Summer holiday fun at Gibside

With over 600 acres of gardens and woodlands here, which includes the awesome Strawberry Castle play area and low ropes course, there's always something fun to do during the summer holidays. This year, we've got a nature trail available every day and an activity theme planned for each week too, each one runs from 11am to 3pm.

Child completing a trail

Nature explorer trail, 21 July-2 September

Every day of the holidays, you can pick up a free trail from visitor reception. The trail will take you into the woods where there'll be a series of clues to solve. How? By finding a brass rubbing point which will reveal the answer. When you’ve solved the clues you can claim your nature explorer sticker.

The bird ringing team with a blue tit

Bird ringing, 20-24 August

Get up close to a range of small birds - some of which you might spot in your garden and would like to know more about - hear about their migration patterns and how we track them. It's fascinating.

A girl holding twigs

Mouse house building, 12-31 August

This is no mean feat. Using a range of natural materials can you engineer a tiny house the right size for a mouse? It's challenging and fun at the same time.