Calke Explore – Hidden Treasures at Calke Abbey (Derbyshire)

Last weekend we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather!! We headed for one of our favourite National Trust estates. Calke Abbey estate is located in Derbyshire (near Ashby de la Zouch) and it offers a wealth of different experiences for the whole family! We have taken National Trust membership this year so will definitely be making the most of it! 

I will probably do a blog post about all of the exciting things you can see and do at Calke but I wanted to highlight the fantastic Calke Explore experience that that is open every day between 10.30am – 4pm until the 3rd September 2017. 

Calke Explore is a fabulous adventure playground nestled within the woodlands of the estate. Located just at the entrance of the estate, little adventurers can make their way along the guided path solving some tricky riddles along the way. It’s an easy 5 minute walk to the playground with the path being suitable for prams.

The playground is beautifully created to sit amongst the natural surroundings. There are around 10 different woodland activities to complete and explore. With exciting challenges such as rope walks, balancing logs, tree swings, fern walks and even a giant tree stump swing there really is something for the whole family and something for all abilities. L particularly loved the rope walks!  

There is a little information hut where children can collect a nature pack, with lots of wildlife to spot and seek out along the way! 

There is even an ice cream hut selling a range of treats. There is some delicious local ice cream on offer! A perfect way to finish up a visit this amazing woodland playground! 

We spent at least an hour and a half in the playground before making our way to the car. It’s a perfect summer holiday trip to keep the kids entertained! 

Good to know – 

Car park costs:

£3.60 per adult 

£1.80 per child 

Free with membership 

*Please note that this cost is for the car park and grounds only. Please see the Calke Abbey website for entry prices to the home and stables. 

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Thanks for reading!

L x 

*disclosure – this is not a paid review. We paid for our yearly National Trust membership. Our thoughts and words are our own. 

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