Play at Calke Abbey

fun at Calke Explore, Calke Abbey, Midlands

Go on an adventure in our outdoor playground or pop into Squirt's Stable for a whole range of summer activities to keep kids busy – whatever the weather!

Playground adventures

Are you ready to explore the Calke adventure playground? Conquer the climbing wall, abseil down the rope and attempt to reach the other side of the monkey bars without letting go!

Try scaling the bridge, then escape down the fireman's pole and send secret messages through the underground system. The playground is great fun for children aged 18 months to 12 years, as long as they're supervised by an adult.

Indoor play

Come rain or shine, Squirt's Stable provides fun for kids of all ages. Located in the Stableyards, we invite you to pop in and play a range of games and activities. Discover traditional games that children of past generations would have played with at Calke.

Our family discovery room is an area where children can learn a little more about the Calke Estate. Enjoy some quiet time in the reading corner or dress up in costumes – travelling back in time to imagine living on the Calke Estate.

Easter fun in Squirt's Stable
Easter fun in Squirt's Stable

Don't forget the house – you'll find fascinating and often strange possessions, from crocodile skulls and stuffed birds to old carriages. Ask in the entrance hall of the house for an 'I spy' sheet or try one of our 'Calke alive' events, where volunteers transform into a character from Calke's past.

Our enthusiastic Stableyard team are on hand every weekend and school holiday from 13 February to 30 October, 10:30am to 4pm.