Sandringham play area inspired by Kate Middleton opens tomorrow

Playground fit for a Duchess! Sandringham play area inspired by Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Flower Show garden opens TOMORROW – and its treehouses and woodland walkways are every child’s dream

  • Adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton has been built on Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk 
  • Playground was due to open on April 12 but was delayed after Prince Philip’s death and period of mourning
  • Kate’s Back to Nature garden at Chelsea Flower Show featured rope swing, tepee hideaway and tree house
  • Many buildings inspired by local landmarks, with the centrepiece a 26ft tall replica of Appleton water tower 

The huge adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton and built on the Queen’s Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is finally opening on Friday – after it was delayed due to the death of Prince Philip.

Kate’s Back to Nature garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show featured a rope swing, tepee hideaway and a tree house to encourage children to immerse themselves in nature.

Now the Sandringham Estate, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year, has put the finishing touches to an adventure playground modelled on famous local landmarks – and it is ready to open to visitors on April 23.

It had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip’s death aged 99 on April 9, and a period of mourning.

Phase one of the spectacular new woodland playground, which has replaced an existing smaller play area, is now complete with an array of stunning treehouses and walkways.

The huge adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton and built on the Queen’s Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is finally opening on Friday

The centrepiece of the playground is the eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower, inspired by the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House


The playground had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip’s death and a period of mourning

The Sandringham Estate, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year, has put the finishing touches to its adventure playground modelled on famous local landmarks – and it is ready to open to visitors on April 23

The centrepiece of the playground is the eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower, inspired by the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House.

The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate.

The play area also includes a special space for toddlers with two houses connected by a bridge, high walkways, a zip wire and a springy wooden assault course.

A Sandringham Estate spokesman said: ‘The ongoing development of a new Children’s Play Area at Sandringham forms part of improvement works across the Estate, with a view to offering better facilities for visitors, whilst maintaining the landscape and environment for all to enjoy.’

Kate’s Back to Nature garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show (pictured there with the Queen in 2019) featured a rope swing, tepee hideaway and a tree house to encourage children to immerse themselves in nature

Phase one of the spectacular new woodland playground, which has replaced an existing smaller play area, is now complete with an array of stunning treehouses and walkways


The plans for the Appleton Water Tower feature (right) at the new playground at Sandringham House. Pictured left: the Victorian landmark

Inside the Appleton Water Tower, it explains how the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House, works

The Cambridges spend holidays at Anmer Hall, their house on the estate, and George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, who turns three tomorrow, could become regular visitors to the revamped playground (pictured)


The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate

Later phases will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks.

They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton.

There are also plans for a secret enclosed play structure, inspired by Queen Alexandra’s Nest, a summerhouse built in 1913 on the rockery overlooking the lake on the Royal estate.

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have designed the playground, described the huge water tower as ‘a ground-breaking new play feature fit for the Sandringham Estate’.

This is the first phase of the plan for the playground; the next includes plans for a secret enclosed play structure, inspired by Queen Alexandra’s Nest, a summerhouse built in 1913 on the rockery overlooking the lake on the Royal estate

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have designed the playground, described the huge water tower as ‘a ground-breaking new play feature fit for the Sandringham Estate’

The playground proved a huge hit with visitors both young and old today, who were given a sneak preview before its grand opening tomorrow

Youngsters, parents and grandparents were seen trying the adventure playground out this afternoon after it was finally unveiled

Later phases of the project will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton (pictured: the Appleton Tower feature)

The planning application was submitted on behalf of the Queen in October and was approved the following month. It was closed for works to begin in December.

As part of the application the Queen was advised to plant bat-friendly flowers around the new playground.

Her Majesty was told the site would benefit from a wildflower planting scheme to increase the foraging opportunities for bats and pollinators.

She was also advised to install three bat boxes and two bird boxes on trees near the huge play area.

The Cambridges spend holidays at Anmer Hall, their house on the estate, and George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, who turns three tomorrow, could become regular visitors to the revamped playground. 

The plans for the new adventure playground (pictured) at Sandringham House which is now finally opening to the public on April 23 

The planning application was submitted on behalf of the Queen in October and was approved the following month. It was closed for works to begin in December

Later phases will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton. Pictured, St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

A play area modelled on the church will be built for the new Sandringham playground. Pictured, Appleton St Mary Church ruins near Sandringham, Norfolk 

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