Outdoor play areas in the South East

Keep your little adventurers occupied with our selection of outdoor play areas across the South East. From swings, balancing beams and woodland paths to explorer maps, quizzes and natural play trails.

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A family group walk across the south lawn in front of the house at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Encourage your little ones to explore our outdoor play area that is full of adventure. They can take on the boggy climbing area, attempt to balance on snaky beams and dam the stream in the wild pool.

Child playing on the slide in the Storybook Play Den at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire 

Let them while away an hour or two on our log stepping stones, balancing beams or rope swings and strengthen their climbing and den building skills along the way.

A boy making music with the wooden chimes in the natural play area

Ightham Mote, Kent 

Let them run wild in our natural play area, encourage them to take on our house quiz or discover the garden with our magical map.

Children playing in the woodland at Basildon Park

Basildon Park, Berkshire 

The Wild Play Trail at Basildon Park takes in some of the best views of the parkland, while engaging the little ones with the nature that surrounds them. There are 20 exciting play stations along the route. Trail leaflets cost £2 throughout the summer holidays.

Three children playing on a fallen down tree at Greys Court

Greys Court, Oxfordshire 

Get the kids to use their imaginations more and let off some steam on the Greys Court estate walk or head to the woodland play area, build a den and create an adventure.

A little girl balances on a fallen tree at our natural play trail at Box Hill in Surrey

Box Hill, Surrey 

Our Natural Play Trail is a two-mile level walk and a great chance for the whole family to play in the woods. The trail can take anything from an hour to a whole day.

Children hanging from trees in Morden Hall Park

Morden Hall Park, London 

Watch your little adventurers take the zip wire challenge, build a den, swing on the ropes or balance on the logs. Or for a more gentle activity, discover our carved wooden storyboat.

Child playing in woods at Chartwell Kent

Chartwell, Kent 

The natural play area was created to reintroduce the adventures that the Churchill children enjoyed in the grounds of their home and now your children can experience them too.

There are loads of den building materials in our woodland playtrail

Sheffield Park, East Sussex 

Set in an enclosed woodland copse, our woodland trail allows youngsters to build a den, climb trees or sit on one of the story-telling chairs and let their imaginations run wild.