Find out about the Field of Play re-opening
The Field of Play, located at the top of the Mile Walk, has re-opened as part of a pre-booked visit to Attingham, but things will be a little different to normal. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember that Attingham is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Getting to the Field of Play
Visits to the Field of Play are for pre-booked ticket holders to Attingham only. You can book on the day to visit if there is availability.
The Field of Play is close to the Walled Garden.
There are two gates to access the Field of Play, one just off the Mile Walk, and one in the orchard.
Once you've arrived you’re welcome to stay for as long as you like until closing time at 5.30pm. The car park and back gates will be locked at 6pm.
To keep our property teams and visitors safe, we are following all government guidance across our properties, and this includes play parks. We have been able to reopen the majority of the natural play areas within the Field of Play since reopening in June. We know that lots of families were missing some of the more formal play equipment and over the past few months have been working on how we can safely open more up.
From Thursday 17 September the swings, wooden wheelbarrow with slide, and the big tunnels on the new hill fort will be open for play.
To open these safely we have:
Introduced a twice daily cleaning regime of the metal and plastic parts of the play equipment, using viricide disinfectant.
Installed two new sanitising stations (hand gel) within the Field of Play, handwashing facilities remain available in the toilets in the Field of Play.
Put in place a one-way route in the large tunnels on the hill fort.
As before, parents and guardians remain responsible for supervising their children while they play and we ask that you please follow the signage in the Field advising visitors to wash their hands after playing, and to keep their distance while playing and queueing.
The natural play in the field remains open to enjoy including the log piles, earth mounds and willow tunnels and there's lots of space for picnics. Don't forget to bring your own football, tennis rackets or challenge your family to a game of rounders.
Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some parts of the play area remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe. This includes the roundabout where further maintenace is required, and the smaller Pipe Monster (opposite end of the field to the hill fort) and white hut shelter which remain closed due to the inability to socially distance. We will continue to review the offer based on government guidance.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re in the Field of Play which will explain any restrictions.
You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets.
If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
A new food kiosk which was commissioned last year in response to visitor demand, is serving takeaway barista coffee, teas, hot chocolates, cakes and bakes, ice-cream and savoury snacks and is open on autumn weekends from 11am-4pm. For everyone’s safety at this current time drinks will be served in our takeaway compostable containers which are made from plants.
We have undertaken work to ensure that the re-opening of our food outlets will prioritise the health and safety of staff, volunteers, suppliers and visitors and this will continue with the opening of the takeaway unit. There will be a one-way queueing system to place orders and for order collection and we’ll only be able to take card payments.
Toilets - including baby change facilities – will be open with queues marked to maintain a safe one in/one out system. The toilets at the Walled Garden are also open. These are sanitised by our facilities team throughout the day.
You are welcome to picnic on the grass in the field. Please don't bring any BBQs or light any fires during your visit. Picnic benches are located in the Orchard just outside the Field of Play.
Unfortunately, we're not able to offer a shuttle buggy service at this time. The nearest wheelchair accessible toilets to the Field of Play are located in the Stables Courtyard or near the Mansion at the Brewhouse.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the Field of Play but should not be on children’s equipment. Please use the dog bins for dog waste.
The Field of Play during ‘lockdown’
Our grounds are looking lovely, but they won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing them. We used furry mowers to keep the Field of Play grass in hand during ‘lockdown’, but it has taken a lot of work from our gardening team to clean up after the sheep and clean down the different elements of play equipment. Ensuring the field is safe and ready has been our priority before opening it up.