New adventure play area on the cards at Burghley House

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The plans include a central tower of a maze of walkways and bridges, in and around the trees and across a number of levels. Also included is unique drop slide from approximately 6m and an additional spiral slide from 4m high, net tunnels and rope bridges. 

The new play area hopes to create a family activity hub complete with a new toilet block and a food kiosk. 

In a supporting statement a Burghley House spokesperson said: “The play area would be located within an existing copse towards the eastern edge of the park. It would only be accessible to visitors purchasing a Park ticket, and would be reached by existing pathways through the Sculpture Garden. 

“Alongside this application, a separate planning application has been submitted for the creation of a replacement visitor car and coach park at Burghley. The genesis of the car park proposal also lies with the masterplan.

"The new parking area has thus taken account of all sources of parking demand, including the play area, albeit as we have noted visitors will typically come to Burghley for multiple purposes. “ 

In addition, the layout of the play "facilitates wheelchair users to access the main tower via a ramped boardwalk and with that in mind, we intend to develop a more sensory focused experience in this area, including talking tubes and percussive play items, which work extremely well from an inclusive perspective.” 

The decision of the application is pending.