Excitement is starting to build, and little adventurers and their families are being told to #savethedate as Raby Castle announce the name of its new treetop adventure playground.

CGI image of The Plotters Forest at Raby Castle

Hidden away inside the castle's mysterious woodland, The Plotters’ Forest adventure playground is due to open this Easter, drawing inspiration from the castle’s fascinating history, including The Rising of the North in 1569, when Catholic rebels unsuccessfully plotted to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I, which is said to have been planned at Raby Castle. 

Young visitors will see special features inspired by Raby Castle’s architectural history as they explore the enchanting playground, including its grand entrance, built to honour the famous Neville Gateway, and Plotters’ Spire, a three-story tower with a top-floor slide, and unusual pentagon shapes. 

cgi image of entrance to plotters forest at Raby Castle

Families will also find a wooden boardwalk through the playground, accessible by wheelchair and pushchair, as well as three-storey play towers, high-level walkways, tunnels and climbing walls, along with several ground-level play trails and slides, creating a fun and inclusive space for all. 

The new attraction also has a purpose-built area for toddlers, with mini turrets and lookout decks – conveniently located next to the new split-level café. 

CGI image of adventure playground at Raby Castle

Construction of the playground has also been carefully managed to cause minimal disruption to the natural surroundings of the castle's Christmas Tree plantation, to preserve habitats and ensure ancient trees are un-damaged during the build. 

Tickets to the playground will also give access to the castle's picturesque grounds filled with wildlife and in time, the walled gardens.

CGI image of plotters forest raby castle

The Plotters’ Forest is part of a wider development, known as The Rising. With its name also rooted in a chapter of Raby Castle’s history, the project will include the significant restoration and renovation of several historical buildings on the estate, the creation of a new café and events space, as well as a new visitor hub and landscaped areas. 

CGI image of walled garden development at Raby Castle

For further information visit Raby Castle's website to receive updates. 

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