Centres and contact information

We have three centres:

Simonside Climbing Wall, South Tyneside

Simonside Climbing Wall is where we are based and can be contacted here. 

We are open daily for:

  • schools and other organisations to book in for a range of different activities
  • open access public climbing sessions on an evening


  • Climbing
  • Biking
  • Walking and mountaineering
  • Abseiling
  • Orienteering
  • Heart start / life support

Contact details

St Simon Street
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE34 9SD

Telephone: 0191 424 0118
Email: info@simonsideoutdooradventure.com

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Water Activities Centre, South Shields Seafront

Our centre is located at the mouth of the River Tyne and we launch straight into the Tyne Harbour. 

This is a perfect learning environment and plenty of space for all activities.

We have a large range of craft, from powerboats to canoes and kayaks. These are suitable for for all ability levels so that you can progress at a level that is suitable for you.

We are recognised by the Royal Yachting Association as a training centre to deliver Powerboating and Personal Watercraft (Jetski) courses.

We also deliver British Canoeing personal proficiency courses.


  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding


  • Toilets, showers and changing
  • Disabled toilets and changing
  • Equipment store
  • Lockers for your valuables

Contact details

River Drive
South Shields
NE33 1LH

Telephone: 0191 4240118
Email: info@simonsideoutdooradventure.com

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Akenshawburn Cottages, Kielder

Akenshawburn Cottages are located in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

The accommodation has two forester cottages built in 1907 and 1909. 

There is also 700m2 of private land and a boundary of Akenshawburn stream as it makes its way into Kielder Water.

Group bookings

You can make group bookings for an all inclusive weekend.

This will include:

  • accommodation
  • transport
  • food
  • instruction
  • equipment

Akenshawburn Cottages is not available for private hire without accompanying staff.


  • Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing


The cottages sleep a maximum of 30 in total, in 4 dormitory style bedrooms.

There is:

  • a main living area
  • drying room
  • toilets
  • showers
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining room

There is no phone or internet signal available at the cottages for visiting groups.  

Contact details

Just off Bloody Bush Road
Kielder Forest
NE48 1HU

Telephone: 0191 424 0118
Email: info@simonsideoutdooradventure.com

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Sustainable energy

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact whilst at the same time, increasing the impact that we have with you. 

Our 3 centres have:

  • a reduced carbon footprint by harnessing the power of the sun
  • PV solar cells, which provide the vast majority of our energy consumption.

We have planted a wide range of broad leaf trees in our grounds in our Kielder site. These have increased the biodiversity, by attracting a greater range of insect, mammal and bird life.