Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Established in the year 2003, Academy of Light is a cutting-edge training center spread across an area of 89 hectares (220 acres). Academy of Light is a striking departure from Sunderland F.C.'s previous training venue, Charlie Hurley Centre. The new facility features a wide range of amenities including a swimming pool, hydrotherapy center, ultramodern medical facilities, an array of pitches and a wonderful restaurant.
Splash down at Wet 'n' Wild and you are guaranteed a fun time in the many slides and water flumes. This giant water park complex on the outskirts of the city is highly recommended for all the family. For those seeking thrills try the "Kamikaze" where you can experience a 20 meter vertical drop, or the 'Tsunami' which propels you along at breakneck speed. Or if you are after more sedate pleasures, there are many spas and quieter areas where you can drift along on calmer waters. With a restaurant on site, Wet'n'Wild makes a great day out, and one payment lets you use all the facilities all day.
For a night out with a difference look no further than The Pride of the Tyne. It's a 240 seat modern boat which passengers can board either from South Shields, North Shields, or the Newcastle Quayside. These "Fun on the Tyne" cruises last between three and four hours. Alternatively you can hire the boat for private parties. On the upper deck there is a main saloon while below is the Admiral Locker bar. All areas have seats and are heated, and there is access for wheelchairs. These cruises are only run on certain days, so ring the company before setting out.
Spread across an area of 8.99 hectares (22.21 acres), Fatfield Woods is a charming parkland under the aegis of Woodland Trust. Ash and Old oak trees are found in abundance in this woodland. It also remains a breathtaking area to explore wildlife.
Built as a Millennium project, the Life Center brings together a cutting-edge genetic research facility and a family-friendly, jargon-free exhibition of the latest developments in science and biotechnology. The Center aims to provide visitors with a new way of looking at life: "where it came from, how it works, what it means." This major attraction offers film shows, live theater, and hands-on demonstrations, to give visitors a unique and remarkable experience. There are plenty of science events and exhibitions that take place at the center.
The Discovery Museum has been one of Newcastle's less lauded tourist attractions. Once located slightly off the beaten track, the museum is now centered in the middle of exciting city regeneration works and is set to benefit from this upsurge in retail and residential interest. Located in a huge Victorian warehouse, the Discovery has several permanent exhibitions: "Live Wires" features robots, the Web and the latest hi-tech gadgets. "Turbinia", once the world's fastest vessel, is docked in a hands-on maritime gallery. There's the Science Factory, Fashion Works, a Pioneer Gallery and 200 years of military history in "A Soldier's Life". The Discovery has an exciting program of exhibitions and one-off events for all the family.
This pleasant 18 hole private course just a quarter of a mile from the North Sea, has been in existence since 1890. A round at this links-style, championship standard course offers a taxing test. If you are having a bad round, however, one compensation is the spectacular views over the sea, including of the nearby St Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre . There is a practice putting green and chipping area. If your legs cannot stand the walk around the full course a limited number of motorized buggies are available for hire. There is a pleasant clubhouse with full bar facilities. Snacks and meals are available and parties can be catered for.
Riverside Park is adjacent to the home ground of Durham County Cricket Club on the banks of the river Wear. Here you will find a children's play area complete with outdoor paddling pool, slides, fairy tale castle and railway station. Nearby the new Park Centre sells drinks and snacks and provides an outdoor seating area overlooking the river. The ornamental gardens are embellished by work commissioned from local artists. For the bowling enthusiast there is a bowls club and greens are open to the public throughout the summer.
Sharpley Golf is a leisure facility nestled in the picturesque North East English countryside. It is a challenging 18 hole par 71 course designed by renowned architects in accordance with USGA standards. A favorite among seasoned golfers, amateurs of the sport can avail the interactive lessons at their academy. Enjoy a round and take in the beautiful views of the verdant landscape and sea. Visit the clubhouse to unwind with drinks and light bites.
This is a private suburban golf club situated only two miles west of Newcastle city center, but with a much more rural feel than this proximity might suggest. Bar meals are available in the club house, and there is also a practice area and, a well stocked club shop. Visitors are welcome to play on weekdays, and also on those weekends when there are no competition events taking place (it is best to check with the club in advance).
Spread across an area of 2 hectares (5 acres), Benwell Nature Park is a beautiful nature reserve in Benwell. Much unlike other urban nature parks, Benwell Nature Park has been created to offer Newcastle's locals an opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of the woods and the wild. This nature park is home to a range of habitats like grasslands, marsh, lakes, woods, bushes and rocky outcrops. Each habitat supports different animals and plants. Close to the water stream, a lovely picnic area and a herb patio also exist.
Situated just a few miles miles out of the city center on the main trunk road to the north, and opposite the Three Mile Inn public house, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Golf Club is a very pleasant eighteen hole, seventy-four par course in public parkland. There is a well-stocked pro shop and a comfortable clubhouse that serves snacks and meals all day. Visitors are welcome to play without restrictions but should telephone in advance. Trolley hire is available.