October half term at Gibside

Pumpkins in a row

Gather your little (and big) monsters for some Halloween fun at Gibside. Follow the woodland trail and find the giant pumpkins, challenge yourself to complete the Gibside activity diploma or lend a hand and help us pick up the leaves on the avenue.

Every day of October half term you can take part in the pumpkin trail.

From Saturday 19 October to Monday 4 November, pick up a pumpkin trail sheet from visitor reception and follow the arrows.

There's no need to book, when you arrive head to visitor reception and pick up your trail sheet. 

As you make your way around, be on the lookout for the scary giant pumpkins. The trail will take you through the west woods to Strawberry Castle play area - perfect for kids of all ages.

Once you've finished, visit the shop to collect your well-deserved sticker. Good luck!

Free for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply.

Take on a challenge 

This autumn we're setting you (and the whole family) the challenge of completing the Gibside Activity Diploma. It's a range of outdoor activities that are specific Gibside, including completing an orienteering course, swinging on the rope swing, counting the trees along the Avenue and more. Pick up an activity sheet from visitor reception and get active outdoors. 

Afterwards, reward your efforts with a hot chocolcate or a yummy pumpkin spiced latte in the cafe.... perhaps before giving us a helping hand picking up the leaves on the avenue. 

Gibside's Avenue in autumn

Help us look after Gibside this autumn

The iconic avenue is framed by a blend of of oaks, sycamores and limes, making it very picturesque, especially in autumn. While the fallen leaves offer lots of fun, if left and walked into the ground it can cause a lot of damage. So this year, there'll be rakes, barrows and gloves so that you can get involved with our conservation work too. And have some fun of course.