Hidden gems in the North East

George Stephenson's Birthplace, Wylam © Geoffrey Frosh

George Stephenson's Birthplace, Wylam

Make this the year you make the most of what the North East has to offer. As well as some fascinating big houses like Cragside, and iconic stretches of countryside like Hadrian's Wall, we look after some lesser known hidden gems from the birthplaces of the great railway engineer George Stephenson to hidden woodlands in County Durham.

Nature events

Ramblers enjoy a well earned rest in the Cheshire Countryside

Join us for nature and wildlife events and enjoy the great outdoors this spring. Here's what's coming up:


Nature spotters

From bugs, butterflies and bees, to trees and pond life. Use our handy nature spotters guides to track what you spot while out and about in the countryside.


Gardening week

Where better to get inspiration for your garden than Cragside? During National Gardening week (13 - 19 April) you can enjoy talks, tours and activities celebrating the gardens landscaped by Lord Armstrong.

Everyone is happy that spring has arrived © Scott Mackie

Everyone is happy that spring has arrived

Spring nature

We all love this time of year - birds are singing, flowers are emerging and lambs are being born. We've made a list of the best places in the North East to go nature spotting in spring, so all you need to do is pop your boots on and get out there.

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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