Woodland Play Area
Calling all young adventurers!
Test your head for heights and explore our exciting children’s woodland adventure play area with its tree house in the sky, high level walkways, rope ladders and zip-wire. It’s great fun! We’ve added some exciting new equipment to the play area for the over-5s with a stepping stone bridge, a crawl tunnel and an amazing split-level tower. There’s time for toddlers too as we’ve built a special area for our very young visitors with a sand pit, swing set and a ground play area.
NEW for 2017 - To tie in with the ‘Field to Fork’ Experience, we’ve built a bespoke scaled model of a combine harvester complete with slide, tunnels and driving seat. Let’s make farming fun!
Opening Times 2017
1st April - 31st October, open every day 10am-5pm.
Entry to the play area is free of charge. Car parking charge of £3.00 to park in Holkham Park applies. In the event of bad weather this play area may be closed.
Please note: The recommended age range to use the main area is 5–12 years and there is a minimum height requirement of 105cms. Children under 5 years or under 105cms will enjoy our toddlers’ area. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.All persons use this facility at their own risk. Please ensure suitable footwear is worn and do not allow children to climb from the platforms onto the trees. No food or drink, cycles or dogs can be taken into the play area.
How the Project Evolved
The team behind building the project had to schedule time into their plans to carry out a number of wildlife surveys before any kind of construction work could start on site. A comprehensive survey revealed there were seven species of bats living in the wooded area chosen including a colony of the rare Barbastelle Bat. Work was carried out to ensure the important habitats of the bats were maintained and the construction of the play area had to be scheduled into a narrow time frame between the bat’s breeding and hibernating seasons. With such valuable research, we plan to use all the knowledge gained after the wildlife surveys, to encourage more scientific studies and educational opportunities for children visiting the park.