Play Time: 13 Best Outdoor Play Areas & Adventure Playgrounds Near You
A really great adventure playground near you can be the perfect setting for creating precious childhood memories with your kids. The moments when a tree turns into a majestic medieval fort and a sand pit suddenly becomes a beach where a pirate treasure lies buried - those are the kind of days out we love!
So, come along for a roundup of UK’s best outdoor play areas and get ready to climb, slide, run around and explore!
Dalkeith Park, Edinburgh and Lothian
We can’t talk about the UK's most exciting adventure playgrounds near you without bringing up Dalkeith Country Park and the magical Fort Douglas. Featuring secret tunnels, huge treehouses, zip wires and the brand new for 2019, Sky Maze - this outdoor play area will send your kids on a fairytale adventure. What we love about Fort Douglas is that grown-ups are allowed to go on everything; yep - you can still be a knight or a princesses, too!
William's Den, East Yorkshire
You’ll find another awesome outdoor play area where adults and kids can play together at William’s Den. There you and your little adventurers will find a vast wooden play area in stunning nature surroundings, where you can zip across a 50-metre zip wire, get hands-on in the den making area, climb wooden structures or just run around freely. It’s simply the best in children’s outdoor play!
Folly Farm Adventure Park, Pembrokeshire
We often talk about Folly Farm as a great attraction for animal days out and farmyard fun. This time, however, it’s their awesome Pirate Adventure playground that put them on the list. Featuring two life-sized pirate ships, wooden fort and the legendary Black Bart’s Pirate Cove kids’ outdoor play area, with its iconic giant skull-shaped slide - your little buccaneers are in for lots of treasure-hunting shenanigans.
Willows Activity Park, Hertfordshire
If you and your kids love Beatrix Potter, Willows Activity Park is the place to go for outdoor play. This isn’t just any ordinary adventure playground near you, this is a Peter Rabbit adventure playground! With outdoor climbing frames, slides and rope walkways to explore at the Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse and the Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventure, your little ones will feel just as adventurous as Peter himself. Plus, you’ll get to meet your favourite characters in daily meet & greets.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Wiltshire
Be bold and discover a world of imagination at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park’s Adventure Castle! This newly refurbished outdoor play area is complete with zip wires, climbing frames, tube slides and a medieval keep. It features two outdoor playgrounds for kids - House of Badger (6-9) and House of Wolf (10 -14), plus a playground for tots - House of Owls (2-5). Time to explore the enchanted kingdom!
Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds Castle is also home to a whimsical knights and princesses themed adventure play. From playing with zip lines, slides and sand at Squires’ Court Playground, to exploring the brand new Knights’ Stronghold Playground which features a Leeds Castle replica with cargo nets, climbing walls and fireman’s poles - your young adventurers are in for hours of non-stop fun.
Park View 4U Playing Fields, Lancashire
If you’re after a huge adventure playground near you, which also happens to be free to enter, Park View 4U Playing Fields in Lytham St Annes is the place to visit. This wonderful play area, boasting sand and water play features, zones for tots and teens, BMX track, skate ramps and more, is the result of a charity project designed to provide local families with an accessible space where kids can come out to play. We can definitely say it’s been a great success!
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
The children’s playground area at Chatsworth House and Farmyard won’t leave you disappointed! There you'll find all your kids’ favourite features, including a giant rope park, climbing walls, a trampoline, huge slides, zip wire and swings. Oh, and we’ve got another exciting fact to share - the playground is just one secret tunnel away from the farmyard…
The Knockhatch Adventure Park, East Sussex
If you live anywhere near Knockhatch Adventure Park, you’ve got an epic adventure playground near you! From zipping across a 70-metre dual zip wire, to coming face to face with the fearsome dragon at the giant wooden Dragon Castle - adventure is definitely on the cards. The park is also home to an avalanche slide, jumping pillows and you’ve got the Chestnut Wood Adventure Play complete with rope walkways and wooden structures to explore.
Stockeld Park, West Yorkshire
OK, adventurers, we cannot end this list of action-packed outdoor play areas without Stockeld Park - this wonderful Yorkshire attraction has not one, not two but FIVE play zones! From the wild Tepee Encampment to the beach-themed Woodsands Cove, to the farming-themed Farmer Foster’s Barnyard - there are lots of different adventures to be had!
Bowood House and Gardens, Wiltshire
At Bowood House and Gardens you’ll find a glorious wooden adventure playground, surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful parkland. From braving the heights of the Aerial Walkways to getting into the spirit of adventure at the Pirate Galleon, there’s plenty to spark your kids’ imagination. Designed for the under-12s, this play area is a great addition to your stately home family visit.
Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire and Arran
Kelburn Castle is home to a challenging Adventure Course for kids over 8, featuring high walkways and rope swings. Your brave little adventurers can also go up the 20ft high tower of the majestic Wild West Saloon fortress and feel like the almighty rulers of their own kingdom. This outdoor play area is one your little ones won’t forget in a hurry!
Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
The brand new (July 2019) adventure playground Skelf Island at Castle Howard is all about fun high up in the trees in the world of the mischievous magical Skelves. Plus, your kids will get to learn about the unique local wildlife and connect with nature. Sounds exciting? Go check it out!
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