Places to play outdoors near you

Splashing through streams, crashing along muddy trails and peering through the branches of a woodland den - there’s nothing quite like playing outdoors. We’ve picked some of our favourite play areas to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

family and children's activities at killerton spring summer autumn winter

Family fun at Killerton 

Killerton is the perfect place for a family adventure. Keep your eyes open for signs of summer as little and big legs enjoy parkland and garden.

Children playing on Four Oaks, a natural play area at Knightshayes

Discover your wild side at Four Oaks

Knightshayes Four Oaks play area is a new natural space for kids to get wild and in touch with Knightshayes.

family with dog enjoying a walk

Free family fun 

Family activity packs can be borrowed for free from the National Trust car park hut at Baggy Point, Croyde, or you can download them here.

Children playing on logs

Family fun February half term 

Whether it's running around in the natural play area at Dunster Castle, ghost hunting in the Crypt or following the family trail, there's plenty to keep little (and not so little) ones busy.

Children enjoying an autumn walk with crispy leaves

Family fun at Castle Drogo 

From the Bunty House to a bird bingo spotter sheet, we've got lots to keep your little ones entertained.

Children in mud brownsham

Brownsham Wild Play Area

Do you lead a group or just love getting outdoors and active with the family? Find out more about Brownsham's Wild Play Area.

child making a face with sticks

Create some wild art, make a trail of sticks and more

Visit Lydford Gorge for a family adventure where everyone can feel young at heart this summer.

A boy climbing on a rope at Coleton Fishacre's wild play area

Family fun at Coleton Fishacre

There's lots to keep your little-ones entertained, from playing in the wild play area to completing the nature designs trail in the garden. During the school holidays there are Wild Wednesday events, where kids can complete some 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities with the rangers.

Children playing in the wilderness at Arlington Court

Outdoor adventures at Arlington

With beautiful woodland walks, wild play areas and secret den building sites, Arlington is a great place to get outdoors and play.

Hunting for bugs

Come out to play

Playful times in the garden hunting for clues helps us look after this sea-side gem.

Children playing a traditional game of quoits

Fun for families at Compton Castle

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the trails.

A family walking through long grass at Greenway

Family fun  

Agatha Christie and her family spent their time at Greenway relaxing, playing garden games and enjoying the woodland gardens. Why not follow in their footsteps by enjoying some activities for families?