National Parks Week - Northumberland
What is happening in Northumberland National Park?
The main event in National Park Week in Northumberland will take place at Walltown Quarry Picnic Site, near Haltwhistle, and, as in previous years, we will turn this recreation site into a giant adventure playground. There are also free guided walks taking place during National Parks Week. See our Events page for more detail.
What are the dates and time of the Walltown event?
Dates: Thursday, July 31, Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2, from 10am to 5pm daily.
The activities at the site will run from 10am to 5pm.
The site does not close when the activities stop.
You can still enjoy walks to and views from Hadrian's Wall.
Where is Walltown?
Walltown is a former quarry which is now a National Park recreation site with a lake, easy-access paths, a pond and waymarked trails. It is one of the best places to see and get close to Hadrian's Wall, which can be reached via a 10min walk (approximately) from the car park (parking charged for).
O.S. Grid Reference: NY 669659. Address: Greenhead, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, CA8 7JD. Click here for more details.
What is there to do & what does it cost?
There are six activities that we ask you to pay for. All the activities cost £5 per person.
1) Zipwire - £5 per person
Provided by Adventure Northumberland
This activity is a truly thrilling way to experience the surrounding national park landscape. Take a deep breath and fly 200 metres over Quarry Lake and in line with the tree tops. This year we will try to give you a timeslot to go on the zipwire, but there may still be a waiting time for this popular activity.
Important restrictions: The zipwire needs special safety equipment which must fit correctly to be effective. It's available to those over eight years of age only and maximum weight of 15 stone or 95 kilos. The provider reserves the right to refuse participation if it is felt that a person's height or weight would endanger them.
2) Frisbee Golf - £5 per person
Provided by Catch the Spirit this activity starts with 20 minutes of expert tuition where you will be taught the secrets of which Frisbee to select for which shot. Then you can challenge your friends & family to a round on our specially-designed six-hole course which takes about another 20 minutes. Suitable for 5 years old and above.
3) Meet the Ancestors-£5 per person
Provided by Wild Dog Outdoors and Cumbria Heritage, these activity sessions are 45 minutes of fun and fantasy. You'll meet off duty centurion Gambax, who will teach you some shield skills, then play a giant game, Lantrunculi, where you will be the game pieces! Suitable for five-year-olds and above.
4) Archery- £5 per person
Provided by Albion Outdoors this activity will start with expert archery tuition then lets you have a go at hitting the targets with five arrows. You will need 15 minutes for this activity. It is suitable for over five years old and above.
5) Canoeing - £5 per person
A second activity provided by Adventure Northumberland lets you take to the water in a two man Canadian canoe. Relax for 20 minutes as you try steer to the hidden corners of Quarry Lake and master your turning technique. It's suitable for five years old and above.
6.) Outdoor Cooking - £5 per pizza
National Park Volunteers will help you design and cook your own pizza in our newly built clay oven – an ancient method of cooking outdoors, this activity will take 30 minutes. Over 8 year olds can do this activity alone. Families can work together and share the pizza!
There is always plenty to do for free at Walltown, but during this event there are even more things to whet your appetite for what Northumberland National Park has to offer. Some of these activities will be particularly suited to families with younger children who may not be able to take part in other activities.
* Archaeology Scavenger Hunt – learn about the site's ancient past by cracking each clue. There will be prizes for successful scavengers!
* Camera Obscura tent - artists past and present have used this magical device to look at things from a different perspective.
* Star Man Surprises - an introduction through fun activities to star and solar gazing.
* Circus Skills- Penella Bee is back to pass on her hula hooping and ribbon skills (dads were the surprises experts last year!)
How do I get tickets?
There are two ways to get tickets.
* To make a family or group booking, receiving 12 tokens at the discounted rate of £40 (morning) or £45 (afternoon), click on the BOOK NOW logos on this page.
* At Walltown on the day.
Are there any price discounts?
There is no price difference for adults and children as we think our activities are fun for everyone and even more fun if a family is doing them together. But there are three ways to get a discount
* Discounts for families & groups
We will give discounts for multiple tickets as the activities are even better if a family or group of people are doing them together.
A £5 ticket will give you access to any of our six priced activities. Buy a book of 12 tickets (worth £60) for £45
* Book in advance for a morning session by clicking the Book Now logo here. Walltown gets busier as the day goes on, so get there early and gurantee getting on the activity you want to. Buy a book of 12 early bird tickets (do your activities before 1pm) online for £40 only.
* Bring along a £5 promotion voucher for a free go at something (subject to activity availability and not to be used in conjunction with other offers).
Are there any limits to participation?
While there is plenty for everyone to do there are some restrictions to ensure customers' health & safety. Minimum ages can be found above under descriptions of each activity, and weight restrictions apply to the zipwire and canoeing activities.
National Park Staff and individual providers reserve the right to refuse participation if it is felt this participation would endanger individuals or others.
The usual car parking charge applies (£4). For those that know the site, there is overspill car parking available with attendants to guide and collect money. No parking in the Roman Army museum car park
Can I get there on public transport?
Yes. The Hadrian's Wall Bus will still be calling at the car park.
The train to Haltwhistle also links with the Hadrian's Wall Bus
Facilities at Walltown
The café kiosk will be open as normal as will the toilets. Paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Roman Army museum is very interesting, has a cafe but does cost to enter.
There is a cycle locking area and electric car point.
There are all kinds of events to enjoy throughout the year. Visit the Events calendar and search page for more details.