Half term family events

Bring along a pumpkin to carve this Hallowe'en © NTPL / John Millar

Bring along a pumpkin to carve this Hallowe'en

We have loads of events to keep you and your little ones entertained this half term. Take your pick from spooky Hallowe'en happenings, wildlife tours and walks, underground adventures and more.


Gruesome gruel

Bring along a pumpkin to carve this Hallowe'en © NTPL / John Millar

Bring along a pumpkin to carve this Hallowe'en

Want to discover some of the most disgusting items in our collections? Or hear some spooky stories? Download our gruesome gruel trail this Halloween and see how many you can brave.


Meet some colourful characters

Meet Mary Eleanor Bowes of Gibside

Meet Mary Eleanor Bowes of Gibside

Read all about it! We've used our creative license to write up a few news articles about some of the colourful characters behind the places we look after in the North East & Yorkshire. They're based on true stories and include tales of kidnap, a marriage of the utmost convenience, the extravagant lifestyle of an industrialist and the socialist who gave his estate to the nation.

Autumn treats

After a summer of salads, it's time to tuck into something a bit more substantial. We love autumn harvest time as it means our chefs start to cook up some delicious and warming comfort food. From soups and stews with dumplings to apple and cinnamon scones and singing hinnies oozing with butter. Who can resist?

Spirit of Wallington

Discover the excellent work of TWYNE textile artists in this vibrant and colourful exhibition at Wallington. The artists live between the Tweed and Tyne and have been inspired by Wallington's colourful stories. 


LUX, June - November featuring Illumine by Imogen Clo√ęt

A must see this year is Cragside's new art exhibition Lux. There are seven artworks to see that reflect the importance of light and innovation at Cragside. Some very stunning pieces.

Intrigue and strife

Want to hear the gossip about Gibside's past? Join us for regular tours where you can find out about Mary Eleanor Bowes, one of the richest heiresses of the 18th Century, who was married to a conman,

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.

What's on

Autumn getaways

Fancy a stay in a lighthouse keepers' cottage? Or perhaps stepping out of your front door for a morning cuppa in Cragside's formal garden? We've got some pretty special places to stay here in the North East