Family Adventures in Springhill

Explore the outdoors at one of our great natural play areas

Springhill is open every Sunday throughout September and October from 11am for family adventures and autumn walks. Pack a picnic lunch and make your way over to explore the house, gardens and wild woodlands. Enjoy the natural play area offering an amazing place for children to explore, run wild, crunch leaves, and have hours of endless fun.

Venture through the woodlands at Springhill and discover a clearing with natural climbing frames, rope swings and dens, mystical creatures and thrones, which will capture everyone’s imagination.

Sophie Atkinson, National Trust Area Ranger at Springhill thinks:

'Natural play is all about children exploring and enjoying the natural environment and here at Springhill we’ve combined natural materials with fixed play elements to create an amazing outdoor play space. Using our own skilled staff and volunteers the play area was created from natural materials such as tree trunks and willow structures, alongside other play schemes constructed from timber products.'

Have some seasonal fun in the natural play area at Springhill
Natural play area at Springhill
Have some seasonal fun in the natural play area at Springhill

When you need a rest, there's a cosy place for you

As we have been unable to reopen our cafe so far this year, there will be a special Autumn Cosy Corner prepared to welcome you all in the Dovecote. Comfy seating and shelter will await you and your picnic baskets from 2 October. Plus you can avail of a complimentary cup of local apple juice from visitor reception during your visit.

Autumn 2021 sees the welcome return of the 'Big Autumn Pond Clean' on Sunday 24 October.

Sophie and her team of rangers and volunteers will be organising a Big Autumn Pond Clean, keep an eye on our facebook page for date and details. Sophie and her colleagues missed everyones help with this undertaking last year and are very much looking forward to seeing all of you and discovering together what lies around and below the water level in the Springhill pond.

Autumn, the most beautiful season 

As the colour palette of Springhill estate changes from lush greens to golden and amber shades the walks are more beautiful than any other season. Take a walk up to the sawmill and gaze in every direction at the autumnal landscape, truely breathtaking.

Exploring the Beech tree avenue
Springhill Beech avenue
Exploring the Beech tree avenue

Children of all ages will be able to get in touch with nature and to create their own stories and games as they play in this natural setting. We hope they have as much fun playing on it as our outdoors team did making it.

We’d love to hear what you think and see some pictures of your own natural creations so feel free to post these to our facebook page.


Walker crossing a stone footbridge in the countryside

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.