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Pensthorpe encourages explorers on a secret trail this summer




Pensthorpe Natural Park is taking inspiration from the glorious carefree summers of the past for its programme this year.

It which will feature pond-dipping, den building, storytelling, noughts and crosses, a new secret garden wildlife trail and much more.

Now that summer is here Pensthorpe is calling all intrepid explorers to start discovering the wonders of nature on their doorstep, starting at its 700-acre family friendly park to help young people get out and about during the school holidays.

Kids party at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Playing in Hootz House and Wild Rootz. Photo : Steve Adams (49401281)
Kids party at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Playing in Hootz House and Wild Rootz. Photo : Steve Adams (49401281)

There will be lots of natural play activities to find across the park, including the iconic WildRootz stream for splashing and exploring. These are just some of the brilliant activities on offer as Pensthorpe recalls those long hot sunny days of the past and offers it up to a new generation of children.

Until Sunday, September, 5, a jam-packed and fully immersive day out is guaranteed and without a computer screen in sight.

The new Secret Garden Wildlife Trail will allow visitors to make the most of the stunning four gardens that have been sculpted by some of the world’s leading designers.

Pensthorpe Natural Park extended family visit. Photo : Steve Adams (49401230)
Pensthorpe Natural Park extended family visit. Photo : Steve Adams (49401230)

Keys will be hidden across the park for families to find, and children will be able to track their progress using a complimentary activity sheet that will be handed out upon entry.

There will be free craft activities to enjoy too, inspiring imaginations and letting artistic flair shine. There is also the long-awaited return of the Pensthorpe Explorer, giving guests an off-road experience in the famous Land Rover trailer, visiting remote areas of the estate which are inaccessible on foot.

All of this is on top of what is available to enjoy all year round at Pensthorpe, including WildRootz, the magical outdoor adventure play, Hootz House, the epic indoor play area, outdoor nature and sculpture trails, seven bird hides and multiple boardwalks that weave through the wilderness of the reserve which is teaming with wildlife.

Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management at Pensthorpe at the dedicated Flamingo area of Pensthorpe Narural Park. Photo : Steve Adams (49401247)
Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management at Pensthorpe at the dedicated Flamingo area of Pensthorpe Narural Park. Photo : Steve Adams (49401247)

Martin Dupée, general manager at Pensthorpe Natural Park said: “Here at Pensthorpe, we want to make the summer holidays extra special for families, especially after the last year, and take away the stress of trying to think of things to do to keep the children entertained that doesn’t involve being in front of a screen. There’s nothing better than getting outdoors to enjoy nature and it’s something families can also enjoy back at home.

“That’s why we have included so much in our summer programme this year, and all within the price of general admission, giving families so many fantastic opportunities to discover how much fun nature and the great outdoors can be.”

Interactive trails, seven bird hides and several charming boardwalks weave through the wilderness of the reserve and present an opportunity to get closer to the native and visiting wildlife where some1200 different species have been recorded.

Tickets can be booked online including timed entry slots and must be booked in advance.



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