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 family outside of the chapel

Make the most of summer nights

We're now open for longer on Friday and Saturday evenings. Explore the gardens, stay for a pint with the pooch and catch up with friends until 9pm. All of the grounds are open, except the chapel and stables which close at 6pm, so perhaps it's round to Strawberry Castle play area for an adventure? Then back to the cafe for a relaxing drink or two. (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