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Children's Playground

Skelf Island at Castle Howard

Skelf Island at Castle Howard

Skelf Island at Castle Howard

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We are delighted to announce the opening of a new adventure playground, Skelf Island. Magically inhabited by the otherworldly Skelves, this new addition to the Yorkshire tourist attraction will enhance its family offer and encourage children to reconnect with nature.

Legend has it that Skelves have been inhabiting a secret world over the water of the Great Lake for centuries. They are said to cause mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interact with the birds and protect the wildlife. This summer, young visitors will be invited over to Skelf Island to take part in an adventure like no other while learning about the special wildlife and ecology of the estate.

John Hoy, CEO of Castle Howard, comments, "The area of land across the Great Lake is the original Medieval site of Henderskelfe, the settlement that predates Castle Howard. This has been the inspiration for the design team working on this brand new adventure playground and developing the concert of the otherworldly Skelves. This fantastic addition to the family offer will be included in the Gardens admission ticket and we expect it will attract a lot of visitors from both the local area and holiday makers from further afield."

Built be Adventure Play Development company CAP.Co, the development will see a series of ingenious treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment suitable for all ages. In addition to the new playground, families can learn all about the magical gang of Skelves on the island, which have been brought to life by illustrator Steve Pearce.

We are committed to our environmental stewardship and aim to carefully work in harmony with the environment and safeguard it for future generations. Creating sustainable wildlife habitats is a major priority for the estate, and this latest family-orientated addition will allow young visitors to learn, through play, the importance of the environment around them and encourage participation with the wider wildlife projects across the estate.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Address

Castle Howard Estate Limited.,
Castle Howard,
York,
YO60 7DA

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 716700  Lat: 54.12089 Long: -0.90601

Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64. From the A64, follow the brown tourist signs for Castle Howard.

Due to narrow gateways, coaches and large vehicles should continue on the A64 to Malton and approach Castle Howard from Malton/Coneysthorpe.

Bus services run from York and Malton.

Check the Castle Howard website for details.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Malton station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

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