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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 Sam - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 September 2014
This was our first time at Go Ape, and we both are dying to come back already! We both think it's an excellent value for money, and have already recommended others to visit. It was a lot more than I expected, especially the size of the Tarzan swings and zip lines! Loved every second of it, and can't wait to go back!
Rated 5 Bananas Jenny - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 September 2014
I really enjoyed the experience, it was a great day out for all the family; It helped me overcome my fear of heights. The safety brief made me feel safe and in control of my experience, it was really well explained so I knew exactly how to do it. Thanks for a great day!
Rated 5 Bananas Louise - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 September 2014
Huge thank you for a great experience, such a laugh, and quite scary at times. Our group ranged from 12 - 40 years and we all had a blast. Favourite amongst the group was the final Tarzan swing into net, takes some nerves to jump but we did it :)
Rated 5 Bananas susana - Zip Trekking Adventure, on 1 September 2014
Natalie our safety guide was brilliant absolute credit to your company and me and my 10 year old daughter enjoyed every moment of the experience thank you after having a rough few months it inspired me beyond words thank you
Rated 5 Bananas Richard - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
Myself and my girlfriend had a fab time from start to finish, well organised, great friendly outgoing staff, especially Emily who did the instruction in Zone 1, she was lovely :)It was our first time at a Go Ape and we loved it, we did the extreme sections and it was amazing.My only negative remark is that you guys don't have any photography thing going on, during the prep/Zone 1, during the zones themselves and after. I think this is a real shame, we weren't able to come back with photos of us dressed up in the harnesses about to go out out or action shots of us on the course, or at the end covered in mud and grinning like Cheshire cats :) Obviously neither of us took any possessions whatsoever in our pockets including camera phone or camera. Big miss and from a customer experience point of view I thought this was poor. But apart from that great day and will def do again.cheers Rich
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