Make the most of summer nights

The orangery late on a summer evening

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.

From Friday 4 May to Saturday 15 September Gibside will stay open for even longer on Fridays and Saturdays.

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. Make an order for a fresh wood-fired pizza too; from the traditional margherita to ham and pineapple or a meat feast.

And this year we’ve gone one step further. On the first and third Friday of every month, it's beer and a bite night featuring live music. Both evenings will feature all of the above, alongside delicious food from street food traders and live music.

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.

From Friday 5 October the whole estate will close on Fridays and Saturdays until 3 May 2019. However, the cafe will re-open on selected dates for special events such as Hallowe'en and Christmas.

A close up image of pizza

Beer and a bite night

On the first and third Friday of every month during summer nights it's beer and a bite night featuring live music. Enjoy a late evening stroll and tuck into delicious street food from local foodie traders. Free for National Trust members or normal admission charges applies (including to the café / pub).

External shot of Fiona Curran's art next to the orangery

Explore history through Contemporary art at Gibside

Through Contemporary Art at Gibside you can delve into the past of one of Gibside's main characters, the Countess of Strathmore Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749-1800). The two installations will be here until 30 September.