There are always activities for the children to do during weekends and school holidays.
Stoat Town is dream come true for children and grown-ups alike. Castle Espie’s woodland natural play area is a novelty for children and takes older children right back to their childhood and den-building days...
The area is also ideal for picnics with its natural shade provided by native deciduous trees and its ample wildlife.
Don’t look down! Children of all ages can have a fantastic time challenging the climbing the wall by the Limestone Pavillion.
Feed the birds
The waterfowl collection at Castle Espie is home to many species of rare and endangered ducks and geese.
Many of the birds will nibble grain directly from your hand offering an inspiring up-close wildlife experience. Try spotting the Nene, red breasted geese, eiders or white-faced whistling ducks up close.
We aks that bread should not be fed to the ducks, but grain can be purchased from the reception desk prior to walking into the collection.
Pond Room: Indoor soft play
Immerse in the ball pool, slide like a frog into the pond and climb into the kingfisher nest hole. Children under 10 years love to explore the indoor soft play area that is located next to the theatre.
From spring through to autumn we open up our man-made ponds for children of all ages (and grown-ups!) to dip into and explore the underwater life of the wetlands.
Diving beetles and their larvae, water boatmen, ram’s-horn snails and pond-snail leeches can all be found and examined with our magnifying sheets and pond-life identification flip-books.