£1m investment at Pensthorpe

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Hootz House, Pensthorpe

Thought to be the first of its kind in the East of England, Hootz House ties in with WildRootz, Pensthorpe’s outdoor adventure play area that opened in 2013.

Hootz the owl from WildRootz is hoping to inspire children to switch onto wildlife and adventure play instead of technology, providing fun facts about enchanting species of the natural world.

Children of all ages can get their recommended 60 active minutes of exercise a day by running across rope bridges, racing down slides, scurrying through tunnels and scaling 8m tree top towers.

The ‘Owlets Zone’, created for the under-five’s, is inspired by Pensthorpe’s Conservation Grade Farm with soft play farm animals and a corn shower.

The indoor adventure play area has been created following investment of more than £1 million and the Pensthorpe team travelling extensively throughout the UK, Holland and Italy to gain inspiration.

The 300 sq m building’s green credentials include:

Using sustainably sourced wood for 90 per cent of the build

Installing a Ground Source Heat Pump providing a sustainable heating solution with over one mile of pipes being laid on the bed of one of the lakes. This new heating system will reduce reliance on oil and gas

Environmentally friendly sound proofing

Water saving features in the toilets.

Owners Deb and Bill Jordan are excited to see their vision of creating an indoor adventure come to life.

Deb said; “Pensthorpe is like an amazing and extremely fascinating giant outside classroom!

“Our aim has been to roll education, play and family enjoyment into one big exciting day out, ensuring the next generations of Packham’s and Attenborough’s have all the necessary tools to expand their love and knowledge of the natural world.”

Hootz House is included in Pensthorpe Natural Park’s current entrance fee butoperates timed play sessions.