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Visiting the Adventure Playground & Outdoor Play Areas at Wallington Hall

Wallington Hall is a National Trust property in Northumberland. We've visited lots of times now but always tend to stick to the areas around the parks. They're just so tempting with kids and you're really spoilt for choice with not one, not two but three play parks within easy walking distance of the entrance. I'm hoping to explore the wider estate soon but this post is going to focus on Wallington Hall's wonderful parks. 

Visiting the Adventure Playground & Outdoor Play Areas at Wallington Hall


Wallington Hall is gorgeous in all seasons. The grounds are always really well kept and there's an abundance of flowers and trees to admire in all seasons. There's a map at Wallington Hall's entrance (or you can pick one up at the information desk when you arrive) but the parks are really easy to find. The first one you'll stumble across is the adventure playground in West Wood. Simply turn right at the main hall and take a tiny stroll through the woods and you'll see it.

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Adventure Playground

This adventure play area is suitable for all ages and especially so toddlers as there's a smaller slide and toddler swings. There are obstacles to climb over, tyres and monkey bars to swing from and a zip wire too. As with all the play areas at Wallington Hall, there's plenty of seating for parents too. 

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Train-themed park

Leaving the adventure play area, if you turn left and walk around the lake, you'll find a train-themed play park. This is a favourite with kids although younger ones might find some of the climbing a little challenging.

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The main climbing frame is in the shape of a train. Toddlers will need help climbing around here/supervised as it's pretty steep - especially the stairs up to the big slide. They absolutely love it though and you can even climb on the train roof. There's a slide, mini climbing walls, fireman's poll and more to enjoy here and again, picnic tables for parents. This area of Wallington can be a real sun trap. 

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There's a pretend train station adjacent to the train complete with a ticket office and station master's office. This is fantastic for little ones and the perfect opportunity for a spot of role play. Tickets please!

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The surrounding woodland is just gorgeous. There are red squirrels and lots of wildlife here with child-friendly information signs dotted about.

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Castle/Fort play park 

Leaving the train (although always reluctantly) and climbing the hill back up towards and past the first adventure playground, you'll see the castle play park in front of you. There's a coffee kiosk here selling snacks/drinks over weekends and selected school holidays and again, lots of seating. 

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The castle fort is a fantastic place to run around, if you have very young children you may need to join in with the fun as some of the castle areas are pretty high. There are poles to slide down, ladders to climb, tunnels to run through, nets to clamber over, rope bridges to cross and more. The castle looks fab and there are generally lots of kids running around playing make-believe. Look out for the carved bear protecting the castle and the wooden horse too.

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We've walked between these three play parks with a 2/3 year old and this age can manage the distance. Little ones may need a little help/rest on the hill leaving the train. The walks between the three parks are all pushchair friendly and you are welcome to take your own picnic too.

As well as the three play parks, Wallington Hall runs a fantastic programme of family activities throughout the year (details on their website) and children's portions are available from the Clockhouse cafe. The Wallington Hall parks aren't just for the warmer months and I'd highly recommend wrapping up and visiting in December too - the grounds are magical at this time of year with lots of festive touches. You can read about our visit last December here.


Disclosure: This is not a collaboration - we are National Trust members which we pay for ourselves.

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  1. We've been to Wallington a fair few times but somehow I've never seen those last two parks! I don't know where I've been ... probably distracted by cake in the tea room!

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