Make the most of summer nights

A family outside of the chapel

The summer months and lighter nights are ideal for spending quality time with family and friends. Here, the gardens are displaying splashes of colour, there's nature all around and lots of exploring to be done.

Summer nights is here, and this time around we're even starting a little earlier.

Since we'll be celebrating the Easter holidays with lots of fun activities, from Friday 19 to Saturday 27 April, on Fridays and Saturdays the gates will be open until 8pm. Meaning there's plenty of time to take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

From Friday 3 May to Saturday 14 September Gibside will stay open for even longer on Fridays and Saturdays, until 9pm.

It's the ideal time to down your picnic blanket in the walled garden, enjoy a late evening stroll through Snipes Dene and watch the little ones playing at Strawberry Castle Play Area.

From the cafe, you can opt for a range of hot and cold drinks such as real ale, lager, wine and soft drinks. 

Been waiting for the return of beer and a bite night? It's here. Every Friday from 19 April, there'll be street food and live music from 6pm.

Summer nights is free entry for National Trust members and normal admission charges apply for non-members, including to the cafe. The chapel and stables will not be open during the evenings.

A close up image of pizza

Beer and a bite night

Every Friday it's beer and a bite night until 14 September. There'll be a range of foodie delights on offer from street food traders, the bar will be serving Firebrick Brewery ale and lager, alongside fizz and gin or soft drinks. Free for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply (including to the café / pub).