Wizard Wix's Willow Warren at Hatchlands

Grab a map from reception and head out along our blue walk into Great Wix Wood. As you enter the wood you'll find Wizard Wix's Willow Warren, our natural adventure area for children. This is the perfect spot to run around, be active and enjoy nature. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do when you get there.

    Den building

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    Underneath the 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.


    Children in the natural adventure area at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

    There are loads of wooden sculptures all over the place. You'll find 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?

But don't let us tell you how to have fun, we know you'll think of even more ways to enjoy this area, so visit us soon and spend some time in our woodland wonderland.