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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.

On the 21st/22nd June the Beaumont Cup, a UCI European Tour Category 2 cycle race and the Hadrian’s Wall Trail race are taking place. Please allow a bit more time for your journey.

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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 (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tuesday/Wedsnesday).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

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.

If you are in the village or at the Hotel you have gone too far!

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.

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 Jess - Tree Top Adventure, on 18 September 2014
Fun although maybe a little too much waiting around when waiting for others to do the section. Fun for all the family though. Great customer service from staff.
Rated 5 Bananas Amy - Tree Top Adventure, on 16 September 2014
Great day out
Rated 5 Bananas Rachel - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
My partner and I booked Go Ape at Matfen on a spare of the moment thought and luckily there were spaces for the day we wanted to visit. We were warmly welcomed by a lovely man who was very professional during the induction and also very comical putting everyone at ease. He ensured everyone was aware of the safety procedures asking them to show/tell him - important for safety and reassuring that they take their safety policy very seriously. I have previously been to another Go Ape site a few years ago and had a great time then and it was no different this time round. The course was absolutely fantastic with multi-choice courses on some routes e.g. "difficult" or "extreme" The zip wires were no doubt my favourite part of the course! It was such a laugh - especially watching my other half land on his backside each time! We would recommend Go Ape to anyone and we will definitely return. We can safely say that the staff at the Matfen site we attended were friendly, approachable, helpful and professional - thank you for a great day!
Rated 5 Bananas Brenda - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
My husband and myself had only been back off two weeks holiday and we had the blues so I put adventures for adults into Google and go ape came up it was a fabulous day it got us sad couch potatoes happy again we loved all the course i am aching a bit this morning it was not what we expected the heights and the zip wires were all good I didn't do the Tarzan swing but I will next time everyone was lovely the staff went over safety thou roughly am pleased to say will definitely return maybe the segways next time
Rated 5 Bananas Simon - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
Took our daughter who has just turned ten and has been dying to do Go Ape the team were great with her and she did the whole thing by here self no problems she loved it. She was a little scared on the Tarzan Swing but did it thanks to a little encouragement from me hahaThanks to the team.
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