important for what it reveals about a change of plan that took place during the construction of the Wall, when its width was narrowed from 10 to 8 Roman feet - probably to speed up building. At Planetrees,...
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall
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Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall
 Come and see what life was like at one the Roman Empire's most northern outposts. Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain - wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters. Discover an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in our museum, these were...
Sunderland Wall
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Sunderland Wall
Sunderland Wall is the number one climbing wall in Sunderland, and is one of the largest indoor climbing centres in the UK with a range of climbs suitable for new and experienced climbers, a massive 23 metre wall as well as offering over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering. We offer a range of courses for both adults and children, and cater for...
WWT Washington Wetland Centre
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WWT Washington Wetland Centre
Set in 45 hectares of stunning wetland and woodland on the River Wear, Washington Wetland Centre is one of the North East's biggest conservation success stories. So much to see and do Our vibrant and fascinating wetlands area is home to exotic birds, amazing insects and beautiful wild scenery.  Don’t miss: Our...
BeamishWild High Ropes - Durham
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BeamishWild High Ropes - Durham
Welcome to the home of adventure in the North East! Set in the Treetops of our ancient woodland, our High Ropes Course is 2 hours of non-stop fun and challenges guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. We’ve packed your fun day out in the treetops with 4 zip-wires, rope bridges, swinging tires and you will be finishing off with the...
Laser Battlefield - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Laser Battlefield - Newcastle Upon Tyne
If you've played Call of Duty on XBOX or Playstation, or just want to know what it feels like to be a member of a special ops team....its time to test your skills for real at Laser Battlefield. Our laser weapons are used by the Royal Marine Commandos in training exercises, we're talking some serious technology. Missions can be played either...
Riverside Park
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Riverside Park
Created in the 1930s, Riverside Park has always been popular with visitors. It was redeveloped in the 1990s and now includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, play area and a park centre with cafe and toilets. Riverside Park has been designed to meet the needs of a range of visitors. The play area and splash pad are lively,...
Down at the Farm - Houghtone Le Spring
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Down at the Farm - Houghtone Le Spring
We are a childrens animal farm which specialises in hands on activities and have just been granted zoo status.We have lots of activities for all ages and are open 10am-5pm weekends and school holidays throughout the year. We have a wide range of animals from reptiles to reindeer, raccons to traditional farm animals. We also offer...
Heatherslaw Light Railway
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Heatherslaw Light Railway
Lady Augusta was built under contract with the workshops at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and entered service in 1989. Although she is quite small she has successfully pulled up to 100 passengers a trip for 21 years.  She will continue to haul regular services but the introduction of our new locomotive ”Bunty” has...
Hall Hill Farm - Durham
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Hall Hill Farm - Durham
Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is a mixed farm of 290 hectares.  There are lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you.   Bottle feed the lambs, fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, the magnificent Highland Cattle and the children's favourite, rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle and stroke. Hall...
Mini Moos Farm - Edmondsley
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Mini Moos Farm - Edmondsley
mini moos farm is a unique experience for all the family. Come and meet our miniature animals. massive indoor and outdoor play areas. 50,000 square feet of indoor play area means that even if it rains, the fun doesn’t stop. With live animal shows throughout the day, you’ll find plenty to do until the rain goes. There’s lots to...
Broom House Farm and Forest
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Broom House Farm and Forest
We will be open again in Spring 2016 - see you then!  Any enquiries please ring 01913718382!  Broom House offers Durham's most exciting action packed fun family day out. Follow the nature trails, attempt the woodland challenges...climb the towers, whizz down the slide, fly along the zip wire and dare to enter the tunnels. The Broom...

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Allensford Country Park
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Allensford Country Park
Picnic park in sheltered riverside setting, children's play park and shop. Parking, toilets, caravan park adjacent to picnic area and nature trail in Deneburn Wood  Beautiful riverside woodland walks and magnificent views of the Derwent Valley, only minutes away from the North Pennines. Admission: Free!   Opening Times:  ...
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall
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Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall
 Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire. Wander the barrack blocks and the hospital. Peer into the oldest toilets you'll ever see, and admire the stunning panoramic views from this ancient fortress. Our interactive museum showcases objects once...
Adventure Valley - Brasside - Durham
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Adventure Valley - Brasside - Durham
Adventure Valley is open for visitors for 362 days of the year and you’ll discover seven action packed play zones bringing you the very best in family adventure, animal fun and indoor play. Outside explore Action Creek and Runaway Ranch. What will you do first? Bounce high on the jumping pillows, race friends on the go karts, whoosh down...
Crook Hall and Gardens - Durham
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Crook Hall and Gardens - Durham
The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idylic English theme gardens. Soak up the atmosphere over a home-made cream tea in the pretty courtyard or in front of a log fire in...
