Winter adventures with kids in the North East

Find a new family walk, try out a new craft or lend a hand with nature in amazing places in the North East. Here are our top picks to inspire you to make the most of the chillier months.

Family snowdrop planting

Snowdrop planting at Wallington 

Come and help us plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. This is the fifth year of mass planting, so come back and admire the work so far and help to make the snowdrop walk even more spectacular. Our gardening team will be here to show you the ropes and help you get hands-on with nature.


Stargaze at Cragside 

Go on a journey through space with family-friendly stargazing at Cragside. Explore the night sky through a telescope to see star clusters, galaxies, and the swirling clouds where stars are born. Starting with a colourful talk, you'll get the chance to handle space rocks billions of years old.

Volunteer helping children to make a bird feeder

Join the bird race at Souter Lighthouse 

As a home to a whole host of seabirds, like fulmar and cormorant, where better than the Leas to get a closer look at our feathered friends? Join the Souter Bird Race and count as many different bird species as possible on Sunday 5 January.

Girl holding a frozen leaf

Uncover winter's secrets at Gibside 

Winter is a great time to explore the gardens and woodlands at Gibside. With fewer leaves on the trees you'll be amazed at the wildlife you can discover. To help, the self-led winter nature trail will help you to uncover nature's secrets; from listening to birds and spotting berries to measuring the height of a tree.