Now that the country is beginning to open up again, why not come and make a day of it at Walton Hall and Gardens?

It would seem from how busy our website is, that a lot of you are interested in finding out more about our attractions, and what we have open for you to enjoy while you’re here. The answer is – quite a lot.

Children’s Zoo

Since the government relaxed some of the covid restrictions after Easter, we’ve been happy to welcome you all back to the Children’s Zoo again. And judging by the visitor numbers we’ve received over the last few weeks, you’ve missed seeing our animals. A common question we’re often asked about the zoo is whether you need to book a time slot to visit. The answer is no. There’s no need to book, just come along – though please be aware at weekends and during school holidays we’re a popular destination, so there may be queuing systems in place as we remain covid secure.

Adventure golf

We’ve also re-opened our Games Hut where you can play a round of the ever-popular adventure golf. This proved a big hit over Easter during the nice weather. With the kids now back at school in the local area, we’re only opening the Games Hut at weekends. You can also purchase a game of pitch ‘n’ putt from the Games Hut if you’d prefer. The Games Hut opens at 10:30 am with the last tee off at 3:00 pm – again, there’s no need to book, You can just turn up and play. Like the zoo, if it’s busy, there will be queuing systems in place, while covid restrictions are still in force. If you’re a golfer – you’ll want to visit Walton Hall Golf Course soon too. The greens have never looked so good! Book your tee off time now.

High ropes

Now then, have you been brave enough to be one of the first to try the high ropes yet? This new attraction opened just after Easter too and has proved immensely popular. We have booking information on our website under ‘outdoor games‘, and since the attraction is run by the fabulous Jungle Parc, all you have to do is book via their website. You can pay on the day if there is availability, but we’d encourage you to book online, as it’s really popular.

Adventure playground

Of course, the Children’s Adventure playground continues to attract our family visitors. It has been open throughout this latest lockdown and has provided a place for the kids to run off a bit of steam. If the park is open, then so too is our playground. Here, you’ll undoubtedly be begged for a Lewis Bro’s ice cream by the kids, and who could resist? The Land Train, which runs from the playground and tours the estate, will give you the opportunity to relax and admire the views. The train is privately operated and, since its term time, is currently only running at weekends.

Heritage cafe

If you’re in need of an energy boost, pop into the Heritage Cafe and recharge your energy levels. Located inside The Stables, they’re currently offering a takeaway service and sell some sumptuous foods, snacks and hot drinks to keep you fed and watered. You can get a peak at some of the delights on offer by perusing their menus before you visit. Now that you’ve got your coffee, cake and tasty treats, why not pick up a Children’s Tracker Pack? The younger family members can try out lots of exciting games as you wander around our estate – it’s beautiful this time of year. The blossoms are still out, the tulips are magnificent, and the borders are a credit to our hardworking gardeners. We even have some lovely little walks, where you can follow in the footsteps of Lord and Lady Daresbury.

Making a day of it

So, there you have it, a quick guide to the numerous reasons why you should come and make a day of it. And let’s not forget that we’re right next to the Bridgewater Canal too. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could wander along the canal into Stockton Heath and back again.

Drop us a line and let us know if you have a favourite place or pastime on the estate that we haven’t mentioned. We’d love to hear from you.

See you soon.