New Year, new you in the North East

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? We’ve got some great ideas of how you can kick start 2015 with a commitment to doing something great for yourself or for others. 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

    Looking for an excuse to dust off your trainers and go for a run? parkruns are free, weekly 5km runs that are open to everyone whether you’re an experienced runner or a picking up the running bug for the first time. We host these runs at Souter Lighthouse and  The Leas in South Tyneside. Prefer to go solo? Download one of our running routes to take things at your own pace. We've also got lots of other ideas to keep you active this year too, like guided bike rides, half marathons, and orienteering challenges.

    Gentle exercise

    There’s nothing like a winter walk to blow away the cobwebs and get your fresh air fix. Explore some of the North East's best coast and countryside by yourself or join a guided walk, we've got lots to choose from - health walks, wildlife walks, discovery walks and even night sky walks.

    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 inside them.

    Improve your CV, meet new people and give something back to the community - seach 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 to get some fresh air and escape from life back at work after the Christmas break.

    In the North East, many of our places are open throughout the winter with a host of activities to join. Take a bracing stroll along the Northumberland Coast or Hadrian's Wall or see the hardy winter blooms in the gardens at Wallington or Seaton Delaval Hall. And a bit of cold is never enough to stop the outdoor fun at Gibside, where family friendly activities carry on all winter.