UNESCO world heritage site Blenheim Palace, in nearby Oxfordshire, is creating a gigantic new outdoor play attraction as part of the redevelopment of its walled gardens.
Using land which adjoins the existing walled gardens, the new play area will be bigger than a football field at 5,000 metres and have a whole host of new equipment - including a replica of Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge at the centre of the attraction.
Plans also include a sensory garden walk; an oversized kitchen garden play area with giant carrots, sunflowers and plant pots; interactive water features; as well as quirky wooden structures, winding walkways and a viewing platform.
Ideal for older children and teenagers, there is also set to be a wilderness play area with aerial walkways, rope bridges, tunnels and zip wires; plus a large terrace with seating for parents overlooking the central water feature and a refreshment kiosk with outdoor seating, too.
The new play complex also has sustainability high on the agenda, with equipment being made from natural materials.
The design by Norfolk-based CAP.Co design - which is renowned for creating organic, natural play areas using the best of what is local - is said to 'celebrate the rich heritage of the 18th century Baroque palace' as well as its ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland.
Work on the site is being carried out by Kingerlee Ltd, with the new play area set to open to the public in spring 2023.