Play areas in the North East

There are plenty of play areas to choose from in the North East. Climb aboard a 'train' at Wallington, enjoy woodland play at Gibside and Seaton Delaval Hall and get lost in the Labyrinth at Cragside. Enjoy playing out all summer at a National Trust place near you.

A girl swinging high on a swing

Be king of the castle at Gibside  

Discover an adventure castle inspired by Gibside's lost Strawberry Castle folly. Swoosh down the slide, fly high on the swings, zoom down the zip wire and scramble in the water and sand. For the really adventurous, there's also a low ropes challenge to test your balance and bravery as you make your way from one tree to another.

A family playing on a large train climbing frame

Let off steam at Wallington 

Climb aboard the giant play train, inspired by the 'Great Wallington Railway' created by the Trevelyan family who used to live at Wallington. With its climbing wall, driver's cab, fireman's pole and slide, it's the ideal way for young explorers to let off steam. Don't miss the wooden play fort and adventure play area in the West Wood too.

Child looking back up a spiral slide

Play out at Cragside  

Swing across the monkey bars and whizz down the spiral slide in Cragside's adventure play area. Look out for Nelly's Labyrinth, a maze of winding paths and tunnels cut out of a rhododendron forest - it's perfect for a game of hide and seek.

Children in the natural playscape at Seaton Delaval Hall

Go wild at Seaton Delaval Hall  

Crawl, jump and climb around the natural playscape, made from trees from the estate. With tunnels, bridges and steps to explore, let your imagination run wild. There are lots of opportunities to tick off some '50 things to do before you're 11¾' too - fly a kite, look inside a tree, build a den or try geocaching.

A family in the play field in front of Souter Lighthouse

Play beside the sea at Souter Lighthouse  

Head to Souter Lighthouse and the Leas for a summer of sport and try your hand at archery, volleyball and orienteering. Grab an activity pack and set off on an outdoors mini adventure with everything you need for rock pooling, bird watching, pond dipping and bug hunting, or simply down your picnic blanket and fly your kite on the sea breeze.