Summer holiday family fun in the North East

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Wildlife Bioblitz

Explore your coast

Ever fancied helping with a wildlife survey? This is the summer of the coastal Bioblitz, a race against the clock to record as many species as possible. Join us on the Northumberland Coast on 21 & 22 August or at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas on Sunday 30 August.



Picnic by the sea

When was the last time you packed a picnic and enjoyed a day at the coast breathing in sea air, jumping over waves or lying in the sun? A while? Check out our top coastal picnic spots.

Coastal walks

From the sandy beaches and castles of Northumberland to the clifftops, sea stacks and caves of The Leas in South Tyneside, the coastline we look after is great for walking, offering amazing views, wildlife spotting and a chance to recharge your batteries.

Garden walks

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12 - 1pm

With a beautiful Formal Garden, a pinetum and Europe's largest rock garden to explore there's lots to see in the gardens at Cragside. Join one of our volunteer gardeners for a guided walk through the formal gardens. The tour includes an introduction to the different parts of the garden and seasonal highlights.

Cellar & Attic tours

Explore behind the scenes on a tour that takes you down into the cellars and up into the attics at Wallington. Discover the layers of history from the time of the wild Border Reivers to when Second World War refugees from Newcastle were evacuated to the Northumberland countryside. 


Join our ranger to explore the ponds and rivers at Gibside on the look out for brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies. Guided walks take place on Thursday 23 & Sunday 26 July and are suitable for all the family.

Gorgeous gardens

It's summer time and our gardens are in full bloom across the North East Which do you prefer:

Get outdoors

Do you love spending time outdoors? Whether you want to get into sport or already love cycling, running or walking, check out our downloadable routes, regular events and guided cycle rides.

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