Ways to play at Gibside

A boy ziplining ay Gibside

There are many different ways to play at Gibside. Each outdoor activity is spread across a family-friendly walk. It's the perfect place to burn off some energy and let imaginations run wild.

From exploring the nature playscape, to being king or queen of Strawberry Castle play area, there are plenty of ways for kids (and big kids) to play at Gibside. 

There's so much for families to do! We’ve got a challenging low ropes course to tackle, instruments made from trees, a flying disc golf course and plenty of open space to run around at Green Close Field.

Tackle the orienteering course and find a hidden geochache. Go back and forth like a pendulum on the woodland rope swing or sit quietly at the brass rubbing circle. 

Enjoy the freedom of natural play
Children climb over logs
Enjoy the freedom of natural play

Tackle the West Wood workout, spot woodland wildlife sculptures or engineer a secret hideaway in the Den Building area.

Do a spot of cloud watching at the Stables. Walk a little slower and listen carefully, you may spot Roe deer in the forest, newts at the Lily Pond or Willow Tits at the Bird Hide. 

When tummies are growling, enjoy a treat at Strawberry Castle kiosk, have a game of table tennis and let little ones get messy at the tree lab in Market Place before you cosy up in the children's section of the second-hand bookshop.

Den building
Den building
Den building