Grab your adventure scrapbook and begin your '50 things' challenge

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 funded by 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
How high can you swing?

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

Bring along your adventure scrapbook or pick one up from visitor reception and get closer to nature with '50 things thing do before you're 11¾'. There's plenty of activities to do all year round at Croft and our natural play area is the perfect place to get started; make friends with a bug, create some wild art, get to know a tree, build a den and lots more.

Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things
A boy inspects a bug at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things

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
Explore inside a tree in our natural play area