An extensive new woodland play area, with a nautical theme, will be opened by the National Trust at Tyntesfield on 31 May.
A play trail already exists at the estate, but the new additions have been created in response to feedback from visitors, who have asked for more to explore in the woods.
There will be three new play structures, as well as additions made to two which already exist on a pathway leading up into the woods.
Catherine Coleman, Learning and Engagement Officer said, ‘The new one that I’m most excited about is the wooden ship. This was inspired by the guano trade that made the Gibbs family fortune.
‘Children will be able to pretend they’re sailing to South America to collect the valuable bird droppings, test their balance on the anchor chain and hide woodland treasure in a chest.’
During the launch day there will be a BBQ and Victorian sailors on hand to explore what life in the Navy would’ve been like in the 1800’s, as well as putting young sea farers through their paces with cannon drills.
The new woodland play area at Tyntesfield opens on 31 May, normal admission applies. For more information please see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield