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Summer of Play at Castle Ward

Castle Ward Summer of Play Banner. Banner says: Are you ready for Summer of Play at Castle Ward? Join us for a jam-packed summer that's full of ways to play, from 6 July to 26 August, 10am - 5pm.
Castle Ward's Summer of Play Banner | © Corey McGillian

From July 6 to August 26, Castle Ward transforms into a vibrant playground for Summer of Play where you can enjoy our five play zones. Prepare to let loose, unleash your creativity, and embark on an unforgettable journey filled with laughter, exploration, and cherished memories.

In the Loose Parts Play area, kids can tinker, create, and challenge their minds with a Den Kit, Weighing Set, Builders Yard, and a giant chess set. It's a realm where imagination knows no bounds, and every piece holds the promise of endless possibilities.

Family enjoying crafts in the castle Ward barn
Family enjoying crafts in the castle Ward barn | © Anna-Purna Mellor

For the little explorers and budding scientists, the Nature Zone awaits, featuring a mesmerizing array of wonders. From wormeries to bug hotels, animal stilts to microscopes, there's a world of discovery waiting to be explored. And don't miss the surprise activity in the house, inspired by the legacy of Mary Ward, an esteemed scientist and naturalist.

Two children and one adult with a ranger hunting for bugs on Wildlife Explorer Day at Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire
Hunting for bugs on Wildlife Explorer Day at Ormesby Hall | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Nestled under a teepee, the Performance Zone beckons with the promise of rhythm and movement. Here, kids can play the drums, perform on a stage, dance around the maypole, and immerse themselves in living history performance displays.

Little girl playing on wooden bridge at the Adventure Playpark at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland
Little girl playing on wooden bridge at the Adventure Playpark | © Annapurna Mellor

In the green space, a world of outdoor adventures awaits. From a temporary rugby pitch to archery, basketball to bean bag toss, there's no shortage of thrills to be had. And for the little ones, a soft play area ensures even the tiniest tots can join in the fun.

Two boys playing rugby on a green.
Two boys playing rugby on a green. | © John Miller

Amidst the hustle and bustle, those in need of a moment of calm can find respite in the temporary Quiet Space. Here, surrounded by fidget toys, calm bags, noise-canceling headphones, and beanbags, guests can unwind and recharge before diving back into the excitement.

It's a summer escape like no other, where the simple joys of exploration and free-spirited fun take center stage. So, grab your picnic blanket, rally your friends and family, and head over to Castle Ward for a summer brimming with play, creativity, and adventure. This is the ultimate way to enjoy your summer days, and we can’t wait to see you there! Don't miss your chance to create cherished memories at Castle Ward's Summer of Play.

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