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Great Days Out Set in the Beautiful Northumberland Countryside.

Our first adventure set in the grounds of a magnificent country house hotel, Matfen Hall. If you’re looking for adventure days out in the North East, we’re nestled within one of the UK’s most un-spoilt areas of natural beauty.

Whilst enjoying our Tree Top Adventure you will get to appreciate the views all from the trees, taking on high ropes and zip wires.

We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

Lap up some of the finest scenery in Matfen’s 300 acres of historic parkland and enjoy a great day out near Newcastle.

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Matfen is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (14th February – 22nd February)

Weekends in March and

Opening weekdays from Friday April 3rd until Friday 30th October

Open every day during Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday during school term time

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Newcastle.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 160 metres
  • Longest Crossing 16 metres
  • Total Length 755 metres
  • Number of Crossings 38
  • Highest Point 11 metres

The Team at Newcastle

The Address

Go Ape Newcastle
Matfen Hall Hotel
NE20 0RH

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 55.03106290, -1.95319000

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By car

From Newcastle on the A69, turn off for Heddon-on-the-Wall and turn right again for the B6318 at the Three Tuns Pub, follow this for about 6 miles. After the Robin Hood Inn you will see signs for Matfen and Matfen Hall Country House Hotel, turn right and after 2 miles you’ll see signs for the Golf Driving Range and Go Ape! on your right.

From Carlisle/Hexham on the A69, turn left at Corbridge for the A68, heading North to Jedburgh. At the roundabout turn right (3rd exit) onto the B6318 and you will start to see signs for Matfen Hall Country House Hotel. After 4 miles turn left and after 2 miles you’ll see signs for the Golf Driving Range and Go Ape! on your right.

Many satnavs will take you to a farm- if the track you follow after turning off the road hasn’t got woodland on your right and a golf course to the left, you are in the wrong place!

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using sat-nav directions. Please always cross reference with a map.

By train

LA Taxis are offering preferential rates for customers:

£18 from the airport
£25 from the city
£40 from Durham
£35 from the ferry terminal.

You will be taken direct to the Go Ape course.

By bus

There is a bus service (the 74 and 75) running between Newcastle Eldon Square Stand H and Matfen village. This is about ½ mile from Go Ape.  The buses run every two hours or so during the day. Phone 0870 608 2 608 for up to date departure times.

LA Taxis are offering preferential rates for customers:

£18 from the airport
£25 from the city
£40 from Durham
£35 from the ferry terminal.

You will be taken direct to the Go Ape course.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

LA Taxis are offering preferential rates for customers:

£18 from the airport
£25 from the city
£40 from Durham
£35 from the ferry terminal.

You will be taken direct to the Go Ape course.

There's plenty of other fun stuff to do.

If you're looking for some outdoor gear, make sure you head down to LD Mountain Centre.

We work closely in partnership with Newcastle-Gateshead InitiativeNewcastleGatesheadjpeg

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Take a peek at the Stay in Northumberland website.

Campsites and holiday parks near Hexham

Brown Rigg Camping and Caravanning Club

Matfen Hall Hotel - Enjoy a game of golf or a trip to the spa (to rest your achey muscles!) following your adventure.


Feedback from Newcastle

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!)And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Hilary - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 July 2015
A challenging experience for me but I felt great that I was able to complete the course. I had a bit of a "wobble" before the Tarzan swing but managed to do it with great encouragement from my son who did the course with me. I felt a great sense of achievement at the end.
Rated 5 Bananas Rachel - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 July 2015
We organised a trip to Go Ape through our work. We had a large group which span across two time slots. When we arrived the weather was gloomy and raining, we thought that this would put a damper on our day.. but we were wrong. The staff were fantastic in the safety talks and always helpful when we saw them walking around below the course. The first group went last in their time slot so the rest of the party could catch up. It was a fantastic day out and we have already discussed visiting again!!
Rated 5 Bananas Leigh - Tree Top Adventure, on 5 July 2015
Went with a few work colleagues for a team building experience and we had so much fun, we laughed so much. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Rated 5 Bananas Christopher - Tree Top Adventure, on 5 July 2015
Overall the experience was great but the signposting to the site was terrible. Using Sat Nav we ended up in Matfen Hall itself, we didn't see any signposting for the site on the way to there so thought it must be further on (there were 10 of us in 2 cars We drove past it and ended up the actual village itself). Driving back away from Matfen, towards the A69 we finally spotted a tiny sign. We were late to the site because of the poor signage, can this please be improved. We drove past this location 20 minutes earlier but didn't notice the Go Ape sign and ended up having to ask for directions.This is what greats people and is difficult to spot -,-1.953149,3a,75y,2.76h,73.75t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s7uxXtGNnJD6HvfC-n1AAAw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1Overall the experience was great and the staff were also brilliant too but please make the place easier to find.
Rated 5 Bananas morton - Tree Top Adventure, on 5 July 2015
Was brilliant good day out
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