Play at Gibside

A youngster playing

Not only are there plenty of spaces to run wild, there are some pretty awesome things for youngsters and families to do at Gibside.

Strawberry Castle Play Area

Inspired by the lost Strawberry Castle garden feature, this wooden fortress welcomes many knights, kings, queens, princesses and more, every day. Swoosh down the slide, go wild on the swings, zoom down the zip wire and scramble in the water and sand.

Nature Playscape

A woodland playscape created from materials found on the Gibside estate, is the perfect place to crawl through tunnels, balance across log bridges and clamber over tree trunks.

Low Ropes Challenge

Put your balance and strength to the test and make your way from one tree to another using the different rope challenges, if you dare…

West Wood Activity Area

Build a den in this area of woodland using the fallen natural materials on the ground.  Don’t forget to help ‘leave no trace’ and dismantle your den before you leave.

Head to the stables

Take five in Renick's book shop where there's a range of second hand books. Here, you can take a seat and enjoy reading then and there or take one away with you, a small donation is always appreciated. You can also meet Daisy the cow, she's there and you can even help out by milking her.