Super Summertime Den Building

Written by Rachel Cave

Summer is here and it’s time to get outside,
To find some wonderful wildlife and give something new a try!
Why not make a den and learn some brand new skills?
At Moors Valley, or Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill!

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Located in the New Forest, by Ashley Heath and covering 1000 acres, there is something for everyone at Moors Valley Country Park. You can walk, cycle, go on the authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even “Go Ape” on the fantastic tree top adventure! Why not give den building a go in the forest, which will test your bushcraft skills. Find out more.

Lyme Park House and Garden, Cheshire

Credit: National Trust

This historic country house is a great place to bring the family for a day out. Outside you’ll be able to get involved in activities such as den building, mini-beasts, wild art, flora hunts, orienteering and map skills! Find out more.

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

This beautiful Jacobean- style country house and a water mill with spectacular gardens is a great place to bring the family. Outdoors the children will enjoy exploring the grounds where there is an inspiration station, wildlife discovery centre, tree boathouse or setting out on an adventure with a special activity pack. Find out more.

Penrhyn Castle, Penobscot County, Bangor

All knights and princesses will enjoy learning all about this enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle that’s surrounded by stunning scenery. Outdoors there are over 60 acres of grounds to be discovered, which includes stunning parkland, exotic trees and shrubs, as well as a Victorian walled garden. The children will love being able to let off some steam in the adventure playground! Find out more.

Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Bring the family here to see this glorious house and estate, built by Edward Hussey III from the sandstone quarried from the grounds of the Old Castle. The gardens are beautifully landscaped with many plants, flowers and secret parts to explore. There is plenty for the children to enjoy, including the Natural Play Trail, the Discovery Room and building dens in the Wilderness Camp, as well as looking out for wildlife including barn owls. Find out more.

Tyntesfield, BristolTyntesfield, Somerset

This historic house was once home to the Gibbs family and is worth exploring to see Gothic Carvings, as well as a lovely estate which includes flower-filled terraces and a kitchen garden. Explore over 540 acres of beautiful parkland and woodland and keep an eye out for interesting wildlife! Find out more.

Nostell Priory and Parkland, Yorkshire

This dramatic country house has been the home of the Winn family for over 300 years. The house is full of amazing antiques, including Chippendale furniture and paintings by famous artists. Make sure that you pick up one of the family activity packs! There is an amazing 300 acres of parkland for you to explore with adventure playground, kids trail and an orchard. Find out more.

Godolphin House, Cornwall


This fabulous historic house provides a great day out for the whole family. Discover fascinating history in the house and take a relaxing stroll around the beautiful garden. You’ll have fun with the whole family following the treasure trail around the garden! Be sure to give the barefoot trail a go, there’s a number of tasty treats for feet – from smooth slate to tickly fir cones and from soft sand to gritty gravel. Find out more.

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