Hever Castle announces new natural play area

Natural Play Area
June 28 2018 | Attractions

Natural Play Area

This summer younger visitors will be able to explore a new natural play area as part of the latest addition to Hever Castle.

Following the success of the adventure playground, Tudor Towers which opened in October 2017, we are now constructing an exciting new space for toddlers and children up to seven years old.

The new natural play area will allow children to freely explore and use their imagination. Features include 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 and with a slide for making a quick escape.

There will also be 42 play boulders of various sizes dotted around the play area to climb on, sit on or to use as stepping stones.

The new play area aims to blend in with Tudor Towers with the built in seating area for parents made up of curved oak benches topped with castellations (the first line of defence!) and ‘guarded’ with iron gates.

The natural theme of the site is reflected in the grasses, ferns and lavender which will surround the site.

The new natural play area will complement the current facility for the under 5s with its swings, slide and climbing frame.

Parents and carers will also be catered for with a new dedicated refreshment area meaning you can get your caffeine fix whilst the kids play. 

The play area has been designed by the architect FRLA Ltd and constructed by West Sussex-based Duncan and Grove with groundworks done by Kent-based Apsley Wall.

We will keep you updated on the project and look forward to sharing this exciting new play area with you when it is completed in the summer.