Things to see & do

Things to see and do at Gibside

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Join us for a Ramble with a Ranger

As part of the Great British Walk how about joining a Gibside ranger for a ramble through the woods and fields? You can discover the oldest veteran trees as well as the nature and wildlife that is living among them including fascinating and colourful fungi.

Learn about Gibside's history

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.

Come and get active at Gibside!

If you love sports, then Gibside is the place for you... join one of the free weekly 5km timed runs, Get Active! Health Walks, with Health Walk leaders, Parent and Toddler Prambling Groups and you can join Run England leaders for Gibside's Runners Club.

Hallowe'en: Take part in a Potion Trail

Halloween fun this half term © John Millar

Halloween fun this half term

Come in creepy fancy dress and discover Gibside's gruesome side.

There'll be free family activities every day of half term and you can discover the Potion Trail: Set off on a wild and spooky trail through the woodlands collecting ingredients for a grizzly potion.

Hallowe'en pumpkin carving & parade!

Come and carve a pumpkin before lighting it on our twilight pumpkin parade © National Trust / Gibside

Come and carve a pumpkin before lighting it on our twilight pumpkin parade

Get creepy and creative this Hallowe'en - there's so much to get involved with.

Start by carving your very own pumpkin lantern and make sure it's ready for the Pumpkin Parade at 3pm then eerie tales with Gibside's resident witch. Mwahhh...

Hallowe'en Hogroast

Join us for spooktacular half term fun at Gibside this Halloween © National Trust / Gibside

Join us for spooktacular half term fun at Gibside this Halloween

Come in your scariest fancy dress and enjoy a fright at the Gibside Pub and Beer Garden.

There'll be a variety of flame-cooked street food, Wylam real ales, fancy dress competition, spooky family activities and lots more! 

Father Christmas at Gibside

Remember to bring your list for Santa © National Trust

Remember to bring your list for Santa

Father Christmas is visiting Gibside and there's special slots just for the little ones. There's three dates to choose from Wednesday 2 December, 9 December and 16 December, all tickets £5

There's also the chance for the older kids to come on a festive visit to meet Father Christmas in his cosy woodland grotto. Warm up by the fire and open an early present!

Wreath making workshop

Come and join in our Christmas Wreath making workshop © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Come and join in our Christmas Wreath making workshop

Join us for a wreath making workshop on Tuesday 8 and Tuesday 15 December, 12.30pm.

Here, you'll meet Gibside's head gardener and create your very own traditional Christmas wreath using natural materials while enjoying some mulled wine and mince pies.

5km Santa Dash

Calling all Santas! Join us at Gibside for the Santa Dash

Time for some festive fun! Take part in the 5km run around Gibside's beautiful parklands, through the estate and down the iconic avenue. There's a prize for best dressed ... and of course the fastest! £10 for adults, £5 for children under 13 (under 12's must be accompanied by adults). To book please call 01207 541820.

Treat yourself...

Meet Ceri in her workshop creating handmade soaps and skincare

Whether you're looking for treats for the kitchen cupboards, a gift for a special someone, or perhaps simply to treat yourself - and why not? At Gibside Market and shop there's all sorts available... from locally produced meats to ceramics, handmade soaps, cards, scarfs, honey and cheese.

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 wonderful, wide open spaces here to walk it off.