Hidden gems in the North East

If you're searching for that perfect spot to sit back and take in a view, or just fancy downing your picnic blanket in a relaxed setting, we've got lots of hidden gems to explore.

Visitors having a picnic at Cherryburn

Cherryburn, Northumberland 

Peek inside the Print Room and discover how Thomas Bewick revolutionised print art in Georgian England by watching demonstrations showing how wood blocks were used to create beautiful prints. Or, pack a picnic and down your blanket on the lawn while the youngsters enjoy playing games.

Banded demoiselle at Gibside

Gibside, Tyne & Wear 

Along the riverside at Gibside between May and August you’ll spot the beautiful metallic blue and green banded demoiselle dragonflies. They’re usually seen amongst the riverbank plants or on the edge of the meadows, so if you take a tranquil walk along the riverside path on a sunny day, you should be lucky enough to these real gems.

Rothley Lake Sunset

Wallington, Northumberland 

Whilst many are familiar with Wallington’s house and gardens, the wider area is still yet to be explored by most. Rothley Lake is surrounded by wetlands and woodland and is a haven for wildlife including otters, badgers red squirrels, bats and white clayed crayfish.

Cragside House, Northumberland

Cragside, Northumberland 

Take a walk at Cragside and enjoy the view of the house which is completely surrounded by many magnificent trees, including one of the tallest Scots pine in UK. In 2014, this tree was measured at 40 metres, now thought to be the tallest in the United Kingdom.