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Matfen

(Northumberland)

Near Hexham

Great Days Out Set in the Beautiful Northumberland Countryside.

Our first adventure set in the grounds of a magnificent country house hotel. 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 (...it 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 Matfen.

  • 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 Matfen

The Address

Go Ape Matfen
Matfen Hall Hotel
Newcastle
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...

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 Matfen

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 Jon - Tree Top Adventure, on 19 April 2014
A fantastic day out the kids really enjoyed it. Instructors very knowledgable and made us all feel very safe. Will definitely be booking again.
Rated 4 Bananas Alan - Tree Top Adventure, on 10 April 2014
We had a mixture of children and adults in our party, which quickly came down to a challenge between the different ages, needless to say the kids won. The course was good enough to challenge and excite, but not too hard that it had people scared to move. Everyone had a good thing to say about it, all of which meant different things to different people - well worth another visit!
Rated 5 Bananas Eloise - Tree Top Junior, on 7 April 2014
We have been to Rope Runners in Essex and Go Ape definitely matched our experience there - The children really enjoyed it, staff were very friendly and helpful - made for a great relaxed time. and good start to the school holidays - Thank you
Rated 5 Bananas Alex - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 April 2014
Fun and enjoyable, loved long zip wires!
Rated 5 Bananas Ronnie - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 April 2014
Unfortunately the weather wasn't great (out of your control) but still enjoyable. Very muddy and wet but still had great fun. would have been nice to have a picnic at the end etc
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