Gibside - National Trust

Gibside - National Trust
nr Rowlands Gill
Burnopfield
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE16 6BG
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

E-mail

gibside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01207 541820

Fax

01207 541213

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A chapel with a large portico
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An 18th century landscape 'forest' garden once home to the Bowes-Lyons family. Now, owned and managed by the National Trust, Gibside is a magnificent 600 acre estate for you to venture, exploring our woodlands, riverside and parkland to discover some of our rare and beautiful wildlife. Learn our history as you wander around the estate visiting our historic Palladian chapel, Column to Liberty, productive Walled Garden and majestic ruins of the Hall and Green House.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Landscape garden, walks and stables
1 Jan--28 Feb 10--4 Mon - Sun
1 Mar--31 Oct 10--6 Mon - Sun
1 Nov--31 Dec 10--4 Mon - Sun

Chapel
2 Jan--27 Feb 10--4 Sat & Sun
1 Mar--31 Oct 10--6 Mon - Sun
5 Nov--31 Dec 10--4 Sat & Sun

Café, gift shop and farm shop
2 Jan--28 Feb 10--4 Mon - Sun
1 Mar--31 Oct 10--5 Mon - Sun
1 Nov--31 Dec 10--4 Mon - Sun

Estate closed 24 and 25 December. Gibside Larder and gift shop open 11 Monday to Friday.

Admission charges

Admission prices:
adult £6.50, child £4 plus family and membership options

Getting there

By Road: Approx. 2 miles south of MetroCentre (A1) along the A694, on the outskirts of Gateshead. Sign posted along the route.

By Train & public transport: Nearest train station at MetroCentre plus public transport links from MetroCentre and Newcastle city centre.

By cycle: within 500m of the C2C (coast 2 coast) route, as it passes through Rowlands Gill, near Gateshead

Additional info

Come and stay in our Stables, recently refurbished as our Learning & Discovery Centre. Ideal for groups to take part in our education activities, or as a base to explore the area or region.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph showing tomatoes at farmers' market

Gibside Farmers' Market

  • 19 April 2014 10am-4pm *on now
  • 3 May 2014 10am-4pm
  • 17 May 2014 10am-4pm

Gibside Farmers' Market is a great place to buy fresh, seasonal food direct from local farmers, growers and bakers. Leave the supermarket behind for a great value and enjoyable shopping experience. Taking place twice a month in lovely leafy surroundings - it's very different from a town centre market.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry to Market however normal admission charges apply to the rest of the Estate.

photograph of a path in forest

Parkrun

  • 19 April 2014 9-10:30am *on now
  • 26 April 2014 9-10:30am

The runs are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. The runs will take place each Saturday throughout the Spring and Summer.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of roe deer

Roe Deer Safari

  • 28 June 2014 6:30-9am

Get closer than ever and discover their secrets, habits, habitats and how you can do your bit to protect them. The safari will finish at the Potting Shed Café where delicious hot bacon sandwiches will be served.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult £18.00, Child £16.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Cherry blossom

Signs of Spring Ramble with a Ranger

  • 24 April 2014 2:30-3:30pm
  • 27 April 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Join a Gibside Ranger on a ramble through the woods and fields in search of those tell tale signs in plants, trees and wildlife that spring is here. Look out for croaking frogs, bursting buds, returning birds and lots more!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Bee on a flower

Garden Gossip - Bee Friendly Gardening

  • 8 May 2014 2-3:30pm
  • 10 May 2014 2-3:30pm

See what goes on behind the scenes and lend a hand with garden tasks ' vital to the upkeep and restoration of Gibside's Georgian Walled Garden. Share any questions or gardening dilemmas and pick up seasonal tips from the experts. Perfect for keen gardeners or complete novices. In May we'll be using stakes to support decorative plants in the herbaceous borders and talking about how we use bees in the Walled Garden and how you can be a bee-friendly gardener at home.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Bee

Bees for Beginners Workshop

  • 11 May 2014 11am-3pm

Whether you're looking to start your own hive, pick up some expert tips or just fancy getting up close with some real honey bees this is a great workshop and a unique chance to see behind the scenes in Gibside's bee hives. A seasonal lunch is included.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20.00 per person. Includes lunch. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Bat

Bat Watch

  • 17 May 2014 8-10:30pm
  • 30 August 2014 8-10:30pm

Explore Gibside, home to 8 of the UK's 18 native bat species, as the sun goes down and meet some of its nocturnal residents.

