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. Here are a few ideas around Exmoor and further afield too.

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.

Can you spot wildlife and splash along the play trail at Fyne Court?

Activities for young children at Fyne Court

As you discover this naturally beautiful garden, enjoy all that the outdoor provides for natural play.

Children playing on logs

Fun for the whole family  

Take a friend on a nature adventure at Dunster at the natural play area at the Castle, set up a snail race at the Mill or go barefoot in the garden.

Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Tick off '50 things' around Exmoor 

Come and have an adventure around Exmoor, and tick off some more of your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.

Omega sign through leafy trees

Things to see and do at Watersmeet

From fishing to foraging, there's lots to see and do at Watersmeet, North Devon

Looking towards Baggy Point from Mortepoint

Walking spots in North Devon and on Exmoor 

From coast to moor, we've picked out four great spots for a walk in North Devon and on Exmoor.

Can you spot wildlife and splash along the play trail at Fyne Court?

Things to see and do at Fyne Court

Discover the play trail, conquer fallen trees, paddle, play and much more.


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 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.

Wild art, a fox made from leaves

Create some wild art, spot a fish and more

There’s plenty of outdoor fun and adventure for all the family this summer at Lydford Gorge.

Child at the wild play area, Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Family fun at Coleton Fishacre

When Coleton Fishacre reopens on Saturday 15 February, there's lots to keep the family entertained. From adventures in the wild play area to completing the natural building 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.

A family walking through long grass at Greenway

Family fun this summer 

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?