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Tees Barrage International White Water Centre is Teesside’s award-winning home of adventure, which was reopened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 after extensive redevelopment. This magnificent centre of activity can be found on the banks of the River Tees between Stockton and Middlesbrough and offers a unique variety of watersports the whole family can enjoy!

Powered by 4 gigantic Archimedes Screws, Tees Barrage’s world-class white water facilities allow for a wide variety of fun! From Stand Up Paddleboarding to White Water Rafting, Bell Boating, Paddlesports, Powerboat Trips and so much more, we have everything you need to have an adventure you’ll never forget. Our Jubilee and Diamond courses deliver an amazing experience guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!

Tees Barrage is home to NorthShore WaterSports, the ultimate kayaking and canoeing store as well as Air Trail, the UK’s biggest high ropes adventure course! On top of all of this we are surrounded by thriving wildlife, both on land and in the River Tees and a beautiful nature reserve for those of you who would prefer to take a long walk or bike ride, have a picnic or even relax at our Oasis Cafe.

Whether you want an action packed day with your family, friends or colleagues or would prefer a relaxing walk down the river, here at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre we’ve got you covered.

Facilities at Tees Barrage

White Water Rafting

Stand Up Paddleboarding

White Water Kayaking

Paddlesports

Powerboating

High Ropes Course

Nature Reserve

National Cycle Network

Cafe

Vending Machines

Free WiFi

Changing Rooms

Lockers

Wheelchair Access

Free Car Park

The Home of Adventure in the Heart of the North East

White Water Rafting

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Bellboating

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Powerboat Trips

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Paddlesports

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Air Trail High Ropes

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School Trips

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With so much to do all under one roof, jump right in and experience everything Tees Barrage has to offer. We’ll hopefully answer some of your questions and share a flavour of some of the amazing activities you can enjoy.

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Did You Know? Tees Barrage was a central location in the Hollywood Blockbuster 1917

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Tees Barrage is known for it’s exhilarating watersports, but did you know there is so much more to this secluded green space in the heart of industrial Teesside?

14 Tonnes of Water

14 tonnes of water pass through the white water course every second

Opened by the Queen

The course was reopened in 2012 by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, which is why the two courses are names Diamond and Jubilee

Car Rescue

Tees Barrage was the first venue in the UK to facilitate car rescue and you will often see emergency services training on the course

4x Around the World

Tees Barrage Park Runners have ran over 100,000 miles - that's 4 times around the world!

83 Years Young

Our oldest participant is 83 years old - proving age is just a number!

Award Winning

Tees Barrage and Air Trail won the Teesside Tourism & Hospitality Award in 2019 and is one of the region's most popular tourist destinations

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Tees Barrage attracts over 60,000 visitors each year to take part in the many activities on offer

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Tees Barrage is used by Emergency Fire & Rescue crews from around the UK for swift water rescue training

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