Belton House Adventure Playground | Days Out With Kids
If you’re on the look out for the mother of all adventure playgrounds in the East Midlands, you can’t go far wrong with a trip to Belton House adventure playground!
Located in Grantham, Belton House adventure playground is pretty huge and well worth a visit on a warm sunny day when the kids need to run off some spare energy.
Belton House adventure playground has to be one of the most child friendly National Trust places in the East Midlands (or maybe even the UK!), with a dogs-on-leads policy and no dogs whatsoever allowed within or near the adventure playground itself. This is a huge plus point for parents who don’t like to dodge poo or be on their guard with kids who have a fear of dogs. Picnics can also be enjoyed on the grass safe in the knowledge that no nasties are lurking on the ground. Outside the adventure playground is a slightly different story, as the deer at the park make their own deposits in various places, but there are benches to picnic on in this area and who ever saw a deer wearing a nappy anyway?
In itself, Belton House adventure playground is absolutely enormous – it goes on and on deep into the woods, even over a stream, miniture railway (£1 a ride) and past it’s very own ice cream hut where hot and cold drinks, and more importantly Magnum ice creams are served.
Within the park, there are multiple slides, sea-saws, tree house type structures and climbing frames. Many of them are huge and connect together, so your only challenge will be keeping tabs on little ones. There’s also a couple of water play activities, so don’t bring your kids in their best clothes!
The park is pretty well shaded, with lots of trees providing cover from the sun and also protecting the ground from the rain quite well. When we visited, the ground was very dry and dusty despite it having rained that week, which was a bonus as we didn’t have to avoid mud and puddles.
Once your kids have finally filled their boots with the adventure playground at Belton, you’ll probably want to take a peek at the rest of the grounds, which are kept immaculate, especially around the orangery and the house itself. If you have a good camera, bring it with you, you can get some cracking shots of the kids playing around here!
There are vast areas of grass for the kids to play in, which is great if you want to relax for a bit and let them have a game of football or tag (just remember that deer poo we mentioned earlier!). There’s also a maze for them to get lost in, with only one entrance/exit, so you won’t have to worry about losing them!
Even if it rains, all is not lost as Belton House also has an indoor soft play area. Sadly, we didn’t make it to this, as the sun was shining and the kids were having such a good time outside in the fresh air we just ran out of time. For those with a yearly pass, this could be a good go-to place for wet play days though.
We also didn’t make it around the house itself, we were just so busy having fun, time ran away with us! So there is so much more to explore here and I would even go so far as to say that you could easily stretch your visit over 2 days if you were staying in the area.
All in all Belton House adventure playground is a brilliant full day out for kids of all ages. Whether they’re toddlers or tweens, they’ll all be kept busy here. By the end of the day, they’ll be exhausted, full of ice cream and ready to sleep, which just leaves you to crack the wine open! (hurray)
Entry to Belton House grounds and house costs £34.60 for a family as a one off payment. However, if you’re planning on visiting more than once (there’s plenty there to make you want to!) or perhaps want to try out some other National Trust properties either alone or with the kids, a yearly pass can work out to be more economical. Currently prices start from £69 a year for families with 1 adult, or £111 a year for families with 2 adults. This allows entry for up to 5 children living at the same address. Find out full details here.
*As an extra note, when visiting Belton House Adventure Playground using a Sat Nav, use postcode NG32 2LW – the one we used from Google took us to the Lion gates, which gives pedestrian access only.