Things to see & do

Things to see and do at Gibside

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Summer activities

From foodie delights and theatrical times, to guided walks and wildlife wows. With each summer, comes the Summer Planner full of activities that will help the kids learn something new, try different sports and allow them to run wild with friends. Every day.

Take in a tour

Intrigue and Strife at Gibside: Every day you can discover the rise and fall of Gibside's families, including Mary Eleanor Bowes, one of the 18th century's richest heiresses, whose torturous marriage was a cause celebre of the Georgian era and the subject of bestselling book, Wedlock.

Don't miss...

  • Get close to nature with our wildlife hide and viewing cameras
  • Discover the Column of Liberty or Skyline Walk for stunning panoramas
  • See the historic Shrubbery garden borders come back to life
  • Uncover Mary Eleanor Bowes’ dramatic story of torture and abduction
  • Enjoy exhibitions, events and our milkable cow at the Stables
  • Join our engaging guides for a free tour every day of the week
Get fit and join us on a weekly parkrun

Get fit and join us on a weekly parkrun

The 19th Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race

Entries are now being accepted for The 19th Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race on Sunday 18 October at 9.30am! It's six miles around Gibside estate taking in all the landmarks. Up for it?

Not quite for you... there's plenty of Walking routes, or a pambling class you can take part in or perhaps a parkrun is more your bag.

Let's face the music...

... and definitely dance! George Bowes loved entertaining (and showing off) his gardens to his high-powered guests. We're rekindling his passion for performance with a fantastic live music programme, from local performers and choirs, all inspired by a seasonal theme.

Visit Gibside Cafe

We just love putting a smile on people's faces and sometimes nothing does that more than a homemade treat. A scone, or slice of yummy marmalade or chocolate and marrow cake - made right here at Gibside. If you get the guilty feeling after, there's plenty of space here to walk it off.

Look out for wildlife

Just the other day, we discovered some little caterpillars in their cocoon from the Bird-cherry Ermine micro-moth and someone spotted a badger having a stroll. Need a hand knowing where to see the wildlife? Join a Ramble with a Ranger and learn the best places to look.