School holidays in the North East

Now summer is here, the school holidays await and we've got lots going on to make sure you have a great time while visiting National Trust places near you in the North East. Whether it’s sporting activities, getting closer to nature or exploring inside houses, there’s lots to see and do during the school holidays.

A family playing in the sunshine at Gibside

Come out and play at Gibside this summer with free activities every day. Play sports like blindfolded football, challenge your friends at flying disc golf or relax with a game of tumbling tower. You can also venture into the woodland to find the new play pavilion, complete with ear trumpets and periscopes, tackle the low-ropes course or conquer Strawberry Castle play area.

Playing a game of table tennis in the garden

Play out at Ormesby Hall throughout the school the holidays where a sporty summer awaits. Head to the sports field to get active with a variety of sports activities for all the family. Try your hand a table tennis, have a game of cricket, race a hobby horse, give croquet a go or test your aim with archery - what will you try?

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne and Wear

Enjoy a summer of sport at Souter Lighthouse with free games and activities every Monday and Wednesday throughout the holidays, including archery, football and badminton. Join a seashore safari to find the canny creatures in the rock pools or borrow a nature activity pack or balance bike to make the most of exploring the coast. Don't forget you can also climb all 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse and see the views from the top.

Two boys run in the garden at Wallington


Spend some family time at Wallington this summer, wandering through the hidden walled garden full of summer blooms, playing garden games on the lawn or exploring the informal house, once home to the unconventional Trevelyan family. Look out for the new art installation on the River Walk or explore further afield on the Dragon Cycle trail - bring your bike or hire one for an adventure on two wheels.

A girl climbing the 'witches hat' climbing frame at Cragside's adventure play area.

Family adventures

Join us for a day of exploring at Cragside with the kids. There's lots to climb on at the adventure play area. You can take the kids on a trek through the labyrinth to discover the wizard and Nelly's Den and get closer hunt for nature on a walk around Nelly's Moss lakes too.

A family near the pond in the Privvy Garden at Seaton Delaval Hall

Family fun at Seaton Delaval Hall

Come out and play, burn off some energy and enjoy summer family activities at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.

A family walking a long a path a Cragside.

Family activities in the North East 

Enjoy family adventures in the North East this summer. Go on a wildlife walk, find play areas galore or explore the best beaches - whatever you fancy, there's plenty of fun for all the family.