Wizard Wix's Willow Warren at Hatchlands

Grab a map and head out along the Wix Woods Walk. As you enter the wood you'll find Wizard Wix's Willow Warren, our natural adventure area for children. This is a place to let your imagination loose, run around and have fun - here are a few ideas.

    Den building

    Children playing at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    Underneath the Yew trees you'll find a big pile of logs, branches, bark and leaves. You can play with them however you like but they're great for making dens. We've found that this is one of the most popular pastimes at Wizard Wix's - it's also one of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

    Tunnels and domes

    Children in the willow dome at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    We've made tunnels and domes out of willow wands, you can run through the tunnels and end up in the domes. There are some wooden seats in the largest dome next to the picnic area.

    Wildlife watching

    A woodpecker at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    We've put up bird feeders to attract some wildlife. If you come along on a quiet day and stay patient you'll see plenty of local species. Occasionally birds drop seeds and this attracts other woodland creatures. On a damp day you might spot a footprint or two...

    Picnic area

    Picnic benches at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    Mums and Dads feeling tired? We've added some benches where they can sit down and take a break whilst you carry on with the important stuff. Or if you've bought snacks then this is a great place to stop and eat them.

    Balance beams

    Mum and daughter on the balance beam at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    There's a row of balance beams running down one side of Wix's Warren. You can follow the willow tunnels to find the beams then balance your way along to the wizard sculpture.

    Sculptures

    Tree sculpture at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    There are loads of wooden sculptures all over the place. There are wizards, a falcon, a badger, a green man, mushrooms and more. The biggest ones are made from the trunks of old trees that used to stand here, but you can pick up some of the little ones and move them about. How many can you find?

We know you'll think of even more ways to enjoy this area, so come along to Hatchlands and spend some time in our woodland wonderland.

We're updating a few things this winter when the park is closed, so if you've already been to visit and got great ideas for new stuff you'd like to see get in touch and let us know what you think.