01740 617244

10 Things to Do in the North East This Summer

By 16th June 2016Travel
Wynyard Hall

Situated on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley and just a short drive from North Yorkshire, Wynyard Hall is surrounded by stunning uninterrupted views of historic parkland, has much to see and do within its 150-acre estate and is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most loved visitor attractions in the North East.



If you’re taking a couple of days out to relax and unwind in Wynyard Hall’s luxury accommodation, why not make a date to visit The Bowes Museum?

The magnificent building stands proud in the old market town of Barnard Castle and has a wonderful story to tell – it’s not to be missed… Collections include European fine and decorative arts, the UK’s most extensive ceramics collection, seasonally changing exhibitions and the Silver Swan – an iconic 18th century musical clockwork mechanism that is now played at 2pm daily.

This summer The Bowes Museum is holding yet another renowned fashion exhibition. Pleasure and Pain will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers. Discover the inspiration behind different shapes, styles, materials and colours throughout history.



Wall To Wall Splendour

Next time you visit Wynyard Hall, be sure to wander around The Gardens! It’s the perfect chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in utter tranquillity, and appreciate a horticultural wonder in full bloom. The Gardens have been intricately designed and created by multi RHS award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin, along with rose expert Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses and Wynyard Hall’s own dedicated team of gardeners.

The Gardens date back centuries, from their original creation in the 1800’s, to Lady Theresa’s re-development in the 1900’s and now the realisation of Sir John Hall’s childhood dream!

When Sir John was a boy he used to watch his father tend the roses in his strip of garden in Ashington and, in that garden, at the age of 14, he made a promise to himself that one day he would have a rose garden of his own. And he succeeded. The Gardens at Wynyard Hall have exceeded expectations of visitors within the first year of opening and are fast becoming one of the North East’s leading visitor attractions – with much to see and do, it’s easy to see why. The Gardens are home to more than 3,000 dazzling roses, bursting with colour, stunning water features and a careful selection of shrubs and trees highlighted with meandering paths.

The accompanying café is the perfect place to meet with friends and enjoy a hot drink with a piece of homemade cake or a light lunch. The impressive Farm Shop is filled with the finest locally sourced, handmade and artisan produce the North East has to offer.


Back in time though Durham

The historic landmarks, charming trinket shops and winding cobbled streets of Durham City are just a 30-minute drive north of Wynyard Hall. If you fancy a visit, why not go and see the Open Treasure exhibition at the heart of Durham Cathedral. Explore the world-class exhibition and discover 2,000 years of history including the story of remarkable buildings, revealing their historical and architectural significance. The project is designed to transform how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. Have a read of Open Treasures blog.


Be Inspired at The Gardens

Has learning a new craft been on your to-do-list for what seems like forever?

Stop by The Gardens for a fun, creative evening lead by our expert florist, and learn how to make a wonderland-inspired ‘Mad Hatter’ floral centre piece to take home. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill while meeting new friends at the same time! Tickets include all materials and we’ll treat you to a glass of prosecco and nibbles on arrival!

Mad-Hatters-Workshop 2

Woodland Walk

The acres of parkland that surround Wynyard Hall, both inside and outside the grounds are a thriving habitat for nature of all kinds. Wynyard Park is home to a number of bat species, badgers, otters, brown trout, white letter hairstreak butterfly, European eels and birds ranging in size from tree sparrows to buzzards. Who knows what you will discover on your summer stroll!


Got a taste for fine dining?

Treat your taste buds to an experience in The Wellington Restaurant. The menu is rooted in the very soil it stands on, and with the development of The Gardens, dishes will be created using some ingredients foraged from both The Gardens itself and surrounding 150 – acre estate. The venue’s renowned chefs work alongside its team of experienced gardeners to create sustainable, home-grown produce that firmly reflects the kitchen’s ethos.


Mad About Modern Art

If you want to learn a little about local history during your visit, the Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology captures the industrial character of Teesside, the exhibition shows how it has formed, from the extraction of raw materials to production, as well as the import/export of goods. Teesside is full of fantastic history from its eminent past to its economic future. This exhibition showcases new industrial technology and works by artists who have portrayed the local steelworks – the closure of which was hot topic in local politics and was under discussion at The Northern Powerhouse Debate in Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee.


Go and Glow!

Got a holiday planned this summer? Planning a visit to Wynyard Hall’s lakeside Spa into your pre-holiday preparations is an absolute must! The extensive treatment list includes a whole range of therapies to firm, tone, tighten and leave you feeling radiant. The Outer Glow is a best-selling Temple Spa treatment, your therapist will use a unique Sugar Buff Body Scrub, polish your body and then exfoliate your face with a Breakfast Smoothie skin care mix. This invigorating and refreshing all over treatment leaves the skin top-to-toe soft, revitalised and hydrated. The perfect way to begin another body treatment and an absolute must before holidays! Go and glow!


Tapas on The Terrace

Why not make the most of glorious summer nights, with drinks and nibbles on the Terrace overlooking the lake? Stop by after work or spend a gorgeous sunny afternoon enjoying a selection of choices from our delicious menu which includes roasted chorizo, sautéed new potatoes and beetroot cured salmon skewers with chive crème fraiche.

Tapas-on-the-terrace close up

Finest Local Artisan Produce

Experience the finest local artisan producers in the North East, organised by Northern Dales Farmers Market, including gluten-free produce, baked goods, freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries, homemade jam, fresh herbs, craft supplies and more! Why not make a day of it with a stroll around The Gardens and a nice relaxing drink in the cafe, overlooking the roses?  Stall holders and produce will vary from month to month so don’t miss out! The Farmers Market is free admission and takes place every 3rd Sunday of the month until October.