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Imagination and Curiosity – English and the Arts - Exploring the power of imagination and how it can be harnessed to change the world

People and the Planet – Science and Geography - Empowering young people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future

Breakthroughs and Discoveries – STEM and History - Investigating the moments of genius that have enabled humanity to progress

Journeys and Adventures – PSHE & Skills Development - Celebrating the broadening of horizons and stepping outside of your comfort zone

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Go Ape Matfen

Maften, Newcastle, NE20 0RH. England

Go Ape at Matfen Hall is the ideal location if you’re looking for an outdoor activity near Newcastle. You can choose from Treetop Challenge, a Goliath of a high ropes course with super-fast and super-high zip wires.

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, why not try Axe Throwing? It’s a perfect social activity which is both therapeutic and will get your competitive juices flowing as you take on the rest of your tribe.

It’s Go Ape’s first location to be built within the grounds of a country house hotel and is nestled within one of the UK’s most unspoilt areas of natural beauty. And is located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen.

Don’t forget, if you are looking for help with funding the cost of your trip, you can apply for a bursary!


Venue resources

Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 7-11 ZIP 12.2MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 11-14 ZIP 12.2MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Venue Details



Maften, Newcastle
NE20 0RH. England

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm. Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 3.30pm.