Educational visits to Gibside
Whether you’re looking to spark creativity, build confidence, encourage problem-solving skills or fill your lungs with fresh air, Gibside has everything you need for a group visit immersed in nature.
Activities we offer
The team at Gibside has developed a programme where groups of children and young people can explore freely, reconnect with nature, learn new skills and revive their love of learning. You can choose from a variety of self-led and volunteer-led activities or request to use the woodlands for your own activities.
We welcome all formal groups of young people to Gibside, including schools, universities, Brownies and Scouts. Our activities complement children's learning through different key stages, and for college and university students we offer outdoor space for team building and a place to expand their studies.
School Christmas trail
Bring your teaching outdoors and celebrate the festive season with your class on a Christmas trail around Gibside.
Father Christmas's elves have lost the reindeer's magical food. With the help of elf-on-the-shelf, follow the trail until all the food bags have been found. Along the journey learn what each Reindeer loves about winter; songs, historical stories, languages and animals, and at the end of the trail get crafty using natural materials to create a winter themed decoration.
From Monday 20 November to Friday 22 December. Find out more.
- Autumn/winter terms Book to visit between September to March, for every student to receive a free, one-off family pass to Gibside.
- Spring/summer terms As the weather gets warmer group spaces become limited, it's recommended you book your trip by March to secure a place between April to July.
How to book
Booking is essential for all group visits as we have limited coach parking, lunch room facilities and equipment for groups.
Improving nature connectedness with Starling Bank
Starling Bank is working with National Trust to fund nature workshops for school children who otherwise struggle to access outdoor spaces. These workshops will provide opportunities for the children to experience nature first-hand and learn about how we can protect the environment and wildlife for future generations.
Education Group Memberships
Why not make your school visit more affordable and take advantage of the National Trust Education Group Membership? This covers all children in your school for one year across all properties in the National Trust. Find out more information on the Education Group Membership.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can we visit?
School visits take place during term-time Monday to Friday during opening hours. We provide half day and full day offers.
Do you provide lunch?
No, we recommend everyone brings a packed lunch for a full day visit.
How many students can we bring?
If your class has over 30 children we recommend splitting into two groups and joining a different activity in the morning, then swapping in the afternoon.
Do teachers need to take part in the activity sessions?
All activities are led by our staff and volunteers who can’t wait to work with your group. Please note, however, that the behaviour of the students remains your responsibility at all times.
We've partnered with Starling Bank to improve access to nature for more than 1 million people and fund vital peatland conservation projects. Find out all the ways we're working with them through our three-year partnership.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
Discover formal and informal opportunities for education and learning for children and young people at Seaton Delaval Hall. There are cross-curricular opportunities to learn inside and out, for all ages all, with a fun day out too!
The wealthiest heiress in Georgian times, horseback abductions, divorces and illegitimate children are just a part of Gibside’s incredible story.
Discover a much-celebrated Palladian church at Gibside, take a history tour, explore the estate and enjoy outdoor play for families.
Feel the spirit of Christmas, with a traditional feast of festive celebrations. From Saturday 25 November to Monday 8 January.