If you take the kids to the new William’s Den you must remember to take them a change of clothes and a towel!
Whatever the weather, kids are drawn to the rainmaker shower in the indoor area like a moth to a flame and can’t help but get drenched!
The new £3m adventure park – which is designed to give kids an open space to climb trees, paddle, build dens and explore with their friends – opened in North Cave in early July.
And with sandpits, little rivers and water play there’s no way kids can escape a visit without getting wet and dirty!
I took my six and four-year-old children with my eight and ten-year-old niece and nephew to try it out.
We chose a hot day during the summer holidays and I must admit it was packed. It’s new so that’s to be expected. It started to ease off at about 4pm and I found it much better once it got quieter!
It’s best to book online because it’s reached capacity a few times and they do turn people away once it’s full.
The Den is a 475 square meter indoor play barn and is a world away from the usual soft play centres you may have found yourselves in over the years.
From the Tree House to the Forest Glade and the Eagles Nest, The Den is is made of wood and full of sand, water, nets, bridges, and there’s even a pole to slide down.
There’s plenty to keep children amused in here and adults can watch from seats around the edges. If they want a rest there’s even a hideout relax zone. It just looks nicer and has an overall more natural feel to it than a typical indoor play area.
Outdoor adventure play
Outside you will find find a huge sandpit (we took our own buckets and spades), where my kids spent ages pumping water, digging in the sand and splashing in the little river.
The rest of the outdoors, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside is comparable to a huge park. My daughter loved crawling through tunnels in the mole hills and climbing on slabs of stone. There’s also a long zip wire, nets and a huge spiders web.
There’s also plenty of large sticks to make a den with. There was a bit of push and shoving between two groups of children during our visit, but I’m pleased to say there were staff on hand to sort their disagreements out!
There’s also a dedicated toddler area called the Fort Yard which has little ride ons for them to enjoy.
The entire place has a free-range and natural feel about it and it also feels safe for children to explore – although adult supervision is mandatory. If you kids like climbing, splashing, running, digging, getting stuck in and building, they will enjoy this place.
The Kitchen Table restaurant – which you can visit without paying to get into the actual attraction – does a range of food, including pizzas made by the chefs in wood fired ovens as you wait, and watch! There’s also the Snack Box for buns and cakes and an ice cream counter.
For the parents it’s licenced too, so you can enjoy a glass of wine whilst the kids play nicely (that’s the dream anyway!)
The owners have no problem with you taking your own food in, so you can enjoy a picnic on the benches there or on the grass, you just can’t eat your own inside.
The toilets are clean and spacious and there’s even double cubicles for you and your little one. There’s baby changing facilities and the kids soap is brightly coloured which encourages them to actually touch it!
It’s a place you can visit whatever the weather. I can imagine us going on colder days with wellies. Of the four to ten year old children I visited with, I’d say the younger three got the most of out it. My ten-year-old nephew did enjoy it but there might not be enough to entice him to keep going back.
That said, there’s plenty of land around it, so I’ll be interested to see what, if anything else is added to make it even better over the years.
A few people I know have already bought a season pass which is great if you live locally. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Hull city centre, but it’s open late nights on a Thursday and Friday so even if you pop after school you will soon get your money’s worth.
Parking is free and they also do birthday parties for groups of ten children or more. So, is it worth the money? It’s £35 for a family of four. It’s not bad, but personally I prefer if they charge more for a child and less for an adult. £8 for an adult isn’t cheap.
- Reviewed August 2017
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WHERE: Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS
PRICES:Adult £8, Child £9.50, Under 3’s £3, Concession £6. There is no charge for babies under the age of 12 months. If booked online a 10 per cent discount is applied.