National Trust - Gibside

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A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past. Gibside is one of the few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life within 243 hectares (600 acres) of gardens, woodland and countryside – perfect for wildlife spotting. Highlights include a Neo-classical chapel, restored stable block and grand ruin.

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  • Events & Activities Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Sep 2016 and 01 Sep 2020. Closing date for applications is 01 Sep.

    A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past. Gibside is one of the few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life within 243 hectares (600 acres) of gardens, woodland and countryside – perfect for wildlife spotting. Highlights include a Neo-classical chapel, restored stable block and grand ruin. Gibside is growing its Events & Activities Volunteer Team this spring/summer to bring its fantastic events and activities programme to life and welcome thousands of visitors on evenings, weekends and in school holidays. The role will involve: • Helping to run the brand new activity station at Gibside. The first programmed event is May Half Term celebrating Stick Week. • Setting up, delivering and pack down of exciting one-off events across several outdoor spaces. • Supporting evening, weekend and school holiday activities. • Welcoming visitors to outdoor spaces across Gibside, checking tickets/reservations and providing wayfinding information and promoting other activities while they are visiting. • Interpreting and encouraging visitors to take part in activities and events during their visit. • Collecting feedback to help us develop future events and activities. • Assisting with the development, planning and delivery of future events and activities during this exciting time. • Gibside Events & Activities programme includes: sports, arts & crafts, messy play, outdoor theatre, music nights, festivals, fundraising and much more.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Events, Media and Marketing, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects, One-Off Projects
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