Active 4 Seasons


Adventure Activities in North Northumberland

Special treat – An evening with Colin Skeath MBE of ‘Canoe Around Britain’ fame!

Sat evening 3rd March 2018 we are hosting a rare chance to meet the brains behind this amazing achievement – the first and only people to canoe round mainland Britain. To book a ticket please go to the Eventbrite booking page here

The event will now take place in Etal village hall from 18.00 – 19.30.

Tickets are only £8 each and the majority of the money will go to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity.

Makerstoun rapids guided trip – come out to get over the Winter blues on Sun 4th Mch.

Why not join us for a days guided trip on the fantastic River Tweed on Sun 4th March 2018. Dippers and dab chicks might want to share their lovely home with us!

This trip is only suitable for hardy people with some experience of moving water as the section we are paddling has up to grade 3 rapids – most can be portaged but we would encourage adventurers.

Cost is £20 per person for the day.  Canoe hire is available if required.

Makerston Challenge 2018 – Sun 21st Jan till Sun 4th Mch 2018

Fancy taking on the Makerston rapid in a race against other challengers? The event will be Strava based time trial so you will need a GPS device and to sign up to Strava and follow a segment already set up by us.

Any suitable craft can be used and prizes will be available for the first three fastest overall and some special prices for the leaders in each category. It is hoped this will become an annual event so please share and encourage others to come along. Cost of the race is only £10 per person and will go towards prizes.

To book a place on any of the above please contact us via email or through the Facebook page, more details of each event on there.

Adventure is what we do!

Active 4 Seasons specialise in made to measure adventures. Get in touch if you want any coaching, guiding, mentoring or any adventure activities planned to suit your needs.  We have a fantastic location up here in the NE corner of England and we regularly cross the border into Scotland – no passports needed yet!

Please feel free to browse the website by hovering your cursor over the various headings. These will reveal drop down menus that you just click to get more information. You can then decide if we are the right people for you to come to. Please contact us here to book an adventure or get further information. You can always Email directly or go through Facebook messenger if that suits you better. We will try to respond as soon as possible. Occasionally I do head away to work in remote places with no signal or connection.

adventure activities in Northumberland - open canoeing

Family adventure on the River Tweed by open canoe

We offer a range of adventure activities mostly on water (open canoeing, river and sea kayaking and surf kayaking) but also on the rocks (single pitch rock climbing) and trails (mountain biking) of North Northumberland. We work with clients elsewhere in the UK with the West coast of Scotland being a favourite of ours.

As a long established provider (started in 2000) we have bags of experience and lots of qualifications. We hold a three year Adventure Activity License that allows us to provide adventure activities to unaccompanied under 18’s. We can ensure you get a safe, enjoyable learning experience suited to your specific needs.


We offer Adventure Vouchers – idea for that special Christmas or Birthday gift. Vouchers are available for any duration of session that we run from 2 hrs to 5 day development courses. Go to the prices page for information. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be redeemed by 2 people. Please contact us through Facebook or Email for further information or to purchase a voucher.

Who are we

Your host – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide. He has experience of leading adventures locally this being the 18th year (longer than anyone else) and elsewhere since 1991. Ollie has paddled in various places including Chile, North America, Alaska, Mainland Europe and Africa.

Sea Kayak Gang trips

We run a monthly Sea Kayak Gang trip. Head onto the Sea Kayak page for more details of the 2018 gang trips.

No membership required but if interested you can sign up to receive an invite to suitable trips based on your experience and aims. This is a guided trip somewhere suitable on the North Northumberland coast or Southern Scottish Borders coast ideal for individuals looking to develop their skills in an informal atmosphere with the support of a highly experienced BCU level 4 qualified sea kayak coach to look after you.

Family Holiday adventures on the river

We offer scheduled trips, normally a Wed canoe trip ideal for families and small groups, complete beginners welcome:

2018 dates:

Wed 21st Feb, Wed 4th Apr, Wed 11th Apr, Wed 30th May, Most Wed during summer hols too.

If you have been before and want something a bit more challenging or a longer trip please get in touch as we pride ourselves in providing made to measure adventures for all – see below.

Developing the Desire for Adventure

We specialise in made to measure adventures and our aim is to ‘Develop your Desire for Adventure’ so if you plan to race across New Zealand or paddle across or around Scotland for charity or indeed have a local trip in mind just drop us a line and we will sort you out with specific training to suit you. We have a huge range of boats from racing ski to surf kayaks to sea kayaks and general purpose kayaks both single and double as well as open canoes.

If you would like to check availability please email us with a date or dates.

A recent testimonial:

Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.

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