Christmas Chaos

This December the elves asked if they could assist the ranger team, which sounded like a great help. Unfortunately, we're not quite sure it went to plan...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Pick up a Christmas chaos trail from visitor reception and as you make your way around the route, be on the lookout for things that don't look quite right. You see, although the elves - Merry, Elm, Twinkle, Peppermint, Berry and Otis - were extremely helpful they have made a few mistakes. Can you see where they've misunderstood? Write the answer on the trail sheet and please post it to us next to the shop so that we can see what needs correcting.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.60 £10.50
Child £5.80 £5.25
Family £28.90 £26.25
1 adult, 2 children £17.35 £15.75
Group Adult N/A £8.00
Group Child N/A £4.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Free entry to Market Place, café / pub and shop: Only on Gibside Market days (every first and third Saturday of each month) and for Gibside Pub (open every Friday and Saturday until 9pm).

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Pick up your trail sheet from Visitor Reception
What to bring and wear
Warm clothes and comfortable shoes.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
18 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available
19 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available
20 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available
21 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available
22 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available
23 December 2017 11:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Call 01207 541820

Upcoming events

History tour

Mon 18 Dec 2017
Join a history tour to hear all about Gibside and how it came to be.

Christmas Chaos

Mon 18 Dec 2017
This December the elves asked if they could assist the ranger team, which sounded like a great help. Unfortunately, we're not quite sure it went to plan...

Intrigue and Strife at Gibside: Guided Tour

Mon 18 Dec 2017
Discover the rise and fall of Gibside.

Felting with Faerierealms

Tue 19 Dec 2017
Friendly, sociable felting group for people of all ages and abilities. Learn new skills and contribute to our Woollen Woods project.

Get Active! Health Walk

Wed 20 Dec 2017
Join our Health Walks, every Wednesday from 11am.

Carols by Candlelight with North East Gospel Choir

Wed 20 Dec 2017
Wrap up warm and join us in Gibside chapel for a performance of traditional carols performed by the North East Gospel Choir by candlelight.