Castles, coast and countryside experiences

North East England’s rural venues offer your delegates plenty of space to think, all within easy commuting distance of NewcastleGateshead. With historic castles, luxury country house hotels, serene stately homes and plenty of active adventures on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing your rural retreat.

Castles, castles everywhere

In the heart of NewcastleGateshead, sits the 12th century Newcastle Castle, the fortress that gave the city its name. The Castle’s Great Hall is the largest and most atmospheric of the venues spaces and offers a stunning space for 60 guests with its vaulted ceilings and galleries. Meanwhile, its roof is the perfect space for a summer drinks reception and offers one of the most iconic views over the city and Quayside.

Newcastle Castle

Nearby, Northumberland boasts more castles and fortified buildings than any other county in England, many of which sit on a coastal backdrop. Alnwick Castle, just 40 minutes from NewcastleGateshead, is a unique setting for banquets for up to 500 people. It’s home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is the birthplace of Harry Hotspur, and has featured in both Downton Abbey and the first two Harry Potter films where it starred as Hogwarts – delegates can take a broomstick flying class on the very spot that Harry had his first lesson!

Alnwick Castle

Also in Northumberland, Langley Castle Hotel is a 650-year-old restored medieval tower house, set in 10-acres of woodland, where delegates get the latest technology in an ancient setting.

A very big house in the country

Dotted around the North East and just a short journey from NewcastleGateshead, you’ll find many stunning country house hotels that offer a peaceful retreat from the city, with lots of luxury. This includes the five AA red-star Rockliffe Hall, with its award-winning spa and restaurants that will suitably impress your delegates, as well as many other grand country house retreats including Slaley Hall, Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club, Beamish Hall Country House Hotel and Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa – which all offer impressive meeting room facilities as well as leisure facilities that will make your stay a pleasure.

Rockliffe Hall

If you prefer staying in a smaller home away from home, Cottages in Northumberland offer a wide selection of self-catered cottages dotted throughout the rural areas surrounding NewcastleGateshead. Take your pick from one of their many options, in a variety of sizes to suit your group.

Walk in Roman footsteps

Explore the region’s 2,000 years of history and follow in the footsteps of the Romans along the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. The wall stretches right across the North of England and inspired writer George RR Martin to create his own Wall in Game of Thrones! You can visit forts and excavations along the way, including Housesteads Roman Fort – the most iconic of all Wall sights.

Hadrian's Wall

Step back in time

At Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, you can step back in time and experience what North East life was like in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. It’s set in 300 acres of countryside just 25 mins from NewcastleGateshead, with costumed demonstrators bringing history to life. Enjoy an authentic taste of village life at Davy’s Coal Fired Fish & Chip Shop, have a pint at The Sun Inn or try traditional confectionary at the Jubilee Sweet Shop.


Beamish Museum makes a quirky and memorable setting for all kinds of business events, from corporate hospitality and staff socials to team building.

A city by the sea

Located close to the stunning North East coast, NewcastleGateshead is just a short journey from traditional beach and seaside experiences. It takes just 20 minutes to reach Tynemouth – a quaint town with an ancient priory, unusual shops, fantastic restaurants and bars, and – if you want to brave the North sea – great surf. Further north, you’ll reach the awe-inspiring Northumberland coastline – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Tynemouth Priory

The seaside town of South Shields is also less than 30 minutes away by Metro, and here you'll find Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, which is set on the town's stunning coastline and makes for a fun day out with over 40 rides, attractions, arcades and more. There's lots of options on offer to host an event here, and the whole park can even be hired out for your own special corporate event for a truly unforgettable experience!

Ocean Beach

Adventures in the outdoors

It’s an all-round adventure at many rural venues, where team building activities abound. At Slaley Hall, you can spend the day clay-pigeon shooting, quad biking, 4x4 off-road driving, Segway riding and so much more. Both Go Ape Newcastle will test your nerves on its treetop ropes activity courses, with zip-wires, swings and adrenaline-pumping crossings. Even the choice of adventures on offer in the North East will make your heart race.

Go Ape

Those looking for a slightly more tranquil setting can enjoy The Alnwick Garden’s labyrinths, water features, poison garden and treasure hunts, or can enjoy dining in one of the world’s biggest tree houses.

Set within a 450 acre private estate, the grounds at Macdonald Linden Hall provide an ideal setting for team-building activities or away days. Break free from the office and get muddy with a quad biking trek, ride a segway, enjoy clay pigeon shooting and much more.

Swing by our golf courses

If you’re keen on the green, you’ll be impressed by the region’s golf facilities. Tee off on one of the many courses or hone your skills with a golf lesson or at a driving range. Rockliffe Hall boasts one of Europe’s best and most challenging courses, Slaley Hall is home to two championship standard courses, Macdonald Linden Hall’s 18-hole championship golf course offers beautiful views at almost every hole, and Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa's two 18-hole championship golf courses offer enjoyment and excitement from the first tee to the final green.

Rockliffe Hall golf

Rural relaxation

Many of the North East’s rural venues have fantastic spa facilities that are the perfect setting in which to kick back and relax after an intense conference session. At Rockliffe Hall, spa butlers are on hand to keep you refreshed at its award-winning spa. What’s more, its luxurious new Spa Garden, which features an infinity edge hydrotherapy pool, can be hired for exclusive use. Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa opened its spa as part of a £16m investment, which included a second championship golf course and new luxury bedrooms. The spa’s five pools include one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools.

Ramside Spa

Enjoy local produce, down on the farm

For a top foodie experience, Vallum Farm is the perfect place to host an event in one of its three spaces, where beautiful, traditional local produce is always on the menu. Here you can enjoy wildlife walks, and take in the many sights and sounds of this amazing place.

Vallum Farm

Meanwhile, at Beamish Hall Country House Hotel's on-site pub The Stables, set in a converted stable block, you can try local beers made at the venue's own micro-brewery. From fish quays to farms, the team of chefs source the best local suppliers and producers for fresh, seasonal stock, bringing the best in flavour and taste to the tables.

Dark skies, lakeside living, adventures and more…

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's finest attractions. It is perfect for events where you want to make the most of nature, with water sports, walking, cycling and much more. At Kielder, nightfall brings the incredible experience of some of the UK’s darkest skies and you can head to Kielder Observatory for a magical night under the stars. You can stay right beside the lake in the luxury Scandinavian lodges at Leaplish Waterside Park.


Contact our friendly team on +44 (0)191 440 5757 to discuss bringing an event to one of our rural venues.

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