Enjoy the summer

Visitors walking through the woods

Well, you know what they say, 'make hay while the sun shines', and we couldn't agree more.  

With gorgeous surroundings on offer, plenty of space for some peace and quiet and nature buzzing all around, we reckon we've got summer covered.

Did you know that there's over 600 acres here? It's teeming with wildlife from a range of wonderful birds - which can be spotted at the Bird hide - to deer, butterflies, dragonflies, bats and bees.

In fact, every Wednesday the rangers host 'Moth morning' from 10am, where you can see exactly which species visit Gibside. As the warmer weather creeps in, so do the bigger moths. They're colourful, bright and magnificent to see up close.

Another ideal way to see wildlife and nature at work, is to head out on a walk. There are four downloadable walking routes available, each one taking you to a different place within the grounds. Alternatively you can join a guided walk, or simply head off on your own.

On your travels, it's often hard to miss the vibrant colours popping up, well... everywhere. In the walled garden specifically, there is the new Willow labyrnth. Designed by volunteer Charmian Marshall and created with willow, it's a space that allows you to view this 3.5 acre garden in a somewhat different way.

Now, there's a reason there's this much land in one place and it's down to two people; George Bowes and his daughter, Mary Eleanor.

They are the main drivers for this special place being what it is and how it is. Their lives during the 17th and 18th century have created quite a story full of scandal, success, tragedy and fascinating characters. It's definitely one worth hearing and every Monday, Friday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm, History tours are hosted by knowledgeable guides.