William’s Den is a great day out for families as it will tick a lot of boxes for your kids. Located near North Cave in the East Riding, just a short drive from Hull is this relatively new indoor and outdoor play area. It’s a really unique day out and I haven’t come across anywhere else quite like it especially in Yorkshire.
They even have camping pitches so you can camp next to the adventure park. Another added bonus to any visit to William’s Den is the food. They have an excellent sit-down restaurant and we can highly recommend the pizzas.
William’s Den Things to do
Our top tip is to get there as soon as the place opens and to go straight into the indoor play area. There is less space in here and it can get really busy. My son likes to play freely without worrying about getting in other children’s way so for us it’s always worth going in here first.
This area is like no other indoor play area we’ve been to. It’s not as you’d imagine for an indoor play area as there is nothing soft play about it. Instead, it’s like a big wooden treehouse with things to climb on, nets to walk across and all sorts to explore.
There are lots of extra additions such as wooden musical instruments and a fab sand area where kids can help each other to pull sand up and tip it back down chutes. You will want to take a change of clothes before your kids get back in your car. As well as sand and water play indoors there is also a large outdoor sand and water play area plus a mud kitchen.
The indoor play area is a visually stunning space. There are a few benches dotted around for adults to sit but there never seems to be enough and if they could fit any more in then I’m sure they would be appreciated. Indoors there is a water system where kids can pump down water and raise dams to get it flowing down to the area at the bottom.
William’s Den doesn’t sit on a massive site and when you first arrive you may feel that there’s not much to do there. However, we always spend a good few hours there as there is more to do than you may think.
To extend your visit you can also go on a woodland walk which they introduced just after the first lockdown and it has remained as part of a day ticket. There is some den building on the walk and they also have a den building area up in the main outdoor play area. My son can spend ages doing this and it’s always a great way for him to make new friends.
As mentioned above there is a mud kitchen but my son never wants to play with this. They have a large sandpit with a small play frame, buckets and spades plus a large water pump. There is usually someone pumping the water with lots of kids all around digging trenches and learning how to direct water. It’s a great addition to the place.
Another area my son loves is where there are lots of small hills with planks of wood going between each one. He always has some imaginative game for us to play in this area. There are some rocks to climb, a couple of zip wires where you can race each other, a wooden climbing area, a couple of large swings and a few other things to play on.
There are loads of picnic tables outside at William’s Den. if the weather is a bit rough and if there isn’t an event or birthday party on you can eat in the events teepee. This is the kind of day out where you have to embrace your kids getting dirty and just let them got on with what they want to do. It’s a really fun day out for them so don’t worry about any mud or sand they end up covered in as it will wash away.
If you fancy a break from playing and haven’t brought a picnic with you make sure you have a meal in the Kitchen table restaurant. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven and there’s also plenty of other things to choose from including burgers, fish finger sandwiches and more. They also sell ice cream that they make on-site. There perhaps isn’t much for teenagers to do here but it’s a great day out for toddlers and children up to around the age of 10.
William’s Den FAQ & Further Information
Address: Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS, East Yorkshire. Phone: 01430 472230
Category – Adventure Play – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
An adult ticket costs £8.95 peak and £6.95 off-peak. Children are the same price. Children age 1-2 are slightly cheaper and under 1s are free.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Indoor and outdoor adventure play with indoor wooden play area, sand and water play, den building, a woodland walk and more. There is a restaurant and toilets.
When are they open?
They are open from May until September.
Is there food available?
There is a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is a free car park.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.