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The Plotters’ Forest at Raby Castle offers a thrilling mix of challenge, discovery and intrigue for all ages.

Discover your inner rebel.

Discover a plotters' paradise

Enter through the towering gateway and disappear into the dense woodland. Explore ground-level forest trails, then climb to high walkways and towers. Become part of a world of magic and mischief: create a cacophony on outdoor musical instruments and match pairs on our giant memory game, or strike a Plotters’  Portrait pose and cause chaos with our spinning signposts.

Visitors young and old will love getting lost amongst exhilarating views, sky-high turrets and treetop tunnels, before spreading out on stargazing decks and slipping down slides. Send your fellow plotters coded messages through the Talking Tubes, and spot enemies in the Mischief Mirrors. And for the very smallest rebels, there’s a dedicated toddler area: think mini turrets, climbing equipment, slides and a chalkboard for drawing secret squiggles.

For centuries, Raby Castle has been home to men and women who stood up for their beliefs and changed the course of history; plus those who weren’t so lucky and ended up in big trouble. Which will you prove to be: a Plucky Plotter or a Rotten Rebel? Find out in The Plotters’ Forest.

Adventure Play
Adventure Play
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Discover a woodland hideaway

‘Close to nature’ takes on a new meaning in The Plotters’ Forest. Built around the existing trees and natural clearings with sustainable materials, the play equipment feels woven into the forest; an extension of the great outdoors. We’ve taken care to respect our beautiful natural environment, with larch cladding sourced from our sustainably managed woodland and colours inspired by the forest’s stunning palette.

We firmly believe that building a relationship with the outdoors inspires children to be resilient, curious and courageous. In an increasingly digital and risk-averse world, The Plotters’ Forest is a setting where little ones – and their imaginations – can run wild. Looking for an extra inspiring school trip or a particularly magical birthday party?

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Outdoor fun for the whole family

Tickets allow access to the Plotters’ Forest as well as to Raby’s 200 acre Deer Park. Children – plus mums and dads, grannies and grandpas – are guaranteed to love exploring the ancient landscape, lush parkland and spotting red and fallow deer as they graze. For more information about the Deer Park and tips on how to enjoy the wildlife safely, visit our Park page.

Worked up an appetite after all of that activity? Coffee, cake and ice cream are always on the menu. Visit the Plotters’ Pantry, conveniently overlooking the toddlers’ play area, for a freshly-made sandwich, children’s lunch box or a delicious traybake. You’re also welcome to wander further afield and visit the stunning Yurt Café, or browse the beautiful books, local homewares and original gifts for sale at the Stables Shop.

Tickets FAQs

Plotters' Forest FAQs

How can I book The Plotters' Forest?

Tickets for The Plotters’ Forest are available to purchase here.

Can I purchase tickets on site for The Plotters' Forest?

Tickets for The Plotters’ Forest need to be purchased online in advance through our website. We will not be offering tickets on site.

What type of ticket do I need to access The Plotters' Forest?

Two types of tickets are available to purchase to gain access to The Plotters’ Forest:

Park & Play Tickets give you access to both The Plotters’ Forest and Deer Park.

Castle, Park & Play Tickets give you access to Raby Castle, Deer Park and The Plotters’ Forest.

Is The Plotters' Forest accessible?

The Plotters’ Forest is set on a hillside within natural woodland, with some uneven ground and steps. However a wooden boardwalk, which reaches the top of the playground is accessible by wheelchair and pushchair, creating a fun and inclusive space for all of Raby’s visitors.

Does our Annual Pass give us access to The Plotters' Forest?

Annual Passes that were purchased before April 2022 do not admit visitors to The Plotter’s Forest. However, all Annual Pass holders are able to upgrade their Annual Pass to include The Plotters’ Forest. A NEW Annual Pass has been created for The Plotters’ Forest for new customers, this includes access to Raby Castle, Deer Park, High Force Waterfall and The Plotters’ Forest.

Can I buy an Annual Pass for The Plotters' Forest?

Yes – our new Annual Passes include access to The Plotters’ Forest, Raby Castle and Deer Park.

Can adults visit The Plotters' Forest without any children?

The Plotters’ Forest is an adventure play area that has been designed for children, therefore adults with no accompanying children will not be permitted into The Plotters’ Forest. There are many other areas of Raby Castle you can explore instead.

This is an unsupervised play area. All Plotters and Rebels must be accompanied by supervising adult (we have coffee at the top!)

How long do I have access to The Plotters' Forest?

Entry into The Plotters’ Forest starts from your allocated time slot. We recommend a maximum stay of 2 hours in the attraction. The Plotters’ Forest and Deer Park tickets allow you access to the deer park anytime between 10am till 4pm. Tickets including the castle are also available as well as upgrades are available onsite.

Can I bring a dog into The Plotters' Forest?

To ensure our little visitors are kept safe, we don’t allow dogs inside The Plotters’ Forest. Dogs are allowed in the deer park, stables shop and yurt as long as they are kept on leads.

What age is The Plotters' Forest suitable for?

The Plotters’ Forest has been designed to cater for a mixed range of ages and abilities and contains elements of risk of all ages. The majority of the equipment is designed to be moderately challenging.

Adults should supervise younger children carefully. Adults should also be comfortable that the risks contained are suitable for the abilities of their children before allowing them to play.

Big people decide. Only you know the abilities and limitations of the children in your care. Please keep an eye on them and make sure they’re playing safely.

There is also a dedicated area for toddlers to play.

How long can I have access to The Plotters’ Forest, if I have booked the 3pm slot time?

If you book the 3pm allocated time slot you have access to The Plotters’ Forest until 5pm.

Once I have left The Plotters’ Forest can I come back in later in the day?

Entry to The Plotters’ Forest is at your allocated time slot, once you have left you can enjoy the deer park and other areas of Raby Castle. You will not be able to re-enter.

Can I bring a picnic into The Plotters' Forest?

We have designated picnic benches on site close by to the Cafe Yurt, picnics are not allowed in The Plotters’ Forest. Refreshments are available at The Plotters’ Forest.

What can I do in The Plotters' Forest?

The Plotters’ Forest has been designed around discovery, intrigue and challenge around our Christmas Tree plantation with historical features throughout including the Neville Gateway, the Plotters’ Spire, towers and forts inspired by the castle’s history. Other elements include plotters’ talking tubes, peaky portrait, rebels xylophone, mischief mirrors, giant memory game, plotters’ slide, rebels run, toddlers play, sky-high tunnels, treetop tunnels and so much more. Another key element of The Plotters’ Forest is outdoor play reaping the benefits of playing in nature including sensory play, creativity, imagination and wellbeing.

We recommend two hours of play, all tickets allow access to the 200-acre deer park with scenic views of the castle and wildlife. Throughout the holidays periods, we have the added bonus of seasonal trails. There is also the opportunity to upgrade your ticket to include a visit inside the castle to view the superb collections and room exterior.

When are the quieter times in The Plotters' Forest?

We would recommend the 3pm slot during the weekdays for children who enjoy quieter times.

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