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.

A girl does a cartwheel at Gibside

Join us for summer nights

Bring the whole family for a day out. We're now open for longer on Friday and Saturday evenings, ideal for during the school holidays. You can join us for a free activity and then stay for tea time. There'll be street food on a Friday and the bar is open until 9pm on Saturdays too. Round off the day with an adventure at Strawberry Castle play area. (Free for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply).

A view along the Avenue covered in frost

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. This page will give you a sneak peek of what's on offer.

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 walk and talk at Gibside

Join a history talk and walk to hear all about this history behind this grand 18th-Century landscape garden. They take place every Friday, Sunday and Monday at 11.30am and 1pm. You can find out more details about them herere.

Stay for longer