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Whether you want to get lost in a giant hedge maze, cross the stepping stones in the play area or take to the zip wire, there are great places to play all over Speke Hall. A firm family favourite in Merseyside.
Let their imaginations run wild at Dunham Massey in the epic Log Pile. Build a den, walk the tight rope or play hide and seek in the parkland. And once you've finished, don't forget to treat yourself to something sweet at the ice cream parlour.
The kids can let off steam in the magical Crow Wood playscape at Lyme, with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks for children aged five to 12. There's even a high-level walkway, sandpit and a tree house with a fireman’s pole.
This gothic castle in the Lake District is a true family favourite. Venture outside to the play area and see how fast the tyre swing really goes! Or head into the castle to take a creative adventure inspired by the world of Beatrix Potter.
From gentle strolls to longer hikes in scenic surroundings, fast-paced running events for grown-ups to teaching little legs to ride a bike, there are plenty of ways to get active in the North West, all year round.