Explore the outdoors at Speke Hall

Child on the stepping stones at Speke Hall's woodland play trail

There is no shortage of adventure at Speke Hall, whatever the season! Have you ever played vegetable musical instruments? Scaled the roof of a Tudor building? Made your own woodland den? Here are all of the free activities your family can enjoy.

Hedge Maze

Will you find your way out of our giant hedge maze? Designed by the world’s leading expert in maze construction, Adrian Fisher, there are 12 gates, 5 bridges, 4 finger mazes, 3 weather vanes and a viewing platform waiting to be discovered. It's a-MAZE-ing! You can even catch a wonderful view of the River Mersey from the platform as a rewarding surprise.

Exploring the maze at Speke Hall
Exploring the maze at Speke Hall
Exploring the maze at Speke Hall

Play Area

This colourful safe haven is a place for young children to play and climb to their hearts content. Parents and carers can take a seat here to enjoy a rest and a snack on the picnic tables overlooking the gated play area.

Giant Childe of Hale Play Trail

Begin a woodland adventure with our sculptured play trail, based on the local legend of John Middleton who was supposedly 9'3" tall! It is even said that he slept with his feet sticking out of his bedroom window in nearby Hale village. Will you spot him on your way around? Remember to look out for giant buttons, optical illusions and some larger-than-life vegetable musical instruments that you can play.

This trail is suitable for all ages and pram-friendly.

The throne is perfect for photos
Visitors on the Childe of Hale trail
The throne is perfect for photos

Woodland Trail

Let the kids go wild! Hidden away in the magical woodland, there are lots of exciting challenges for them to take on including a hair-raising zip line, a hill of stepping stones and outdoor balancing obstacles. Can you make it all the way round? Will you conquer the wobbly wooden and chain bridge? There's hours of fun to be had in our woods.

Climb it or crawl inside!
Children enjoy the woodland play trail at Speke Hall
Climb it or crawl inside!

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'

Enjoy the great outdoors and get closer to nature with our '50 things' list of ultimate activities for young adventurers. No matter the season, Speke Hall is the perfect place to see how many you can tick off. Head into the woods to get to know a tree (No.1), join nature's band by playing our woodland musical instruments (No.25) or pay a visit to the Kitchen Garden's bug hotel to make friends with some creepy-crawlies (No.31). See the full list here.

Make friends with a bug
Child exploring Speke Hall's bug hotel
Make friends with a bug

All these activities are waiting for you to enjoy. Why not bring the family to the wonderful outdoor land of adventure at Speke Hall?

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Children play badminton in the Moat Garden at Speke Hall

Take part in summer sports

Are the kids looking to try something new this summer? Our Summer of Sport programme of activities is the perfect chance for them to try everything from tennis and football to archery and rounders.