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From wonderful wildlife to popular farmyard animals, Raby Castle has created three new trails to celebrate nature this May half term.

Woven amongst the trees in the Christmas tree plantation, Raby Castle’s woodland adventure playground offers a new Farmyard Fun trail, matching baby animals to their parents to unscramble Farmer Charlie’s favourite word.

The Farmyard Fun trail is included in the admission price and complimentary trail sheets can be picked up upon arrival, before exploring the immersive playground’s ground-level forest trails, high walkways and towers, outdoor musical instruments, treetop tunnels and talking tubes, alongside a dedicated toddler area with mini turrets, climbing equipment, a slide and a chalkboard too.

All tickets to The Plotters’ Forest also include free entry for children into the historic Raby Castle, as well as access into the picturesque Deer Park, where another themed trail awaits discovery.

To encourage children to learn more about nature, Raby’s Mini Mindfulness trail in its Deer Park showcases the sounds, sights and smells an outdoor exploration has to offer, not forgetting the majestic red and fallow deer roaming the beautiful parkland and the elegant swans swimming in the pond.

Over at High Force Waterfall, a Tiny Creatures trails has also been created, where visitors can learn some interesting facts on their nature adventure.

Along the woodland waterfall walk, new information boards feature fascinating poems about the tiniest of creatures which can be spotted in the stunning scenery within the North Pennines National Landscape.

Sophie Brown our Sales and Events Manager said: “Nature comes in all shapes and sizes, and we hope our informative and captivating trails are enjoyed by the young and young at heart.

“As well as the stunning wildlife that can be found at Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall, we also want to shine a light on farmyard animals and the important role they play.

“We’ll be taking part in the national LEAF Open Farm Sunday event on Sunday 9th June, where people can experience farm life first-hand and our farmyard fun trail is the perfect introduction to this event.”

Raby Castle’s Deer Park is open daily from 10am until 4pm. Tickets cost £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children (aged 4-15 years). A family ticket (two adults and three children) can also be purchased for £20 and children under four go free.

The Plotters’ Forest will be open every day from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June during the May half term. Adult tickets cost £9 and child (ages 4-15 years) tickets cost from £8.50. A family ticket (two adults and three children) can also be purchased for £30 and children under 4 go free. The Plotters’ Forest tickets also include access into the picturesque Deer Park as well as free entry into Raby Castle for children.

The nature trail at High Force Waterfall is also open daily. The trail is included in standard waterfall admission and begins on Saturday 25th May. A family ticket (two adults and three children) costs £9. A couple’s ticket for two adults is also available for £6.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance and more information can be found at www.raby.co.uk/whats-on/

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