Large wooden playground structure shaped like a hawk with outstretched wings, located in a forested area with tall trees and a mulch-covered ground.

Play

Moors Valley is a fantastic place for children to play and explore. All our play areas and structures are included in your visit.

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Play Trail

Let their imagination soar as they discover the one mile Play Trail featuring ten beautifully crafted wooden structures designed to let children explore and play freely.

Grading

We’ve graded each play structure on the Play Trail using a 5-point scale, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. The grading covers the following categories:

Imaginative – During imaginative play, experiment with decision-making, practice social skills, and engage in creative expression. 

Physical – Gets you moving. Encompassing a wide range of activities, from big movements like climbing and jumping to smaller movements. 

Challenging – Activities that encourage you to stretch your limits, explore new experiences, and make decisions.

Ants Nest

Let them see the world from an ant’s perspective in this enclosed structure of chambers and tunnels. Designed like an ant’s nest with its well-defined vertical sides, it has internal climbing ladders and a gentle slide to help children learn coordination and balance.

Grading

Imaginative: 3/5 Physical: 3/5 Challenging: 2/5

Ants Nest
Enchanted Woods

Enchanted Woods

Younger children can re-enact their favourite fairytale as they wander through wooden structures depicting scenes from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel.  

Admire the storyteller’s chair with its wooden books, walk through the enchanted fairytale door, splash through stone bear paw prints, make a muddy broth in a wooden cauldron, and follow the cookie stepping stones. 

Grading

Imaginative: 5/5 Physical: 1/5 Challenging: 1/5

House of Baba Yaga

Learn the story of the enigmatic Baba Yaga in this magical wooden house. With its intricate detail depicting this Slavic folklore, children will love its musical door, talking tubes, sliding poles and a secret carved chair. Can you spot the wooden feathers and chicken feet? 

Grading

Imaginative: 5/5 Physical: 3/5 Challenging: 2/5

Play Trail Baba Yaga
Play Trail Snakes

Snake Pit  

A firm favourite with generations of visitors, children can climb, clamber and wriggle through these two giant intertwining wooden snakes. A separate ‘snakes and ladders’ assembly can also be scrambled up, down and across to test their strength and endurance. 

Grading

Imaginative: 3/5 Physical: 4/5 Challenging: 3/5

Bewildernest

Centred on the nest of a dragon, kids can explore a mysterious maze of inside tunnels representing fire, water, and wind before scaling a six-metre-high periscope look-out tower. If they dare to climb higher, they can reach the ogre’s lair before descending the steep, tubular slide.  

Reaching 7.5 metres at its highest point, this is one of the largest and most challenging play areas at Moors Valley.

Grading

Imaginative: 1/5 Physical: 5/5 Challenging: 5/5

 

Play Trail Bewildernest
Hawk House

Hawk House

Inspired by beautiful birds of prey, Hawk House re-creates the powerful wings of a Harris hawk with its tail feathers spread out as it comes to land in the forest. 

Over 18 metres in length, and standing at 5 metres high, families can take the ramp to search the belly of the hawk with its intricate sitting room complete with wooden fireplace, chair, and carved creatures. Kids can clamber up using the climbing wall or ladders and whizz down the slides at each wing tip.

Grading

Imaginative: 4/5 Physical: 4/5 Challenging: 4/5

Tree Top Trail 

Ascend new heights as a family on the Tree Top Trail, an elevated wooden walkway that winds through the treetops offering a real bird’s eye view of the forest. See if you can spot the Dragonfly-shaped ponds that have been created in the wetland to attract breeding dragonflies on this five-metre high, 200-metre-long wooden walkway. 

Please note this trail is only suitable for those on foot and cannot be accessed with a pushchair/wheelchair.

 

Tree Top Trail
Spiders

Spiders

Greeted by large wooden spiders, children can hone their balancing, coordination, and problem-solving skills with a web of low-level beams, stumps, and stones to navigate.

Grading

Imaginative: 2/5 Physical: 4/5 Challenging: 3/5

Crocodile Crossing 

With a giant crocodile head emerging from a vast wood chip swamp, kids can travel up the hill navigating the balance beams, stepping logs and an Indiana Jones style rickety bridge. This structure encourages balance, strength, confidence, and concentration. 

Grading

Imaginative: 3/5 Physical: 3/5 Challenging: 4/5

Crocodile Crossing
Play Trail Timber

Timber! 

The balancing fun continues at Timber, a play area depicting a working forest plantation where felled trees are ready for the sawmill and used for timber and furniture.  

A demanding hill side course, children can tackle the wooden climbing wall before scrambling, climbing, and balancing over various timber structures of different shapes and sizes. 

Grading

Imaginative: 3/5 Physical: 5/5 Challenging: 5/5

Play Areas

From the Junior Play Area with its sand play fun, our nature-inspired Bee Hive or challenging wooden fortress in the Adventure Play Area, kids of all ages will love our unique play areas. 

 

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Bee Hive

Bee Hive 

Created to be fully inclusive for every family, the Bee Hive has a range of problem-solving puzzles and fun sensory activities to help children and adults understand more about the key role of bees through touch, sight, sound, and braille.  

Set up as a network of hives, the wooden structure includes a double width slide, a swing, musical elements, a wide ramp and level paths making it accessible to all. There are also quiet hive areas for those requiring less stimulation.

Adventure Play Area 

Older children can climb, clamber, and challenge themselves at this adventure playground with its whizzy zip line, huge space net and impressive tower fortress with firefighter poles, crossings, and long tube slide. It also has a selection of swings, including a large flatbed one, a wibbly wobbly double width slide to explore, and plenty of space to run around.  

Adventure Play Area
Play Area

Junior Play Area 

Surrounded by sand, infants will be enthralled with the sand digger, wooden train and obstacle course, gentle climbing nets and wooden house with its bucket pulleys, turning wheels and small firefighter poles.  

Designed to make sure little ones can explore and experiment, the play area also comes complete with gentle swings and a small spinner to help them build their motor skills, balance, and spatial awareness. They can also spot and wave to passengers as the miniature steam train weaves its way past.  

Remember to bring your bucket and spade!

Music Trail  

The Music Trail around Moors Lake provides an enjoyable way for little ones to explore and understand music. 

Through musical play, children can hone their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they try out the beautifully tuned tubular and flat xylophones and chimes found at various points on this one-mile loop. 

A smiling child stands next to a tall, whimsical faucet sculpture with a blue flower-like design, next to Moors Lake.

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