Make the most of the summer

If you're looking for ideas on how to spend your summer, we might be able to help. If walking, relaxing, music and spending time with family and friends sounds appealing, take a look at what we've got coming up.

The orangery late on a summer evening

Make the most of summer nights

Explore Gibside until 9pm every Friday and Saturday until 15 September; indulge in a picnic, embark on a walk or play in the walled garden or simply relax on a deckchair. Once summer nights draws to a close, the cafe / pub will close on weekend evenings until May 2019, except for special events (free for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply).

Visitors walking through the woods

Explore the grounds at Gibside

Explore over 600 acres of gardens, woodlands, buildings and an evocative ruin. This is a rare example of an eighteenth-century landscaped garden, and there is much to see here.

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.

A group of visitors on a guided walk

Join a guided walk at Gibside

Take part in a guided walk this summer. There are three to choose from, each one taking in different areas of the estate as well as going off the beaten track. They're free to join and are a great way to learn more about this landscape garden and how it came to be.

A group on a tour

Join a tour at Gibside

As we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, join a tour to hear all about Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749 - 1800): Gibside's custodian, Georgian England's richest heiress and trailblazer. They're on every Friday, Sunday and Monday, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

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