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Gateshead: Gibside

Gateshead: Gibside

Our private woodland site is based within the grounds of National Trust Gibside with our base camp being nestled in an area of beech trees with a backdrop of ancient woodland including giant oak, sycamore and holly trees. We can watch the sheep in nearby fields, badgers are our nocturnal next door neighbours and we share this space with a barn owl, roe deer, a friendly robin and many more woodland living things.

About this Location

Here at National Trust Gibside we offer Ofsted Registered Early Years Childcare for children aged 2-7 years old which we’ve coined ‘Stomping Grounds Forest Kindergarten’. Open Monday to Friday 9am-3pm during term times.

Families can use their Early Years Funding, Tax Free Childcare allowance, Childcare Vouchers and claim back through Universal Credit towards their childcare fees. 

Gibside is closest to Rowlands Gill but it is also commutable distance from many surrounding locations. Many families join us from further afield too due to the unique nature of our provision. 

  • Convenient Drop off and Pick up
  • Parking
  • Accessible by car, bike and on foot
  • Regular Bus routes to Rowlands Gill
  • Private Woodland Base Camp with shelter
  • Access to whole of the Gibside Woodland Estate
  • Adventure Playground
  • River
  • Children’s Growing Garden
  • Inclusive
  • Child-Led
  • Provision for children aged 2-7 years old.

Address and Travel Information


National Trust Gibside
Rowlands Gill
NE16 6BG


You can park in the main or overflow car park and one of our team will come and meet you. Please make an appointment by completing our expression of interest form.

You can also enter through the pedestrian gate by bike or on foot which brings you into the main car park. The route to our drop off/pick up point is accessible by pushchair although the car parks are rough stony ground.

Travel by bus:

There are regular buses to Rowlands Gill and from there it is a short walk down the hill to the entrance.

Location Map

The site entrance is on Busty Bank, Burnopfield Road (B6314) just where the road crosses the river Derwent.

Further Information

To find out more about our wonderful Kindergarten or to arrange an appointment to come and visit us, please complete the expression of interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you.