The Tees Valley has plenty of adventure activities to excite the young, and young at heart.
There are water sports to try at Tees Barrage in Stockton-on-Tees with family rafting, paddleboarding, powerboating, kayaking and canoeing. The biggest high ropes course in the UK – Air Trail is also on site. The climbing adventure course has four levels of 38 unique challenges to take on including an exciting assortment of wobbly rope bridges, troublesome tight ropes, crazy cargo nets and swinging stepping stones, all floating high above the River Tees.
More family-friendly activities on the water await at Hartlepool Marina with On Water training. Here you can take part in a family stand up paddleboarding session or hold on tight for an adrenaline-fuelled powerboat experience, including a Seafari which takes you out to sea to spot local wildlife including, if you’re lucky, seals and dolphins. An ideal spot for a family day trip, the Marina is lined with a selection of delicious cafes and restaurants perfect for a well-deserved rest and a spot of lunch.
Surfing at Saltburn
Add some adventure to a trip to the seaside with a surf lesson with Saltburn Surf School or Flow Surf School. Try something new by jumping on a board or hone your surfing skills in the pretty Victorian town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, one of the top 10 places to surf in the UK as voted by The Guardian and Red Bull. Both surf schools cater for ages eight and above and run both group and one-to-one lessons.
Don’t head home without picking up some award-winning fish and chips or trying the Tees Valley favourite – a lemon top ice cream. Hire one of the colourful beach huts that line the seafront from Marshall’s Beach Huts for the day, ideal for warming up after a dip in the sea.
If activity on dry land sounds more appealing, you can try for a hole in one on the crazy golf course, spend some pennies in the arcades on the pier or take a ride on Britain’s oldest water balanced cliff funicular, Saltburn’s Cliff Tramway (limited opening times).
Find out more and discover other on water activities at enjoyteesvalley.com/on-the-water.
GoClimb, Billingham Forum
If you have been climbing the walls of your own home with months of home schooling and staying in, then a trip to the indoor climbing centre GoClimb is a great way for the kids to burn off some energy.
GoClimb, based at Billingham Forum, is a colourful jungle of exciting climbing walls with interactive designs to allow imaginations to run wild! With over 20 unique walls, there’s plenty of challenges for everyone to try.
A great choice for a rainy day, Billingham Forum is also home to the North East’s premier Ice Arena and a large swimming pool. Splashtastic fun is also on tap at Splash! in Stockton town centre.
*Please note that indoor attractions are due to open from 17 May at the earliest. Please check the latest government guidance before visiting.