Father Christmas's Gibside grotto

Come and meet Father Christmas during his visit to Gibside this December. He has made a special journey from the North Pole to be here and his elves have even helped to set up a magical grotto.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Create special family memories this year by making your way to Father Christmas' magical grotto nestled within Gibside's gardens. Enjoy a chat with the main man himself, and even receive an early Christmas gift.


Event ticket prices
  • Child £8.00
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

Booking details
Call 01207 541820
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Normal admission charges do not apply for the evening visits as the grounds beyond Market Place are closed.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
2 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Available
3 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Available
6 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Available
9 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Sold out
18:00 - 20:00 Available
10 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Sold out
13 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Available
15 December 2017 18:00 - 20:00 Available
16 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Sold out
18:00 - 20:00 Available
17 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Sold out
22 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Available
18:00 - 20:00 Sold out
23 December 2017 10:30 - 15:30 Sold out
18:00 - 20:00 Sold out

Contact Info

Call 01207 541820

Upcoming events

Get Active! Health Walk

Wed 18 Oct 2017
Relax in the company of our Health Walk leaders and get inspired for gentle exercise on short sociable walks around Gibside.

Gibside Pub

Fri 20 Oct 2017
Gibside Pub can be found inside the main café every Friday and Saturday evening until 9pm. And although it may be on the small side, it is nestled within an 18th-century garden as well as being the only pub in the village.


Sat 21 Oct 2017
Whether you're new to running, a youngster or an Olympic athlete, all runners are welcome at Gibside parkrun, a free 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am.

Gibside market

Sat 21 Oct 2017
There aren't many modern-day markets held within an 18th-century garden. However, you can find one here on every first and third Saturday of each month from 10am.

Hallowe'en trail

Sat 21 Oct 2017
We know that creepy crawlies can be a little scary, but this Hallowe'en we'd like to let you into a little secret.... they're super important for the planet.

Gibside and Beyond: Views of Gibside

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Discover the history behind Gibside's landmarks on a 10 mile guided walk. Please bring along a packed lunch, drinking fluids and snacks.