Come out and play at Calke Abbey

Calke Explore natural outdoor play area at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Ready to get outdoors and active this summer? Get the family together and head over to Calke Explore, where you’ll find fun and games for all the family. Take part in races and challenges, burn off some energy in the natural play areas, or discover new ways to connect with nature. Calke Explore is now open.

Summer activities to get your heart racing

Throughout the summer holidays, we’ll be running lots of activities at Calke Explore to help you burn off some energy! Get your pulse going by joining a race, or take part in a nature-themed challenge to become an Active Champion.

If you want to invent your own active adventure, we’ll have lots of hints and tips at the ready. Our Calke Explore team will be on hand to help you have loads of fun every day.

Fun and games in nature

Feeling competitive? Take part in a game of table tennis, or check out your badminton skills on our natural court at Calke Explore. Ever tried making your own shuttlecock? Now you can! Use nature’s materials to create a natural shuttlecock, then take it home and transform it into a bug hotel.

Let off some steam in the natural play areas at Calke Explore, where kids can climb, balance, swing and leap! Nestled in the woods, it’s the perfect place to have loads of fun among the trees – you’ll create amazing memories to take home with you.

Hop, skip and jump at Calke Explore
Children playing in a natural outdoor play area at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Hop, skip and jump at Calke Explore

Stretch your legs a little further

Calke Explore is the perfect base to begin an active outdoor adventure. Park up and peddle straight to the Tramway Trail, a family-friendly route that’s perfect for beginner cyclists. You can also walk, run or skip – whatever takes your fancy.

The Tramway Trail is an accessible route that lets you explore more of Calke’s beautiful surroundings.

What is Calke Explore?

New for summer 2019, Calke Abbey is opening Calke Explore – an outdoor hub nestled in the woodland, which will offer more opportunities to get outdoors and closer to nature.

Discover what you can see and do, read all about our conservation work, and find updates about Calke Explore’s development here: 

Children enjoying the natural outdoor play area at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Enjoy outdoor adventures at Calke Explore

Get outdoors and closer to nature at the brand-new Calke Explore, open all year round.

When you come out and play, it helps us to look after nature so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come. Thank you for your support.