April 4, 2023
We shared an early CGI of the new adventure play area at Burghley house in a blog here. We can now share a little more, with the opening date set for 29th April. The first thing to share is the name. Hide and Secrets. We love this as it's inspired by the history of Burghley.
The theme comes from William Cecil, the first Baron of Burghley from 1520. He was the country’s first Chief Spymaster and there are spy-related elements throughout.
The new play area features a series of play zones that lead to the Hidden Towers. It all starts by entering through a tucked-away historic stone arch, from where you will be transported into a magical setting that will fire your imagination and provide hours of outdoor fun.
The design for the structures draws on the distinctive architecture of Burghley House, the Hidden Towers play structure is packed with multi-level play, climbing walls, wobbly walkways, lookout nests and more.
There are two enormous slides that provide big thrills for all ages and an awesome rope bridge across a deep and craggy gorge to reach a tree-top lookout platform that takes the mission to the next level.
There are some espionage elements that have been added to create even more immersive play. The first of these are the whispering funnels and there are code-cracking games and secret tunnels to keep curious little spies spying.
We've always believed that play is for everyone and families come in all ages, shapes and sizes.
So, Hide & Secrets has been designed with accessibility in mind. Wide pathways, a sensory wall, accessible platforms in the lower levels of the towers and accessible lookout points across the gorge mean everyone can come and play together.
There's also a separate toddler and pre-schooler area with a mini slide and low-level adventuring all in the same area.
And for the finishing details, there are bug houses, butterfly banks, tunnels and dens providing a world of discovery that will enchant all ages.
We can't wait for the 29th April to share the real thing with you.