Summer at Souter

A family laughing in the sunshine in front of the red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse

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.

This year, Souter's Summer of sport is bigger and better than ever! You'll find free sports activities and taster sessions for all ages every weekday in the Foghorn Field. 

On some days we'll be joined by local sports clubs sharing top tips, including Durham Cricket Board, Newcastle Vikings Handball Club and Boldon Netball Club, while 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.

If you like a taste of adventure, we've teamed up with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak to offer two exciting new events - Coasteering (age 12+) and Extreme rockpooling (age 8-14). Explore Souter's rocky coastline from the water, swimming, splashing and channeling your inner water baby.

While in August we're going on a gentler paced Seashore safari to explore rock pools with a ranger and discover a world of wonder between the tides. 

Tyne and Wear Sport are bringing their Family Treasure Hunt to Souter in August. An evening of challenges to test your teamwork. Gather friends and family to compete against each other in teams of four as you explore The Leas.

We're looking forward to welcoming Chapterhouse Theatre Company back to Souter with two magical outdoor productions. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is in August, while Robin Hood and His Merry Men will be a lovely way to end the holidays in September.  

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapterhouse Theatre
An illustration of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland depicting the Mad Hatter's tea party
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapterhouse Theatre

Plus summer is guaranteed to sizzle as every Friday is BBQ Friday in the Foghorn Field! Head over between 1 and 5pm for hotdogs and burgers. The Foghorn Kiosk will be open for drinks and more snacks too.

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.