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 download a map with information about one-way routes, what’s open and timings below, or pick one up on arrival.
To access the Field of Play you can either follow the longer one-way route along the river walking the Mile Walk and entering the field through the first Field of Play entrance gate, or we have opened access to the wood chip path which runs up to the Field of Play nearer the carpark and provided a shorter route through the Walled Garden 'Repton Gate' to the Field of Play. The wood chip path means a one-way system is in place but doesn't require walking the full Mile Walk route. Please note that the wood chip path may not be suitable for some buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs, please speak to one of the team if you are unsure.
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.
Following government guidance, we are currently unable to open formal and metal play equipment, which includes the slides, roundabout and swings but also enclosed spaces including the tunnels and white hut shelter. To keep you safe, these items have been removed or fenced off. We know your family is likely to miss these things, so we will constantly review the offer based on the guidance. The natural play is 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.
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 daily 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.
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, but new possibilities are opening up all the time.
You are welcome to picnic 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. 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.