Brownsham Wild Play Area

Children in mud brownsham

Do you lead a group or just love getting outdoors and active with the family? If so come and explore Brownsham's wild play area, where your children can run free in a natural environment. With fun activities from bug exploration to swinging ropes; baking in our earth oven or hiding in our wet weather Iron Age Hut. Whatever your looking for and whatever your needs, Brownsham and the wider area has lots to explore.

What's on offer?

Fun for all the family. The wild play area is nestled in a tranquil hamlet surround by wildlife, rare grassland and woodland. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch your children enjoy the pleasures of playing in a natural environment - whether it's swinging on ropes, finding the end of our willow tunnel or taking refuge from the elements in our Iron Age Hut. We also have animal art and a willow coppice in this magical setting.

School group exploring the Culm Grassland
School group exploring the Culm Grassland
School group exploring the Culm Grassland


The wild play area is available to book for a variety of groups, be it cubs, schools or art groups. You can either explore on your own or book a National Trust Ranger for the day who will guide you through your adventure. Activities could include bug hunting, sensory games, creative art, willow weaving, baking bread, scavenger hunts and much more. We will tailor a package to suit your needs. Have a look at our booking form below.

A closer look
Child bug hunting
A closer look


While you are here why not experience the wider area which sits within North Devon's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a great starting point to explore Beckland woods, which has beautiful bluebells, mature woodland, meandering streams and a mistical hillfort at Windbury. There are also magnificant views across Bideford Bay and out to Lundy Island. You may even spot Grey Seals, Dolphins or a Peregrine Falcon.
Coastal scenery around Hartland
Coastal view with yellow gorse and blue seas
Coastal scenery around Hartland


Camping at Brownsham

Nestle down for the night at Brownsham Campsite, complete with iron age hut, willow tunnel and fire pit.

The campsite is set within the wild play area. Where you set up for the night is your choice, up to four can sleep in the hut, and you can pitch a tent within the fenced area.

There’s a water standpipe, toilet, fire pit and earth oven – if you’d like to try this out have a word with one of the rangers or visit the Brownsham Campsite page.  

Planning your visit

For groups and schools please download our Brownsham Wild Play Booking Form (PDF / 0.1MB) download

If you are visiting with your family please call our office for opening times and avaliability on 01237 441976.

Please note the play area is closed when the Ranger's are off site.

Getting here

Brownsham can be found off the A39 signed Hartland. Follow the signs for Hartland Point and Lighthouse until you come across the first sign for Brownsham at Highdown Cottages. Follow signs into Brownsham and park in the National Trust car park on your left. Walk back up to our Ranger's office looking out for our Wild Play sign.
We look forward to seeing you.