The outside area of Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn. Credit - Paul Carroll Photography-min


Staffordshire’s heavily anticipated and newest family attraction is set to open to the public from 1pm on Monday 11th March, and the team behind it have revealed a sneak peek. 


Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn, located in Brewood and owned and managed by the Chillington Hall estate, is inspired by local history. Youngsters will have the chance to hide inside and climb to the top of its centrepiece – a magnificent mock oak tree inspired by the tree that King Charles II is said to have hidden inside at Boscobel House, as he fled Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester. 


Children and grown-ups who also want to join in on the fun, can expect bridges, tunnels, high-level walkways and slides in the indoor section. For thrill-seekers there is also a pedal go-kart track, where drivers can channel their inner Sir Lewis Hamilton, lining up on the start line indoors and speeding outside onto the winding tarmac track.  


Other outdoor features include the zip lines, swings, slides, sand pit and bespoke toddler area that will be open year-round. 


Charlie Giffard, custodian of Chillington Hall and Estate, said: “Whilst it felt like a pipe dream for several years after we took over the management of the estate, seeing Hockerhill become a reality has been hugely exciting and it is the perfect way to begin diversifying Chillington Hall’s wider offering and connect with our local community. 


“The images of Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn demonstrate the skilled work that has been put into the creation of this vibrant space. We’re so grateful to everyone who has played a part in it, and we also look forward to working with the new team who will be helping families have the most fun possible at Hockerhill as it opens on 11th March.” 


Charlie, his wife Tessa and their young family set out to create a fun-filled space that they didn’t feel was on offer in the area. A place where children of all ages can play, learn and interact with nature, as well as making it a comfortable environment for grown-ups to spend their time too. 


Whilst youngsters run wild, parents can take time to refuel enjoying barista quality coffee, fresh sandwiches and delicious ice cream – all produced as locally as possible. An outdoor hut serves stone baked artisanal pizzas, with all the family favourites. 


“Whilst Charlie and I have been looking forward to the completion of Hockerhill, our children are especially excited about it, as they’ve shared feedback and ideas during the process. We’re passionate about children’s development and believe play is an essential part of that – sowing the seeds for creativity in adult life. We’re encouraging the small kids to dream big, big kids to run wild and busy adults to kick back, reconnect and catch up,” added Tessa. 


The new play facilities will be open daily from Monday 11 March, with last entry at 4pm on a weekday and 3pm on a weekend or public holiday. Pre-booking is recommended and tickets can be purchases from the Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn website now: 


Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn is open to the public from 1pm on Monday 11 March. Please refer to the website for more information: 


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