Summer at Souter

A man and boy explore rock pools

There’s no excuse for letting boredom creep in over the summer holidays. There’s so much to do at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas.

New for 2017, Souter's Summer of Sport! Free sports activities and taster sessions for all ages, each Tuesday throughout the summer holidays. 

You can dip into a different sport each week with various local clubs. Durham Hockey Club will be here every week, Houghton Rugby Club on 25 July, then Newcastle Falcons on 8 and 15 August. If you fancy trying handball, Newcastle Vikings will be offering coaching tips on 29 August.

Regular activities include archery, badminton, orienteering, rounders, tennis and volleyball. We'll be on hand to help you try something new and improve your skills.

We're going on a Seashore Safari in July and August. Explore rock pools with a ranger to discover a world of wonder between the tides. 

In August we're looking forward to welcoming Chapterhouse Theatre Company back to Souter with a magical outdoor production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, adapted by Laura Turner. An adventure to Neverland with 'the boy who wouldn't grow up'. We're inviting audience members to come dressed as their favourite character to double the fun.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company's Peter Pan
Peter Pan
Chapterhouse Theatre Company's Peter Pan

If you visit on a day when no events are scheduled, never fear, we offer plenty of self-led fun to keep the whole family entertained. Pick up an activity pack from the front desk, providing everything you need for rock pooling (depending on the tides), bird watching, pond dipping and bug hunting.

You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list any day of the week. You could fly a kite, catch a fish with a net, go on a really long bike ride, make a grass trumpet or a daisy chain for starters. If the weather's warm enough, you could even head for the beach and jump over some waves. Never mind if you’re over 11 ¾ - parents and grandparents can join in too. 

Visit our what's on page for further details.