10 of the best adventure playgrounds in the UK


by Mother & Baby |

Visiting the same old local playground can get a bit monotonous for you and your child, especially when you've got the endless school holidays to fill up with activities and a little one who decares they are "bored!" every five minutes.

If you fancy switching up your day, there are many fantastic adventure playgrounds across the UK you and your family can visit, with some offering free entry. Here are just ten of our favourites...

Animal Wood, Castlewellan, Northern Ireland

‘Animal Wood’ is designed for four to eleven-year-olds and provides oodles of opportunities for playing on wild woodland animals such as a badger and its den, a red squirrel, and a giant spider. It also has a fantastic wooden play structure with a tower which includes a climbing wall, fireman’s pole and rope-bridge over to a hollow tree stump slide and Red Kite nest.

Tickets

£5 per car

Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire

Weston Park's Woodland Adventure Playground is packed full of adventures from climbing walls, slides, trampolines, log swings and one of the country’s longest double zip-wires. You and your family can hop on board the Miniature Railway as it steams through Temple Wood on a 12-minute journey past lakes and woodland, enjoying the wildlife at every turn.

Tickets

Adults - £8.00
Children - £4
Under 4s Free

The Land, Wrexham, Wales

We're guessing you've never since an adventure playground like this! The Land is suitable for children five years and over consists of a fenced, one-acre play-area with a brook running through it, with "piles of pallets, a tonne of tyres, the odd upside-down boat, wheelbarrows, ladders, fishing nets, various stray hammers...ropes and punch bags". It was even the subject of a documentary called The Land, directed by American filmmaker Erin Davis.

Tickets

Free

Markeaton Park, Derbyshire

Suitable for children up to twelve, there is a dedicated toddler area with swings, a slide, and climbing equipment plus large swings, slides, and a spider net for older children. The Adventure Galley pirate ship provides an accessible play unit suitable for disabled children. You'll also find a nine-hole Pitch and Putt course plus a paddling pool, bouncy castles, and car track.

Tickets

Free

Hever Castle, Hever, Kent

Hever Castle has not one but two brilliant playgrounds! Tudor Towers Adventure Playground consists of a nine-metre tall wooden play castle, bigger than a four-bedroom house and complete with its own moat, drawbridge, and three turrets. Aimed at younger visitors, Acorn Dell features a 2 metre high living willow structure, a giant sandpit, a grassy mound with three tunnels to clamber in, and a slide and a climbing frame. Located in the trees are two lookout platforms linked by a clatter bridge with a slide for making a quick escape.

Tickets

Adults - £15.85
Children - £9.95
Under 4s Free

Eccleshill Adventure Playground, Eccleshill near Bradford

Known locally as The Big Swing, Eccleshill Adventure Playground offers activities such as den building, open campfire cooking, and outdoor physical games. You'll also find a 50ft zip wire, a jumping tower, two sunken trampolines and the biggest swing in the north of England.

Tickets

Free

Heartlands, Camborne, Cornwall

The Heartlands playground revels in Cornish folklore and boasts the top trumps of equipment, including a custom-made wooden climbing structure – The Giant’s Trap. There are subterranean tunnels, a shipwrecked boat, funnel slides plus an inland beach-of-sorts, complete with diggers, tunnels and a sand transportation system.

Tickets

Free

Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire

Made up of two main play areas, one suitable for toddlers and the other larger one, suitable for older children, there are swings and slides, 40m of aerial walkways, a 15m high tower. and climbing nets. There's also a picnic area for alfresco eating.

Tickets

Adults - £12.50–16.50
Children - £7-9
Under 4s Free

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough

Built of wood and surrounded by a moat, the adventure playground at Stanwick Lakes includes water play, with a small stream and water wheels, a large sand play area, a climbing tower with a giant slide, tunnels, stepping stones, a sunken ship and much more. There are plenty of wooden sculptures and seats dotted throughout the adventure playground providing rest areas as you supervise your youngster.

Tickets

Admission is charged through variable car parking charges. The site is free to those who walk or cycle in.

The Web York, North Yorkshire

The Web Adventure Park offers something for everyone including a spacious Indoor play area (Creepy Crawlies), water play area, Animal zone, and of course a large outdoor adventure park. For older ones, there is a high ropes obstacle course with multiple activities and a linear course with a climbing wall, Leap of Faith, Gladiator Challenge, Jacob's Ladder and more.

Tickets

Adults - £2.50
Children (1-15 years) - £7
Under 1s - £2.50

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