New Year, new you in the North East

Kick start 2014 with a commitment to do something great for yourself and for others. We have some suggestions to help you on your way. Will you walk more? Or even run? We have some great places to do it. Or if you have time to give, you could help us in our mission of looking after special places by volunteering in the North East. Most of all, make a commitment to come and visit some of the region's favourite places.

    Get active

    Later this month we’ll be launching a brand new Park Run at Gibside. Taking place every week, Park Runs are free, 5km timed runs that are open to everyone whether you’re an experienced runner or a picking up the running bug for the first time. We'll be announcing the date of the first run very soon.

    In the meantime, get to know Gibside better with a visit or try our other Park Run in the North East at The Leas in South Tyneside. And look out on these pages for new things to do too, like guided bike rides, half marathons, and orienteering challenges.

    Gentle exercise

    Winter walking is the perfect way to get out and about for some fresh air and take in the region's most beautiful and breathtaking countryside. Discover our places by yourself or join one of our guided walks. There are lots to choose from - health walks, wildlife walks, discovery walks and even night sky walks. At Gibside we have a regular monthly health walk and at Souter Lighthouse and Hadrian's Wall, we'll be leading sky walks to see what stars we can see in the winter night time.

    Become a volunteer

    Over 5,000 people help us to bring our places to life in Yorkshire and the North East in a variety of different ways. Pitch in with one of our teams of rangers or gardeners in the great outdoors, make someone's day working with the public or get up close and personal with our houses and the amazing things in them.

    You can improve your CV, meet new people and give something back to the community - browse the opportunities available and get in touch.


    Visit somewhere new

    January may traditionally be the coldest month of the calendar, but as the frost descends, it’s the perfect time of year to get into the outdoors, get some fresh air and escape from life back at work after the Christmas break.

    In the North East, many of our places remain open throughout the winter with a host of events and activities to join. Take a bracing stroll along the Northumberland Coast or Hadrian's Wall to experience the elements. A bit of cold is never enough to stop the outdoor fun at Gibside, where family friendly activities carry on all winter. And the gardens at Wallington and Seaton Delaval Hall will offer up some colour as hardy winter blooms come through the frost.