Prince Bishop River Cruiser - Durham
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Prince Bishop River Cruiser - Durham
The Prince Bishop operates one hour sightseeing cruises from Easter to October including Bank Holidays. The cruise takes in many of the Cities sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear. Taking approx one hour the boat casts off from our jetty beneath the Prince Bishops shopping centre and takes a course upstream. After taking in views...
Durham Botanic Garden
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Durham Botanic Garden
Our 10 hectare university botanic garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City. We provide an academic resource to the university for teaching and research as well as offering educational visits to schools. Visitors are very welcome to enjoy our garden and its living collections. Our visitor centre...
Houghall Gardens World of Trees
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Houghall Gardens World of Trees
The World of Trees has one of the best collections of trees in the north of England. Apart from a few trees that were planted either side of the main drive, soon after the College was opened in 1938, Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ and one or two commemorative trees, such as the Coronation Oak, Quercus Robur, planted in 1953 by the...
Vindolanda Chesterholm Museum
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Vindolanda Chesterholm Museum
Welcome to the North East’s best day out on Hadrian’s Wall. The Vindolanda Charitable Trust bring you two exciting and unmissable tourist attractions dramatically exploring Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Come and enjoy the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, live archaeology in summertime, the exclusive Eagle...
Jedforest Deer & Farm Park
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Jedforest Deer & Farm Park
The Great Value Family Day Out near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Nestling in the Jed Valley with views over the Cheviot Hills, Jedforest Deer & Farm Park is set in the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders. With hills, streams and woods to explore, animals of all shapes and sizes to discover, and places to play, relax and refuel,...
Horden Welfare Park
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Horden Welfare Park
Kids the park  that features toddler and junior sets of play areas; football, rugby and cricket fields; bowling greens; bandstand; statue; multi sports pitch and the charming Vintage Tearoom. Some of the sports facilities need to be booked ahead if you wish to use them but some are open generally for public access especially during the...
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast
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Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast
The coastline between Seaham and Blackhall is accessible at a number of points, notably at Seaham in the north, Easington, Peterlee and Blackhall Rocks in the south. There is an extensive cycle network and 20km of coastal footpath. Blackhall Rocks, south of Peterlee is a Durham Wildlife Trust reserve from where access to the beach and cliffs can...
Cawfields Roman Wall - Hadrian's Wall
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Cawfields Roman Wall - Hadrian's Wall
At Cawfields is a dramatic stretch of Hadrian's Wall on a steep slope, one of the highest standing sections of the Wall. Within its length there are turrets and an impressive milecastle, which was probably built by the Second Legion. Before You Go Access: There is a short steep climb to the site from the car park. Parking: Cawfields is one...
Hamsterley Forest
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Hamsterley Forest
2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to activities. With...
Whitworth Hall - Spennymoor - Durham
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Whitworth Hall - Spennymoor - Durham
Recently refurbished, the Lakeside restaurant offers a fantastic menu at excellent prices and the children can play in the indoor or outdoor play area. In the summer months you can dine on our patio at the lakeside and watch the deer and the ducks at play. The park abounds with wild life with squirrels, wild geese, swans and even the odd heron.
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium
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Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium
Creating a Borough that is more confident, more vibrant and more successful than ever before Admission: Planetarium and Observatory Adult from £5 Concession (child, student, retiree) from £3 Family (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) from £13    Opening Times: Park accessible 9am to...
Hardwick Park
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Hardwick Park
Hardwick Park is a country park with a difference, a Visit England accredited attraction, and a great place to visit at any time of the year. Admission: Car parking: up to two hours £2.00, all day £3.00.    Opening Times:  Park gates: 7am to 8pm.  Cafe: 10am to 4pm. Visitor Centre exhibition:...
Summerhill
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Summerhill
Summerhill is a unique Country Park. Set on the western edge of Hartlepool it is both a Local Nature Reserve and an Out-door Activity Centre. You can enjoy most of the facilities on site free of charge with no need to pre-book. You do have to pre-book on our activities or when you want to hire our rooms or facilities. Contact the Visitor Centre...
Robin Wood Activity Centre Ltd
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Robin Wood Activity Centre Ltd
Welcome to Robinwood for adventure holidays, school activity holidays & outdoor jobs uk     Archery     Canoeing     Caving     Climbing and Abseiling     Low Ropes Course     Stream Walk     Night Line     Obstacle...
South Tynedale Railway
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South Tynedale Railway
The South Tynedale Railway operates steam and diesel hauled passenger trains along a two foot narrow gauge line which travels through the scenic South Tyne Valley between Alston in Cumbria and Kirkhaugh in Northumberland, a journey of 2¼ miles in length.
Here you will find a comprehensive list of outdoor pursuits and anything related to the great outdoors in Northumberland, catering for you, your child, and your family.
This could include hiking, climbing, camping, canoeing, pot holing, mountain biking and other out activities, or simply a stroll around the countryside or in a nearby park.
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