If you’re stuck for somewhere to go with the children this summer, Chirk Castle has loads for them to do!
Number two in our special summer features about the county’s National Trust properties.
Summer of Play
This summer, get ready to jump, climb, run and skip through straw bales because the centrepiece of Chirk Castle’s Summer of Play, sponsored by Starling Bank, is a HUGE straw bale castle.
Within the straw fortress lie four unique play turrets where you can discover different ways to play, be active, engage your senses and have fun. Get close to nature as you build dens and test your balance along an obstacle course, then use your imagination to transport yourself back to Medieval Chirk through costume and roleplay.
Let your creativity flow and take a moment to relax in the sensory zone before trying your hand at building your very own fortress in the construction zone. On selected dates throughout the summer, you can channel your inner Robin Hood with Blaidd Field Archery Wrexham (an additional ￡1 charge per participant for this activity is applicable).
You can also watch a demonstration from Wrexham Fencing Club and then take part in a family-friendly fun activity. See nationaltrust.org.uk for exact dates and times. No visit would be complete without an exploration of the Medieval castle, of course, with its stunning gardens, preserved dungeons and state rooms fit for a king.
There’s something for everyone at Chirk Castle this summer!
We recommend your visit starts at the medieval Adam Tower, where many signs of the castle’s medieval past can be seen. Have fun dressing up in armour, hunt for the medieval garderobes (toilets to you and me) and murder holes, and venture down into the two-level dungeons… if you’re brave enough!
Wild Play Area
Our outdoor play area at Home Farm is great for keeping those little ones entertained. It is conveniently located next to the kiosk, which also serve hot and cold drinks and snacks, and has ample outdoor seating. Children must be supervised at all times. Kiosk opening times vary.
50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾
Bring your family closer to nature with 50 ideas to help us play and explore. Here’s a selection:
No. 1: Get to know a tree
Every tree has something special about it. Search for clues in its roots, bark and branches to uncover its story. Measure how wide its trunk is with your arms and use your hands to feel the texture of its bark – is it bumpy, rough or smooth?
No. 9: Eat a picnic in the wild
You’re welcome to picnic in our gardens and on the estate. There are some picnic tables in front of the castle, benches dotted around the garden, and shady spots next to hedges and under trees.
No. 33: Go cloud watching
Pick your spot in the garden on a dry day, lie back on the grass and look up. What can you see? Use your imagination to pick out shapes and pictures in the clouds as they drift by. Do they resemble anything, like animals, trees or cartoon characters?
If the sky is bright, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and remember, don’t look directly at the sun.
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