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Belvoir announces adventure playground opening date

Belvoir announces adventure playground opening date

Belvoir Castle has announced that it will be opening its children’s adventure playground in time for schools’ Halloween half term breaks, as part of a programme of special events and ghostly goings on. 

The much-awaited themed and completely unique adventure playground has been built in the undulating parkland at the foot of the Grade One listed castle, by a specialist company CAP.Co, which has also recently completed bespoke playgrounds for the Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House Estate in Scotland and Walby Farm Park in North Cumbria.  

The design of the playground, which has been overseen by Lady Alice Manners has been inspired by Belvoir Castle itself and the stories of its inhabitants, including David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland – its present custodian. 

Opening to the public on Saturday 15th October, Belvoir Castle’s Adventure Playground will be part of a host of Halloween events at the castle and its retail village The Engine Yard. 

"I am extremely proud of the new Belvoir Castle Adventure Playground, a project that I have been spearheading since 2019. We wanted to create a place for families to come to together, to enjoy together and to be in nature together,” said Lady Alice Manners. 

“The whole ethos of this playground is inclusivity - everything is built so that parents and grandparents can join their children in the play. We have worked around the natural topography of the woodland to create a non-invasive structure which we hope will feed everyone’s imaginations and my hope is that many happy memories are made by families at this wonderful adventure playground."

Perched atop the embankment, the impressive wooden ship is the first structure visitors come across when entering the playground and will be the stage set for the imaginations of many 21st century ‘captains’ who can dream up their own adventures on the ocean wave - in the heart of landlocked Leicestershire. 

“I wanted to create a playground that represented my father’s tenure of Belvoir. The ship is inspired by Resolution, my father’s book which is about my ancestor Lord Robert who captained the ship in the 18th century,” said Lady Alice. 

The structure which is a representation of the HMS Resolution can be accessed from both lower and the higher routes of the playground – either by steps into the hold or a gantry directly onto the top deck, which is accessible to all and features an exciting zip wire for those who dare to fly through the trees at speed. 

The lower deck features crawl spaces for exploring the enclosed hold of the ship, with portholes to peer out of into the forested area of the playground, and perfect for family photo opportunities.  

Entry to the adventure playground will be included in all garden tickets with passes available for regular visitors.

Annual passes are available to purchase which give unlimited entry to the playground and free parking on the first visit. The pass costs £150 for the whole year, admitting a family of five.

The design and build of this Adventure Playground Visitor Attraction is supported by the RDPE SCHEME: Growth Programme - Support for investments in the creation and development of non-agricultural activities. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The nearby Engine Yard shopping village is perfect for a little retail therapy at the end of playtime, with a range of gift and food shops to peruse as well as delicious food and drink, wood-fired pizzas and handmade burgers all cooked to order. 

For more information about the playground and its entry tickets visit https://www.belvoircastle.com/belvoir-castle-adventure-playground/


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