Go on a family adventure at Attingham

Attingham is the perfect place to book for a family day out. Whatever the season, there's plenty of adventures to be had; explore the Deer Park, discover the Field of Play, see what's growing in the Walled Garden, or simply have fun outdoors.

The Field of Play

The Field of Play is a hive of fun, activity and sport throughout the year as part of a pre-booked visit and has some unusual natural play features. Currently some areas are restricted due to Covid-19, you can find more information below about what's open in our article about the Field of Play re-opening. Sometimes, depending on weather conditions, the field may get muddy so don't forget your wellies and warm clothes! 
 

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 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.

The Animals of Attingham Wood trail

Head around the one way system towards the river along the Mile Walk and keep a look out for the Animals of Attingham Wood. From otters playing Pooh Sticks, to foxes doing yoga, the series of panels will help keep younger ones entertained and the fun cartoons are attractive and bright. The trail will be in place until the end of the School Summer Holidays.

The 8 panel boards are spread throughout the Mile Walk so social distancing can be maintained and no printed materials are required to take part. Please avoid touching panels and follow instructions on the introductory board which reminds about washing or sanitising hands. Hands can be washed in sinks located at the toilets in the Stables, Brew House, Walled Garden or Field of Play.

An in-house-made colouring book containing the cartoons from the trail boards can be purchased in the Stables Shop (open 10am - 5pm) or Visitor Reception (open 8am - 6pm) for a suggested donation of £1.50 to help keep Attingham open.

The illustrations have been drawn by local cartoonist, Malcolm Whittall.

Can otters play Pooh Sticks?
Cartoon of otters at Attingham Park Shropshire
Can otters play Pooh Sticks?

Canoeing with Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire will be at Attingham down at the jetty to the River Tern by the Mansion daily throughout August.

Families wishing to canoe at Attingham must book in advance through Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website here. You do not need to book tickets to visit Attingham if you have booked to canoe, however you must show your canoe tickets from Shrewsbury Canoe Hire when you arrive in the car park at Attingham. 

Non-members of the National Trust who have canoeing tickets must also pay the £5 Sports Entry fee at Visitor Reception on the day (by card).

Hire is for an hour, canoeing upstream to the cable-stay bridge, and back down again to the jetty. Please follow the one way system to get to the jetty.

Please note: Canoeing is subject to the weather and river levels – and may be cancelled if adverse conditions. Please read carefully the terms and conditions and criteria on Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website before booking.

 

Natural Play

As you head around the Park you'll find lots of natural play to keep little (and not so little) ones entrertained. From fallen tree trunks to muddy paths, and logs over the stream at the top of the Mile Walk there's various levels of natural play to be found. Forage for cones and make scrap-books of leaves but please don't pick wild flowers. Children must be supervised at all times.

Escape. Play. Discover. Natural play in the woodland at Attingham.
Child playing on logs in the woods at Attingham Park.
Escape. Play. Discover. Natural play in the woodland at Attingham.

 

Stop off to refuel at the Carriage House Café 

You'll find savoury snacks, cakes, biscuits and hot and cold drinks available daily from 9am at the Carriage House Café in the Stables Courtyard. Currently all of our food is served as takeaway so if you'd like to take a hot drink or snack with you on the way up to the Field of Play or on your walk, make a stop here first.

Cycle Policy 

Children aged 5 and under are welcome to bring tricycles and starter bikes (either no peddles or with stabilisers) when they visit. Standard bicycles are unfortunately not permitted in the Park regardless of the cyclists age, to keep the Park a safe environment for budding cyclists to learn in and for all visitors to enjoy.

Children aged 11 years old and under are welcome to explore the grounds on push/kick scooters. Battery powered scooters are not permitted in the grounds. 

If you're looking for somewhere for the whole family to cycle together head over to Comer Woods at the Dudmaston Estate (close to Bridgnorth). The Explorer Trail includes a 3.5km long  multi use trail perfect for families to explore whether walking, cycling or running.
 

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

From running around in the rain and jumping in puddles to finding your way around the grounds with a map and compass there’s plenty of 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ to tick off. To help you out, we've put together a list of the 50 Things adventures you can get up to here at Attingham. How many can you tick off in one day? 
Children looking at creatures captured in pots

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Attingham

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾' is a great way to get outside and explore nature. Plan your own self-led adventure.