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New adventure playground at Rufford Abbey explores the ages

An artist's impression of the new adventure playground at Rufford Abbey.
An artist's impression of the new adventure playground at Rufford Abbey.

From the Tudors through to Shakespeare, an historic theme has been given to an exciting, new adventure playground at Rufford Abbey country park.

Exploring the ages, the playground, which opens in early July, is full of aspects relating to kings, queens and other important figures of the past.

There is even an oversized throne to remember the boy king, Edward VI, and a ship-based climbing frame to reflect the era of pirates and seafaring during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The free-to-use playground also features tunnels and netting, inspired by the priest holes of King Henry VII’s reign, and they surround a large climbing rock that offers a stunning view of the abbey.

Elsewhere, a ‘fantastical forest’ leads to an array of audio-visual features, including musical chimes and toadstool seating, while a beautiful pathway leads to the ‘Globe’ amphitheatre that sits opposite a refreshment area for families.

The playground has been developed by Nottinghamshire County Council, which owns the park, in partnership with leisure company Parkwood Outdoors, which manages the park.

Justin Palfrey, of Parkwood, said: “Seeing this project come to life has been immensely rewarding. We hope visitors will enjoy the revamped play area and find out more about the country’s rich history.”