Discover something new in the North East

As spring returns, we're in the mood for discovery. Find family bike trails and activities, learn about Northumberland's pioneers Armstrong and Bewick in new exhibitions, or find a spot to kick back and enjoy the best of the North East's spectacular wildlife.

Family with dragon heads on Wallington's lawn

Wallington, Northumberland 

Get on your bike this year and enjoy some of Wallington’s surrounding landscapes as you pedal your way around new cycle routes this year. As well as being one of the pieces of land that we care for, discover more about the unconventional aristocrat who gifted Wallington to the nation.

Light bulbs at Cragside lit by hydroelectricity

Cragside, Northumberland 

2017 is Cragside’s bright Sparks year celebrating the people who made Cragside. Discover the electrical room and look out for the exciting events taking place throughout the year. From April onwards, we’re opening on Mondays- meaning you’ll be able to explore seven days a week.

A couple and their dog walking in the woods

Gibside, Tyne & Wear 

In the heart of Gibside 18th-century landscape garden you’ll discover the Walled Garden; it’s a tranquil retreat filled with flowers, vineries and vegetable plots. Venture into the great outdoors on one of the many waymarked walks.

Spring blooms in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland 

Seaton Delaval Hall is a place like no other, almost like your extended back garden and on a visit this year you can find discover why. Families can enjoy theatrical live music, storytelling, dressing up. Adults can enjoy live music, talks, or relax in the gardens.

A family in the play field in front of Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

Small but perfectly formed, this red-and-white-hooped lighthouse was a marvel of its age and it’s now a hub of family fun. There is so much to see and do all year round, including a jam-packed family events schedule, an open air theatre and lots of nature themed activities.

Visitors in the Orchard at Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear

Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear 

The name Washington is very important, after all, the capital of the US wouldn’t bear this name, if it wasn’t for this little gem. Make your way around this grand manor house and see what discoveries await you. Outdoors, there are bees, an orchard and glorious gardens teaming with wildlife. There’s also a brand new play fort for your little ones.

Two visitors sitting outdoors

Cherryburn, Northumberland 

As an adult Thomas Bewick was a famous Northumbrian artist but we also like to call him the original ‘wild child’. Bewick loved being outdoors studying wildlife for hours. Now you can explore his birthplace seven days a week learning about his craft in the museum, watching traditional print techniques in the press room and cosying up by the range.