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Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre

Market Lane
NE11 9NX

0191 433 5767  

Manager: Lynn Littler

Opening Times

Monday 09.30 - 16.00
Tuesday 09.30 - 15:30
Wednesday 09.30 - 16:00
Thursday 13.00 - 19:30
Friday 09.30 - 16.00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30


  • Archery
  • Assault course
  • Climbing
  • High ropes
  • Orienteering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sledging
  • Tubing
  • Meeting rooms/hire
  • Team building

Activity guide

At Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre you can have a go at a host of activities, from archery to high ropes you're sure to find something you'll enjoy! For further information on any of these activities contact Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre.


Do you have a steady hand and a sharp eye? Then give archery a try! This ancient sport is brought right up to date at Whickham Thorns, with modern equipment and enthusiastic instructors and is great fun for everyone

Assault Course

The assault course is an exciting outdoor activity consisting of 23 stations spread over 700 metres. It is designed to test stamina, balance and agility. The course is also used in our team building programmes and is available for group hire and corporate events.


Our indoor climbing wall is suitable for beginners and regular climbers. This includes a dedicated climbing area including a 6m high main wall for top roping while the uninterrupted 32m low level traverse has larger bolt on holds to help novices get to grips with this sport.

High Ropes

High ropes is an adrenaline pumping aerial assault course with a range of individual and group elements including wire walks, log balances and rope bridges. Suitable for team building purposes and also available for group hire and corporate events.


Orienteering truly is a sport for all. At its highest level it demands speed, accuracy and decision making. Alternatively, family groups can enjoy a leisurely stroll around one of our woodland courses without any fear of becoming lost. We have a number of permanently laid out exercises designed to introduce the beginner to this sport, with instruction available on map reading skills as well as the art of sport orienteering.


Learn the basics of skiing at Whickham Thorns. Our 40m artificial slope is floodlit and has a sprinkler system to ensure perfect conditions at all times. Drag lifts service each side of the slope which is available for individual or group use.

Sledging & Tubing

Enjoy the fun of sledging at Whickham Thorns, without waiting for the snow! Special, one-person plastic sledges are used to allow children to enjoy this great activity. Tubing uses specially adapted rubber rings and unlike sledging is not restricted to under 11’s. Sledging and Tubing are available as a pre-booked activity as a party option or exclusive booking.

Please Note: For safety reasons all slope users must wear gloves, long sleeves and long trousers.


At Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre we offer courses of instruction throughout the year, so if you’ve ever wanted to give an adventure sport a go, now’s your chance! For price information and to book contact Reception. 


Our indoor wall is suitable for beginners and regular climbers. There are four walls in the dedicated climbing area including a 6m high main wall for top roping and a 32m low level traverse for beginners to get to grips with this sport.

Junior Climbing Club

7 - 10 yrs
Thursdays 17.00 - 18.30

11 - 16 yrs
Thursdays 18.30 - 20.00
Just turn up! 


Monday & Wednesday
1.5 x 3 days of tuition commencing weekly from Monday 23rd February

The following courses are for Monday Nights 3 weeks, commencing
23rd February and 16th March

The following courses are for Wednesday Nights 3 weeks, commencing
25th February and 18th March 2015

All Courses
£50.00 for Concessions
£60.00 for Adults

Please Note: All courses must be pre-booked in advance unless stated.


At Whickham Thorns our team building events get people working together and having fun. Whether you’re organising an event, conference or an away day, our staff will work with you to create the perfect team building experience. Create your perfect course - mix and match any of our activities.

Contact us on 0191 433 5767 or ask at Reception for further details.


 StandardActive CardActive Access
Adventure Night £31 £20 £10 
Climbing Wall*
18 yrs + £3.80 £2.90 £1.10
14 - 17 yrs, Student, 60 yrs + £3.80 £2.10 60p
Junior Climbing Club £9 £6 £3 
Mountain Bike Hire
Per hour N/A £4.30 N/A
Per half day N/A £8.20 N/A
Per full day N/A £14.00 N/A
18 yrs + £2.70 £1.90 £1.10
14 - 17 yrs, Student, 60 yrs + £2.70 £1.30 60p
1 hour £92 £72 N/A
2 hours £180 £140 N/A
Ski Slope*
18 yrs + £10.40 £8.40 £1.70
7 - 17 yrs, Student, 60 yrs + £10.40 £4.80 £1.20

Drop-in activity sessions, an assault course and high ropes course, courses in Climbing, Skiing and Snowboarding, parties and team building sessions are also available at Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre, contact the facility for details.

*Group hire, with or without instruction, is also available for these activities. Ask at facility for prices.


We offer a wide range of activities for children’s parties across our leisure centres, including:

  • Pool parties
  • Football
  • Soft play
  • Trampolining and gymnastics

At Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre we also offer the following parties:

  • Sledging
  • Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Climbing
  • High ropes
  • Archery
  • Mountain biking

How to book

If you would like to hold your party at one of our venues or you are interested in hiring a room to hold your own event, conference or meeting please complete the enquiry form and a member of staff will contact you to discuss your requirements.

Party & venue hire enquiry form