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Adrenaline junkies, listen up: Here are the North East outdoor activities that’ll bring out your sense of adventure

From swinging from the treetops to riding some waves, here are the activities that’ll give you a weekend to remember

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 27.08.2021


Ok, so the weather may not be so hot as to tempt us to a dip in the ice-cold North Sea, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not the perfect adventure playground.

It’s time to put your balance to the test with a stand up paddleboard lesson from CBK Adventures. Designed for beginners, it’s time to put on that wet suit, hop on the board and explore the coast like we never have before – we can guarantee you’ll have some laughs. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Catch up with Tynemouth Surf Co. who’ll have you riding the waves in no time ­– bringing out your inner surf babe. Make sure to take pics for the ‘gram!

Wanting to try something daring that few others have? KA Adventure Sports offer kitesurfing lessons along the beautiful Northumberland beaches of Beadnell Bay, Bamburgh and Budle Bay that’ll be sure to get your heart racing.

Or, if you’d prefer an activity less extreme which gives you a chance to enjoy the beautiful Northumberland scenery, Coquet Shorebase Trust hosts Coquet Estuary Canoe and Kayak Tours. See Warkworth Castle from a river’s view and experience the busy harbour of Amble. As you explore, you’ll learn about fascinating local history.



Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. Get on your bike to explore the vast trails through forests or along the stunning shores of Kielder Water with The Bike Place.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Allout Adventures promise to have the perfect day out for you. From quadbikes to Segway Safaris and off-road driving in Power Turns, here you can rev up your engines and blow off some steam, with the stunning Slaley Hall’s grounds as your backdrop.

What better way to be at one with nature than by hanging out with some animals? Get up close and walk with alpacas in Tyne Valley and learn more about these adorable animals at Barnarce Alpacasafter all, it’s not every day you can say you’ve walked these gorgeous creatures.

Or why not see our gorgeous Northumberland landscape from a different level – on horseback? Sinderhope Pony Trekking Centre give us the chance to pony trek over moorland and dales on beautiful cobs and native ponies. Time to get off your high horse and experience traditional farm life.


Embrace your inner child with an adventurous day out in the treetops at Beamish Wild. With four zip-wires, rope bridges, swinging tyres and the heart-dropping free fall experience, get into the swing of things on the High Ropes Course here – you’ll definitely deserve a cheeky wine afterwards!

Always wanted to throw yourself out of a plane and see the North East from a bird’s eye view?  Sky-High Skydiving gives us the chance to tick off another goal on our bucket lists ­– but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted!

We all had that dream of flying ­– but at NEFC, we can actually make that dream a reality. Take to the skies and experience the thrill of handling the controls in the clouds yourself while still with the comfort of an experienced pilot by your side. Talk about taking your weekend to new heights!

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