Just to the right of the animal area, nestled in the woods is our brilliant new playground. You can climb in through the windows of the miniature Samlesbury Hall replica & climb the rope bridge to the Mayflower ship! There is also a charming wooden trail; with bridges, swings and lots of fun obstacles for the whole family to enjoy – a challenge for adults as well as children!
700 year old Samlesbury Hall was the original home of the Southworth family whose early descendants were amongst the first pilgrims to set sail to America in the 17th Century aboard the Mayflower. The journey overseas was treacherous and not many survived the trip, however the Hall frequently still welcomes visitors from across the Atlantic bearing the name “Southworth” and the ship is their link to Lancashire.
The playground has been funded with huge thanks to Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £156 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Mayflower ship & miniature Hall were built by the fantastic Flights of Fantasy.
The playground is completely free for all to use when the Hall is open to the public, along with free parking and entry to the Hall. Please be aware that we don’t allow picnics – our charity relies on the money we make from the delicious food & drink we sell which enables us to keep our doors open for free! Picnics & lunches suitable for little ones are available to pre-order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
Please make sure to visit our opening times before you travel.