Grab your adventure scrapbook and tick off your 50 things

Croft's Natural Play Area is a great place to complete your 50 things list and enjoy some wild fun at the same time. Built and designed by our rangers using Croft wood and funds raised from all of our supporters who visit us; the play area is open every day with the castle.

Designed for children aged 7 years and older it features rope swings, rope bridges, climbing frames and balance beams. There's also a natural picnic area for parents to watch their little ones play and some smaller stepping stones and trails to follow for younger children.

How high can you swing?
The rope swing being used in the Natural Play Area at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire

Our talented ranger and his team of volunteers have recently built and installed a stage, complete with drum kit and glockenspiel, in the natural play area; perfect for your little performers.

Little performers will love this new stage in our natural play area
The stage in Croft Castle's natural play area
Create some catchy tunes with our drum kit and glockenspiel
Drums and Glockenspiel in Croft Castle's natural play area

Bring along your adventure scrapbook or pick one up from visitor reception and start ticking off your 50 things to do. Our natural play area has plenty to do to get started; explore inside a tree, build a den, hunt for bugs, play in the snow, hold a scary beast and more. There's something to do all year round in our natural play area.

Our den-building area in the natural play area is perfect for little explorers
A boy builds a den with sticks at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Located not far from the Carpenters tea-room, it is a popular favourite for local families and is set deep within a part of Croft's countryside. Easily accessible and open from 10am, every day that the castle is open, you'll have to allow for plenty of play time as you won't be able to tear them away.

Explore inside a tree in our natural play area
Two children exploring inside a tree at Croft Castle in Herefordshire