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The Best Outdoor Adventure Playgrounds To Visit in the UK

Matt Crisp June 22, 2023

Outdoor adventure playgrounds bring out the big kid in all of us, and as the school holidays are fast approaching, there’s the perfect excuse to take the family along. Here in the UK, we are spoilt for choice for imaginative and exciting playgrounds to visit. Here are some of the best outdoor sites to have fun this summer. 

WildPlay, Keswick, Cumbria

WildPlay is located in the Whinlatter mountain park, with miles of forest trails that can be explored on foot or bicycle. There’s a climbing wall and a giant timber climbing frame among many other features, set across nine play zones. The routes are populated with wooden sculptures of Shaun the Sheep and the Gruffalo. 

There;s plenty of water based features so be prepared to get wet and muddy with splashdowns, rope bridges and log swings. It’s recommended for children up to the age of 15.

Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall

This playground boasts a mini beach complete with a mini construction site with diggers and tunnels, and a shipwrecked boat. There’s also a giant climbing frame and swings and slides aplenty. There’s a mining museum and indoor soft play area close by if the weather is inclement. 

BeWILDerwood, Norfolk

This award winning treehouse adventure park is based on the books by Tom Blofeld and features references to his magical world of Boggles and Twiggles. It’s set within a forest and is packed with wooden play structures, including aerial ropewalks, climbing walls, mazes, and balancing logs. There’s a sister site at Malpas in Cheshire.

Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire

This adventure playground is set in the grounds of Belvoir Castle, and features a wooden replica of the HMS Resolution, complete with rope ladders, portholes, and zipwires. Adults can explore the 11th century castle while kids run off their energy in the four acre park, which contains a huge wooden fortress.

Nature’s Playground, Eden Project, Cornwall

This brand new adventure playground opens on 8 July, and Eden claims that it is one of the largest adventure playgrounds in the southeast of England. It’s set over 500m2 and as its name suggests, it’s made almost entirely of natural and sustainable materials. At the centre of it all is a nine-metre tall Tree of Life Tower, featuring ladders, slides, and swings.

Entry is included in the ticket price for under-16s, but a place must be booked online in advance. The playground is designed to be accessible and inclusive, with sensory play features and wheelchair accessible paths.

Lost Castle, Lowther Castle, Penrith 

Lowther Castle near Penrith claims to have England’s largest adventure playground in the Lost Castle. It’s made from timber, and is described as “an architectural echo of Lowther Castle itself”. It’s imaginatively constructed to provide plenty of exciting exploring opportunities, with a network of tunnels, walkways and slides.

On top of all this is a dragon’s lair complete with cages and turrets. There’s also a nearby café serving snacks and drinks with outdoor tables.

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