There are lots of spots to enjoy a picnic at Wallington Hall (or there is a tearoom if you don't want to take your own). Our favourite spot is on the green behind the hall which is like a magnet for families. The vast green space is always filled with groups of children playing various ball games and everyone joins in. The weather was fairly warm and I have to say, nothing beats eating strawberries in the fresh Spring air!
Our plan was to walk towards the adventure playground however we were slightly side-tracked when we spotted groups of children building their own dens in the woods. Our children couldn't wait to join in so we headed over.
Den building happens year-round at Wallington and you can find the dedicated area in the woods next the the adventure playground. We all pitched in and spent a good hour creating our very own den from scratch. No fighting and lots of team work!
We were pretty impressed with our efforts!
Jack didn't want to leave our den and was crying as we left! He literally had to be torn away from it!
We had more adventures to discover though and spent a little while in the adjoining adventure playground which is suitable for all ages.
The Fort and Train
There is a fort play area a few minutes away from the main adventure play area so we decided to go and check this out.
Our children all enjoyed the fort and it is certainly a play area for all ages - we sat on the nearby picnic tables as they spent some time playing knights and castles.
I was keen to pack as much into our day as possible and announced we were off to the adventure train much to the annoyance of my children who I am sure were getting annoyed at me interrupting their fun! We set off for the 5 minute downhill stroll through the woods to the adventure train admiring the scenery as we walked.
We decided these were the stairs to a mouse house
The adventure train was a favourite with our daughter who has aspirations to be a mountain climber one day. I had to close my eyes as she started shooting down the fireman's pole and climbing on the train roof! The train was too challenging for our four year old and he was frustrated he couldn't make it down the huge slide but he ended up being happy enough sitting inside.
We spent approximately four hours at Wallington and enjoyed some proper outdoor family fun. There is so much to see and do and we only just touched on some of the activities on offer (check out Alison's post from Dragon's and Fairydust to see Wallington from another perspective)
For further information regarding future events, opening times and admission charges, please visit Wallington Hall's website.