The evening will begin with hot drinks and homemade cake in the café where our Head Ranger and local bat expert will talk about the bats, their habitat and what we're doing to protect them. Then head into the ground, armed with bat detectors, to enjoy a close encounter with Gibside's nocturnal wildlife.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

praying mantis

Wild flowers and Wild Bugs Ramble with a Ranger

  • 22 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm
  • 25 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Join a Gibside Ranger on a ramble through Gibside's woods and meadows in search of beautiful spring wildflowers and discover the fascinating creepy crawlies that live among them.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Gibside House

Great Gibside Hike

  • 1 June 2014 11am-3pm
  • 3 August 2014 11am-3pm

Bring a picnic and put your walking boots on for a 7 mile guided hike around Gibside's woods, farm and gardens. Tread the lesser warn paths to discover some hidden gems and secret views including the Bath House, Skyline Walk and Snipes Dene mine shafts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £7.20, Child: £3.70 (whole property).

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

photograph of plant being repotted

Garden Gossip: Summer Pots and Salads

  • 5 June 2014 2-3:30pm
  • 7 June 2014 2-3:30pm

Share any questions or gardening dilemmas and pick up seasonal tips from the experts. Perfect for keen gardeners or complete novices. In June we'll be planting out the summer pots and borders and harvesting the first of the salad vegetables ready to use in the Potting Shed Café.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Wood

Dens for Dads

  • 14 — 15 June 2014 11am-3pm

Treat Dad to a day in the great outdoors with a ramble through the woods or a short walk in the gardens. Build your own family den deep in the West Wood with some help from dad or let him put his feet up on a log while you do all the hard work!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Archery

Bows at Gibside

  • 29 June 2014 11am-3pm
  • 31 August 2014 11am-3pm

See the historic sport of longbow archery, popular with the Georgian elite, brought to life as the Gibside Bows Longbow Archery Club holds a shoot in front of Gibside Hall. Test out your own archery skills with drop-in have-a-go archery for kids and grown-ups. A great opportunity to try out a new sport with a fascinating history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Moth

National Moth Morning

  • 5 July 2014 10-11am

On National Moth Morning help the Gibside Rangers empty moth traps set up the night before and examine what you find inside! Gibside is home to hundreds of moth species and they form a vital link in the food chain for our bats and birds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Bike

Bring a Bike Day

  • 6 July 2014 11am-3pm

With the Tour de France heading north, bring your bikes or borrow one for free! Borrowed bikes must be booked in advance. Discover what the Derwent Valley has to offer cyclists, from a family-friendly route within Gibside to more challenging trails in the Derwent Valley. Cycle racks available in the Market Square. Free entry with a bike!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Gibside Hall

Garden Gossip: Room to Make New Beauties

  • 10 July 2014 2-3:30pm
  • 12 July 2014 2-3:30pm

A special Head Gardener's guided walk starting at the top of Snipes Dene and following George Bowes' original carriage drive into Gibside. Experience the Georgian design, plantings, views and buildings that George Bowes used to shape his landscape and that have inspired visitors for centuries after his death.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking essential.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

butterflies on flowers

Butterflies and Dragonflies Ramble with a Ranger

  • 27 April 2014 2:30-3:30pm
  • 24 July 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Join a Gibside Ranger on a Ramble round Gibside's gardens, ponds and woods in search of colourful and exotic looking butterflies and dragonflies. Use butterfly nets and magnifying glasses to get a close up look at our darters, hawkers and skimmers!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Potatoes

Garden Gossip - Early Harvest

  • 7 August 2014 2-3:30pm
  • 9 August 2014 2-3:30pm

Share any questions or gardening dilemmas and pick up seasonal tips from the experts. Perfect for keen gardeners or complete novices. In August we'll be picking cabbage, potatoes, peas and broad beans ready to use in the Potting Shed Café as well as smartening up our summer borders.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Orange tree

Fruit Tree Training Workshop

  • 17 August 2014 11am-3pm

Join Gibside's Head Gardener and develop new, or practise your existing, fruit tree training skills with expert advice as you lend a hand restoring the fruit borders in Gibside's ever changing Walled Garden. Ideal for seasoned gardeners or beginners interested in trying something new. Includes a seasonal lunch.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of flying bat

Bat Watch

  • 30 August 2014 8-10:30pm

The evening will begin with hot drinks and homemade cake in the café where our Head Ranger and local bat expert will talk about the bats, their habitat and what we're doing to protect them. Then head into the ground, armed with bat detectors, to enjoy a close encounter with Gibside's nocturnal wildlife.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Visiting the Chapel

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-gibside.htm

This cross-curricular visit aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 students involves recognising Christian symbols and their meanings, and exploring shapes and materials in the building.

How to obtain

Call 01207 541820 or email gibside@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

Getting there

By Road: Approx. 2 miles south of MetroCentre (A1) along the A694, on the outskirts of Gateshead. Sign posted along the route.

By Train & public transport: Nearest train station at MetroCentre plus public transport links from MetroCentre and Newcastle city centre.

By cycle: within 500m of the C2C (coast 2 coast) route, as it passes through Rowlands Gill, near Gateshead

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